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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Five Ways the CSU Is Preparing More Great Teachers

California teacher shortage
Chances are good you've already heard about the desperate shortage of trained and credentialed teachers – about 20,000 are needed in California alone.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

2017 Summer Session Courses Still Available

Summer Session. Dive into summer. Get ahead. Graduate sooner.

San Diego State University summer courses can help you get ahead in your coursework and stay connected to your professors and the campus over the summer. SDSU is offering hundreds of on-campus courses and more than 130 online courses in three short sessions. Taking just one summer session course can put you on track to graduate on time or leave room in your schedule for a valuable internship, study abroad experience, or participation in a student organization next year.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Outstanding Graduates of the College of Education's Class of 2017

2017 Outstanding Graduates


Each year the College of Education recognizes a group of exceptional students as its Outstanding Graduates.  Outstanding Graduates are selected from each department at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels based on their academic performance and dedication to their field. In turn, these students then select the most influential faculty member of their academic career. Outstanding Graduates and their Most Influential Faculty members will be recognized at the COE Commencement Ceremony on May 14, 2017.

The Informed & Inspired Team caught up with the 2017 COE Outstanding Graduates to learn how they plan to go out and make a difference in their communities after graduation and also what their favorite SDSU memories are!

Friday, May 5, 2017

School Psychology Grad Featured in U.S. News and World Report

Elaine Chen
As a child, she was placed in a special education program because she was falling behind in school. Tests soon revealed that Elaine Chen did not have a learning disability. A language barrier was what was preventing her from excelling in school. Chen’s native language was Mandarin and she didn’t learn English until kindergarten.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Nine Special Ed Students Get Ben Ziri Scholarships

Ben Ziri Scholarship Recipients
Nine College of Education students have each received a scholarship to help them obtain a degree teaching students with disabilities.

Four got a $3,000 scholarship and the others got $500 from the Ben Ziri Caravan #218, a part of the International Order of the Alhambras, which raises funds to support individuals with intellectual disabilities. The scholarship, funded by an endowment established by non-profit organization and San Diego State University, is awarded to students enrolled in the moderate to severe teaching credential program.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

7 Things You Didn't Know About Alison Sternal

7 Things You Didn't Know About Alison Sternal

How would you like to make your own toothpaste and marmalade? Just ask Alison Sternal, as she has made both! She is also on her way to starting her second MA program this fall. Read on to learn more about the SDSU/CGU Joint Ph.D. in Education Program’s new program coordinator in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff! 

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

COE Welcomes Cultural Responsiveness Expert

COE with Dr. Sharroky
He travels across the country training teachers how to be culturally responsive when they teach. Recently, Dr. Sharroky Hollie, executive director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning, made a stop at San Diego State University to share his decades-long knowledge and experience with College of Education faculty and students.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Six Psychology Students Present Their Research at National Conference

School Psychology Students at NASP
Six College of Education students recently presented their research at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference in San Antonio.

School psychology students Noreen Netzsosie, Anais Medina Flores, Emily Johnson, Kenia Lopez, and Jenna Palacios showcased their research at different workshops at the professional association’s conference. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) represents more than 25,000 school psychologists, graduate students, and related professionals throughout the United States and 25 other countries.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

COE Moves Up in National Ranking

 SDSU campus
The College of Education continues to shine, jumping 12 spots in a national ranking of best education schools.

The 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best Graduate Schools placed COE at No. 57, compared to No. 69 the previous year. The magazine also ranked COE No.1 in San Diego County and the California State University system and No. 8 in California.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Student Leadership Spotlight: Tanesha Moore

 Tanesha Moore
She wanted to get involved and to make the voices of College of Education students heard.

Tanesha Moore is doing exactly that.

As the new COE Student Council (COESC) president, Moore is the voice of her fellow students in San Diego State University’s student government.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Pamela Gardner


7 Things You Didn’t Know About Pamela Gardner
How would you like to share a neighborhood with royalty? Undergraduate advisor in Child and Family Development, Pamela Gardner, did just that when she lived in London. She had another run-in with a different kind of celebrity in her Girl Scout days. Read on to find out who she sold cookies to and to discover more about her in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It’s A Good Thing When Your Child’s Math Homework Scares You

 Student in math class
Some San Diego children are coming home with math homework that looks foreign — and maybe a little scary. Several schools in San Diego Unified are piloting a new kind of math instruction that aligns with the common core academic standards. KPBS education reporter Megan Burks recently visited one of those schools and brought back this story. In this article, COE Associate Dean Nadine Bezuk also discusses the quality of and reasons for this instruction.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Men of Color in College: Focus of March “Discovery Slams”

 Discovery Slams: Dr. J. Luke Wood
Stereotypes on level of intelligence, criminality and cultural differences.

These are some of the issues that men of color experience when pursuing a higher education and the message of Dr. Luke Wood’s presentation at San Diego State University’s March “Discovery Slams.”

Friday, April 7, 2017

AAMP Receives Donation from AT&T

 AAMP students and faculty
SDSU’s African American Mentoring Program (AAMP) received a donation from AT&T (San Diego 10-Internet and Services Division) for their work to increase African American achievement. The program’s founder, Dr. Tonika Green, who is an Associate Professor with the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, received an email from AT&T’s representative Annalisa Saldana, expressing an interest to raise money for the program as part of the division's Black History Initiative. The company raised $500 in three weeks for AAMP. Dr. Green and one of AAMP’s mentees, Myra Hollis, accepted the award at AT&T’s San Diego headquarters on March 21st. Over 100 AT&T employees dressed in Aztec gear, presented AAMP with the donation.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

COE Graduate Helps Students Succeed

 Shakerra Carter
Coming from a low-income family. Being the first to go to college. Feeling like you don’t belong.

These are some of the barriers Shakerra Carter had to overcome when pursuing a higher education, the same challenges she aims to eliminate as the new associate dean of Outreach and Pre-Enrollment Services for the San Diego Community College District.

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.

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.”

Monday, January 30, 2017

COE Round Table: Innovative Uses of Technology

COE Faculty and Staff gathered in a smart classroom
On Wednesday, November 9th, the College of Education hosted the Innovative Uses of Technology Round Table Session.  During the session COE faculty and staff were invited to present about the new and creative ways that they are using technology in their daily work.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Kids' picture book by SDSU faculty member highlights Chinese New Year

PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year

When Virginia Loh-Hagan was in the second grade, she read a book that changed her life. Now she’s trying to do the same for other young readers.

An education faculty member at San Diego State University's School of Teacher Education, Loh-Hagan also writes children’s books, including the newly released “PoPo’s Lucky Chinese New Year,” illustrated by Renné Benoit. In it, a Chinese-American girl learns from her grandmother about the annual celebration, which falls this year on Jan. 28.

Read the full story at the San Diego Union Tribune.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Sarah Maheronnaghsh

7 Things You Didn't Know About Dr. Sarah Maheronnaghsh

Can you believe that faculty member and Global Cultural Experience Coordinator Dr. Sarah Maheronnaghsh has traveled to over 20 countries so far in her life?! Read more fun facts about Sarah in this month’s edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About COE Faculty and Staff.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

SDSU Gets $7 Million to Strengthen Principal Preparation

 Douglas Fisher, Ph.D.
San Diego State University is one of seven universities that have been chosen to participate in a new $47 million initiative to improve preparation of principals.

The funds, distributed over the next four years, will help SDSU to develop new models for principal preparation programs and encourage higher-quality training across the state.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

COE Student Lands Sally Casanova Scholarship

 Stephanie Nguyen
Another College of Education student has been named a Casanova Scholar.

Stephanie Nguyen, 24, will be a scholar in the prestigious Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship until June 2017.

Monday, January 9, 2017

COE Faculty Receive University Grants for 2017

 Community members holding hands
The University Research Council and the University Grants and Lectureship Committee (UGLC) announced the awardees of the University Grants Program (UGP) for 2017 and several were COE faculty members!

The purposes of the UGP are to support scholarly research and creative activities, permit faculty to launch new projects, bring advanced projects to completion; and help faculty members develop a research program competitive for extramural funding.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

COE Professor Presents at UNESCO, Lands New Fellowship

Dr. Marilee Bresciani presenting in India
Her new fellowship will focus on how to prevent violent extremism.

The fellowship is the result of a presentation that Dr. Marilee Bresciani Ludvik recently gave on the same topic at a United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) conference in New Delhi, India.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

COE Faculty Speaks at White House

 Dr. Luke Wood
A College of Education faculty lent his voice and expertise at a White House conference on education for youth of color.

Dr. Luke Wood, associate professor at the College of Education’s Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education spoke at the Inclusive STEM Education for Youth of Color. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Proposition 58 Passed, Now What?

 Dr. Cristina Alfaro
California voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition 58 on the November ballot, which ended the 18-year mandate of English-only instruction in public schools.

Proposition 58 will not go into effect until July 2017, but it doesn't actually establish new bilingual programs. That will be up to local communities to decide.

But are there enough bilingual teachers in California to fill demand if communities do add programs? And what is being done to ensure new bilingual programs reach the neediest students?

Cristina Alfaro, associate professor of English language and biliteracy development in the College of Education at San Diego State University, discusses the issue on KPBS Midday Edition with Maureen Cavanaugh.

Listen to the interview at KPBS Midday Edition.