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Thursday, March 15, 2018

K-12 Students to Learn to Write, Produce Books Thanks to IFF

Katie Sciurba
A group of 20 elementary, middle or high school students will learn to write, edit and produce their own hardbound books thanks to a grant from the College of Education’s Improving Futures Fund.
The project will be part of Write to Rise, a new program spearheaded by Dr. Katie Sciurba, a faculty in the School of Teacher Education.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

COE Graduate Student Named Inamori Fellow

Jazzalyn Livingston
Each year, the Inamori Foundation selects 10 San Diego State University graduate students as Inamori Fellows. College of Education graduate student Jazzalyn Livingston is one of them.

“Words cannot express how honored and deeply appreciative I am to be selected as an Inamori Fellow,” said Livingston, who is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology’s Community-Based Block (CBB) Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Program.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Common Experience: Imagined Ideas About School

Digital Humanities Lab
On December 7, 2017, Dr. Marva Cappello, a professor in the School of Teacher Education and director of the Center for Visual Literacies, hosted a community and university partnership activity that capitalized on multiliteracies perspectives. The project, in collaboration with the SDSU Common Experience, stemmed from the idea that an expansion of modalities to include visual images would be beneficial to English Learners. 
Sixth graders from Otay Elementary in Chula Vista, where the majority are English Learners, came to campus to share their visualized and imagined ideas about school in the Digital Humanities Lab. Following this community activity, a book of the images was created and given to every participating student. The SDSU Common Experience is sponsored by the Aztec Parents Association and the T.B. Day Student Success Program
This project was a community partnership that involved sixth graders and their teachers at a partnership school as well as two groups of SDSU students: those in the Reading Master of Arts program, as well as those in the Joint Doctoral Program, enrolled in Visual Research Methods. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Study Abroad Experience with the SDSU College of Education

Leah Buchsbaum
Ever get the urge to run with bulls or visit the castle that may have inspired the famous Disney castle? A four-week study abroad experience in Ávila, Spain can provide an opportunity to do both! If running with bulls isn’t your cup of tea, no worries as most people simply watch from behind the fences while the daredevils do all the running. Leah Buchsbaum details her captivating study abroad experience through SDSU’s College of Education at Universidad Católica de Ávila in her blog. In addition to earning college units, participation in a volunteer program, and organized field trips, students are also free to explore Spain as they please on the weekends. Leah describes her personal experience while offering valuable travel tips (i.e., don’t forget your fanny pack)! She hopes that the blog will encourage more students to go on the trip.

Head over to the Girl on the Spanish Train blog for more travel tips and study abroad inspiration!

Monday, March 5, 2018

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Karen Myers-Bowman

7 Things You Didn’t Know About  Karen Myers-Bowman
With international ties and adoration for musical theater, Karen Myers-Bowman, offers us intriguing details about her life. Her love for musical theater has filtered through to her family, and she was even a “drama mama” at one point. She has hosted many international exchange students, but her global linkage doesn’t stop there. Read more on this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff to find out how she is connected to others internationally!

Friday, February 9, 2018

Strive Campaign: Support the Cause by March 9th

Stephanie Balvaneda, RISE Scholar

SDSU Students RISE to the Challenge of Teaching

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Program Beginnings:

In 2000, San Diego State University partnered with the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD) to create the Compact for Success program with a goal to bring new educational opportunities to Sweetwater graduates. The partnership involves SUHSD teachers working side-by-side with SDSU faculty to design a school curriculum that helps students meet specific requirements for college admissions. Today, the nationally recognized, award-winning program has increased Sweetwater’s college-going population by 120 percent.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Recent Graduate Becomes First RISE Scholar to Receive Teaching Position

Stephanie Balvaneda
Stephanie Balvaneda, a 25-year-old is the first hire from a new program called Return, Inspire and become a Sweetwater Educator (RISE), a collaboration between SUHSD and San Diego State’s College of Education.

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Also featured in ABC 10News

Video: County's newest teacher is the first of her kind but hopefully not the last

Friday, February 2, 2018

COE Graduate Paying It Forward

LaDreda Lewis
She always knew she would pay it forward. LaDreda P. Lewis’ desire was to help kids like herself, children who grew up less fortunate and who had experienced a personal tragedy or family hardship. She is doing exactly that.

As a teen, Lewis lost her mother to cancer and was left to live with her brothers. When she thought her life was about to be derailed, the women in her neighborhood embraced her and paved the way for her to go to San Diego State University where her life would change forever.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Vasquez Named Outstanding Latino Faculty by National Organization

Marissa Vasquez
The award honors a person who has provided “outstanding service” working with students and/or has delivered “excellent instruction in a teaching-oriented institution.”

Dr. Marissa Vasquez has done exactly done and her service and dedication to serving students pursuing a college degree has earned her the Outstanding Latino/a Faculty: Service/Teaching in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education. She will receive the award in March 2018 at the organization’s national conference.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystal Flores

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Crystal Flores
A first-generation college graduate and Department of Child and Family Development Coordinator, Crystal Flores, was born with a love for helping others and an adventurous spirit! This avid volunteer has got a prowess in American Sign Language and much more! Thanks to her grandmother, there was never a dull moment in Crystal’s childhood as she was always in various classes learning something new. Read on to find out just how many artistic and athletic skills she has picked up over the years in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About COE Faculty and Staff!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Rehabilitation Counseling Program Changing Lives of People with Disabilities

Tonetta Smith is Making a Difference
Do you like to work with children, families, and people with disabilities?

Then, the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling at the College of Education is a path you need to take to get certified as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

That is the path that Tonetta Smith is taking. She is a master’s student in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program with an LPCC concentration, who is also pursuing the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Certificate.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Advancing Community Partnerships for Improved Access for Children

Faculty present in panel
Pictured from left to right: Searcy, Cook-Clark, Rieth, Haine-Schlagel, & Corsello

Dr. Sarah Rieth and Dr. Rachel Haine-Schlagel, both Assistant Professors in Child & Family Development, were invited to participate in a panel discussion on community-academic partnerships at the Dissemination & Implementation Science Special Interest Group Preconference that was part of the Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

COE Using Latest Technology to Prepare Teachers

Dr. Idara Essien-Wood looks over a student discussion
Technology is being used everywhere.

That is why it’s not surprising that the College of Education is using it to prepare tomorrow’s teachers.

Dr. Idara Essien-Wood, a lecturer with COE, used the Teaching with Technology Classroom to conduct her course CFD 370, a research methods course for the Department of Child and Family Development.

Friday, December 15, 2017

COE Faculty Receives National Ethnic Mentoring Award

Dr. Nellie Tran, making a difference
She did not know the award was coming her way. Her former students nominated her and did not tell her.

Dr. Nellie Tran, a faculty in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, found out she had won the 2017 Ethnic Minority Mentoring Award when she received the notification letter from the American Psychological Association's Society for Community Research and Action.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Global Cultural Experience: Central Mexico

SDSU students do activity with children in Mexico
Every year, dozens of San Diego State University students spend their spring break in Mexico learning about the Country’s culture, work with indigenous communities and enrich their academic experience.

Last spring, 28 SDSU students spent nine days in the United States’ southern neighbor and spent three days in Mexico City and six in Mineral del Pozos, a small rural city in the central state of Guanajuato which is considered a Pueblo Mágico de México (magical town). A magical town designation is given by Mexico to those towns with great cultural, culinary and artistic wealth.