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Friday, August 7, 2020

From Behind a Screen, Lecturer Takes Future Educators to the Outdoors

CFD lecturer Carolyn Sanders

As a lecturer in the San Diego State University Department of Child and Family Development, Carolyn Sanders teaches courses in multiple settings. But the course she calls her “passion project” typically meets in only one location: the natural canyon landscape of the SDSU Children’s Center’s backyard. 

For the future educators enrolled in Children and Nature, “That's where the service learning happens,” Sanders said. “We've actually planted, dug up and changed the ground covering. We've done a lot of work there.” 

Children and Nature provides a testing ground for prospective teachers to learn how to address the growing disconnect of children from the natural environment — a long-term trend with detrimental effects on mental, physical and emotional well-being. By getting their hands dirty in the Children Center’s Memory Park, students discover alternatives to teaching within the constraints of four walls.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Suhrheinrich Nets U.S. Dept. of Education Grant to Improve Autism Education

Dr. Jessica Suhrheinrich


Dr. Jessica Suhrheinrich, associate professor in the San Diego State University Department of Special Education, is beginning work on a federally-funded project aimed at empowering educators who work with young students with autism.

Over the summer, the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences awarded Suhrheinrich a grant of more than $1.4 million over 4 years to develop a tool to make Classroom Pivotal Response Teaching (CPRT) — a naturalistic, behavioral intervention for children with autism — simpler to deliver and more customizable for preschool and elementary school teachers and paraprofessionals.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Data Champions Team to Present its Work to Further Undergraduate Student Success

Dr. Lisa McCully and Sandra Kahn present their findings at the 2019 Data Champions poster session.
Dr. Lisa McCully and Sandra Kahn present their findings at the 2019 Data Champions poster session. 

A staff team from the Office of the Dean and Office of Student Success is set to offer insight and provide recommendations for improving student success in the College of Education’s two undergraduate majors.

Sandra Kahn, data administrator; Dr. Nina Potter, director of assessment and accreditation; Dr. Lisa McCully, director of the Office for Student Success, Michelle Xiong, liberal studies advisor; and Alison Sternal, community college outreach and undergraduate advisor, will present their findings at San Diego State University’s third annual Data Champions Virtual Poster Session, Aug. 3 and 4. Now in its third year, Data Champions is a university-wide initiative to use data to identify areas where service to students can be improved and equity gaps addressed.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

COE STORIES: Ed.D. Student Angel Gonzalez

Meet Angel Gonzalez, a doctoral student in the Ed.D. in Community College Leadership program. Learn about his passion for advancing equity and his dreams of a life in higher education in the first installment of the COE Stories video series.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

DLE's Esquinca Named Inaugural Faculty Scholar at SDSU Pride Center

Dr. Alberto Esquinca


As a young undergraduate student at the University of Texas-El Paso, Dr. Alberto Esquinca made a daily trek across a bridge spanning the concrete banks of the Rio Grande. The journey provided him safe passage beyond the imposing border fence — the physical representation of the century and a half of geopolitics that separated his family’s home in Ciudad Juarez from the opportunity he sought in the United States.

But upon arriving on campus, Esquinca confronted yet another daunting divide. As a gay man in West Texas in the 1990s, he felt like an outsider — so much that he doubted his ability to even continue with his education. Until, that is, he found a support network.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

SDSU Pre-College Institute Aids Local Digital Divide

A PCI family receives technology.

The San Diego State University Pre-College Institute (PCI) is helping alleviate the digital divide local students are experiencing amid the transition to virtual learning.

PCI staff members have delivered more than 30 digital learning devices, including laptops and hot spots to students across San Diego participating in the Upward Bound/Health Careers Opportunity Program (UB/HCOP).

Friday, June 19, 2020

Supporting Student Learning in the Age of COVID-19.

Dr. Vicki Park, associate professor in EDL.
Dr. Vicki Park, associate professor in EDL.
Dr. Vicki Park, associate professor in the Department of Education Leadership, and students from our Pomona/Alhambra Ed.D. cohort recently published a commentary on education amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE). The piece, entitled "Voices of Educators: Supporting Student Learning Amid the Pandemic Requires Prioritizing Social-Emotional Care," offers recommendations on how educators can support the welfare of their students in this time of increased stress.

Read the full commentary.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ARPE's Harris Talks Anti-Racism with The San Diego Union-Tribune

Dr. Frank Harris III
Dr. Frank Harris III, professor in San Diego State University's Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education, was recently interviewed by The San Diego Union-Tribune in an article examining how to be an effective ally in the fight against racism.

“Your job is to be a voice and someone who uses White privilege in ways that eliminate barriers,” said Harris, an expert on racial equity in postsecondary education and the co-director of the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL). “To be an ally is an act of service.”

Read the full article.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

I Can't Breathe: A Message to the College of Education Community

Editor's Note: The following statement was issued to the College of Education Community on June 3, 2020.

Dear College of Education Students, Faculty, and Staff:

We are keenly aware that people are deeply hurting. In the wake of the horrific murder of George Floyd — and the days of outrage and violence that have ensued — we are deeply cognizant that our College of Education community is painfully disheartened at the sight of how racial injustices continue to be nurtured by extant systems of oppression that, once again, have been unmistakably exposed for the world to see.

As we ponder the persistence of violence against members of the African American community across the U.S. — and as we witness how the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected poor, Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities — we must remain resolute in our commitment to meet this convergence of social maladies with the antidote of courage, mindfulness, and compassion. In the midst of these disturbing circumstances, let us remember the power of education; the power of community; the power of advocacy; and the ultimate power of love as vehicles for reimagining and recreating a world that values our collective humanity.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Leadership Minor Grad Wins SDSU’s Zahn Spirit of Innovation Award

Chasejamison Akilah Manar-Spears


Ghana seemed to offer everything Chasejamison Akilah Manar-Spears needed to clear her mind and break away from the San Diego State University campus for a while.

And it did. As she connected with her roots, she developed a commitment to environmental and social justice that helped lead to her selection as SDSU’s Zahn Spirit of Innovation award recipient for 2020. Its effect on her life, however, is just beginning.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SDSU Names Wood Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

J. Luke Wood
San Diego State University Chief Diversity Officer J. Luke Wood, the Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Education in the College of Education, has been selected to serve as Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity. Wood will begin transitioning into the position effective May 26, 2020 and assume full duties for the newly combined division on June 15, 2020.

SDSU President Adela de la Torre announced Wood’s appointment in a campus notice, indicating that Wood will oversee the newly formed Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity, which unites the Division of Diversity and Innovation and the Division of Student Affairs.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

#SDSUGrad Spotlight: Kate McClure



San Diego State University’s community has shown its true resilience during this unprecedented and difficult time in human history. 

Graduates from the Class of 2020, in particular, have risen to the challenge. 

In this series, we highlight graduates as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives, including those who have secured jobs and internships or are moving into advanced studies. SDSU Career Services continues to offer resources for students, including the new online career platform Handshake and expanded virtual programming and advising

Kate McClure 
Major: Child and Family Development 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

COMMENTARY: Anti-Asian Hate in Light of COVID-19 Hurts All of Us


"I cannot afford the luxury of fighting one form of oppression only. I cannot afford to believe that freedom from intolerance is the right of only one particular group. And I cannot afford to choose between the fronts upon which I must battle these forces of discrimination, wherever they appear to destroy me. And when they appear to destroy me, it will not be long before they appear to destroy you." 
—Audrey Lorde

As an inclusive, responsive and socially impactful College of Education community, it is our responsibility to denounce ideas and condemn actions that disaffirm the inherent value and dignity of all human beings. Exercising this responsibility is even more significant during challenging times such as these: when we continue to witness how the racialization of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to an upsurge of racist attacks against East Asians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders across the world and the U.S.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Loh-Hagan Designs Elementary Education Curriculum for New PBS Series

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan


PBS has begun airing a new five-part documentary series called “Asian Americans” and thanks in part to a San Diego State University faculty member, students across the country can follow along with the series in class.

The series spotlights individual lives and personal histories of a population the 2010 U.S. Census identified as the nation’s fastest-growing racial/ethnic group, exploring its impact on the country’s past, present and future.

Dr. Virginia Loh-Hagan, Liberal Studies program director at SDSU and a faculty member in the School of Teacher Education, led a curriculum team of K-6 educators in writing lesson plans that align with the series. Loh-Hagan was selected by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ) to lead the elementary curriculum team on this project, which was supported by a grant.

Friday, May 15, 2020

COE GRADS 2020: Celebrating Another SDSU Graduation — 26 Years Later

Tracy Lee Provins
Meet Tracy Lee Provins, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate in the School of Teacher Education. She chose Dr. Lisa Lamb as her most influential faculty member.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

COE GRADS 2020: Student's Experience With Disability Instills a Passion to Help Others

Greg Hoffman

Meet Greg Hoffman, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education. He chose Dr. Charles Degeneffe as his most influential faculty member.

COE GRADS 2020: A Dream Achieved and a Promise Kept

Darielle Blevins

COE GRADS 2020: Counselor Seeks to Remove Barriers to Student Success

Sofia Robles

Meet Sofia Robles, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology. She chose Ashley Kruger as her most influential faculty member.

COE GRADS 2020: Taking Learning Beyond the Classroom

Katie Dennison

Meet Katie Dennison, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate (undergrad) in the Department of Child and Family Development. She chose Dr. Rachel Haine-Schlagel as her most influential faculty member.

COE GRADS 2020: Future Teacher Gains New Perspectives and New Confidence

Megan Hanna

COE GRADS 2020: Inspired to Be A Voice for Change

Amber Riehman

COE GRADS 2020: An Unlikely Educational Journey

Craig Bowden

Meet Craig Bowden, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate in the Department of Educational Leadership. He chose Dr. James Wright as his most influential faculty member.

COE GRADS 2020: A Teacher Discovers her Knack for Research

Rise Richard

Meet Rise Richard, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate from the Department of Special Education. She chose Dr. Yasemin Turan-Qian as her most influential faculty member.

COE GRADS 2020: A Champion for Early Childhood Mental Health

Hannah Zimmerman
Meet Hannah Zimmerman, the 2020 Outstanding Graduate (grad student) for the Department of Child and Family Development. She chose Dr. Lisa Linder as her most influential faculty member.

Joint Doctoral Program Alumni Win AERA Best Paper Award

Dr. Helina Hoyt and Dr. Sean Hauze


An exploration of a virtual simulation tool that may revolutionize nursing education, authored by two San Diego State University leaders and alumni, has earned a Best Graduate Student Paper award from the nation’s top professional organization for educational researchers.

Dr. Helina Hoyt, nursing program coordinator at SDSU Imperial Valley, and Dr. Sean Hauze, Associate Director for Instructional Technology Services (ITS), were honored by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) for the paper “Equitable Nursing Education Simulation through Holographic Video: Measuring Student Knowledge, Skill, and Motivation to Learn.” The project stemmed from their collaborative research as students in SDSU’s Joint Ph.D. Program in Education with Claremont Graduate University (CGU).

Striking Gold with Virtual Teacher Development Sessions

Dr. Melissa Soto leads a virtual professional development session for elementary school teachers.
Dr. Melissa Soto leads a virtual workshop for elementary school teachers.


In the days after schools across California started to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-March, Dr. Melissa Soto was glued to her Twitter timeline. What stood out were posts by elementary school teachers showing off the packets of worksheets and bags of math tools they were sending home with students to help continue with their education amid physical distancing.

While it was heartwarming to see their dedication, the associate professor in mathematics education at San Diego State University also found the posts somewhat concerning.

Lecturers’ Early Tech Adoption, Grace Fuels Virtual Transition Success

Diana Pastora Carson (third from left), Rachel Schlesinger (right) and their TAs.
Diana Pastora Carson (third from left), Rachel Schlesinger (right) and their TAs.

Television news coverage of the early spread of COVID-19 in the United States provided an eerie backdrop for Diana Pastora Carson and Rachel Schlesinger as they passed through airport terminals on their way back from New Orleans in early March. It was a strange time to travel, but for the pair of San Diego State University lecturers, the timing was also somewhat fortuitous.

Carson and Schlesinger had just attended a conference for Top Hat — an online education platform they had been using for a couple of years to increase student participation and engagement in the General Studies 420: Disability and Society course they teach together. Soon, they’d need to use it to tackle a new challenge — moving 600 students from two large lecture halls to virtual learning.

And they’d need to do so in one week.
 

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

VIDEO: A Message to the DLE Class of 2020

Dr. Margarita Machado-Casas
Dr. Margarita Machado-Casas, professor and chair in the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education, congratulates DLE's newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the STE Class of 2020

Dr. Lynne Bercaw

Dr. Lynne Bercaw, professor and director of the School of Teacher Education, congratulates STE’s newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the CSP Class of 2020

Dr. Brent Taylor

Dr. Brent Taylor, professor and chair in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology, congratulates CSP's newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the EDL Class of 2020

Dr. Douglas Fisher

Dr. Douglas Fisher, professor and chair in the Department of Educational Leadership, congratulates EDL’s newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the SPED Class of 2020

Dr. Laura Hall

Dr. Laura Hall, professor and chair in the Department of Special Education, congratulates SPED's newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the JDP Class of 2020

Dr. Marva Cappello
Dr. Marva Cappello, professor and director of the Joint Ph.D. Program in Education, congratulates the JDP’s newest doctors.

VIDEO: A Message to the ARPE Class of 2020

Dr. Caren Sax

Dr. Caren Sax, professor and chair of the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education, congratulates ARPE’s newest graduates.

VIDEO: A Message to the CFD Class of 2020

Dr. Sarah Garrity

Dr. Sarah Garrity, associate professor and chair in the Department of Child and Family Development, congratulates CFD's newest graduates.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Student Teachers Get Creative to Complete Credential Programs

Ashley Franklin's homemade document cam

From a bedroom in her boyfriend’s parents’ house, Ashley Franklin teaches second grade. The student in San Diego State University’s multiple-subject teacher credential program hasn’t seen her guide teacher or students at Halecrest Elementary in Chula Vista in-person since March 13, when the district suspended in-person classes due to COVID-19. Yet from that small room, she’s found unique ways to connect with her pupils — and gain the classroom hours she needs to teach students of her own in the fall.

How unique? Take the makeshift document camera she rigged up using a tripod and ruler. The setup allows her to suspend her phone over her desk, allowing children to follow along as she works out math problems or reads aloud.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

$3 Million Grant Aims to Bolster Math, Science Teaching in SD County Schools

Noyce Master Teaching Fellows from SDSU's 2012-2019 cohort.
Noyce Master Teaching Fellows from SDSU's 2012-2019 cohort.

San Diego State University has received a $3 million National Science Foundation-funded grant to strengthen mathematics and science teaching in high-need, urban schools throughout San Diego County.

Starting in May, SDSU will recruit 20 teachers from the Grossmont, La Mesa-Spring Valley, Santee and Sweetwater school districts to serve as Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs). Over the course of five years working both at SDSU and at their school sites, fellows will hone their skills as teachers of math and science, provide professional development for colleagues, serve as guide teachers for SDSU student teachers and teach university courses in math and science education.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Researching Immigrant Families, Lazarevic Sees Stresses, Hope … and Her Own Past

Dr. Vanja Lazarevic
As she conducts research into dynamics between parents and their adolescent and young adult children in immigrant communities, Dr. Vanja Lazarevic, assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Development, finds common threads — as well as echoes of her own experience as a teenage refugee from Bosnia.

Read the full story in SDSU NewsCenter.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

A Message About COVID-19 Response From Dean Y. Barry Chung

Portrait of Dean Y. Barry Chung

Over the past few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us all to make the difficult adjustment to a new reality — one that would have seemed unimaginable before. In the San Diego State University College of Education (COE), that has meant shifting every facet of what we do — be it classroom learning, experiential training or community service — into the virtual space. It has been an enormous undertaking full of long hours and unforeseen hurdles, but I am pleased to report that, thanks to the astounding dedication and innovative spirit of our students, faculty, and staff, we have met this challenge head on.
 

COE’s Virtual Support Team Comes Through in Crisis

COE's Virtual Support Team


As the COVID-19 pandemic has made telework and virtual instruction the norm at San Diego State University, one household in particular has become something of a technological nerve center for the campus. In a home office, Andrea Saltzman Martin, instructional designer and lecturer in the College of Education, has worked long hours to help faculty shift their classes into the online space. In their living room, her husband Gregory Martin serves as the tech support lead for the College of Arts and Letters. And from his bedroom, their son Avi Martin works as a student assistant in the Library Hub Student Computing Center.

At the peak of the transition from in-person to virtual instruction in mid-March, the family was so busy they might as well have been in different ZIP codes.

“We sometimes pop into the same Zoom call just to say hi,” Saltzman Martin said with a laugh.

Peterson Elected President of American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Portrait of Dr. Sonia Peterson


A member of the San Diego State University College of Education faculty will soon lead the rehabilitation counseling field’s top professional organization. Dr. Sonia Peterson, assistant professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education (ARPE), has been elected president of the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA).

Peterson will be officially named president-elect starting July 1 and will serve a one-year term as president starting in July 2021.

COE News in Brief

JDP student Darielle Blevins accepts an award at Student Research Symposium
JDP doctoral candidate Darielle Blevins (middle) accepts the President's Award at Student Research Symposium.
Accomplishments, awards, events and more — here’s a glance at a few things you may have missed in the College of Education since our last issue.

Meet the New Department Coordinator in Counseling and School Psychology

Portrait of Mony Chau

Meet Mony Chau, one of the newest members of the College of Education team! You may just be getting to know him as the department coordinator in Counseling and School Psychology (CSP), but did you know he’s also a movie buff, health enthusiast and defiantly-awful singer? Find out more about Mony in this edition of 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faculty and Staff!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

More Vital Than Ever, Community Mental Health Services Move Online


CBB students meet via video conferencing

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, the San Diego State University College of Education’s community clinics are meeting the mental health needs of hundreds of San Diegans. Faculty and student clinicians in the Community-Based Block (CBB), Center for Community Counseling and Engagement (CCCE) and Healthy Early Years (HEY) have continued to provide their important services virtually.

Read the full story at SDSU NewsCenter.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

COE Moves Up to No. 50 in U.S. News Rankings

Rankings graphic
The San Diego State University College of Education (COE) is one of the top 50 graduate education schools in the nation, according to the U.S. News & World Report 2021 Best Graduate Schools ranking released this week.

COE tied for No. 50 overall, and tied for No. 37 among public institutions nationwide. This marks a rise from the 2020 rankings when the college ranked No. 53 overall and No. 40 among publics. COE also maintained its No. 7 position among California institutions and No. 1 spot in San Diego County and the California State University System.

“During this time of difficult transitions and global uncertainty, it is important that we not lose sight of celebrating each other and our collective accomplishments.,” said Y. Barry Chung, dean of the College of Education. “This accomplishment belongs to our students, faculty and staff as our excellence in research, teaching and service has significantly grown our national reputation.”

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

ARPE’s Garcia-Navarrete Honored for Work to ‘Send the Elevator Back Down’

Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete


For Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete (’91, ’12), awards season is apparently in full swing. The lecturer in San Diego State University’s Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education (ARPE) received two major honors recognizing her achievements and dedication to her home community in San Diego’s South Bay area.

In February, she was recognized as a Chula Vista Champion by her hometown of Chula Vista. And just days later, she received a surprise phone call informing her that she’d been named the Woman of the Year for the 40th Senate District by California State Senator Ben Hueso.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Two Faculty Members Named to San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame

Drs. Nola Butler-Byrd and Lupe Holguin Buell.

Two San Diego State University College of Education faculty members were among seven local women named to the 2020 class of the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Dr. Nola Butler-Byrd (’99, ’04), associate professor in counseling and school psychology and director of SDSU’s Community-Based Block (CBB), was honored in the Empowerer of Women category. Dr. Lupe Holguin Buell (’85, ’02), lecturer and program coordinator in dual-language education, was named in the Bridge Builder of Multicultural Understanding category. They will be honored on March 15.

In addition to serving on the faculty, Butler-Byrd and Buell are COE alumnae. Buell earned her master’s from the Department of Dual Language and English Learner Education (DLE) and her doctorate from the Joint P.hD. Program in Education with Claremont Graduate University (JDP). Butler-Byrd is a graduate of both CBB and JDP.

Read their full profiles at SDSU NewsCenter.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

STE’s Ginsberg Earns Classroom Excellence Honor

STE lecturer Eric Ginsberg


It was early in his career as a high school English teacher in the early 2000s that Eric Ginsberg had something of an epiphany. He observed how his students at Helix Charter High School in La Mesa talked about hip-hop music — particularly the enthusiasm with which they consumed and analyzed artists’ lyrics.

He realized it was something powerful that he needed to harness.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Bilingual Education Program Earns National Honor

Dean Y. Barry Chung, Provost Salvador Hector Ochoa, DLE faculty and NLERAPP officials in Austin.


San Diego State University has been honored by a Latinx education and policy consortium for its success in meeting community needs for bilingual educators.

The National Latino Education Research and Policy Program (NLERAPP) — a consortium of universities and community-based organizations — selected SDSU as one of four National Grow Your Own Model of Education sites. The designation recognizes the work of SDSU’s Department of Dual-Language and English Learner Education (DLE), which has recently grown into the largest bilingual credential program in the nation.

Project FORECAST Trainings Build Connections Between Faculty, Partners

SDSU faculty and partners take part in a Project FORECAST trauma-informed training.
SDSU faculty and partners take part in a Project FORECAST trauma-informed training. Photo by Nolan Voge.

During the first week of spring semester classes, several San Diego State University faculty members — along with their community partners — were the ones receiving an education. The topic: trauma-informed child advocacy.

Sixty participants from across SDSU and other local agencies gathered at the Chinese Cultural Center Jan. 22-24 for the Project FORECAST trauma-informed learning collaborative. The free training — brought to campus by Dr. Audrey Hokoda, Senate Distinguished Professor at San Diego State University in the Department of Child and Family Development (CFD) — provided three days of interactive problem-based learning simulations designed to build the skills needed to effectively work with children and families exposed to traumatic stress.