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Thursday, December 18, 2014

COE Improving Futures Fund

Improving Futures Fund Logo
This fall Dean Johnson and the College of Education implemented a brand new initiative to help improve the futures of our students and graduates and the populations they will serve.  The aptly named Improving Futures Fund will review COE faculty and staff submitted proposals and identify powerful projects that will improve the futures of our graduates and the children, youth and adults they will serves.  Proposals will be reviewed by the individuals and organizations that generously contribute to the Improving Futures Fund.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

SWAG (Students With Academic Goals) awarded $5,000 from IECA Foundation

Dr. Andre Branch and Students
SWAG (Students With Academic Goals) is a program at Bell Middle School in San Diego that works to support and increase academic achievement in young men of color.  SWAG was founded by SDSU College of Education faculty member, Dr. Andre Branch, in 2010 and is supported by the University.

This semester SWAG was featured in Insights, the newsletter of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).  Not only was the program featured, but IECA also granted SWAG $5,000.00 for this academic year.  This grant money will help to forward the mission of SWAG by providing important academic materials and resources.

Read the full article in the Insights newsletter (Page 37).

Read more about SDSU’s SWAG program.

School Psychology Mentors Scholarly Work and Publications

Lambros and Zanartu
School Psychology students and graduates frequently present at state and national conferences with faculty mentors. This year to date, three national peer-reviewed publications feature SDSU School Psychology students or graduates, mentored by faculty members.

SDSU Alum Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias Wins Award for Dissertation

Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias
Congratulations to Dr. Marissa Vasquez Urias on being selected as the second place winner of the 2015 Outstanding Dissertation Competition sponsored by the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and Educational Testing Services (ETS)!  Dr. Vasquez Urias is a 2014 graduate of the San Diego State University independent Ed.D. Program in Community College/Post-Secondary Education.

SDSU Alum Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos Named NEFC Distinguished Fellow

Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos
Each year, the National Education Finance Conference (NEFC) grants ten awards to those individuals who have distinguished themselves in terms of current education finance research and/or practice.  This year the Distinguished Fellows Committee has selected SDSU College of Education 2008 alum, Dr. Oscar Jimenez-Castellanos as one of these recipients.

CFD Student Nikki Tverberg Receives Honors in SDSU International Photo Contest

Nikki Tverberg Photo
Child and Family Development senior, Nikki Tverberg, has received Honorable Mention in the 8th Annual SDSU International Photo Contest!

Each year San Diego State University invites current students to share photos from their international study abroad experiences with a specific theme in mind.  The 2014 contest theme was The Significance of Food: Images that reflect the importance of food to your host culture, including food production, distribution, preparation, role in ceremony, and societal impacts.

COE Alum Tawnya Pringle Top Finalist for 2015 School Counselor of the Year Award

The College of Education congratulates Community Based Block and School Counseling Alum, Tawnya W. Pringle who has been selected as one of the five finalists for the 2015 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) School Counselor of the Year award.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

School Psychology Student Awarded NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship

David Martinez
The College of Education is excited to share that current School Psychology candidate and third year trainee, David Martinez, M.A. has be awarded a 2015 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Scholarship!  This is a huge honor for David and the SDSU School Psychology Program, where David is preparing to become a bilingual/bicultural school psychologist.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Drs. Frey and Fisher Win Teachers’ Choice Award for New Book: Rigorous Reading

Rigorous Reading
Congratulations are in order for COE faculty members, Dr. Douglas Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey!  Drs. Frey and Fisher’s new book, Rigorous Reading: 5 Access Points for Comprehending Complex Texts, has won a 2015 Teachers’ Choice Award in the category of professional development.