Here is what's happening in the SF State Graduate College of Education:
New GCOE Dean Named
Cynthia Grutzik has been appointed dean of SF State’s Graduate College of Education (GCOE), the University announced. She succeeds Interim Dean Nancy Robinson, who has served in the position since January 2017. Her appointment is effective August 1.
“This is a pivotal moment for the Graduate College of Education, which has already made great strides thanks to the dedicated efforts of its faculty, staff and administration,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. “Under Dean Grutzik, the College has an exciting opportunity to bring those efforts to a new level. And I want to extend a special thanks to Interim Dean Nancy Robinson, whose able leadership of the college during the last two years has been an expression of her deep commitment to the GCOE, its powerful legacy and its outstanding faculty and staff.”
Since 2012 Grutzik has served as the associate dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach, where she supported credential and undergraduate programs, accreditation and assessment, curriculum, outreach, recruitment and district partnerships. A former elementary school teacher and past president of the California Council on Teacher Education, she researches and publishes on the educator preparation pathway and how to support students in the transfer process. Grutzik says she is dedicated to the creation of educational institutions that “build and model democratic learning environments where everyone has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed.”
Student Commencement speakers named
San Francisco State University selected Angela Torres, a Graduate College of Education student earning her MA in Education: Secondary Education, to be the hood recipient at the university’s commencement. She will be hooded on stage, on behalf of all graduate students at SF State, and address 8,400 graduates at AT&T Park.
Angela taught high school mathematics for ten years before taking a leadership role in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) math department. She has been instrumental in the district’s efforts to reform the teaching and learning of mathematics. She is part of the core team to lead professional development for SFUSD middle and high school teachers, who transitioned to the new Common Core State Standards in mathematics. Angela has expertise in Complex Instruction, which focuses on equitable student participation in "group worthy" tasks. Angela’s MA field study examined the value of reflecting on videotapes of classroom practice together with teachers.
Graduate College of Education Faculty Receives National Science Foundation Award
Associate Professor in Secondary Education Larry Horvath has been awarded a three-year NSF grant for $3.3 million. As principal investigator, Horvath will lead the professional development for the NSF Robert Noyce STEM Teachers’ scholarship recipients from the Western Regional Noyce community. Also collaborating in the grant are SF State Professor of Mathematics Eric Hsu and Assistant Professor of Mathematics Kimberly Seashore, Donna Ross at San Diego State and Chance Hoellwarth at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The Western Regional Noyce community consists of the undergraduate Noyce scholars, Noyce teachers, Noyce master teacher fellows and Noyce leadership from all active NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Programs in 12 western states. The leadership team for this Western Regional Noyce Alliance (WRNA) includes STEM education faculty from SF State and nine collaborating institutions. Over the three years of the grant, the WRNA will host three annual conferences, three math and three science summer institutes and 18 regional networking sessions, and support nine Noyce scholars’ participation in immersive summer research experiences.
SF State tackles the public school teacher shortfall
"In recent years, the state has been facing an increasing shortage, projected at about 10,000 credentialed teachers for the coming year,” said Robert Williams, associate dean of San Francisco State University's Graduate College of Education...