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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Online Graduate Programs in Education 22nd in Nation

MAT students
John Counts and his wife on the left with Jesus Gonzalez on the right
The two College of Education online programs in education have been ranked 22nd by the U.S. News & World Report.

The Online Master of Arts in Teaching and the Online Masters in Educational Leadership achieved high scores from the publication in several factors, including faculty credentials, graduation rates and reputation.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Four COE Students Honored at Research Competition

Darielle Blevins presents at SRS 2017
Four College of Education students were recently honored for their research presentations at the San Diego State University’s Student Research Symposium 2017.

The Student Research Symposium is a two-day event recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of SDSU students.

The SRS provides a public forum where SDSU students present their research, scholarship or creative activities. Contestants submit an application to present either preliminary or completed results from their original research or creative activity.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Student Success Fee Award Winners, Spring 2017

Aztec Student Union
The College of Education (COE) had eight proposals selected for funding in the 2016-2017 Student Success Fee Academically Related Programs process.  Since Fall 2014, a portion of this fee (10%) is dedicated to support enhancing student success at the college level through expanded academic related programs.

Dr. Starck Honored with 2017 Bayard Rustin Award

Dr. Tanis King Starck
She has advocated and fought for social justice, equal rights and cultural proficiency for more than 20 years.

Last month, Dr. Tanis King Starck’s efforts and dedication to promote equality were recognized with the 2017 Bayard Rustin Lifetime Achievement Award.

Monday, March 13, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Christopher Brum

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Christopher Brum

He travels with a purpose! Assistant professor in Special Education, Dr. Christopher Brum, worked at an orphanage in Haiti and spent a semester volunteering in an Appalachian center for persons with disabilities. Read on to discover more about Chris’s passions in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Politically Speaking: Prop 58 and Finding Qualified Bilingual Teachers

Cristina Alfaro
Now that voters approved Prop 58 - which brings back bilingual education in schools - there's a challenge that schools aren't prepared for. Where will all the qualified bilingual teachers come from to get these programs started? Professor Cristina Alfaro, director of the Dual Language and English Learner Education Department at SDSU, and Mario Koran, reporter for Voice of San diego, who reported a story about Sherman Elementary, discuss with NBC 7's Marianne Kushi.

View the discussion at NBS San Diego.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Aztecs for Education Co-Sponsors Educators Rising Event

Aztecs for Education members
Aztecs for Education (AFE) co-sponsored the EdRising Conference at SDSU on February 3, 2017. Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan serves as its faculty advisor and is faculty in the School of Teacher Education. AFE members presented two sessions: Building Community and Building Teacher Presence. They also hosted two campus tours, participated in a panel about becoming teachers, and hosted a table during the fair.

AFE is proud to support future teachers - building networks to help to create a pipeline into our credential programs and profession.

AFE Members: Maggi Chiodo, Holly Daquila, Shaida Solimani, Jenny Merrill, Damien Jackson, Whitney Norton, Alicia Munoz, Tiffani Templeton, Janel Bruan, Daisy Delacruz

President Elliot Hirshman Ending Tenure at SDSU

President Hirshman with students
President Elliot Hirshman has served as the president of SDSU since 2011. 
San Diego State University President Elliot Hirshman announced this morning that he has accepted the presidency of Stevenson University in Maryland. His last day at SDSU will be June 30. Hirshman has served as the president of SDSU since 2011.

“The last six years have been the most extraordinary period of my and Jeri’s professional lives,” Hirshman said. “The opportunity to work with the dedicated and talented students, faculty, staff, alumni and community supporters of San Diego State has inspired us, and it has been a privilege to contribute to the growth and development of this great university.”

Read more at SDSU Newscenter

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

SDSU Working on 4-year Teacher Preparation Programs

Group of college students with a woman showing four fingers
Future teachers will soon spend less time and money to get a teaching credential in California.

That’s because San Diego State University and 16 other California State University (CSU) campuses have earned grants to develop four-year teacher preparation programs. SDSU expects to offer these programs for the first time in fall 2018.

SDSU was the only CSU campus which applied for and received three grants totaling almost $750,000 from the Integrated Program Grants from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sylvia Hernandez

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Sylvia Hernandez
She’s a seasoned Credential Analyst with a cat that weighs over 20 pounds!  Learn more about Sylvia in this month’s edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About COE Faculty and Staff.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

COE Gets Nearly $1.3 Million for Math Readiness

Student working on mathematics
The College of Education has received $1.28 million to work with Sweetwater Union High School District to prepare more students in math using a new and innovative curriculum.

The School of Teacher Education applied for and received the 23-month grant from the California Department of Education's Mathematics Readiness Challenge Initiative, which aims to prepare students for placement into college-level courses in mathematics.

The funds will be used to develop a 12th grade discrete mathematics curriculum with Sweetwater schools.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Mortar Board Honors COE Faculty

Mortar board pictured with Sarah Kahn, Patricia Lozada-Santone, Melinda McClure, and Tanis King Starck
SDSU’s Mortar Board chapter recognized several faculty members from the College of Education during the Fall 2016 semester.  These faculty members were honored at an appreciation dinner for making made significant contributions to the education and academic success of Mortar Board’s members.

Awarded COE faculty included:
  • Sarah Kahn, Lecturer, Counseling & School Psychology
  • Patricia Lozada-Santone, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
  • Melinda McClure, Lecturer, Special Education
  • Tanis King Starck, Assistant Dean of Special Projects

Read more about the award and event at SDSU Newscenter.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Alfaro Wins the Outstanding Latina in Higher Education Leadership National Award

Cristina Alfaro
Cristina Alfaro, Associate Professor in the Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) Department in the College of Education is the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Latina in Higher Education Leadership National Award. This award was established nationwide for Latin@ faculty members who have continuously made a significant difference in leading programs and advocating for high-quality education for Latin@ students. The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) will honor Dr. Alfaro with this prestigious award during the AAHHE Awards Ceremony on March 11, 2017, at their annual conference to be held in Irvine, CA.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Two Students Attended Grad Prep Academy

Alejandro Arias and Oscar Duran
Two San Diego State University undergraduate students participated in an all-expense paid program at an Ivy League school.

Oscar Duran and Alejandro Arias attended the Grad Prep Academy, a University of Pennsylvania project that aims to prepare undergraduate scholars for graduate study and research-related careers in the field of education.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Student Leadership Spotlight: Andrés Nandho

Andrés Nandho
He wants to become a high school math teacher.

That’s why Andrés Nandho feels he is studying at the perfect institution: San Diego State University.

According to the U.S. News & World Report's 2016 ratings of Schools of Education, SDSU's College of Education is number one in San Diego County and among all California State Universities. Through the College of Education about 250 to 300 students earn teacher credentials every year and go on to teach in their communities.

“I decided to attend SDSU because of its warm and friendly atmosphere,” said Nandho, an astronomy major at SDSU. “The experience has been amazing.”