Volume 4, Number 9
December 2012

Leadership Change Planned for COE

Dr. Ric Hovda

After completing six years as Dean of the College of Education (COE) at San Diego State University, Dean Ric Hovda has decided to step down as Dean on June 30, 2013. Ric Hovda has been the Dean of the College of Education since July 2007, and has served the College and the University well during extremely challenging times. Dean Hovda is recognized for his dedication to closing the achievement gap, strengthening our partnerships with K-12, implementing new doctoral programs and fostering interdisciplinary approaches. Dean Hovda says it has been an "honor to serve as Dean of the College of Education, and a pleasure to work with the COE faculty, staff, students and community partners." Read More

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Dr. Cynthia Park Awarded 2012 Monty

Dr. Cynthia ParkSchool of Teacher Education faculty member, Dr. Cynthia Park, has received the 2012 Monty for the College of Education. The San Diego State University Alumni Association annually honors one outstanding faculty member from each of SDSU's colleges, affectionately known as the Montys. These awards were presented at the beginning of the semester at the All-University Convocation in August 2012. Read More

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Dr. Frank Harris III Urges Policymakers to Take More Active Role in Improving College Outcomes for Black Men

Dr. Frank HarrisARPE faculty member, Frank Harris III, has co-authored "A Role for Policymakers in Improving the Status of Black Male Students in U.S. Higher Education." This report makes recommendations for improving college readiness, educational outcomes, and graduation rates for black men. Dr. Harris is the co-director of SDSU's Minority Male Community College Collaborative. Read more about Dr. Harris' report here: Read More

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Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete Receives AAHHE Award

Dr. Sylvia NavarreteDr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete has been chosen to be the recipient of the Outstanding Latino/a In Higher Education Award in the area of Teaching from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE).  Dr. Garcia-Navarrete is a 2012 graduate of the COE Postsecondary Education Ed.D. program. The AAHHE bestows seven awards in a variety of areas, with only one in the area of teaching. Candidates for this award include all Latino/a faculty members in institutions of higher education nation-wide. It is a tremendous honor for Southwestern College to be recognized on this national stage. Read More

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Dr. Tonika Duren Green Awarded $1.25M for Foster Youth

Dr. Tonika Turen GreenCounseling and School Psychology faculty member, Dr. Tonika Duren Green, has received a 5-year $1.25 million federally funded grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. The grant was award to Dr. Duren Green to improve outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) children in foster care with disabilities. The grant will fund Project CARES, a program designed to recruit, retain, and prepare 24 students from underrepresented groups in school psychology, school counseling, and school social work programs as highly qualified Culturally Affirming and Responsive Education Specialists (CARES). Read more

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Dr. Alberto Ochoa Recognized as Remarkable Leader

Dr. Alberto OchoaOn October 20, 2012 five leaders in San Diego County's educational community were honored by University of San Diego's School of Leadership and Education Sciences for leadership in education, special education, counseling, child development and advocating for reform. Policy Studies and Cross-Cultural Education's Dr. Alberto Ochoa was one of the five honored by USD. This is the fourth annual award program and twenty people were nominated by community members for the honor. Read more about Dr. Ochoa's award here: Read More

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COE Alum Named one of San Diego's "Women Who Rock"

Nancy BattermanCOE alumna Nancy Batterman has been named one of San Diego's 2012 Women Who Rock by San Diego Metro Magazine. Nancy is CEO of the nonprofit organization Employment and Community Options and earned both an M.A. in Special Education and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University. Nancy credits her former professor, EDL's Dr. Ian Pumpian, for encouraging her to become involved with the Foundation for Educational Achievement almost 27 years ago. Nancy was so impressed with the work being done at the Foundation that she never left the organization until forming her own stand-along nonprofit, Employment and Community Options, in 2007. Read More

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PLC and SPED Departments Win New $2 Million Collaborative Grant

Dr. Alberto Ochoa, Professor Ernesto Sanz, Dr. Angela McIntosh, Dr. Regina Brandon, and Dr. Anne Graves have been awarded a National Professional Development Grant of approximately $2 million from the federal Department of Education. The new grant will be known as ADALANTE and will support a bilingual and special education dual credential program to enhance language acquisition and literacy in local schools. ADELANTE is a robust collaboration between the Department of Special Education (SPED) and the Department of Policy Studies in Language and Cross-Cultural Education (PLC). Read More

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