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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

7 Things You Didn't Know About Edgar Beas

Edgar Beas
You’ll never guess what online shopping website COE Admissions Coordinator, Edgar Beas just can’t get enough of!  Find out that and more about Edgar in this month’s edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About COE Faculty and Staff.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

COE’s Ewing Wins National Award

Dr. Jan Ewing
The award was established for faculty members who have inspired their former students to make a significant contribution to society.

Dr. Jan Ewing, a faculty member in the College of Education Counseling and School Psychology Department, did exactly that, earning her the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, national recognition and a $25,000 cash prize. Ewing received her award in mid-November.

Hatch is Counselor Educator of the Year

Dr. Trish Hatch and members of her department
She did not have a school counselor. That is why Dr. Trish Hatch decided to become one.

Hatch has dedicated her career to advocate for students, to make sure students have well-trained counselors and preparing future counselors who would help students achieve their academic potential.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

SDSU Faculty Member Selected President of World Blind Union

Dr. Fredric Schroeder
About 285 million people.

That’s how many blind or partially sighted people the World Blind Union (WBU) represents in over 190 countries. And the College of Education’s, Dr. Fredric Schroeder, is its new president.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

ARPE Researches Post Deployment Experiences Among Veterans with PTSD

Veteran holding textbooks
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) alum Paul Hayes and faculty members Dr. Charles Degeneffe, Dr. Marj Olney, and Dr. Mark Tucker recently published their impactful research in the Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, the top journal in rehabilitation counseling.

Monday, December 5, 2016

COE Building Relationships with Taiwan University

From left: Dr. Mari Guillermo (Interwork), Stephany Rodriguez (Rehabilitation Counseling graduate May 2016), Dr. Hampton, and Dr. Lin
The College of Education is building relationships with a Taiwan university that could lead to future partnerships and research exchanges.
Dr. Caren Sax, professor and Chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) and Director of the Interwork Institute at San Diego State University, Dr. Nan Zhang Hampton, ARPE professor and other SDSU officials recently met with Dr. Chen-Ping Lin from National Kaohsiung Normal University in Taiwan.


Pre-College Institute Gets $3.6 Million

Graduating seniors from Castle Park High School with their Talent Search advisor, Fabian Escobedo.
Graduating seniors from Castle Park High School with their Talent Search advisor, Fabian Escobedo.
The College of Education’s Pre-College Institute has recently received more than $3.6 million in federal grants to promote access to college and increase graduation rates of underserved students.

The Pre-College Institute will receive a Talent Search Mentoring grant of $240,000 each of the next five years, totaling $1.2 million. It will also get an Educational Talent Search of $487,680 a year through 2021. Both grants total $3,638,400 and are awarded by the U.S. Department of Education through its Higher Education Act of 1965.

Friday, December 2, 2016

COE Graduate Featured in Scholastic Teacher Magazine

Molly Maloy and her classroom
It’s colorful, fun and inspiring.

We’re talking about Molly Maloy’s classroom in Hill Creek Elementary in Santee, CA.
The colorful and creative design of Maloy’s 4th and 5th grade classroom caught the eye of Scholastic Teacher magazine and got a two-page spread in its back-to-school issue this fall.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

COE Student Works to Empower Muslims Locally and Abroad

Mohamed Ahmed in Somalia
He’s helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat famine in East Africa and build a school in Somalia.

He is the leader of a non-profit organization and is working with San Diego State University to address Muslim student concerns on campus.

He is Mohamed Ahmed, a Somalia refugee who is pursuing his master’s degree in Postsecondary Educational Leadership in SDSU’s College of Education.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Music for My Eyes

Preforming on the stage
By Priscilla Villegas, Vice President, ASL Club
The deaf community is one that has been gaining popularity in the past recent years. Music for My Eyes is an event created and hosted by the ASL Club here at San Diego State that brings together deaf communities from all areas of San Diego, to enjoy a show composed of artists that entertain with visual performances.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

SDSU Alumna Named First Vice President of San Diego Continuing Education

SDSU Alumna
A 20-year higher education veteran has been named the first Vice President of Student Services for San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), a part of the San Diego Community College District.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Three COE Students First to Receive R.I.S.E. Scholarship

Stephanie Balvaneda, Denise Engberg and Valeria Guerrero
They graduated from Sweetwater secondary schools and will be teaching in Sweetwater classrooms when they get their teaching credential.

They are Stephanie Balvaneda, Denise Engberg and Valeria Guerrero, the first recipients of the Return, Inspire, and become a Sweetwater Educator (R.I.S.E.) Program scholarship. The three students receive a $500 scholarship, and, most importantly, they are guaranteed a teaching position after graduating from the College of Education’s credential program.

7 Things You Didn't Know About Sharon Bendall

Sharon Bendall
Reading a Jane Austen novel on an island in Belize would be Liberal Studies Coordinator Sharon Bendall’s perfect day!  Learn more about Sharon in this month’s edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

JDP Graduate Wins Outstanding Dissertation of the Year

JDP Graduate
Her dissertation study looked at what teachers do and how that makes a difference in the experience student teachers have while preparing to lead their own classrooms.

Monday, November 7, 2016

CFD Course Getting Students Field Experience and Jobs

CFD
One goal of the course is to give students in-the-classroom experience that also fosters personal, professional and intellectual development.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

School Psychology Student Making a Difference in Ecuador

Paul Pham in Ecuador
He wanted to find an opportunity to continue developing himself as a school psychologist so he ended up in...Ecuador.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Doctoral Student Named National Scholar

Alex Gonzalez
A teaching associate and doctoral student at San Diego State University has been named a national scholar by a group of colleges and universities in the United States.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Pierce Named Administrator of the Year

Stephanie Pierce
She strives to ensure that teachers in her school district provide students a powerful learning experience, every day and in every classroom.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Matt de la Peña, Newbery Medal Winner for Children's Literature, Gave Provost’s Distinguished Lecture

Matt de la Peña, Newbery Medal Winner for Children's Literature
Matt de la Peña visited San Diego State University to deliver the second Provost’s Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. in Montezuma Hall at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. The event was free and open to students, faculty and staff as well as the general public.

Monday, October 17, 2016

7 Things You Didn't Know About Nina Potter

Dr. Nina Potter
During the workday, Nina Salcedo Potter is COE’s Director of Assessment and Accreditation but at home she milks goats on her farm!  Read about her goats and more in this month’s 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Online MAT: 100% Graduation Rate for First Cohort

Laura Gonzalez, Dr. Luke Duesbery, Dr. Valerie Pang, Don Dumas
The College of Education’s Online Master of Arts in Teaching has celebrated an important milestone by seeing each of the members of its first cohort graduate.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Project CARES Scholars Present at National Conference for Foster Youth

CARES presented at the 2016 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) National Conference
Scholars from Project CARES gave two presentations at the National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association’s Conference in Maryland this past summer.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Six Graduate Students Receive $2,500 Scholarship

Christine Horton, Jessi Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina, Paul Pham and Andrew Newcombe

Six graduate students in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology have received a scholarship from the Foundation for Developmental Disabilities in San Diego.
The $2,500 scholarship recipients are: Christine Horton, Jessi Krier, Sofie Lische, Anais Medina, Paul Pham and Andrew Newcombe.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Doctoral Student Gets New Post at Community College District

John Valencia
“When I was looking to apply for a doctorate program, I knew that my best career move was to be involved with the SDSU program.”

That’s how John Valencia feels about the San Diego State University (SDSU) Educational Leadership Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) Program. And with good reason.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Working to Decrease Teacher Shortage

Joe Garland, local math teacher
24 to 1.

That is the California student-teacher ratio, the largest in the nation and eight more students per classroom than the national average.

The reason?

Monday, October 3, 2016

Two Students Selected as Casanova Scholars

Stephanie Mathew and Oscar Duran
Congratulations are in order.

Two current College of Education (COE) graduate students have been selected for the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship. One additional COE student received an honorable mention.

Stephanie Mathew is a first-year graduate student in Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University (SDSU). Oscar Duran is a first-year transfer student in the Aztec Research Fellowship Program at SDSU. Alejandro Arias, another first-year transfer student in the SDSU Aztec Research Fellowship Program, was awarded an Honorable Mention by the Pre-Doctoral Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

COE Alumna is New Principal of Lakeview Elementary

Staci Arnold
It’s official.

Staci Arnold, a San Diego State University (SDSU) alumna, is the new principal of Lakeview Elementary in Lakeside.

“I am thrilled to be principal at Lakeview,” said Arnold. “I am privileged to call Lakeview my home as I have a strong connection with staff, students and the community.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

Loh-Hagan Receives Award in Reading Education

Virginia Loh-Hagan

She has an intense passion for books.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, a faculty member in the College of Education’s School of Teacher Education, has written academic books. She has written children’s books, presented at local and national book conferences and has served in book award committees.

Her outstanding contributions to the advancement of reading in California, were recently recognized with the California Reading Association's Marcus Foster Memorial Reading Award. The award was established in 1973 to honor the late Dr. Marcus Foster, superintendent of schools in Oakland.

Pang Advocates for Asian Pacific American Achievement

Asian American boy climbing on the rope at playground
School of Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Valerie Ooka Pang, is speaking out for better policies and approaches for examining data regarding the very diverse groups of students identified as Asian American and Pacific Islander.  Pang’s research has highlighted the diversity of this very large population of students and challenges us to avoid glossing over important student needs by overgeneralizing characteristics.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Tear Down the Barriers to Bilingual Education

Spanish-immersion kindergarten class at Sherman Elementary
Bilingual education in California suffered a major blow when Proposition 227 passed nearly 20 years ago. Proposition 58 will fix Prop. 227’s mistakes. The measure proposes access and equity to bilingual education programs for all students in California, both those who enter public schools needing to learn English, and English-only speaking students who want to learn a second language.

Read more at Voice of San Diego

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz
Do you like pad thai noodles? There’s someone in the College of Education that’s really good with a wok! Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz loves to cook, is a world traveler, and can teach you a thing or two about paying for college. Learn more about the new Interim Director of the School of Teacher Education in this month’s 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Liberal Studies Major Moves to College of Education

Liberal Studies Majors Silvia Oliveros, Christopher Turner, and Brittain Cetina


The major for future elementary and middle school teachers has a new home.

San Diego State University’s (SDSU) Liberal Studies major is now part of the College of Education. The transition became official this fall.

Student Leadership Spotlight: Mikayla Lacebal



Great leaders establish their leadership early on in their professional careers. Mikayla Lacebal, a senior Liberal Studies major at San Diego State University, is certainly no exception.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Convocation Kicks Off New Year

Randy Philipp with COE faculty, staff and friends
The annual event marks the beginning of the academic year and recognizes faculty Monty winner, Randolph Phillip, Director of SDSU's Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education (CRMSE), an interdisciplinary community of research scholars from the College of Education and College of Sciences. A testament to his national reputation in the field, he was recently elected president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.

Read more about the All-University Convocation at SDSU Newscenter

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Meet DLE’s Newest Faculty Member Dr. Saúl I. Maldonado

Saúl  Maldonado
This Semester we have the pleasure of welcoming Saul Isaac Maldonado to the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education.

Friday, August 19, 2016

COE Doctoral Student Named President of State Association

Soua Xiong
And the new president is...

No, we’re not talking about who the next U.S. President is going to be; the election is not until November. We’re referring to the next president of the California College Personnel Association (CCPA): Soua Xiong.

ASL Courses Return to SDSU

SDSU Campus and hands spelling “S-D-S-U”
Beginning this Fall SDSU will be offering American Sign Language (ASL) courses to meet foreign language requirements for undergraduate students. Courses will be offered through the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) in ASL Level 1 (DLE 101) and Level 2 (DLE 102) in Fall 2016 and ASL level 3 (DLE 201) will be offered in Spring 2017. Courses are currently listed in the SDSU class schedule.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Cultural Competency Advances Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Tanis King Starck is introduced by Grossmont President Nabil S. Abu-Ghazaleh
Dr. Tanis King Starck, College of Education Assistant Dean of Special Projects, was invited to deliver the Grossmont College Keynote Address at their August 5, 2016 Convocation. Her topic: “How Cultural Competency Advances Institutional Effectiveness.”

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Welcome New COE Faculty for Fall 2016

The College of Education is excited to welcome four new faculty members for the fall semester.  This talented group is a wonderful addition to the SDSU community!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Students Make Time for Mental Matters

students participating at wellness conference
Renew and refuel.

That’s what about 230 San Diego State University (SDSU) students, faculty and staff did at a free mental wellness conference which took place this past spring at the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Students Express Creativity in Second Annual Art Competition

Young girl admires the artwork on display in Montezuma Hall
Now in its second year, the College of Education hosted its annual Student Art Competition and Exhibition to promote the arts within the San Diego community.

The contest, sponsored by both the San Diego Private Bank and the Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation, is open to all San Diego County residents who are currently enrolled in grades K-12. The goal of the contest is to encourage students, teachers, and families to explore modern and contemporary art together.

Friday, July 22, 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.

Friday, July 1, 2016

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Rachael Stewart

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Rachael Stewart
Did you know that we have Starbucks’ number one fan on staff at the College of Education? This former reality TV star is the current administrative support coordinator for the Department of Educational Leadership. Learn more about Rachael Stewart in this month’s 7 Things You Didn’t Know About the COE Faculty and Staff.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dr. Vasquez-Urias Named 2016 ELEVATE Fellow

Dr. Marissa Vasquez-Urias
The Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) has selected 19 Early Career Faculty Members to participate in its ELEVATE training program, and the College of Education’s own Marissa Vasquez-Urias was selected to participate.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

First Annual Otay Experience Forum Inspires Local High School Seniors

Forum panel speakers
This past spring, more than 100 seniors at Otay Ranch High School attended the first annual “Otay Experience Forum, Breaking Barriers and Changing Perceptions: Finding the Hero Within” event.  Some of San Diego’s top female leaders participated as panelists, including SDSU College of Education Assistant Dean Tanis Starck and SDSU doctoral alum Sweetwater District Superintendent Dr. Karen Janney.

Read more about the inspiring Otay Experience Forum event.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Dr. Haine-Schlagel Represents SDSU in Important CFD Research

Dr. Rachel Haine-Schlagel
In studies focused on family therapy techniques and home visiting programs, the College of Education’s Dr. Rachel Haine-Schlagel is lending a hand in furthering research for Child and Family Development.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

2016 Class of SDSU IS3D Students Graduate in Palau

Palau Graduates
As their three-year journey came to an end in May 2016, students who attended San Diego State University remotely from their home on the island of Palau were able to reap the benefits of their hard work as they earned their Bachelor’s Degrees.

Friday, June 10, 2016

GEAR UP Program Ends After Seven Year Run

gear up students
After seven successful years, SDSU’s GEAR UP to College Avenue Compact grant has come to an end after helping create a college-going culture in the City Heights community and guiding hundreds of students in the pursuit of their educational dreams.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Nancy Farnan Retires After 27 Years of Incredible Service

Dr. Nancy Farnan, 27 years of service

After 27 years of dedicated service, it is with both sadness and pride that San Diego State University says farewell to Dr. Nancy Farnan.

Monday, June 6, 2016

SDSU/CGU PhD Alumni Making an Impact

alumni map
Since 1978, the San Diego State University (SDSU) and Claremont Graduate University (CGU) Joint Doctoral Program in Education has produced an impressive 204 graduates. Recently, JDP Director Dr. Rafaela Santa Cruz and JDP alumnus Dr. Aaron Iffland analyzed alumni employment data to create a map showing where each of these graduates has been employed.

Aztecs for Education Brings a Book for Every Child

aztecs for education
All it can take to change a child’s life is giving them the gift of education, which is exactly what SDSU’s Aztecs for Education gave to students at Logan Elementary school last spring.