New Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs Coming Fall 2021

Our innovative SAGE in Teacher Education programs create opportunities for SJSU undergraduate students to enroll in Credential and Masters programs while simultaneously completing their final three semesters of their undergraduate degrees. These programs offer SAGE scholars a combined pathway of theory, practice, and K-12 subject matter. The programs integrate these three legs of teaching early and often, and give scholars ample time to assimilate the linkages prior to when they are required to demonstrate understanding and skills through student teaching.

Benefits of Enrolling in a SAGE Program

  • Reduced economic barriers to entering into a graduate program
  • No application fee for graduate program
  • Fewer total units in combined SAGE program than completing each program separately
  • Shorter timeline to earning credential and master’s degree
  • Enhanced professional development

SAGE Programs Accepting Applications in Fall 2021 for a Spring 2022 Start

Attend an Upcoming Info Session

Learn more about these programs, including eligibility, requirements, and admissions processes, on the SJSU Catalog’s SAGE webpage and register to attend a summer SAGE Information Session on Monday, July 26, at 9am or Wednesday August 4, at 4pm. More info sessions will be available in Fall. 

Upcoming Lurie College Program Info Sessions

SJSU Lurie College of Education Ed.D Leadership Program Students

The time to become a transformative educator, counselor, therapist, school or community leader is now!  The SJSU Lurie College of Education is hosting several upcoming info sessions for prospective students to learn more about our academic opportunities and the details for Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 application cycles.  Select any of the links below to learn more about how to join the Zoom session for each session and please help spread the word to anyone who you think will find these opportunities of interest.

SJSU Assistant Professor Awarded Spencer Foundation Grant to Support Her Fight for Minority PK-12 Students with Disabilities

This feature was originally written by the SJSU Division of Research and Innovation.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

Saili Kulkarni, Assistant Professor of Special Education at San José State University, has been awarded a racial equity grant from the Spencer Foundation for her research studying the intersections of disability and race and the implications for PK-12 education, justice studies and educators.

The grant supports education research projects aimed at understanding and improving racial inequality in education. Kulkarni and her team will receive $75,000 to pursue their project, “Playing Together: Using Learning Labs to Reduce Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices for Young Children of Color with Disabilities.”

Nearly six years ago, Kulkarni and her colleagues noticed a dearth of literature on the subject of exclusionary discipline — such as expulsion and suspension — for young children of color with disabilities, so they decided to take matters into their own hands.

“The idea came from a combination of our own experiences as special ed teachers, but also the experiences that we had working with other early childhood special ed teachers in toddler classrooms and centers,” Kulkarni said.

She and her colleagues understand firsthand that early learning experiences can have long-lasting effects on student outcomes. Disabled students in minority groups have significant disadvantages, and Kulkarni wants to reframe how teachers support and educate them.

“The project is really thinking about how to reduce or exterminate these ideas of exclusionary and harsh discipline for young kids of color with disabilities,” Kulkarni explained. “There’s been a recent uptick in the news of kids of color with disabilities, particularly Black children, who are getting suspended or expelled from preschool and kindergarten classrooms for things that are considered minor.”

Her work seeks to understand why these harsh consequences for seemingly minor infractions are occurring. She plans to orchestrate a multi-disciplinary effort to work with parents, teachers, administrators and other stakeholders to address the issue.

This proposal was Kulkarni’s second go-round for a grant award. This time, she had the University Grant Academy’s (UGA) assistance, a San José State University resource led by the Office of Research designed to assist faculty in writing grant proposals and obtaining extramurally funded grants.

“The nice part about the UGA is that it’s really structured, and it gives you lots of resources,” said Kulkarni. “You get course release as faculty for a semester to dedicate time on developing and sending your project for funding. We spent the entire semester working on several different grant components, getting feedback throughout the process from mentors, and convening with peers to see what everyone else was working on to potentially find some elements or efforts to collaborate.”

Kulkarni attributes much of her success to her colleagues and her mentor Laurie Drabble, Associate Dean of Faculty Success and Research and UGA facilitator.

“Laurie gave me tons of guidance and feedback,” Kulkarni said. “She also encouraged me to reach out to other mentors to get additional feedback, and that really helped get our grant some of the much needed details that it was missing early on.”

“Saili worked really hard to take full advantage of the UGA for her first submission — funding on the second round is not surprising and well-deserved,” shared Drabble.

With leaders like Kulkarni spearheading research to attain racial equity in education, disabled children of color may have a greater chance of getting access to the support they need – instead of being kicked out of school where they are even more disadvantaged. She hopes her work can make a public impact that will provide children that have a lack of opportunities, get closer to their full potential, and ensure that all children have the chance to flourish.

“The UGA and SJSU Research Development are here precisely because extramural funding is very hard to get, it really is the norm that it takes two to three submissions and careful editing and revising each time before a proposal is funded,” noted Julia Gaudinski, Director of Research Development.

“I am thrilled to see that Dr. Kulkarni leveraged her work from the UGA and turned it into a successful re-submission.”

Register for our Free K-12 Teaching Academy Webinars

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer 2021 K-12 Teaching Academy

We established our free K-12 Teaching Academy in Summer 2020 to support current teachers, teacher candidates, and community partners in transitioning to online teaching as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, our webinar recordings have been viewed nearly 25,000 times and our series has been highlighted on ABC7 News, EdSource, and the COVID-19 CA website.

Join us from Monday, June 28 – Thursday, July 8, for our free Summer 2021 K-12 Teaching Academy webinars, which will feature teachers, administrators, professors, and other practitioners and focus on relevant topics regarding returning to a “new normal” in classrooms in Fall 2021. Sessions include:

  • Week(s) of Welcome: Intentional, Inclusive Relationships Start Here
  • The Discussion-based Classroom
  • Talk as Transformation: Building Equity, Agency and Joy in the Elementary Classroom
  • Reimagining K-16 (Science) Teaching and Learning During a Time of Crisis: Transforming Learning Environments Through Justice-Centered Instructional and Pedagogical Design
  • Centering Humanity Through Identity-Informed Collaborative Notebook Activities
  • Better Together: Partnering with Families and the Community for Student Success
  • Considering Community and Trauma
  • The Next Normal: Reimagining Next Year’s Classroom
  • Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance
  • Queering the Classroom to Foster a Safe and Inclusive Environment: Lessons from Research and Practice
  • Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades
  • Bring it Back to the Classroom: What Did We Learn From a Year of COVID?
  • Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time

Learn more about each session and RSVP for as many as you’d like at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy.

Connect with Lurie College and SJSU

Connect with the SJSU Lurie College of Education @sjsulurie

Stay connected to helpful online resources as we finish the Spring 2021 semester and head into the summer!  Here are some initial Lurie College of Education and SJSU resources:

Join us at the Lurie College Deans’ Welcome

SJSU Lurie College of Education Summer 2021 Deans Forum

Lurie College students, join Dean Heather Lattimer and Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro for a conversation on Thursday, June 17, from 8:45-9:45am to discuss what’s next in education following the election results!  The Zoom link will be emailed to all Lurie College students’ via a Google calendar invitation.

Student Spotlight: Naromy Ramirez

“I’m getting my master’s in special education and as a teacher I’ve learned that I need to be flexible, so this COVID pandemic actually really helped me learn that lesson that I needed to.”

Congratulations to Lurie College alumni Naromy Ramirez, who was featured by SJSU as an extraordinary graduate!  Read the feature at bit.ly/3xgBH52

Lurie College Faculty Promotions

Congratulations to all of our Lurie College faculty who have recently received tenure and/or been promoted!

  • Child and Adolescent Development faculty Ellen Middaugh has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Communicative Disorders and Sciences faculty and chair Nidhi Mahendra has become a full professor
  • Educational Leadership faculty and interim chair Rebeca Burciaga has become a full professor and the executive director of our Institute for Emancipatory Education
  • Special Education faculty Andy Golloher has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni has received tenure and become an associate professor
  • Teacher Education faculty Brent Duckor has become a full professor
  • Teacher Education faculty Roxana Marachi has become a full professor

SJSU Lurie College of Education Spring 2021 Faculty Promotions

Lurie College Faculty Receives Racial Equity Grant

Congratulations to Special Education Department faculty Saili Kulkarni, who has received a racial equity grant from the Spencer Foundation for her project “Playing Together: Using Learning Labs to Reduce Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices for Young Children of Color with Disabilities!”

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Saili Kulkarni

ICYMI: Spring 2021 Learning Showcase Presentations

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

The SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students’ while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary.  Check out some of the presentations from our Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences and Department of Special Education students.

Communication, COVID, & Complications

Building upon their presentation from the Fall 2020 Lurie College Learning Showcase, SJSU Communicative Disorders and Sciences students Aminah and Alejandra share their insights on the intersections of the speech medical field, dysphagia, and COVID-19.

Action Research / Intervention for Students with Disabilities

  • 0:00 – Welcome to our session
  • 0:32 – Surisa Abraham – “Promoting Engagement in Shared Book Reading for Children with Autism Spectrum”
  • 17:10 – Annalisa Dileonardo – “Sensory Processing Disorder: Creative Play Strategies”
  • 32:35 – Joanna Gaeta – “Discipline Disparities of Male Minorities and Special Education: Effects of Perceptions, School-Imposed Labels, and Behavior-Based Referrals”
  • 47:10 – Chloe Orton Cartnal – “Emotional Recognition of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • 54:08 – Maria Sanchez – “Paraeducators Knowledge of and Training Needs for Effective AAC Implementation”

Systematic Review

  • 2:20 – Emily Im – “Technology-Based Social Story Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Systematic Review”
  • 12:38 – Breanna Brooks – “The Effect of Social Stories on Students with Extensive Support Needs: A Systematic Review”
  • 23:54 – Thania Garcia – “Reading Comprehension Intervention for Emergent Bilinguals with Learning Disabilities: A Systematic Review”
  • 34:02 – Rennea Phillips – “Using Technology Based Instruction to Increase Academic Engagement for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder”
  • 46:10 – Jessica Ultreras Ruiz – “A Systematic Review: Perceptions of Typical Peers in Play Based Interventions with Students with Autism”

Watch the Lurie College Spring 2021 Graduation Celebration

Congratulations to all of our Spring 2021 SJSU Lurie College of Education graduates who earned their bachelors, masters, credentials, or doctorates!  Watch the recording of our Graduation Celebration above.

  • 0:00 – Welcome to the Lurie College Graduation Celebration
  • 7:29 – Remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer and Marcos Pizarro, video recognition of Lurie College graduates
  • 20:58 – Remarks from Janeth Canseco (MA, Counselor Education Department)
  • 27:22 – Remarks from Charline Tenorio (MA, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department)
  • 37:40 – Slides from our Spring 2021 graduates

SJSU has also created a website to recognize all of the Spring 2021 graduates for the entire university. Visit the SJSU Commencement website to access the recognition websites.

Lurie College Faculty Arrivals and Departures

As the 2020-2021 academic year comes to a close, we would like to wish a fond farewell to the current Lurie College faculty who are moving on to their next chapters and extend a warm welcome to the incoming Lurie College faculty who will join our community beginning in the Fall 2021 semester!

Faculty Departing Lurie College After Spring 2021

Elaine Chin | Teacher Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Elaine Chin

Elaine Chin is retiring from SJSU at the end of this academic year.  Elaine has been a part of the Lurie College community since 2007, serving as the associate dean, the dean, and a professor in the teacher education department.  She is thankful and grateful to all of the staff and faculty who have worked with her to make the Lurie College the great place it is.

Becca Cruz | Special Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Faculty Rebecca Cruz

Rebecca Cruz, assistant professor in the special education department, has accepted a position at Johns Hopkins University for this upcoming school year.  Throughout this past year, Rebecca had a chance to co-teach several classes with some amazing faculty, learn about our many programs and credentials, and support the emancipatory framework embraced by the university.  Rebecca is honored to have been a part of the college this past year.  The support and community developed and sustained throughout a difficult year have been invaluable, and she hopes to continue her many collaborations in research and teaching into the future.

Faculty Arriving at Lurie College in Fall 2021

Veneice Guillory-Lacy | Educational Leadership Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Educational Leadership Department Faculty Veneice Guillory-Lacy

Dr. Veneice Guillory-Lacy recently earned a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from the College of Education at Washington State University.  As a Black woman with Nez Perce Tribal descendency, Dr. Guillory-Lacy brings a rich background and unique lived experiences from the K-12 and higher education sectors.  She has served as a high school English teacher in San Jose, CA., a high school varsity basketball coach, a high school principal in the Pacific Northwest, a tribal college instructor, university lecturer and academic coach.

Dr. Guillory-Lacy’s research focuses on amplifying the voices of women of color in K-12 educational leadership, promoting social justice leadership, and centering race and gender.  She uses critical qualitative methods, while drawing from Critical Race Theory (CRT), Critical Race Feminism (CRF), Intersectionality, Black Feminist Thought, and Indigenous epistemologies.

Dr. Guillory-Lacy is excited to join the Lurie College of Education’s Educational Leadership Department and Transformational Leadership Master’s Program. She looks forward to building a transformational program that will help student leaders experience first-hand inside knowledge of the schooling system, address issues of culture and power in schools, and develop scholars and practitioners who will stimulate positive change in the educational system, and throughout their respective schools and communities. Dr. Guillory-Lacy’s goals and passion as a professor are to put critical theoretical frameworks to practice through deep engagement with research, schools, students, their families and the community to grow and have a larger impact for greater justice.

Sudha Krishnan | Special Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Faculty Sudha Krishnan

Sudha Krishnan, Ed.D., has taught students with extensive support needs in middle school for 18 years.  She has been an adjunct faculty with San Jose State University for eight years, teaching courses in the Education Specialist credential and Master’s degree programs.

Her interest in special education was sparked by her experiences with children with disabilities during her early years in India and further cultivated when her son was diagnosed with autism.  Her recognition of deficit thinking and ableism as she navigated the educational system fueled her research in this field. Her research interests are focused on how implementing literacy practices using pedagogies based on socio-cultural theory can provide challenging and empowering education for students with disabilities.  She is interested in research in the disability studies field, particularly participatory action research with individuals with disabilities.  She is also examining the use of constructivism in special education, anti-deficit thinking, and teacher perceptions of ability in students with extensive support needs.

Sudha is keen to forward the equity and justice orientation of the College of Education and engage with all the faculty in special education and the college of education.  A great start has been her involvement with the disability studies strand in the Institute of Emancipatory Education.  Sudha is looking forward to the challenge of training new teachers in evidence-based practices while simultaneously imbibing them with a zeal for transformative leadership.

Tiffani Marie | Teacher Education Department

Tiffani Marie is the daughter of Sheryll Marie, granddaughter of Dorothy Wilson and Annette Williams, and the great-grandaughter of Artelia Green and Olivia Williams.  She comes from a long line of Arkansas educators. She is passionate about learning with and from youth, sewing, music production, and connecting to the natural world.  Tiffani is also excited about joining the Teacher Education Department and working with Ethnic Studies faculty colleagues at San Jose State University, particularly for the emerging collaborations and collective energy around supporting schools and communities to ensure that every child is seen and treated as a blessing.

Wanda Watson | Teacher Education Department

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Faculty Wanda Watson

Dr. Wanda Watson is a teacher-scholar committed to liberatory education and teacher preparation. She is a Black woman first-generation college graduate from Harlem, New York who attended Public School 92, the Mary McLeod Bethune School and Frederick Douglass Academy.  Her range of educational and life experiences instill in her a paradoxical understanding of the deep-rooted ways oppression manifests in schools and society as well as the transformative potentialities of education.  Dr. Watson’s current research centers Black feminist pedagogies as embodied through political clarity, spiritual connectedness, and transgressive teaching and learning.  She maintains an Ethnic Studies teacher-inquiry group with TK-8 th grade teachers in the Bay Area which was initially funded through the Spencer Foundation.  Her scholarship also explores anti-racist education in youth organizing and informal learning as conduits for social and political change.  She has taught primarily elementary through middle school in Oakland, Harlem and Washington Heights.  She earned her BA in Human Biology and credential and MA at Stanford University.  She earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching and completed her dissertation titled “Putting Up a Fight: Exploring the Social Justice Praxis of Youth Organizers of Color” while at Teachers College, Columbia University.  Dr. Watson remains visionary and pragmatic in her work; seeking paradigm shifts and moving beyond the “master’s tools” to educate young people while attending to the present sociopolitical and economic conditions under which children learn.  She’s been a teacher educator for the last 10 years and is joining SJSU as an Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department. She’s most looking forward to working collaboratively with colleagues and various stakeholders to create educational experiences and structures that foster freedom for and with Black, Brown, and Indigenous children and communities.

Lurie College Department Chair Featured on Career Insights Website

Shoutout to Special Education Department Chair Peg Hughes, who was recently featured on Zippia’s Future Of The Job Market Report!  She, along with thousands of other experts, shared insights around trends in the job market as a result of the pandemic, what skills stand out on resumes, and more.  Read the full feature on the Zippia website.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Special Education Department Faculty Peg Hughes

 

Congratulations from Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer

Congratulations to all of our SJSU Lurie College of Education undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students for completing a very full and uniquely challenging semester!  Watch this video message from Dean Heather Lattimer or read the transcription of the message below.

Congratulations!!  We have made it to the end of a very full and uniquely challenging semester.

You have persisted through multiple hurdles, thrived while taking on new experiences, and consistently demonstrated your leadership, tenacity, and commitment in your classes, field experiences, and relationships with peers and mentors.

You truly are the transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school, and community leaders that we aspire to prepare here at Lurie College. We are so very proud of you!

I look forward to celebrating with our soon-to-be graduates during SJSU’s virtual and on-campus commencement activities this week.  I’ll be greeting graduates on the blue carpet on Thursday afternoon and celebrating virtually with our Lurie College family on Friday evening.  I hope you’ll join us.

For those of you who are continuing, I can’t wait to welcome you back to campus in August for the Fall 2021 semester.  After over a year of seeing you only through Zoom, I am so excited to be able to greet you in person in Sweeney Hall.

Over the summer we’ll be offering a range of programming for current students, recent alums, and community partners.  Featured activities include our STEM+C Teacher Institute and our K12 Teaching Academy which, this year, will include webinars to support classroom teachers as they work to build community, relationships, and healing following the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please check out our website to stay connected and learn more about these and other opportunities.

As we celebrate your success this year, I want to also take a moment to recognize the friends, family, faculty, and staff who have gone above and beyond to support our students throughout the pandemic.  I have been inspired and humbled by the creativity, commitment, generosity, and love that has been shown by our Lurie College community.  If you have someone who has been particularly inspirational or supportive during this time period, please take a moment to express your gratitude.  As a former school teacher, I can tell you that nothing is better than receiving an unsolicited note of heartfelt appreciation from your students.

I wish you a fantastic summer ahead and hope that you are able to take time to unplug, celebrate your achievements, reflect on your learning, and recharge for the work ahead.

Take good care and congratulations!

Lurie College Set to Celebrate Spring 2021 Graduates

SJSU Lurie College of Education Graduation Celebration Spring 2021

The SJSU Lurie College of Education is looking forward to hosting a live graduation celebration to recognize our nearly 500 Spring 2021 graduates (and soon-to-be alumni)!  The Lurie College Graduation Celebration will take place online on Friday, May 28, at 4pm PDT and begin with a college-wide ceremony that will include remarks from Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and student speakers Janeth Canseco and Charline Tenorio, who are earning their Master’s Degrees from our Department of Counselor Education and Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences, respectively.

I didn’t believe I would make it this far, be 20 years into my education, and be the first in my family to earn a master’s degree.  It’s something that I’m incredibly proud of, not only for myself but also for my family.  It’s also an incredible opportunity for me to be recognized as the first Counselor Education student to be selected as Lurie College’s student speaker.  That made me feel a sense of accomplishment.  In terms of how I feel about graduating – it’s very surreal.  It’s scary to think about what’s next, but I feel like if I try, I apply, and I don’t live with any regrets, then everything will work out. – Janeth Canseco, Counselor Education

Each Spring 2021 graduate will also be recognized during the college-wide ceremony.  Lurie College graduates, faculty, and staff have been invited to attend the live ceremony on Zoom, and family and friends are invited to watch the live ceremony on the Lurie College YouTube channel.

After the college-wide ceremony, each Lurie College department – Child & Adolescent Development, Communicative Disorders & Sciences, Counselor Education, Ed.D. Leadership, Special Education, and Teacher Education – is hosting an online reception to include remarks from faculty chairpersons, individualized slideshows, and socializing among graduates, faculty, and staff to close out the semester and calendar year.

San José State University as a whole is honoring and celebrating all Spring 2021 graduates by launching graduate recognition websites, which will go live on Friday, May 28, at 10am. Learn more on the SJSU Commencement website.

This has been the fastest two years of my life and I’ve enjoyed every second of it.  Before enrolling in my program, I knew generally that I wanted to be a speech therapist.  Now that I’ve completed the program, I know that I want to specialize in schools and work with children from diverse backgrounds.  It’s also an honor to serve as the Lurie College student speaker and represent our classmates who have such diverse backgrounds – some are parents, some are working while enrolled in school, some are switching careers, etc. – and have worked so hard to get to this moment. – Charline Tenorio, Communicative Disorders & Sciences

SJSU Lurie College of Education Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department Student Charline Tenorio

Charline Tenorio – MA, Department of Communicative Disorders & Sciences

Congratulations to our Lurie College Strategic Plan Grant Recipients

During the Spring 2021 semester, Lurie College faculty, staff, and students were able to apply for grant funding for projects that aligned with the priority areas of our strategic plan – community engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdiscplinary.  Congratulations to all of our teams who were awarded funding for the following projects for the 2021-2022 academic year!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Faculty and Staff Group Photo 8x10

“Bilingual Communication Project”

Project leaders: Peitzu Tsai, PhD – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Lyle Lustigman, PhD – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences; Janet Bang, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Project description: Nearly half of the people in California speak a language other than English, including 40% of students in public education, and more than 60% of young children under age 5 are dual language learners (CalEd Facts, 2019; Census, 2020; Holtby, Lordi, Park, & Ponce, 2017). However, support for dual language learners has been challenged by lack of available high-quality assessment (Chernoff, Keuter, Uchikoshi, Quick, & Manship, 2021) and limited evidence-based information on dual speech-language development across languages in early childhood. Without empirical evidence, clinicians and educators are often required to make decisions based on judgments that are at risk of biases, particularly while serving clients and families whose cultural-linguistic backgrounds differ from their own. Strengthening our understanding of dual speech-language development can not only establish high-quality, evidence-based, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-responsive practice guidelines, but also prepare future clinicians and educators to curb biases and make equitable and holistic decisions while serving children and families with diverse backgrounds. This current project aims to examine speech fluency patterns in the course of bilingual language development in Mandarin-English speaking children to provide future clinicians and educators training in differential diagnosis and recognizing signs for referral related to bilingual fluency development, provide evidence for the professional communities about bilingual fluency development, signs for referrals and appropriate clinical services, increase collaboration between SLP and ChAD undergraduate and graduate student training to inform curricular design in enhancing interdisciplinary student engagement in research and community service, and provide developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive information for bilingual families in relation to supporting speech and communication in young children at home.

“Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus”

Project leaders: Robert Marx, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Kyoung Mi Choi, PhD – Faculty, Counselor Education; Frank Peña – Outreach Coordinator, The LGBTQ Youth Space

Project description: If you’re hoping to make your class, office, or programming more accessible for and supportive of your queer and trans students and coworkers, be on the lookout for upcoming training sessions and a professional learning community supported by the Strategic Plan Seed Grant. “Creating an Inclusive Climate: Queering Our Classrooms and Our Campus” represents a partnership between the Lurie College of Education and The LGBT Youth Space to offer introductory and advanced trainings at the department and college level around topics like pronouns and vocabulary terms, the hidden curriculum in our classes, and creating opportunities for authentic self-expression. We will also be hosting a Professional Learning Community for faculty and staff who want to more deeply engage in the work of transforming their corner of the campus into a queer-affirming space.

“Early Childhood Connections”

Project leaders: Joy Foster – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Jessica Fraser – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Support team: Iya Namata – Student, Child and Adolescent Development; Isabel Vallejo, EdD – Staff, Dean’s Office; Andrea Golloher, PhD – Faculty, Special Education; Donna Bee-Gates, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Maria Fusaro, EdD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development

Project description: Early Childhood Connections brings together a cohort of SJSU Lurie College of Education students and recent alumni from across disciplines, who are in pursuit of careers involving young children. Through virtual meetings, ECC provides a space for participants to cultivate relationships, build community, and learn from community partners.

“Enacting Emancipatory Education: The Development of an Intersectional Disability Studies Strand (IDSS) at SJSU”

Project leaders: Saili Kulkarni, PhD – Faculty, Special Education; Sudha Krishnan, EdD – Faculty, Special Education

Project description: This project seeks to develop an Intersectional Disability Studies Strand (IDSS) under the existing Institute for Emancipatory Education (IEE) at San Jose State University. Housed in the Lurie College of Education under the Institute for Emancipatory Education, the (IDSS) at San Jose State University will serve as a community-engaged, culturally sustaining space that centers disability visibility and disability as an intersectional identity. Our strand is defined as a space within the IEE that would provide specific resources and supports to engage intersectional disability studies and accessibility in education.

“Enhancing Ethnic Studies Education and Teacher Diversity Pathways”

Project leaders: Luis Poza, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Travis Boyce, PhD – Faculty, African American Studies; Khalid White, EdD – Faculty, San
José City College

Project description: This project will unify and provide support for numerous incipient efforts currently underway between the Teacher Education Department and various other entities. TED seeks to diversify the teacher workforce and increase the anti-racist and emancipatory orientations of teacher candidates. One part of this work is the Ethnic Studies Residency Program (ESRP), which places carefully selected Social Science/History teacher candidates in Ethnic Studies classrooms at Overfelt High School of East Side Union High School District to help prepare teachers specifically of Ethnic Studies or, at minimum, with robust understanding of Ethnic Studies principles and practices should they go on to teach another subject within their credential. Another facet of the work involves partnering with the Ethnic Studies Council at San Jose State to recruit undergraduates in African American Studies, Chicana/o/x Studies, Asian American Studies, and Native American Studies into teacher preparation pathways through the SAGE programs that allow undergraduates to start taking graduate level courses for their teaching credential in their final years as they simultaneously complete their majors. A third dimension encompasses collaboration with Ethnic Studies faculty at San Jose City College who also teach high school dual enrollment Ethnic Studies courses to help their students feel welcome at their various transition points (from high school to junior college, transferring to SJSU SAGE undergraduate pathways, and ideally to Lurie College graduate programs including the ESRP). This project unifies all three of these efforts as part of a cohesive pipeline for capacity-building around Ethnic Studies content and pedagogy.

“Expanding Community Capacity for Youth Civic Empowerment”

Project leaders: Ellen Middaugh, PhD – Faculty, Child and Adolescent Development; Mark Felton, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education

Project description: Civic education is widely viewed as an essential part of the K–12 education social studies. Yet, high quality civics curriculum is limited and even less has been developed surrounding online civic engagement that intentionally incorporates the lived experiences of students and teachers (Andolin & Conckin, 2020). Furthermore, research has found racial inequities in access to high quality civic learning opportunities, such as opportunities to discuss social problems and current events, options to express student voice and make decisions in an open classroom climate, and inequities based on school achievement and socioeconomic status in the total number of high quality civic learning opportunities (Kahne & Middaugh, 2008). Previous research suggests that the most effective civic education involves teaching through civic participation rather than just teaching about it (Blevins, LeCompte & Wells, 2016). However, teaching through participation online, which is where much public discourse unfolds and where youth often engage with civic issues (Cohen et al, 2012), can feel risky to teachers who have little experience in guiding youth in navigating such settings (Herold, 2016), especially in politically diverse environments. Our goals are to share existing opportunities and practices for youth civic empowerment (e.g. what’s working); identify critical needs for expanding and deepening youth civic empowerment: explore opportunities for integrating digital and civic learning opportunities in school; propose a set of design principles for curriculum that promotes civic action through social media; and develop and implement exemplar units.

“Interprofessional Education Project”

Project leaders: Jason Laker, PhD – Faculty, Counselor Education; Colette Rabin, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Grinell Smith, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education

Project description: The Interprofessional Education Project group (Jason Laker (Counselor Education), Rebeca Burciaga (Educational Leadership); and Collette Rabin, Grinell Smith, and Lara Kassab (Teacher Education)), will be developing two interdisciplinary education courses to be offered College-wide. One will focus on socio-cultural foundations of education, and the other will introduce students to Community-Based Participatory Action Research (CBPAR), possibly in collaboration with a local School District or other educational or community organization. We will be consulting with faculty across the College to identify representative content, apprehend interest and support among our colleagues, and determine the elements needed for one or both courses to “count” toward various degree and credential programs.

“Justice-Centered Science Teacher Collective: Supporting the Preparation and Development of K-12 Justice-Centered Science Teacher Leaders and Change Agents”

Project leaders: Tammie Visintainer, PhD – Faculty, Teacher Education; Single Subject Credential Program teacher candidates and beginning teacher alumni; teachers from the Lurie College STEM+C Teacher Institute

Project description: In this moment in history, the intersecting racial injustice, public health, and environmental crises have laid bare myriad educational inequities and the K-12 education system finds itself at the precipice of reproducing the injustices of normalcy or transformative change. At the same time, in K-12 science classrooms in California and elsewhere, the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the most recent science education reform, promotes shifting away from formulaic instantiations of the scientific method (e.g., prescribed labs) to align with the way real scientists do their work. However, while NGSS presents exciting opportunities, it also presents challenges. First, teachers are asked to teach science in ways that they often have not experienced themselves. Second, curricular materials are limited as are professional learning opportunities for teachers. To address these challenges, this project brings together Lurie College’s Teacher Education Department and College of Science’s Science Education Program to support the professional learning and development of transformative science educators through participation in a Justice-Centered Science Teacher Collective.

“Perspectives on Culturally Sustaining Practices for Black, Indigenous, and People Of Color who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication”

Project leaders: Alison Pentland – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department; Wendy Quach, Ph.D. – Faculty, Communicative Disorders and Sciences Department

Project description: This project will explore how professionals are supporting and can better support Black, Indigenous, and people of color who have severe communication needs. We intend to bring together individuals from these communities who use augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to express themselves. Researchers and moderators will conduct four semi-structured interviews and four focus groups virtually through video conferencing and asynchronous text-based discussion hosted in Canvas. The groups will include people who use AAC and their families, focusing on how their unique cultural and linguistic identities may be supported by the professionals who work with them (e.g. speech-language pathologists, educators, occupational therapists, etc.).

Lurie College Faculty and Student Featured in Rethinking Schools

Shoutout to Special Education faculty Saili Kulkarni and students Samuel Bland and Monica Gonzalez, who were highlighted in the recent Rethinking Schools publication for their Special Education Teachers of Color Collective. Read the highlight at bit.ly/3oa8gye

Lurie College of Education Repopulation Information | May 10, 2021

Dear Lurie College Students,

First of all, we want to acknowledge your amazing accomplishments this year of online instruction. We have heard so many stories about your commitment and perseverance.

As SJSU Provost Del Casino recently described in an email on Thursday, May 6, with the subject line “Fall 2021 Course Schedule is Live,” we are planning carefully for the Fall 2021 semester and expect to have more updates as we finalize those plans.

We’re sending you this message to share some details for the Lurie College of Education and our programs.

  • Each of our programs is planning for every student to have some in-person components in their Fall courses. So, we want you to expect to have at least some of your courses with in-person components at SJSU. The schedule will provide details on each course’s mode of instruction.
  • We recognize that some of you may have special circumstances that will make it impossible to attend classes in person. If you are in this situation, please fill out this Google form as soon as possible.
  • Field experiences (including preschool lab, clinic, practicum) are planned to be in person and are viewable on the schedule now.
  • Advisors in our Student Success Center (SSC) are working now and throughout the summer to provide support with scheduling, questions about course modality, and helping to prepare students for a return to campus. Please reach out to them if you have specific questions or concerns.
  • We are planning to have space available for students in Sweeney Hall where you can access wifi and attend online classes (if, for example, one of your classes meets on campus but the next one meets remotely and you will not have enough time to return home).
  • We’re putting together a Reorientation to familiarize students with the new norms to ensure safety on campus in the Fall. We’ll be developing a web page that will be updated regularly and will share the website as soon as it’s ready.
  • Right now, you can get the latest information on SJSU’s plans for Fall on these websites: SJSU Adapt Plan and Spartan Community Promise
  • For Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) students: You may notice that the CHAD ‘hybrid’ courses are set up with a regular twice a week meeting schedule to allow faculty the most flexibility to maximize in-person meetings. The goal is that these classes will meet in-person twice a week, so students registering for these classes should plan for that. We will provide updates on the schedules for these courses if the plans for fall require any changes. Students who are unable to meet in person for both times listed for a course should enroll in an online only section.

Again, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Janene Perez
Lurie College Student Success Center Director
janene.perez@sjsu.edu

Marcos Pizarro
Lurie College Associate Dean
marcos.pizarro@sjsu.edu

Attend Our Spring 2021 Lurie College Learning Showcase

SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase

Our semi-annual SJSU Lurie College of Education Learning Showcase highlights our undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students while they’re on their journeys to becoming transformative educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders under our college’s four priority areas: community-engaged, culturally sustaining, holistic, and interdisciplinary.

Our Spring 2021 Learning Showcase will take place virtually on Friday, May 14, from 4-6:30pm and will include presentations and panels focused on topics such as:

  • Action Research/Intervention for Students with Disabilities
  • Communication, Covid & Complications
  • Co-Teaching/Inclusion Research
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Perspectives in Research
  • Emancipatory Education Now
  • Perceptions and Special Education
  • Systematic Review of Interventions and Supports for Students with Disabilities
  • Understanding the Importance of Intentional Breaks to Relax, Reflect, and Refocus
  • What it’s like to be a ChAD Student Ambassador

To learn more about each of the sessions and RSVP to attend, visit sjsu.edu/education/showcase.

Nominate an SJSU Educator of Impact

In recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3-7, and our Lurie College Founder’s Day, May 4, we are requesting nominations for SJSU alumni who are teachers, counselors, therapists, school, or community leaders and have made a transformative difference in the lives of children, families, and communities for our second annual “Educators of Impact” campaign! Submit a nomination at bit.ly/3eFjy8n

SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Irene Castillon

Apply for Lurie College Scholarships for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Thanks to generous monetary support from alumni and friends, each year Lurie College is able to award current and incoming undergraduate, graduate, credential, and doctoral students with scholarships based on their academic, personal, and professional affiliations, accomplishments, and aspirations. Current and newly-admitted students can apply for these awards through the SJSU scholarship application portal until Saturday, May 1, for the 2021-2022 academic year.  Learn more and watch the recording of our scholarships workshop at sjsu.edu/education/financial-aid.

2020-2021 Lurie College Scholarship Summary

  • Number of students awarded: 110
  • Amount of scholarship funds awarded: $265,400
  • Median award amount: $1000; Average award amount: $2413

Attend Our Lurie College Dean’s Forum

Hello Lurie College Students!

We hope you’ll be able to join us for this student open forum. We’ll be joined by Dean Heather Lattimer, Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro, and Student Success Center Director Janene Perez. This will be a great opportunity to have any questions or concerns you have addressed.

The Zoom link for this forum was emailed as a Google Calendar invite to your SJSU email accounts.  If you won’t be able to attend this event, there will be others later in the semester. Please see below for the full schedule. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to luriecollege@sjsu.edu.

  • Thursday, February 25: 11:45am – 12:45pm
  • Thursday, March 18: 10:45 – 11:45am
  • Wednesday, April 28: 3:00 – 4:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 5: 2:00 – 3:00pm

SJSU Lurie College of Education Dean's Forum 4.28.21

Statement from Lurie College Dean Heather Lattimer Following Verdict of Derek Chauvin Trial

Dear Lurie College Students —

Tuesday’s guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin’s trial provided a small measure of accountability.  It offered momentary relief because it affirmed what we had clearly seen with our own eyes but were afraid the justice system would deny – that George Floyd was murdered when a police officer pressed his knee into Mr. Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, depriving him of the oxygen needed to survive.

But the verdict in this one case – while significant – did not bring true justice.  The very fact that it was so uncertain what the verdict would be, despite overwhelming evidence and even testimony from other police officers, demonstrates the depth of racism, white supremacy, and structural injustice in our society.   And then the day brought news of yet another police shooting of a Black teenager, Ma’Khia Bryant, in Columbus, Ohio.

In our roles as current or aspiring educators, counselors, therapists, school and community leaders, we need to call out racism in all its forms and we need to acknowledge the pain, anger, frustration, and exhaustion that so many in our community are experiencing in this moment.

Our Lurie College faculty and staff are here for you.  If you want to connect, share your experiences, or talk through how to support children and families in your placement sites please reach out to your professors and advisors.  You are also encouraged to connect with the team in the Student Success Center; they are a fantastic resource and can point you toward additional campus supports if needed.  You’ll find curated collections of helpful resources on our Lurie College Antiracism and Racial Justice Resources webpage as well as on the Learning for Justice and Education Minnesota websites.

Students are invited to join Associate Dean Marcos Pizarro and me at our two upcoming Open Forums on Wednesday, April 28, 3-4pm and Wednesday, May 5, 2-3pm. The information to join each of these forums via Zoom should be available in your SJSU Google Calendars.  These forums provide space to be in community together and invite dialogue on how we can better fulfill our Lurie College strategic plan and commitments to racial justice.

As we near the end of a tumultuous and challenging semester, please be generous and patient with one another and yourselves. Reach out and ask for help if needed.  Check in on your colleagues. Practice self care and step away from the Zoom screen when you can.  We see you, we care about you, we are committed to your success.

In solidarity – Heather