Made at Sac State: The College of Education

[ Music ]>>From the campus of California
State University Sacramento. This is Made at Sac State.>>Hello and welcome. Welcome to Made at Sac
State, the video magazine. I’m Gloria Moraga. We are here to share
the Sac State story and to celebrate our students
and the people and faculty who are helping prepare
them for the future. The College of Education
could be called the foundation of the university. The training of education
professionals has been a part of life on campus since
its beginning in 1947. COE educates teachers,
school administrators, school counselors, and
deaf studies professionals. Joining us now is
Dean Vanessa Scheared, Dean of the College
of Education. Thank you for being
here, Dean Scheared. Please give us just a short
overview, I mean we went through some of the departments,
but give us a short overview of the beginnings of the
College of Education.>>First, thank you, Gloria,
for having me here today. Basically, the College of Ed,
as you indicated, began in 1947. But at that time it began
as a division of education. It was one of 5 divisions that
began here at the university, and it was one of the largest
as a part of the college. In 1967, the college as we now
know it actually became the School of Education. And in 1999, we actually became
the College of Education. In its beginning, there
were only 8 faculty members in the Division of Education. And in 1999 there were probably
around 100 faculty members and we have had as many
as 129 faculty members. Currently, we have about 69
faculty members in our college.>>What is the mission of
the College of Education? And just tell us
a little bit more about some of the departments.>>Okay. The mission of
the College of Education is to prepare professionals to
go out and work in our PK through 12 schools, to serve
as counselors in agencies as well as in our schools. We prepare school psychologists
who go out and engage in diagnostic services in our
schools as well as work in some of our community organizations. In addition to that, one of our key components is prepare
administrators who will serve in our PK through 12
schools as principals. And we just recently
added our doctoral program which prepares superintendents
and administrators who will be working in
our community colleges. But overall one of our
greatest goals is to insure that we are preparing
people for the 21st century, and preparing them to
be agents of change. Those individuals who can
go out and create change in our communities
and in our schools, and who understand the need
for working with our families and with our communities,
and helping them serve and change their communities as
we move into the 21st century.>>So tell us a little
bit about how you’ve coped and everyone has had to deal
with continuing cuts in funding from the State of
California to higher ed. And how has your college,
the College of Education, kind of dealt with that and kind
of changed your departments.>>Well, beginning in — when I first arrived at
Sacramento State in 2006, I came into a college that was
really growing and had a host of what we call FTES targets
and we were working very hard to insure that we met the needs of not only the university
but the college. And at that very same time,
we began to be confronted with the budget crisis
in the State. And as a result of that,
one of the things I said to our college faculty is we
can either wait for the changes to affect us and have people
tell us what to do, or we can, as a college, take this
bull by the horn if you will and say what is it that we want
to become and what do we want to retain as we move forward
in the next 10 to 15 years. And so we began an
organizational, what we called restructuring
or re-envisioning ourselves. And beginning in 2009, the
college began to take on and engage in a series
of focus groups and discussions throughout
the college with faculty, staff as well as with students. And as a result of that,
in 2010, the college moved from 6 departments
to 3 program areas. And our intent was to really
begin to focus on the needs of the students both
from an academic and a career standpoint. And as a result of that, we
now have 3 program areas. One is undergraduate
studies in education which includes our deaf
studies, child development, and what we called our
pathways to education program. The second program is our
teacher credentialing program. And that program area
includes our multiple subjects, single subject, special
education, mild moderate, moderate severe programs. And their focus is primarily
to prepare teachers to go out in our PK through
12 schools as well as in private school settings
as they begin to prepare and serve our community. And the third area
is our graduate and professional studies
which includes a host of program areas
including bilingual and multicultural education,
counselor education, school counseling, etc. So we
have a whole host of programs that we now have collapsed
into 3 program areas. And finally we have
our doctoral program in educational leadership
which serves to provide and help move people into
superintendencies as well as into higher education
and community colleges.>>Dean Scheared,
thank you so much for joining us telling us a
little bit about the mission, telling us how you’re
dealing with, you know, budget restraints and
moving toward the future in your college. I want to also mention
your community involvement. We’re going to get more into
that later on in the show but thank you for being
here and we will hear more about the Better Together
Awards that the dean is so closely involved in and her
close community connections. You can log on to our website
to get more information about the College
of Education here at Sac State>>Hi. I’m Mike. I’m a special education major
and I’m made at Sac State.>>Hi. I’m Kayla Parkinsons. I’m minoring in deaf studies
and I was Made at Sac State. [ Music ]>>Here we go. It all comes down to this. There’s the hand off; he’s going
to the — he’s got an opening. What a move. Look at him. At the 20, the 15;
he’s going all the way. Touchdown. Wow. What a success
story is this kid. He has come out of nowhere
and now look at him. This is a real game changer. The fans are going wild. Talk about a defining moment. Only here, only at Sac State. This is pandemonium. [ Pause ]>>Thank you for being
here, Fawzia Keval. First of all, give us a little
background on your career, what you’re doing now and
why you decided to come back to the university to
get your doctorate.>>I’m currently the
director for preK-6 education in Elk Grove Unified
School District. And prior to that
for about 20 years, I served in Title I schools,
high needs schools as a teacher, as a vice principal,
and principal.>>And why did you decide
to come back to school? It’s stressful to get your
degree as you were working.>>Sure. Two reasons. Personal and professional. Personal was, yeah,
I grew up in Kenya where education is a privilege. But in my community girls
were supposed to stay at home after high school. It was a privilege
to get admission to the university
there and when I did, the elders in my
community did not want me to participate at
the university. So it was at that moment with my
parents blessing that I decided that not only am I going
to get a bachelors, I’m going to go all the way up. And I wanted to show them that
you can be a successful mom, a successful daughter,
a successful wife, and a successful professional.>>Describe the program
here at Sac State.>>I just really liked
the global perspective that I received in terms of
transformational leadership, policy and decision
making at the state level and the federal level
that was something that was completely new to me. And really providing us
with the skills and tools to serve our communities and the
needs — they are so diverse. The organizational complexities in education are just really
huge and I felt really prepared when I graduated
from the program.>>For more on the doctorate
in educational leadership at the College of Education. You can visit our website. It’s And still to come.>>I’m Class of ’95 and it’s so
funny is that I actually started at Big Brothers Big Sisters when
I was a sophomore at Sac State. So I found this job on
the job line at Sac State. So without Sac State
I wouldn’t be the CEO of the organization today. So it is — talk about
life-changing experience because of the job line at
Sac State I have the job that I have today
19 years later.>>Hi. My name is Celeste and
I’m studying child development and I’m Made at Sac State.>>Hi. I’m Jordan
and I’m studying ASL and I’m Made at Sac State.>>Welcome. I’m Alex Gonzalez, the
president of Sacramento State. I invite you to our
beautiful and vibrant campus. We have nationally recognized
academic and student programs. We have community
partnerships that create jobs and internships for
our graduates. We are Sacramento’s university. Sacramento State’s location in the nation’s most dynamic
state capital gives our students an advantage no matter
what they choose to study.>>We’re very proud of
our academic programs. Professors work directly
with the students in the classroom
and the laboratory.>>Students have the opportunity to perform cutting
edge research. And this research what we do
is put to use in our community as well as around the globe.>>Our students form deep
connections with the campus. Thanks to exciting activities,
our new housing options, and our state of the art
Recreation and Wellness Center.>>There’s something
for every interest.>>We have a new suite style
residence hall that’s won awards for environmental
sustainability and efficiency. Students can live right on
campus and walk to class.>>And make new friends.>>Sacramento State
features students excellence in events and in entertainment. We’ve won team championships
in many sports. And we are proud to present
award winning performing arts programs. Sacramento State is the place to
learn, to lead, and to succeed. Come check us out. We are a destination campus for
our students and our community. [ Music ] [ Pause ]>>Going to Sac State
really was a rite of passage for the beginning of
the rest of my life. I’m very happy that
we brought one of the world’s largest
video game companies here to Sacramento.>>I started [inaudible] after
graduating Sac State in 1984 and it’s really what built the
foundation of who I am today.>>I think that Sac State
has made me into a leader. Most importantly I
think it’s made me into a confident individual. I’m open to any opportunities.>>I’m Laura Gonzalez.>>I’m Dale Carlson
[assumed spelling].>>I’m Mark Guterro
[assumed spelling] and I was Made at Sac State. [ Pause ]>>Welcome. Welcome to Made at Sac
State, the video magazine. I’m Gloria Moraga. The focus today, the
College of Education. I want to give a warm welcome
to Rhonda Staley-Brooks.>>Thank you.>>A graduate of Sac State. Tell us a little bit about your
work and you currently work with Big Brothers Big
Sisters greater Sacramento. Tell us a little bit about that.>>Yes. I started at Big Brothers Big Sisters 20
years ago and we’ve got children who come from single
parent families and provide positive role
models for those children. And I’ve just been
excited to be there. I got that job because
of Sac State.>>And you earned your
degree at Sac State. What was your area of study and how did this all
just fit together?>>Well, I started
as a business major. We won’t talk about that. Ended in Child Development in
1995 and had some professors that said you know what; you
don’t have to become a teacher. That’s not what you have
to do with this degree. And I listened and I found this
job at the job line and decided to go forward and make
a career out of it.>>I want to talk a little bit
about your work in the community and the importance of
Big Brothers Big Sisters. And our dean Vanessa
Scheared has a program, a Better Together Awards,
and Big Brothers was honored. Tell us a little bit about
your sorority sisters and the work you do in adopting
schools and helping students who come from single
parent families and need — who need mentors.>>Yes. I joined Sigma Gamma
Rho sorority here at Sac State in ’94 and I continue
in the alumni chapter. And we decided to do what we
called back to school drive. And we collected
some supplies and got to choose Big Brothers Big
Sisters as one of the areas that we were going
to give back to and so we chose a couple
schools and we got to go out and deliver those
supplies to the kids. That’s a lot.>>And you’ve also
matched up volunteers, big Bigs with Littles at
school and how key is that and this comes from
your education here at College of Education. How key is that mentor?>>It’s important. I mean these children can have
one way or two ways to go. And we want to choose the
right way of prevention, preventing them from dropping
out of school, preventing them from doing drugs; and if
you put positive role models in their life, it does
make a difference.>>And how much time does it
take if you want to become a Big or if you want to get involved? What are we talking about for
an investment in these children?>>So for our college-aged
students we want them to do one hour a week. That’s it. Go to the school, hang out
on campus with the kids, and do one hour a week
for the school year. So it works really good for
students that are at Sac State or at the community college. We want them to be involved. If you want to do our
community-based program, we would like you to do four to six hours either
weekly or every other week. Depends on your schedule.>>And how important is it to
get involved and volunteer, I mean for everybody, not
just our students but for all?>>You can sit back
and complain, or you can get in the game. That’s what it is. So if you want to
complain about the kids of our generation are turning
into thugs or they’re going to do different things,
complain about it or get in the game and volunteer. That’s how I look at it. It’s so important to give back because they need
positive role models. We all do.>>Before we let you go,
just tell us a little bit about your Sac State
experience and just kind of the overall experience. You don’t necessarily
have to talk about how you met your
husband or, you know, all the great things –>>That’s the most
important part.>>But all the great things
that happened here for you but what’s the difference
that it makes, you know, having a university like this
one where there’s a lot of hands on involvement with
professors and the community.>>It starts at the
College of Education. If I didn’t have
professors that said, do you, I wouldn’t be a president
or CEO today. I found my job off of the job
line through the career center and my husband hanging
out at the union. We actually — I gave
him my pager number at a Sac State football game. So luckily he paged me and
now we’ve been married almost 15 years. So Sac State gave me
everything that I have today.>>It’s great talking to you
and thank you for joining us. We appreciate it.>>Thank you so much.>>Okay. All right. For more on the university’s
College of Education, you can log on to our
website>>Hi. My name is Sandy. I’m studying ESL and
I’m Made at Sac State.>>Hi. I’m Alicia Monroe. I’m studying child development
and I’m Made at Sac State. [ Music ] [ Crowd noise ] [ Pause ] [ Music ]>>Welcome. Welcome to Made at Sac
State, the video magazine. I’m Gloria Moraga. Our focus today, the
College of Education. And we now welcome two very
distinguished guests to our set and to the Sacramento
State campus. We’ve got Garth Lewis
and Maria Lewis. Two educational leaders
who earned multiple degrees and credentials from the College
of Education here at Sac State and continue to remain close to
the college and lucky for us. Maria Lewis, the Sacramento Bee
recently published an article about you, and a
positive article at that. It was December 2012 naming
you one of the local principals who are doing great work to
turn around our local schools. Please tell us about
your work as principal at TL Whitehead Elementary
School in Woodland. So tell us a little
bit about the school and the challenges you
faced when you took over that school as principal.>>Okay. Whitehead, in the first
place, is a beautiful, you know, school that serves lots
of beautiful children. It’s a wonderful place to be. I just have a lot of
love for that school. When I was told about
moving, making my change from my previous
school to Whitehead — Whitehead was told — I was told
was a year five plus program improvement school. And I said, no, that’s going to
be too much work for me to do. So I said, no, I think
I’m okay where I’m at. I wanted to take my school
where I was currently at to a distinguished school. So I was pretty close
to doing that. And I said, no, I don’t
think I want to do that. And then I was told
that, you know, that our district needed the
help and we needed to make all of our schools strong
and that we could only be as strong as the weakest link. So the move was to help — and
the challenges that I faced when I got there was, you know,
there was low scores and lots of students with lots
of academic needs, and also some behavioral needs
and some emotional needs. So the challenges that we faced
there, there was also a lack of parent involvement and just
parents not really feeling that they are a part
of the school. So I was very fortunate to
have the opportunity to go out and select some of the teachers. So I was given an opportunity to
— it was at the time where most of the teachers at
that time were going to do some budgets cuts and so that meant seniority was
bumping some teachers so there was a list of
teachers who were going to lose their placement anyways. So then they gave
me an opportunity to go see their teaching and
then kind of hand pick them. And so then when we
came to the school, the challenges were not only are
we facing these low test scores and looking at, you know, how many students were far
below basic and below basic on the CSTs and then looking at their reading ability
was pretty daunting to present to them. And so then trying to motivate
them and inspire them that, you know, you were
chosen for a reason. And you can do this
and, you know, together as a team we can
turn this school around. So it took a lot of, you know, that was another challenge was
they were pretty comfortable where they were at
their previous schools. They loved their schools,
they loved the children where they were at and the
team they were working in. So having them come to
my school, you know, they sort of felt like
they had been, you know, just pulled and uprooted. So that was another challenge,
you know, that we faced.>>But things are
going much better.>>Oh, yeah.>>The scores are up. Maybe Mr. Lewis can explain
to us how she’d do it too. Well, first let’s go
back a little bit. Tell us a little bit about
your current position, what do you do?>>So my title is the Director
for Secondary Education in the Woodland School District. And that involves me
working with schools at the middle school and
then high school levels, their principals and
teachers with curriculum and instruction projects
and areas, working with interventions
to support students who are struggling or in need
of additional support as well as working with professional
development to ensure that our teachers are prepared for meeting the needs
of our students.>>How important was your
education at Sacramento State in preparing you for
the difficult jobs that you currently hold
and not just difficult but important because, you know, educating our children
is probably our job one in this country.>>What I always think about
in terms of my education here at Sac State was the people. The professors that I
had a chance to meet and who influenced my
decision making, my philosophy on education and
continue to do so. I think of several. One that comes immediately to
mind is Dr. Harold Murai who was and continues to be a
very big part of my life and a mentor for
me in education. And so what I would think
about is really the influence, the influence of these
individuals developing my philosophy, relate to
education and then putting me in a position where I had an
opportunity to really think through some of the challenges
that were going to be — I was going to face both
as a classroom teacher as well as an administrator. And then being able
to think though some of those problems together. And then once I got into the
field being able to call them as resources to assist
with problem solving and troubleshooting in some of those challenging
situations that we faced. Whether it had to do with
budget or issues related to the social emotional
well-being of students, questions around leadership and
helping to move a school forward or move — in the case where
I’m working now, move a segment of a district forward
as it relates to implementing strategies
that are going to help with student achievement.>>Oh, it’s, you know, been just
lovely talking to both of you. And finally now you’re married.>>Yes.>>So, you know,
there was a clue. Your last name’s Lewis.>>I was an intern in
Maria’s class through part of my education, working
on my teaching credential.>>Okay.>>And so that connection
was made as a consequence of the Sac State program and
I’m very thankful for that.>>Okay. All right. We wanted to mention that
but thank you both so much. It’s great meeting you
and keep up the good work.>>Thank you.>>You can log on to our
website>>My name’s Lacy. I’m studying psychology
and I’m Made at Sac State.>>Hi. My name is Danielle. I’m studying education
deaf studies and I’m Made at Sac State. [ Music ]>>I’m Alex Gonzalez,
president of the University and we’re proud of
all of our students who are Made at Sac State.>>Next week at Made
at Sac State, the College of Social Sciences
and Interdisciplinary Studies. SSIS includes the Department
of Government, Psychology, Anthropology, Public
Policy and Administration, and the prestigious Center for California Studies
and so much more.>>Our fellowship is
the Jesse Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program.>>Where you assist lawmakers
in pushing legislation through the process and so it’s
an amazing experience to be able to learn and be part of
the fabric of democracy.>>If you’re going to study
politics or political science or policy, Sacramento
State’s a great place because of all the
opportunities you have to intern at the capital.>>Join us next Thursday when
we learn more about the College of Social Sciences and
Interdisciplinary Studies.>>Thank you for
spending some time with us and the College of Education. From the beautiful campus of California State University
Sacramento, I’m Gloria Moraga. We leave you with scenes from
the College of Education. Some then and now photos of
our faculty, our students, all are Made at Sac State. [ Music ]

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