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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Boggs Earns Leadership Award for Community College Expertise

Dr. George Boggs, a part-time professor in the College of Education, has been recognized by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with its prestigious Leadership Award for 2016.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

NASP Recommends Recognition for SDSU School Psychology Program

After a review from representatives of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), the SDSU College of Education's School Psychology program proved that it is one of the nation's most diverse cohorts of school psychologists.

The review was required as part of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)/Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) review process. The reviewers recommended national recognition for the College’s School Psychology program based upon criteria that emphasized diversity, student success, and faculty competence.

Results shed a positive light on the program, where candidates maintain a 100% pass rate on state licensure exams and each complete a 1,200 hour internship, often in two schools, under two different supervisors. Additionally, high quality faculty members, active in school psychology research, teach the core program courses and analyze student performances to ensure that all candidates meet required standards.

According to the NASP review, the content taught emphasizes multicultural content, processes, and experiences so that our graduates are prepared to meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations. Also, the program demonstrated how the evaluation of candidates' fieldwork provided evidence about the extent to which critical skills were emerging.

The College is proud of its outstanding School Psychology Program and School Psychology students. Over 80% of our school psychologists come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, our graduates are well prepared to help schools become places that promote the academic, emotional, social, and psychological health of all students.

Student Leadership Spotlight: Loren Cruz

We are repeatedly told that “children are our future,” which rings true to this day. At San Diego State, Loren Cruz – a Child and Family Development major within the College of Education – is working to ensure that we all have a bright future ahead of us.

Harris III Receives Research And Scholarship Award From NASPA

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education have given the College of Education’s own Dr. Frank Harris III its prestigious Community Colleges Research and Scholarship Award.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Educational Leadership Alumna Makes Top Ten Most-Accessed Theses

The SDSU Library has published its Top Ten Most-Accessed Theses and Dissertations, and one alumna from the College of Education made the list.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Philipp Elected President of Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators

Dr. Randy Philipp, a 25-year veteran of San Diego State University and Director for the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), is the soon-to-be President of the largest professional association of mathematics educators in America.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hoang Chosen as Teacher of the Month by NBC News

As College of Education graduates continue to make their alma mater proud, the newest source of pride comes from Kimly Hoang, who was selected by NBC San Diego as the February 2016 Teacher of the Month.

Ms. Hoang, who teaches at Iftin Charter School in La Mesa, inspires her students through relatable teaching methods and one-on-one interactions.

“I try to integrate personal interests and that’s how I am able to get them to be on board with me,” Ms. Hoang says of the children in her classroom.

Ms. Hoang, who graduated from the College’s Master's program in K-8 Mathematics Education, was able to document her teaching methods in NBC’s segment on inspirational teachers. Visit the NBC 7 website to see how Ms. Hoang is able to connect with her students on a personal level and inspire them daily.

Congratulations to Kimly on her recognition!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

President's Blog: Qualcomm Stadium Site Provides Opportunity to Advance SDSU

Credit: Carrier Johnson + Culture 

With the possibility of the Mission Valley Qualcomm Stadium plot becoming available for development, San Diego State administrators are pushing to turn the land into an extension of the university. In his latest blog post, President Elliot Hirshman details the many benefits of a satellite campus. Read the President's Blog for more information on the project.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Nadine Bezuk


  1. Nadine is a huge sports fan.
    • She grew up in Pittsburgh and loves the Pittsburgh Steelers (and Aztec football and basketball).
  2. Nadine is the current Director of the School of Teacher Education and the Qualcomm Endowed Professor of Mathematics Education.
    • She loves to help teachers and students make sense of math, particularly fractions! Too many people hate math—Nadine is working on changing that.
  3. Nadine plays the ukulele.
    • After being fascinated with performers in Hawaii, she decided to learn how to play.
  4. Nadine loves to bake.
    • She worked in a bakery while in college, and she especially likes to make Christmas cookies and decorate cakes.
  5. Nadine is a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors.
    • NCTM is the largest international organization supporting K-12 math teaching and learning.
  6. Nadine loves bright colors.
    • She changes the color of her bangs every month.
  7. Nadine is the incoming Associate Dean of COE.
    • She will begin her term this summer, following the retirement of Dr. Nancy Farnan.

How Nadine is making a difference in the College of Education:

“I love working with teachers, both future teachers and experienced teachers. My job enables me to work with others to develop and implement programs that support future and current teachers in enhancing their teaching skills. I’m excited that enrollment in our credential and graduate programs has increased over the past two years. Children in San Diego County and beyond are the beneficiaries of this support for teachers. I’m happy to be part of that.”

Monday, April 11, 2016

COE Faculty Book Nominated for California Young Reader Medal

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The California Young Reader Medal program (CYRM) has nominated a book written by two College of Education faculty members for a California Young Reader Medal.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan – team leader for the single subject three-semester block cohort – and Dr. Helen Foster James – a former part-time faculty member within the College – co-authored a book entitled Paper Son. The book was nominated for the CYRM in the “Picture Books for Older Readers” category, and will be purchased and read in libraries all over the State of California.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

CESCaL to Host First Immigrant Student Support Conference

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The Center for Excellence in School Counseling and Leadership (CESCaL) is hosting a first-of-its-kind conference this spring focusing on the rights, laws, and policies to support immigrant and undocumented students.

Titled “Supporting Access to Higher Education for Immigrant & Undocumented Students for School Counselors and College Access Partners,” the first annual conference is scheduled for April 27 and 28 and will be centered on equipping and training school counselors and college access partners with the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to support immigrant and undocumented students as they pursue higher education. It will also further address efforts to eliminate institutional barriers faced by undocumented and immigrant students in the educational system.

The conference begins the first day with an awards ceremony, and will feature two days packed with workshops and presentations. School counselors and administrators are all encouraged to attend as they will hear from both national and local experts on the importance of access to higher education for immigrant children.

Attendees will strengthen their skills to mentor, counsel, and advise students as future college candidates through seminars including best practices, funding options, and collaboration between high schools and community colleges.

Visit the conference website to learn more information about the conference as well as how to register.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Student Leadership Spotlight: Brandon Ishikata


See Brandon Ishitaka on YouTube

In the vast array of leadership and involvement opportunities available to San Diego State students, it is easy to see how the average student might get lost in the struggle of trying to balance all of his or her obligations. However, Brandon Ishikata is not your average student.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Aztecs For Education Seeks to Serve Credential Students and Community

Aztecs For Education (AFE), a new on-campus organization that looks to support current credential candidates within the College of Education, is making waves within the College’s credential student population.

Center for Visual Literacies Hosts Spring Speaker Series

Center for Visual Literacies
The College of Education’s Center for Visual Literacies, which specializes in improving student learning through visually integrated teaching practices, is hosting a speaker series throughout the Spring 2016 semester. Open to the public, the series focuses on digital literacy practices and their importance in the 21st-century classroom.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Seven Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Lisa McCully

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Lisa McCully

1. Lisa admits to being addicted to phone apps.
Using her phone she can remotely control her crock pot and has photographed and organized her entire wardrobe.
2. Lisa has worn red and black every Friday since she started working at SDSU in 1988.