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Friday, October 13, 2017

The Great Give

The Great Give sponsored by Wawanesa
Make it Great – Take Part in the Great Give

One great day of giving: October 24, 2017

Last year over 750 donors raised over $140,000 in support of scholarship, programming and research initiatives at SDSU. YOU can take part and make a difference for our students by supporting the College of Education in this year’s Great Give.

Visit the Great Give website.

Read more about the Great Give at the SDSU Alumni website.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

COE Fund Investing in Children’s Future

Aztecs for Education
“Every child deserves a chance to succeed. Invest in their future today.”

This is the vision of the College of Education’s Improving Futures Fund (IFF) and it’s achieving its goal with great success.

Launched in the fall of 2014 by Dean Joseph F. Johnson, Jr., the Improving Futures Fund provides monetary support to College of Education’s faculty and staff endeavors that improve the future COE’s graduates and of children, youth, and adults they will serve.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

ARFP Pairs Students with Graduate Mentors, Faculty

ARFP students and faculty
Six San Diego State University undergraduate transfer students got the opportunity to work with graduate mentors and faculty to conduct research focused on improving outcomes for underserved populations.

The interactions took place last school year thanks to the Aztec Research Fellowship Program (ARFP), which was established in 2014 to provide students from underrepresented groups, opportunities to engage in social science research.

Monday, October 2, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Jim Marshall

 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Jim Marshall
Associate Professor in Educational Leadership, Dr. Jim Marshall, served in three departments, and is the only COE faculty member to do so on his road to tenure! The newly appointed  director of the Ed.D. PK-12 program was also once a San Diego Zoo employee, and his love for animals lives on. Read more to find out which animals currently live at his home and other facts about Jim in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Starting the Year with Some Very Worthy Awards

Dr. Ross, Dr. Wood, and Dr. Frey
College faculty and staff joined Dean Johnson at the Fall Faculty/Staff Assembly to welcome and celebrate their colleagues and this year’s assembly included the awarding of some unique distinctions to three highly deserving faculty members.

New at this year’s gathering was the presentation of the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Awards where Dean Johnson presented awards to Drs. J. Luke Wood and Nancy Frey and a special recognition to Professor Emerita, Dr. Pamela J. Ross for their numerous contributions in support of students, programs, and community stakeholders central to our mission in the College of Education.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Global Cultural Experience: Belize

SDSU students in Belize
Gud maanin! And Weh yuh naym?

That’s what a group of San Diego State University students likely heard when Belizeans wished them good morning and ask them their name in Kriol, one of the languages spoken in Belize.

Nineteen SDSU students chose the Central American country, where English is the official language but bilingualism is common, to fulfill their Liberal Studies International Experience Requirement.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Where Are They Now?

2017 graduate
The College of Education congratulates the following individuals on recent promotions.

Jaclyn D. Hugg, (2011) M.A., Postsecondary Educational Leadership, to the position of Associate Director, Alumni Engagement at Northwestern University

Greg Ottinger (2010) Ed.D., Educational Leadership PreK-12, to the position of Chief Business Officer at San Diego Unified School District

We would like to know what you are doing since completing your COE program!

Please take a moment to update your information using our Google form.

Monday, September 11, 2017

CSP Department Wins the Provost's Innovation for Excellence Award

a latino family
The Department of Counseling and School Psychology (CSP) was a recipient of the 2016-17 Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Award.

The Provost’s Innovation for Excellence Award recognizes academic departments or schools that have through collaborative effort implemented a new initiative that has generated new momentum toward achieving one or more of the key goals of SDSU’s Building on Excellence strategic plan.

Read more about the award.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Science Camp a Learning Experience for Future Teachers

kids at science camp
During Aztec Science Camp, the kids who participate get to learn hands on. But they are not the only ones benefiting from the experience.

The College of Education students who take part in the annual event are learning as well.

Garineh Melikian, who is in her second semester of student teaching and will be completing her  credential program by the end of the year, said she really enjoyed the experience.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

‘Black Minds Matter’ Course Focuses on Improving Success for Men of Color

Black Minds Matter
Research has shown that Black boys and men are criminalized in the classroom and their minds undervalued by the educators and institutions of learning.

But why is that?

Monday, August 28, 2017

COE Welcomes New Faculty and Staff for Fall 2017

Welcome Karen, Sesen, Katie and Belén!
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!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Update on COE Four-Year Teacher Preparation Programs

Four-Year Teacher Preparation Programs
Planning teams at the College of Education are busy developing four programs which will allow students to get a bachelor’s degree and a teaching credential in just four years.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Farewell and Hello from the Office of Student Services

Michelle Xiong
Michelle Xiong, new Liberal Studies program advisor
After 35 years of service to SDSU, Vicki Fielden, Liberal Studies Advisor has retired. Her days are now filled with outdoor hiking adventures, leisurely reading her favorite novels, and not setting her alarm each morning. Although Fielden’s position was with the college for only one year, she will be missed by all of her colleagues in the Office of Student Services (OSS).

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Global Cultural Experience: Spain

Global Cultural Experience: Spain
Ávila and Granada, Spain.

These are just two cities where College of Education Students have an opportunity to study abroad and explore the world.

Dozens of San Diego State University students participated in the faculty-led trips to Granada and Ávila, Spain this summer.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Student Spotlight: Salvador Terrones

Sal Terrones
If someone had told him in high school he would be attending San Diego State University, he would not have believed them.

As a ninth grader, Salvador Terrones was too focused on finding a way to get out of the Preuss School at UC San Diego. He wanted to go to high school in his community, where according to him, he would be more likely to “affiliate with the wrong crowds and get in trouble…(not) graduate from high school.”

But Flores made it through and is now at San Diego State University pursuing an interdisciplinary studies degree with an emphasis in Counseling and Social Change, Social Work and Leadership.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Catrina Fuentes

Catrina Fuentes
If you’re craving a delicious Filipino dish, look no further! This former Aggie is known to whip up all the classic dishes with her own twist, and no, she doesn’t mind sharing! Her passions do extend far beyond the kitchen, as was demonstrated during her time at UC Davis where she was involved in a major youth development project. Keep reading for more colorful facts about the Department of Counseling and School Psychology’s new administrative support coordinator, Catrina Fuentes, in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Another COE Graduate Student Wins Casanova Scholarship

Kathy Nguyen
Another College of Education graduate student has been selected for the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

Kathy Nguyen is a second-year graduate student in the College of Education’s Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a specialization in the student affairs program.

Monday, August 14, 2017

COE Launches New Cultural Proficiency Minor

Dr. Starck and the Cultural Proficiency Minor
There’s a new minor on Aztec Mesa.

The College of Education has established the Cultural Proficiency Minor, which will debut this fall semester. “This new minor will be a cross-disciplinary one, with classes and professors drawn from departments across campus,” said Dr. Tanis Starck, assistant dean for special projects for the College of Education. “The 15 units of coursework from different academic departments and faculty will provide students a balanced approach to understanding the viewpoints of others, and help students to develop a practical set of skills related to decision-making, communication, leadership, and collaboration.”

Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Zuma Innovation Award

Andrea Saltzman Martin
The Presidential Staff Excellence Awards, or Zuma Awards recognize outstanding contributions and efforts made by San Diego State University staff in support of the university, fellow employees and the community. During an awards ceremony on Aug. 3, President Sally Roush recognized staff excellence in seven categories, including staff-to-staff mentoring, innovation and team effort. Candidates were nominated by their colleagues and the finalists were selected from a pool of more than 130 entries.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017 Faculty and Alumni Monty Awards

The Montys: Doug and Karen
The Montys are a time-honored tradition at SDSU. The award is a symbol of achievement and success presented to distinguished professors and alumni. The Monty Awards are bestowed by the SDSU Alumni Association and given to those who have made significant contributions to the university, the San Diego community or California, nationally or internationally.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

7 Things You Didn’t Know About… Dr. Patricia Lozada-Santone

 Patricia Lozada-Santone
Dr. Patricia Lozada-Santone began her collegiate years at a remarkably young age following in her mother’s footsteps by attending SDSU. The Aztec spirit continues in her family! Find out which other family member kept up with the Aztec tradition in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

STE Students Rock the EdTPA!

Credential students
School of Teacher Education (STE) students achieved impressive EdTPA results with a success rate of 94%, substantially above the national average of 72%!

We are excited to announce that 94% of our students passed EdTPA on their first try! The EdTPA measures teaching effectiveness. It is an updated, national version of the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) that was developed by SCALE (Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity) and is being implemented in partnership with Pearson Education.

Monday, June 26, 2017

COE Faculty Receives National Ethnic Mentoring Award

Nellie Tran
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.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dozens of High School Students Experience College Life

 Upward Bound students on National TRIO Day
Nearly one hundred high school students are taking classes and experiencing living on campus thanks to the College of Education’s Upward Bound Summer Residential Program.

For six weeks, 90 low-income and/or first generation students from 13 high schools are taking courses taught by credentialed high school teachers and living with a college roommate on the San Diego State University campus.

Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center Continues

 Businessman in wheelchair discussing with colleague
Congratulations to Dr. Caren Sax’s Interwork Institute in our Administration, Rehabilitation, and Post-Secondary Education Department.  Their Workforce Innovation Technical Assistance Center (WINTAC) recently received another year of funding from the Rehabilitation Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Education.  The WINTAC will receive $3.5 million per year for five years, ending on September 30, 2020.

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.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hundreds Attend First ASL Poetry and Folklore Event

 ASL Club members
About 350 people attended the first American Sign Language Poetry and Folklore Event, a night celebrating deaf culture and the beauty of the language.

Six deaf performers entertained the audience during the free event, presented by the College of Education’s Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE)/American Sign Language and the San Diego State University ASL Club.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

COE Faculty Presents at SDSU’s Research Foundation Event

 Jessica Suhrheinrich, far right
The awards provide support and time for intensive career development experience for researchers starting their careers.

And since Dr. Jessica Suhrheinrich had received one of these prestigious awards—the Career Development Awards—it made perfect sense that she was invited to be a featured presenter at the San Diego State University Research Foundation’s event on the National Institutes of Health K Award Competition.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Future Teachers Spend Their Summer…Teaching

Chollas-Mead and Johnson Elementary Schools
Five College of Education student teachers will be one step closer to getting their teaching credential after teaching students in underserved communities during their summer break.

Holly Daquila, Joyce Smith and Tiffany Ramirez will be working with students at Chollas-Mead Elementary. Dustin Brandon and Whitney Cotter will be teaching at Johnson Elementary. Both schools are in the San Diego Unified School District.

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.