MA in Higher Education Info Sessions

The website for the MA in Higher Education is now live! The Educational Leadership department is hosting several upcoming info sessions for prospective students to learn more about this program. Below is a list of upcoming info sessions and you can follow this link to register. 
  • Monday, November 8, 12-1pm
  • Monday, November 15, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 1, 4:30-5:30pm

Look to the Future With Our Lurie College Storytellers!

Watch as our storytellers think about what the future will be like when they leave Lurie College! Keep up with them through the Lurie College Tik Tok and Instagram weekly to watch what they do during their weeks, give tips about school, talk about their passions, and more!

@sjsulurie##greenscreen Some of the many inspirations I have to become a teacher. ##sjsulurie ##storyteller ##teacher

♬ Mama Said – Lukas Graham

@sjsulurieFuture SLP, sometimes in college the future feels so far, but i know it’s not far! also shameless plug for NSSHLA! CDS students join SJSU NSSHLA! ❤️

♬ original sound – 🍒

Dance with our Lurie College Storytellers!

Dance along with Ana and Caryn as they talk about being a speech and language pathologist and a teacher! Keep up with them through the Lurie College Tik Tok and Instagram weekly to watch what they do during their weeks, give tips about school, talk about their passions, and more!

@sjsulurieIf you want to be a teacher, now is the time. ##sjsulurie ##storyteller ##studentteacher ##newteacher♬ original sound – Matt Randone

@sjsulurieSo many more reasons why i want to be an SLP!! ❤️ Have you ever considered being an SLP???? ##storytellers ##sjsu♬ original sound – SPANKY YNVS

Read our 2020-2021 Lurie College Impact Report

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our SJSU Lurie College of Education is positioned to lead.  Our faculty, staff, and students have done remarkable work during this past year.  We’ve grown enrollments in our traditional programs and launched exciting new programs that extend our reach to new student populations.  We’ve strengthened our commitment to educational equity and racial justice by investing resources in bold emancipatory initiatives and tackling structural challenges within the college.  We’ve amplified the impact of faculty-led research by strengthening our community partnerships and growing our media engagement.  These achievements position Lurie College to lead our regional P-20 educational ecosystem and to be a model nationally of what it means to be a truly transformative college of education.

Read our 2020-2021 Impact Report above or at sjsu.edu/education/about.

Spend A Day With Our Lurie College Storytellers!

Spend a day with Ana and Caryn as they take us through a day in their lives and make matcha! Keep up with them through the Lurie College Tik Tok and Instagram weekly to watch what they do during their weeks, give tips about school, talk about their passions, and more!

@sjsulurieDay in the life of a student teacher! ##sjsulurie ##storyteller ##dayinthelife♬ Lazy Sunday – Official Sound Studio

@sjsuluriep.2 to mental health series. Do something that grounds you into the present. you are so LOVED!! ##sjsu ##storytellers♬ Fall Sounds – Lofee

Lurie College Leading Ethnic Studies Efforts

With California becoming the first state in the United States to make the completion of an ethnic studies course a requirement for high school graduation, Lurie College has already been leading in this area and preparing educators in our college to teach ethnic studies at the secondary level.  Watch the video below to earn more about 3 of our Lurie College students – Julia Duggs, Jenna Kunz, and Angelica Lopez – who had Ethnic Studies Teacher Residencies during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Julia also copresented “Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades” and Teacher Education faculty Wanda Watson copresented “Bringing Our Humanity to the TK-5 Classroom Through an Ethnic Studies Stance” as part of the Summer 2021 Lurie College K-12 Teaching Academy.

Take A Break With Our Lurie College Storytellers!

Grab a coffee and watch as Ana and Caryn talk about taking a break and mental health. Keep up with them through the Lurie College Tik Tok and Instagram weekly to watch what they do during their weeks, give tips about school, talk about their passions, and more!

 

@sjsulurieHi everyone! I this past week was really stressful for me so I wanted to talk about the importance of making time for yourself. ##storyteller♬ original sound – Lurie College of Education

@sjsuluriept. 1 to a little mental health series i’m doing. Be kind to yourself and know any victory is one to be celebrated. ❣️ ##sjsu ##sjsustorytellers♬ original sound – Lurie College of Education

Meet the Lurie College Storytellers!

Our Fall 2021 Lurie College Storytellers, Ana, and Caryn, take you along their journeys to becoming educators and speech and language pathologists. Keep up with them through the Lurie College Tik Tok and Instagram weekly to watch what they do during their weeks, give tips about school work, talk about their passion, and more.

@sjsulurieHi! I’m so happy yo have this opportunity to be a Lurie College Storyteller and take you along on my journey this semester! ##sjsu ##storyteller @sanjosestateuniversity♬ original sound – Lurie College of Education

@sjsulurieWelcome! Excited to be a lurie college storyteller and ready for you to come on this journey with me 😊 ##sjsu ##storytellers @sanjosestateuniversity♬ original sound – Lurie College of Education

 

Student Feature | Doris Alejos, Jeff Wiebens, Mona Lisa Sharp, and Ruby Vergara

We’ve developed our new BA in Interdisciplinary Studies online degree completion program for individuals who have accrued some college credits with a flexible and engaging opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree. The curriculum is entirely online and brings together a variety of academic disciplines including education and the social sciences with a focus on leadership skills and promoting social justice to support career advancement. Learn more about what this means for a few of our students – Doris, Jeff, Mona Lisa, and Ruby – by watching the full video above or by using the links below!

Transforming the Way We Teach

Ellen Middaugh teaching in a classroom pre-pandemic

How can pursuing an education help you find your voice — and how can you use your voice to transform others?

San José State’s Connie L. Lurie College of Education is subverting the hierarchies embedded in higher education, primarily “systemic racism that has historically prevented full inclusion and equity for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) students, staff, and faculty,” one initiative at a time. Starting in 2018, Dean Heather Lattimer invited students, staff and faculty to participate in a year-long strategic planning process to brainstorm innovative ways to disrupt education. How could each department, from Teacher Education to Communicative Disorders and Sciences, create an environment that promoted inclusivity, diversity and anti-racist thought?

The first step? Listening. Listening to our teachers, undergraduates, graduate students and staff as well as educators working in the field, researchers and policymakers. Listening to lecturers like Marcella McCollum, ’05 MA Speech Pathology, ’22 EdD, who not only volunteered to serve on the strategic planning committee but also proposed a minor in Transformative Leadership in partnership with Rebeca Burciaga, professor of educational leadership and Chicana and Chicano Studies.

“We need to think about changing paradigms,” says McCollum. “We cannot just offer a class or textbook that tells you how to overcome the challenges that exist in our current educational systems as they are designed. We want students to question why things are the way they are. We want them to have the tools, so they can push back when something looks unjust.”

Throughout the year-long process, the strategic planning committee interviewed students, gathered research and collaborated to update the college mission. The committee created an identity statement and formed four strategic pillars — community engagement, cultural sustainability, holistic approaches and interdisciplinary collaboration — which unites the college’s work across departments. Faculty, staff and students were then invited to submit grant proposals for endeavors that aligned with those pillars.

Luz Nicacio, ’21 Child and Adolescent Development, provided key insight as the only undergraduate on the committee who helped review grant proposals, provide feedback to those submitting ideas and select those that would be awarded funding.

“I saw how influential my voice was in deciding the college’s direction,” she says. “Being on the committee showed me that my college values the opinions of its students and does care about us.”

Read the full story from Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Transform website.

Participate in Our Early Childhood Connections Initiative

Are you passionate about supporting young children to reach their full potential?  Do you want to cultivate relationships with others who share your career goals from across SJSU’s Lurie College of Education programs? Get involved in either of the two opportunities below to advance these priorities this school year and beyond!  These options are open to anyone interested in working with young children – as an educator, therapist, counselor, program director, or any of the other professions committed to working with young children.

Opportunity 1: Early Childhood Connections

Apply to the Early Childhood Connections and join us in exploring and building community with others who have a passion for working with young children under age 5.  This opportunity is for current students and Spring 2021 graduates from across SJSU Lurie College of Education programs.  First time ECC participants only.  You will engage in networking meetings as well as small groups led by student coordinators to build community, learn from alumni and other professionals already in the field, and build your path as you pursue a career involving young children. Participants will have an opportunity to shape the program as it unfolds from September 2021 to April 2022.  Supported by Lurie College and the SJSU Early Childhood Institute, this is an opportunity to learn, grow, lead and most importantly, connect!  If you have any questions, email us at joy.foster@sjsu.edu.

Opportunity 2: Early Childhood Student Alumni Network

Join the Early Childhood Student Alumni Network, a recognized student group that is building a broader interdisciplinary network of current San José State University students interested in working with young children and alumni currently in the field.

Whether you are graduating this spring or continuing on in your journey through SJSU, we hope one or both of these opportunities is right for you!

Lurie College Student Selected for CCREE Fellowship

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Student Sofia Fojas

For Immediate Release
From the San José State University (SJSU) Center for Collaborative Research Excellence in Education (CCREE)

SAN JOSÉ STATE UNIVERSITY – CENTER FOR COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION (CCREE) has awarded a 3-year Doctoral Fellowship to Sofia Fojas through partnership funding provided by the SJSU Ed.D. Leadership Program and the Connie L. Lurie College of Education.

Dr. Brent Duckor, Director of SJSU’s CCREE says the goal of the multi-year fellowship is to engage in applied research that addresses and advances equitable outcomes for students in foster care and students experiencing homelessness in the K-12 population. He notes that this fellowship will provide advanced training in quantitative and qualitative research methods and opportunities for engagement in education policy with a focus on moving research into spheres of professional training and practice. We are extremely pleased and honored to have Ms. Sofia Fojas with us, said Duckor.

“I look forward to serving as a doctoral fellow at San José State University and studying policy for students experiencing homelessness and youth receiving foster care services. I am ready to step into the next phase of my life. I chose to pursue my doctoral studies in the Ed.D. Leadership program here among many other programs because here I see an opportunity for serving as a catalyst for large-scale change at the policy level for the most disenfranchised students in our education system” says Ms. Fojas.

Sofia Fojas was born in Hawaii to immigrant parents and moved with her family in the 1970’s to San Jose, California where she graduated from high school and returned to Hawaii to earn a degree in anthropology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Ms. Fojas has served as a music educator for twenty-seven years, a public school music teacher (grades 2-12) and an administrator for the arts in two school districts in Northern California.
Sofia is currently serving as the Arts Coordinator for Santa Clara County of Education. She is the regional Arts lead at the state level in California, and also serves as a board member of a national arts education organization.

Sofia is a professional violinist and performs with San Francisco Bay Area local and regional ensembles. Sofia has performed with Los Cenzontles and recorded with them on an album of the Chieftains. She has played in backup orchestras behind Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Andy Williams, Smokey Robinson, and Johnny Mathis. Passionate about the role of art and music in transforming lives, Sofia Fojas brings a powerful lens to the study of policy change that puts the whole curriculum back into focus, say her doctoral advisors, Dr. Brent Duckor and Dr. Lorri Capizzi. After a long fascination with STEAM education, “Her vision of La cultura cura – culturally specific arts can be the foundation of authentic interventions for students experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, each of whom need our support and connection now more than ever,” says Dr. Capizzi.

As Sofia notes, “The success of any effective academic intervention is rooted in connecting with the heart, not only the head. The arts can make that emotional connection that I believe is critical to effectively addressing and bridging the opportunity gap for our most vulnerable youth. I have combined my love for and commitment to culturally responsive arts education my whole life. This fellowship will help me bring to life even deeper arts education work aimed at diversity, equity, inclusion, and most importantly, access for our most underserved students across the state.”

Lurie College Student Presenting at Higher Ed Conference

Congratulations to Child and Adolescent Development and Educational Leadership student Vinson Vũ, whose program proposal “Resilient Superstars: How We Can Support the Futures of Trans+ Young Adults” has been accepted for the 2021 NASPA Western Regional Conference!

Lurie College Alumni Featured on CSU Website

Congratulations to Teacher Education alumni Erin Enguero, who was one of four CSU alumni featured on the CSU website as part of their ‘Cheers to the Class of 4 Million’ series!

SJSU Lurie College of Education Alumni Erin Enguero

Advice for graduates: “There are a lot of people … [who] pursued one thing, and it turned out not actually being where they end up. That’s something important to tell students, because you’re stressing so much about, ‘What am I going to major in? What school am I going to go to?’ And really, I think it’s a matter of keeping your mind open and being OK with where you end up.”


When Erin Enguero s​tarted her kinesiology degree at San José State, she was on track to graduate and head into physical therapy school. And she did just that in 2016—though after one semester of PT school, she realized it wasn’t what she wanted to do and left the program.

“That was really hard for me because I was so used to having this to-do list, and suddenly I didn’t know what was next,” she says. “There’s a part of me that looks back that wonders what would have happened if I spent a gap year trying to gather things up and reflect where I am in my life instead of rushing ahead. And now that I’ve gone through everything, I think it’s a good thing to give oneself time to think about what they’re doing.”

During a year and half of figuring out her next step, Enguero applied to a job as a gymnastics coach for children with special needs and later an assistant children’s librarian. Through these experiences, she realized her desire to work with children and began taking early childhood classes at a local community college. In 2019, she returned to SJSU to earn her master’s in education and a teaching credential.​

“I knew SJSU had a focus on social justice and equity, which is really important to me,” she says. “Having grown up with hearing loss and learning to be an advocate for myself and others, returning back to my alma mater was like finding that missing piece in the puzzle.”

While the program included two semesters of student teaching, Enguero extended her time student teaching to work with her supervisors and mentors on solutions to help her adapt to the classroom environment. Following her December 2020 graduation, she’s been applying to positions in elementary and middle schools.

“I decided to go into teaching hoping I could help kids think more about what it means to be an empathetic citizen, someone who can be successful, who could use their talents and abilities in a way that best reflects who they are and what they could do for themselves and, one day, their community,” Enguero says.​

Lurie College Reimagines the Future of Education at the Inaugural Learner Design Summit

SJSU Lurie College of Education REP4 Learner Design Summit Group Photo

How do you design inclusive models for teaching and learning? It’s simple: Ask the students.

Last week, the Lurie College held its first Learner Design Summit to launch SJSU’s regional Rapid Education Prototyping (REP4) Alliance.

The REP4 Alliance is a powerful network of regional and national education, industry and technology leaders, led by the six founding higher education partners, including the Lurie College. This alliance brings together diverse learners to develop new ideas for higher education programming using liberatory design principles.

At the summit, a total of 25 local students, including rising 11th and 12th graders, recent high school graduates, community college students and SJSU undergraduates collaborated and designed creative proposals, or “prototypes,” to address existing challenges in the higher education system.

“A prototype is a pitch that students prepare to showcase the needs and solutions that create institutional change,” said Rebeca Burciaga, professor of educational leadership and Chicana and Chicano Studies as well as the faculty executive director of SJSU’s Institute of Emancipatory Education (IEE).

“SJSU student mentors are leading what we call ‘dream teams’ to dream up these ideas. We hope to find ways to incorporate their solutions and perhaps work with campus leaders to make those immediate changes.”

San José State President Mary Papazian kicked off the weeklong event with a message for the Spartan community.

“We believe that initiatives such as emancipatory education and REP4 support the development of equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive,” she said.

“Collectively, the themes of this work are well-aligned with SJSU’s interests in advancing and transforming our educational systems, which many of us believe are in urgent need of radical change.”

Read the full story on by Julia Halprin Jackson on the SJSU Newsroom blog.

Student Spotlight: Huy Le

SJSU Lurie College of Education Counselor Education Student Huy Le

“As a future community college counselor, I am keenly determined to decrease these unequal, recurring rates by closing the achievement gap among first-generation, low-income college students from diverse backgrounds so that they can attain their educational goals.”

Congratulations to Counselor Education student Huy Le, who was selected by the SJSU College of Graduate Studies to receive the Bertha Kalm scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year!  Learn more about Huy on the College of Graduate Studies’ blog.

Spring and Summer 2021 Ed.D. Leadership Program Dissertations Published

SJSU Lurie College of Education EdD Leadership Program Class of 2021

Photo credit: Anne Tran

Students from our fifth cohort of the Lurie College Ed.D. Leadership program who have successfully defended their dissertations during the Spring 2021 semester now have their dissertations published on the SJSU Scholarworks website!  Check them out at scholarworks.sjsu.edu/etd_dissertations

Learn more about each of their dissertations below. If you would like to attend an upcoming dissertation defense, please email your request to edd-leadership@sjsu.edu.

Previous Dissertation Defenses

Nikki Dang | Thu., Feb. 18, 11am

  • Dissertation: “When ASCA and MTMDSS Merge: A Case Study on Counselor Capacity and the Implementation and Monitoring of Tier Two Interventions”
  • Committee: Dr. Rebeca Burciaga, Dr. Dolores Mena, and Dr. Brooke Chan

Jennifer Izant Gonzales | Mon., Feb. 22, 11am

  • Dissertation: “The Effectiveness of California’s System of Support, Specifically the Dashboard and Differentiated Assistance, as Perceived by the County Office of Education, Court and Community School Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Arnold Danzig, and Dr. Jennifer Ann

Anne Tran | Mon., Mar. 1, 3pm

  • Dissertation: “The Impacts of Cell Phones and Social Media Usage on Students’ Academic Performance”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Dotty McCrea

Carrie Bosco | Fri., Mar. 5, 10am

  • Dissertation: “Administrator Stress and Wellbeing: Lessons Learned from Retired Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gilner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki

Richard Ruiz | Mon., Mar. 29, 6pm

  • Dissertation: “Unresolved Issue in Education: Disproportionate Disciplining of Hispanic Students in Education”
  • Committee: Dr. Senorina Reis, Dr. Rosalinda Quintanar, and Dr. Robert Bravo

Gerald Nwafor | Thu., Apr. 1, 12pm

  • Dissertation: “Corporal Punishment in Eastern Nigeria”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Emily Slusser, and Dr. Analiza Filion

Mara Hofmeister Williams | Mon., Apr. 5, 11am

  • Dissertation: “The Effects of Academic Performance, Demographic Characteristics, and Work and Personal Experiences on Admissions to a Clinical Laboratory Science Training Program”
  • Committee: Dr. Grinell Smith, Dr. Colette Rabin, and Dr. Suzanne Campbell

Tricia Ryan | Tue., Apr. 6, 10am

  • Dissertation: “Subaltern Leadership Epistemologies: A Phenomenological Study of Filipinx Administrative Leaders in Higher Education”
  • Committee: Dr. Bradley Porfilio, Dr. Eduardo Muñoz-Muñoz, Dr. Lauren Hoffman

Taunya Jaco | Fri., Apr. 9, 11am

  • Dissertation: “Fidelity at the Forefront: The Fight for Ethnic Studies”
  • Committee: Dr. Robert Gliner, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Theodorea Berry

Joseph Bosco | Thu., Apr. 15, 10am

  • Dissertation: “An Analysis of Job Stress as Experienced by Public School Site Administrators”
  • Committee: Dr. Arnold Danzig, Dr. Robert Gliner, and Dr. Joseph Rudnicki

Ivan Alcaraz | Thu., Apr. 22, 4pm

  • Dissertation: “Closing the Gaps: Understanding and Disrupting Deficit Thinking and Exclusionary Discipline Practices in a Latinx School”
  • Committee: Dr. Marcos Pizarro, Dr. Noni Reis, Dr. Joe Jaconette

Michael Mansfield | Mon., Apr. 26, 3:30pm

  • Dissertation: “The Impacts of Self-Efficacy and Academic Mindset on Middle School Math Achievement for At-Promise Youth: An Explanatory Study”
  • Committee: Dr. Brent Duckor, Dr. Roxana Marachi, and Dr. Cheryl Roddick

K-12 Teaching Academy | Building Culture and Community One Story at a Time

Presenters

  • Abby Almerido | Coordinator, Workforce Development and Organizational Culture | Santa Clara County Office of Education | Twitter: @abbyinprogress

Description

Culture eats strategies for breakfast! Hold an SEL-compass toward stronger working relationships and collaboration by weaving in opportunities for your learners to learn and share about who they are. Leave with a toolkit of activities to try Monday and a deeper understanding of the power of seeing and being seen by others.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

Child Development Lab Play Yard Reaches Crowdfunding Goal

Thanks to the efforts of our Child and Adolescent Development students Julia Doan and Erin Maxwell and faculty Joy Foster, Jessica Frasier, Rayna Friendly, and Emily Slusser and thanks to the numerous contributions from Lurie College donors, our Play Yard Crowdfunding Campaign has exceeded our goal and raised a total of $10,175!  We’re looking forward to transforming our Child Development Lab Preschool Play Yard into one that promotes inclusivity and enhances the quality of care and instruction offered to the Toddler Lab students.

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child Development Preschool Play Yard Crowdfunding Campaign

K-12 Teaching Academy | Freedom Dreaming: Ethnic Studies Teaching in the Secondary Grades

Presenters

  • Julia Duggs | Ethnic Studies teaching candidate | SJSU Lurie College of Education
  • Victoria Durán, PhD | Social Science teacher | Overfelt High School
  • Marcos Pizarro, PhD | Associate Dean | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @sjsulurie
  • Luis Poza, PhD | Assistant Professor, Teacher Education | SJSU Lurie College of Education | Twitter: @luisepoza

Description

This presentation brings together SJSU faculty and practicing Ethnic Studies teachers to deepen participants’ understandings of the purposes and core principles of Ethnic Studies teaching alongside examples from classroom practice. Webinar participants will have the opportunity to learn about the documented benefits of Ethnic Studies for students (regardless of racial and ethnic background) as well as specific culturally responsive curriculum activities that afford student agency, community engagement, and meaningful social analysis as part of students’ academic and personal development. Such activities include Youth Participatory Action Research, student counterstories and testimonios, and an in-depth look at a multi-faceted unit of instruction implemented in the 2020-21 academic year that fostered healing, home and community connections, and students’ “freedom dreaming” — collective envisioning of a more just society.

Access additional resources and all of our K-12 Teaching Academy webinars at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy

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

Student Spotlight: Kristina Smith

“The pandemic has given me the opportunity of connecting and networking.  As soon as everything transitioned to Zoom, I found myself talking to my advisors and professors more than I did when we were in person.  This helped me gain stronger relationships with my professors and mentors.  Through reaching out, I was given an opportunity to be a research assistant and have been given great career advice.”

Congratulations to Lurie College alumni Kristina Smith, who was featured by SJSU as an extraordinary graduate!  Read the feature at bit.ly/3g7r8eX

SJSU Lurie College of Education Child and Adolescent Development Student Kristina Smith

Student Spotlight: Neng Xiong

“I’ve learned about the importance of a good support system from friends, family, colleagues and faculty.  As attending college during a pandemic can feel emotionally and academically defeating and isolating, having people you can turn to for support during these difficult times can make the experience easier.”

Congratulations to two-time Lurie College alumni Neng Xiong, who was featured by SJSU as an extraordinary graduate!  Read the feature at bit.ly/2S7TtZn

SJSU Lurie College of Education Teacher Education Department Student Neng Xiong