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Dr. Tonika Green awarded The Unsung Hero Award

On Friday, January 25, 2013, Dr. Tonika Green, Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and School Psychology was awarded The Unsung Hero Award during the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon. The award is in recognition of her dedicated service to the goals of higher education at SDSU and living the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The award specifically recognized her outstanding contributions in her teaching, research, and service focused on increasing the achievement of diverse learners through culturally responsive school practices, with specific interest in African American youth.

Leadership Change Planned for COE

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."

Despite several years of significant budget reductions, the College has seen many successes and accomplishments during Dean Hovda's six-year tenure. These accomplishments include: maintaining quality programs, increasing scholarly output, achieving continued accreditation, and taking leadership in critical areas including multi-literacy, closing achievement gaps, linked learning, leadership preparation, early childhood, data systems and technology, doctoral education, disability services, math/science education, school/university partnerships, community counseling, support to LGBTQI youth, and increased international experiences for students and faculty.

Dean Hovda is "confident the College of Education will expand its leadership in these areas and other critical areas of need in the future."

In his final months as dean, Dean Hovda will work with COE faculty and staff to position the College fiscally and structurally to meet the challenges ahead and provide the next dean with a solid foundation upon which to move forward.

The search for the next COE dean is currently in progress and a committee has been formed to review the candidate pool. "New leadership will build on the progress that has been made thus far. A new Dean will launch the College into the next phase of growth and impact," says Dean Hovda.

Dr. Cynthia Park Awarded 2012 Monty

School 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.

Cynthia Park is executive director of the Pre-College Institute and has been awarded more than $10 million in grants for enhancing literacy, math and science skills.

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

ARPE 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:

Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete Receives AAHHE Award

Dr. 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.

Dr. Sylvia Garcia-Navarrete will receive the award next spring at the AAHHE Annual Conference to be held in San Antonio, Texas.

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

Counseling 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). CARES scholars receive training through interdisciplinary coursework and fieldwork experiences to incorporate current evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for CLD children in foster care with disabilities and their families.

CARES Partners include San Diego County Department of Education, Foster Youth and Homeless Education Services and Voices for Children.

Dr. Duren Green worked tirelessly throughout last summer under her grant mentor Dr. Carol Robinson-Zañartu to complete the requirements for this grant. She worked late into many nights and finally her hard work and passion has been rewarded and will help to train a future group of equally dedicated and passionate professionals.

Read the full article about Dr. Duren Green and Project CARES here

Dr. Alberto Ochoa Recognized as Remarkable Leader

On 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:

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

COE 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.

Employment and Community Options serves over 1100 adult clients with intellectual disabilities and has an annual budget of over ten million dollars with locations in four California counties. Nancy takes great pride in her work with both her clients and their families. Many families are delighted to learn that, with support, their children (who may face obstacles such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, or hearing impairment among others) will have jobs and live on their own in the community.

Through all of her successes, Nancy recalls the outstanding quality of the education she received at San Diego State. She advises current SDSU students in the College of Education to be sure to, "finish and get your college degree because that is just the beginning and not the end of learning." Congrats to Nancy on this honor!

See the full article on Nancy Batterman here:—-2012/

Story credit to Mary L. Lawlor, Ph.D

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).

The central purpose of ADELANTE is to assist English learners in our local schools and to develop the highest professional standards for credential candidates. The grant faculty will achieve this by improving instruction vis-à-vis professional development, university school partnerships, and dual credentials collaborations in bilingual education and special education for candidates who speak both Spanish and English.

The credential program will also provide important opportunities, serving as a pipeline for Latino students who seek jobs in K-22 education. When interviewed Graves said: "Districts want to hire candidates who have dual language expertise." Interested applicants must already hold a bachelor's degree and must fulfill prerequisites, a certificate of clearance, and the CSET, a subject matter competency test.

The ultimate goal of ADELANTE is to transform the environment for local schools by supplying more of the much-needed bilingual special education teachers. Graves went on to express: "Subtractive bilingualism is not desirable instead we're supporting the native language of the child." We wish to prepare candidates to assure that language differences are not confused with or mistaken for disabilities and we also wish to support individuals with certified disabilities who are bilingual in our schools. Candidates in ADELANTE will receive partial to full tuition reimbursement during the four semesters it takes to complete the two credentials. The grant window is five years with a hope to award approximately 60 credential candidates. The two departments are in the process of recruiting a cohort of students to begin in the 2013 semester and will add at least a dozen new students per year. According to Dr. Graves, more and more incoming students are interested in special education as a career. During their practicum training, credential candidates will be placed in local schools with a high population of English learners. Candidates will also teach students with mild-moderate and moderate-severe disabilities.

Story credit to Diane Slagle

Dr. Joey Nunez Estrada Jr. Works to Support Students from Military Families

In the continued effort to raise awareness among educators about the needs of military children and to improve the climate of civilian schools, Counseling and School Psychology faculty member Dr. Joey Nunez Estrada Jr. has contributed to a collection of recently published guidebooks.

The guidebooks are written to help teachers, school administrators and pupil personnel professionals support military students and families in the classroom. There is also a guidebook written for military family parents.

Time Magazine has recently highlighted the books with an article that includes author interviews. Please see the full Time Magazine article here:

$3.5M Awarded for SDSU Teacher Program

SDSU was just awarded the over $3 million, full indirect, Noyce Mathematics and Science Master Teaching proposal. Six faculty members are responsible for the proposal and work on the grant -- Meredith Houle-Vaughn, Lisa Lamb, Randy Philipp, and Donna Ross from the College of Education and Susan Nickerson and Kathy Williams from the College of Sciences.

The project team members are looking forward to working collaboratively over the next five years to support 32 mathematics and science master teachers in becoming teacher leaders. This effort will have a ripple effect in that it will also support SDSU's student teachers, the master teachers' students, the master teachers' colleagues and the children in their classrooms. This opportunity is one that has been discussed for years, and to be able to engage with this community of professionals will be an incredible experience and responsibility.


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