Teachers to be Honored for Making a Difference Inside the Classroom

Cal State Fullerton’s College of Education hosts its annual “Honor an Educator” event Sunday, March 5, to recognize local K-12 teachers and other educators who have made a difference in the lives of their students and communities.

The 6-8 p.m. dinner and ceremony is open to the public and raises scholarship funds for the College of Education’s teacher preparation and graduate students. In addition to the educators honored, the college recognizes its partners in education.

The 2017 “Distinguished Honorees” are:

  • Distinguished Education Leadership Award — Joan S. Bissell, director of teacher education and public school programs,
 Office of the Chancellor, California State University;
  • Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award — Heather Bosworth, CSUF alumna, ‘06 ‘09 (B.S. child and adolescent development, M.S. education-reading), principal of Sycamore Elementary School, Orange Unified School District;
  • Distinguished Education Partner Award — Kristin Crellin, CSUF alumna, ’95 (B.A. history), vice president of school and community relations, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union;
  • Distinguished Alumni of the Year Award — Leslie Hiatt, CSUF alumna, ’88, ’89 (multiple subject credential, M.S. education-elementary curriculum and instruction) a fifth grade teacher at Bell Gardens Elementary School, Montebello Unified School District;
  • Distinguished Education Excellence Award — Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District; and
  • Distinguished Education Community Partner Award — Teacher Created Materials, an Orange County company that publishes supplemental educational resources in all areas of the curriculum.

Tickets are $55 each; $125 for two tickets and recognition of one honoree. Tickets and sponsorships for the dinner and ceremony are available until Wednesday, Feb. 1, and can be purchased online. For more information, contact Sandra Chavez or 657-278-7617.

– Originally posted on CSUF News

From Our Home To Yours! COE Webinar Series 2017

Join us for a series of live webinars. Find out more about new, interesting, and engaging education topics. It’s easy to join in.  On the day of the webinar, just click on the link and you’re in. Connect with us and explore doctoral programs, life abroad, new technology websites, strategies to engage all learners, LinkedIn profiles, the CSUF Alumni Association, resumes and teaching in higher education. From our home to yours!


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Welcome Dianna Lopez, College of Education’s New Assistant Dean

Dianna has served undergraduate and graduate higher education students interested in educational careers for eight and half years. She has served in leadership capacities by directing the student services office for the Liberal Studies teacher preparation program and the Orange County extension campus at Azusa Pacific University. She earned both her B.A. in Human Development with an emphasis in Teaching and an M.A. in Organizational Leadership at Azusa Pacific University. As a first-generation college student, Dianna is passionate about supporting higher education students holistically by developing programs and services that foster their academic and personal success. She enjoys serving as a mentor and advocating for underrepresented populations by expanding educational opportunities and fostering a student thriving environment.

Rick Morris Classroom Management Workshop

Sponsored by the Center for Careers in Teaching

Educator, author, and inventor Rick Morris is a specialist in the field of student management, motivation, and engagement. Rick’s presentation will inspire you to incorporate his exciting, innovative management tools into your own classroom. This was his last workshop at CSUF. If you missed this amazing opportunity, click on the link below to see the highlights!

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8th Annual Maywood Education Fair

The graduate students of the Master of Science in Higher Education (MSHE) program at California State University, Fullerton, in coordination with the College of Education and the Center for Research on Educational Access and Leadership, hosted the 8th Annual Maywood Education Fair at Saint Rose of Lima School on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with over 600 attendees.

Maywood is a largely Latino, under-served, low-income community. Approximately 48% of students from Maywood and surrounding southeast cities graduate from high school, and of those, only a small percentage continue on to pursue higher education.

The Maywood Education Fair is an opportunity to demonstrate to high school students and their families how obtaining a college degree is possible and awards numerous scholarships to outstanding and deserving high school graduates.  MSHE students raised thousands of dollars for scholarships AT&T donated $15K in scholarship this year.  Over the years, the Maywood Education Fair has gained credibility within the community and provides awareness regarding college admissions, financial aid, and other resources to the residents of Maywood and surrounding cities. One attendee shared, “the Maywood Education Fair encouraged me in my decision [to attend college] because it exposed me to the many opportunities our world has to offer. Although sometimes money can be an issue, there are people who want to help.”

A survey of the participant experience at the fair found that while 83% of respondents reported interest in attending or helping a family member go to college, 73% of respondents worry that the cost of college might make it impossible for them or others in their family to attend. However, through their experience at the fair, 77% of respondents felt they learned about key financial resources they could use to help themselves or their family get to college. For one high school student in particular, the fair encouraged her to “choose different colleges and not keep my options small”.  The Maywood Education Fair allows Titans to encourage other communities to reach higher.

The Maywood Quad-Leads this year were from MSHE Cohort 8: Victor Joseph Atilano, Ebony Freeman, Jennifer Gutierrez, Julia Walker.

Here is a video of the event.

3rd Annual Ed Week

Join the College of Education to celebrate EDUCATION WEEK-November 15-17, 2016!

Please print a flyer that details the full event schedule.

Tuesday, November 15:
Future Teacher Festival – Titan Walk  11:00am-1:00pm:
Join the College of Education faculty staff and students as we highlight our programs, centers and services/resources; get free pizza, play games and receive promotional items.

Education Week Bootcamp – TSU,  5:00-9:00pm:

Wednesday, November 16:
C-REAL Symposium – TSU Pavilion C, 12:00-1:00pm:
Chinese scholars will present on global education.  Free lunch! Click here to view the flyer.

Ed.D Showcase & 10th Anniversary Celebration – TSU Pavilions,  6:00-8:00pm:
Featured Panelists include EDD alumni and Educational Leaders!  You won’t want to miss this!

Thursday, November 17:
College of Education Center for Careers in Teaching Open House  11:00am-1:00pm, EC-379:
Free food!

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Educator Studies Students’ Use of Mobile Devices for Learning

Education technology expert Malia Hoffmann integrates technology in the classroom to engage students in learning and to keep them motivated. The new assistant professor of elementary and bilingual education earned her Ed.D. in learning technologies from Pepperdine University. She also holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Marian University and a bachelor’s degree in education with a teaching credential from St. Norbert College — both institutions are located in Wisconsin.
Before arriving at CSUF this fall, the former middle school teacher was an assistant professor and coordinator of the master’s of educational technology program at Concordia University in Irvine. She also is a captain in the Air Force Reserve, serving as a logistics readiness officer.

What inspired you to go into your field and what was the defining moment?

Even as a child, I wanted to be a teacher. I played school with my siblings and loved it. My little sister struggled through school and I saw what an impact the teachers had on her. Her struggles inspired me to be a middle school teacher at first, and then later move into higher education.

What are your research interests?

I am in the field of educational technology, where I specialize in such areas as online learning and course design, mobile devices, multimedia, flipped classrooms and smart software. My current projects focus on the impact of mobile devices on learning and the level of the feeling of ‘connectedness’ in online programs.

How do you engage students in your classes and/or your research?

I constantly reference the research I am doing and connect it to the coursework. I ask my students to participate in surveys and data that I am gathering.

What changes do you envision in your field five years from now?

My field changes every year, so even in five years it will change drastically. I’m predicting we’ll see more virtual and augmented realities being used in classes.

Why is teaching with technology important in today’s schools?

Today’s learners are constantly connected through devices. So in schools, using technology is natural to them. Technologies are like an extension of their bodies; without the devices they feel incomplete. It’s powerful to embrace these devices and harness them to advance their learning.

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CSUF Welcomes New Class of Tenure-Track Faculty Members














President Mildred García this week welcomed new members of the tenure-track faculty during Monday’s convocation and at a dinner held in their honor. The newly hired faculty members, all assistant professors except where noted, and their departments, by college, are:

College of Education
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP — Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, associate professor
SECONDARY EDUCATION — Alison Dover and Patrice Waller

College of Communications
COMMUNICATIONS — Penchan Phoborisut, Waleed Rashidi and Frank Russell
College of Engineering and Computer Science
COMPUTER ENGINEERING — Yua Bai, Rakeshkumar Mahto and Aaron Stillmaker
MECHANICAL ENGINEERING — Darren Banks and Yong-Seok Park

College of Health and Human Development
CHILD AND ADOLESCENT STUDIES — Michelle Ramos and Sasha Zeedyk
HEALTH SCIENCE — Laura Chandler, Wuraola Jacobs and Alice Lee
HUMAN SERVICES — Adrian Rodriguez
KINESIOLOGY — Do Kyeong Lee and Robert Lockie
NURSING — Raymond “Austin” Nation
SOCIAL WORK — Michelle Martin

College of Humanities and Social Sciences
HISTORY — Aitana Guia and Anelise Shrout
POLITICS, ADMINISTRATION AND JUSTICE — David Adams and David Traven, political science; Veronica Herrera, criminal justice
PSYCHOLOGY — Lucia Alcala and Aaron Lukaszweski
SOCIOLOGY — Mariam Ashtiani and LaTosha Traylor

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY — Michael Groves, Andrew Petit and Sachel Villafañe-Garcia
MATHEMATICS — Derdei Bichara and Nicholas Brubaker
PHYSICS — Wylie Ahmed

Mihaylo College of Business and Economics
ACCOUNTING — Anthony Chen, Matthew Driskill and Yuanyuan Ma, assistant professors; and Jie Zhou, associate professor
ECONOMICS — Jen-Wen Chang and Samuel Flanders
FINANCE — Lingxiao Li, Brian Roseman and Erdem Ucar, assistant professors; David Nanigian, associate professor
MANAGEMENT — Min Choi, Shadi Goodarzi, Jungmin Seo and Chetan Srikant

Pollak Library
Samuel Barber, senior assistant librarian (began May 2)
Robert Tomaszewski, associate librarian (began Jan. 11)
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Get to know Lisa Kirtman, CSUF’s new Dean of Education

Lisa Kirtman will soon become the Cal State Fullerton College of Education’s second dean.

Kirtman – who currently serves as the college’s associate dean and professor of elementary and bilingual education – succeeds Claire Cavallaro, who retired this year.

She will begin her new role on Aug. 16.

Growing up in a family in which teaching was a popular profession, Kirtman originally decided to veer from the career path.

The Oakland native dabbled in the marketing field, but ultimately decided the pull to become an educator was too strong to ignore.

“I grew up around it and I could see the impact my mom had on children,” Kirtman said. “It was something that was sort of ingrained in me.”

“I am excited and proud to be taking on this role,” she said.

Kirtman’s career in education began in 1990 as an elementary teacher in South Central Los Angeles and the Paramount Unified School District.

It was the 1992 L.A. riots that ultimately inspired her to pursue an administrative role in the field.

“I wanted to make a bigger impact,” she said.

Kirtman joined CSUF’s College of Education in 2000; and has served as associate dean, professor of elementary and bilingual education, chairwoman of the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, chairwoman of the Department of Literacy and Reading Education and coordinator for the Multiple Subject Credential and the Multiple Subject Intern programs, among a number of other positions.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, the college reported more than 1,500 students enrolled in its programs.

“There is a part of me that grew up at Cal State Fullerton. It feels like family to me; it feels like home,” said Kirtman, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in business administration from UCLA; a master’s degree in educational administration from ULCA; and a doctorate degree in educational policy from UC Berkeley.

While much has changed in the 26 years since she embarked on her career, her fundamental goals have not.

“What I have been striving to do since I became a teacher is make a difference — to close the opportunity gap,” Kirtman said.

“If we are working with schools to ensure (students) have the technology and materials they need, as well as strong teachers, we have begun to do our part to close that opportunity gap,” she said.

Kirtman also hopes to do this by better preparing teacher candidates for the struggles that hinder today’s students, such as race, language, bullying and first-generation obstacles.

As dean, she plans to implement more advising services for undergraduate students who are interested in education careers and obtaining degrees from the CSUF College of Education, which does not currently offer undergraduate programs.

She wishes to develop more opportunities for the college to connect with the university’s freshman and sophomore students, she said.

“We don’t have an automatic pipeline into teaching or into the College of Education, so we have to make sure we are getting out there and getting to students earlier,” Kirtman said.

“We need more advisers and more connections to the undergraduate program to ensure the students that are interested in education programs get the advising that they need,” she said.

Overall, Kirtman aims to have a positive impact on the future teachers who will go on to lead pre-kindergarten classes through community college courses, she said.

“It has always been about making sure that we are serving our students’ needs and that is what the college is all about — being student-centered,” she said.

She hopes to bring her vision and goals into the College of Education and provide teacher candidates with the knowledge and resources needed to succeed in the education field.

“I was an elementary school teacher so this is where my heart and soul is,” Kirtman said. “I love the outreach that we do in the community — it’s a big part of Cal State Fullerton and a big part of what the college does.”

“We truly strive for excellence,” she said.

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Contact the writer: Angie Marcos, OC Register –

Teaching Strategies for Welcoming, Inclusive Schools

Educator Sharon V. Chappell is leading a Cal State Fullerton “Welcoming Schools” project for teacher credential students and local teachers to create safer elementary school climates by addressing bias-based bullying, gender inclusion and family diversity.

“Welcoming Schools,” a project of the Human Rights Campaign, focuses on implementing strategies for inclusive K-5 schools, said Chappell, associate professor of elementary and bilingual education, trained by HRC as a “Welcoming Schools” facilitator.

With grant funding from the Handel Sunrise Foundation, Chappell offered a spring “Introduction to Wellness, Inclusion and Welcoming Schools” institute for credential students. This summer, she will facilitate a July 25-27 institute, in partnership with LGBT Center OC, for interested Orange County teachers. The institute is free and teachers may receive a stipend for attending.

What are some of the issues students face?
At school, children experience on-going discrimination about their bodies, languages spoken, gender, racial and ethnic identity, sexual orientation and family diversity. Moreover, LGBTQ youth are more likely to be placed at risk due to bullying, leading to self-harm and disengagement from school. However, research suggests establishing safe, ‘welcoming schools’ for LGBTQ youth and families can prevent this harm.

Why is training credential students important?
Teacher candidates are at the beginning of their development as school professionals. They’re developing dispositions through coursework, fieldwork and professional experiences like the Welcoming Schools project, which promotes diversity in the classroom and supports learning in a caring, respectful and non-discriminatory manner. The Welcoming Schools project relates directly to what the College of Education teaches and expects of its teacher candidates — in that it helps students demonstrate a commitment to fairness and a belief that all children can learn when safe, inclusive and welcoming schools are developed.

What are the benefits for teacher candidates, as well as veteran teachers?
Learning about building safe, welcoming schools helps teacher candidates feel empowered to act. They build knowledge about LGBTQ youth, families and topics in school, including anti-discrimination laws and policies. They evaluate curriculum and identify goals for themselves as educators, such as how to create an accepting environment that celebrates differences. Project participants also learn about making classroom practices more inclusive by using gender-neutral language and examining gendered assumptions about children and their interests. Additionally, they are exposed to ways to make curriculum more inclusive by including more literature that represents gender and family diversity.

What are some key lessons for teacher candidates?
First, building safe, welcoming schools requires a comprehensive approach that includes support from educational professionals across the district and teacher education program — from the school board, administration, counselors, school support staff, teachers and student teachers to university faculty.

Secondly, we must create inclusive schools through policies, practices and curricula that prevent bias-based bullying and gender stereotyping, support transgender and gender-expansive students and embrace family diversity. Lastly, future and current teachers must support the pluralism and intersection of students’ identities, as well as take action to help others to address bias and injustice.

What is your hope for Welcoming Schools?
My hope is that by addressing discrimination, building inclusive environments and enhancing social-emotional relationships — among children, families and school staff — will support overall wellness, academic achievement and children’s growth and development.
Registration for the summer institute is available online. For more information, contact a href=””>Chappell or call 657-278-8493.

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