Alumni Newsletter from the Graduate School of Education

Message from the Dean

Greetings Everyone!
The 2018-19 academic year has now ended and we have begun to turn our attention to the new year. In reflecting back over the past 12 months, we have continued to see exciting developments within the university and, more specifically, in the Graduate School of Education (GSOE).
The university welcomed its largest first year class in its history and the campus continues to be a site of activity with the building of the new Swenson Science Center. I mention the Swenson Science Center since the new construction is happening right outside of the GSOE and it’s difficult to ignore! You can find out more about the project by clicking on the following link:
The GSOE has also experienced growth this past year and we have realized a 23% enrollment increase over the past five years. This is good news for the field as we frequently hear about the current and future shortages in multiple areas of the profession.
As we begin planning for 2019-2020, I would encourage you to keep checking on our website for multiple events that we have planned. In the fall, we will be having our 4th Annual Spectrum of Opportunity Conference sponsored by the Autism and Communication Center. Also in the fall, we will be hosting the Susan Greiser Price Arts & Learning Symposium as well as hosting a movie screening of 2e: Twice Exceptional through our Center for Innovative Learning. For the spring, Dr. Trudy Arriaga, the new GSOE Associate Dean for Equity & Outreach, is developing a conference on women in educational leadership. More information on the conference will be available this fall.
Finally, I just want to thank all of you for your continued support of the Graduate School of Education. As I frequently tell the faculty and staff, we are not only blessed to be able to call Cal Lutheran home, but we also have the tremendous responsibility of preparing the teachers, counselors, and administrators for our schools and colleges. We certainly need your help in fulfilling this responsibility and so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any insights, recommendations, or requests to become more involved in our work.
Wishing all of you the very best this summer,
Mike Hillis

Featured Articles

Dan Tillapaugh and colleague Z Nicolazzo, University of Arizona, had their book chapter "Backwards Thinking: Exploring the Relationship between Intersectionality, Epistemology, and Research Design" published in the second edition of Intersectionality & Higher Education: Theory, Research, & Praxis (Peter Lang).

Sharla Berry received the American Evaluation Association's (AEA) Minority Serving Institution Fellowship. Through the program she will participate in different professional development opportunities to build evaluation skills.
The California Commission on Teaching Credentialing appointed Mike Hillis to serve on the Committee on Accreditation as a higher education representative. The appointment begins this summer and will last until 2023.
Ty Wesley and Mike Hillis have been asked to be on committees for new State Superintendent of Public Instruction,Tony Thurmond. Ty's committee will focus on professional development for teachers and Mike's on the teacher shortage.
The Graduate School of Education Commencement Reception saw 400 registered this year and successfully changed the venue from Peppertree Park to Kingsmen Park under a full tent.
  • 7 Doctors of Education in Higher Education Leadership
  • 6 Doctors of Education in K-12 Educational Leadership
  • 19 Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership
  • 52 Masters of Education in Teaching
  • 40 Masters of Science in Education, Counseling
  • 22 Masters of Science in Education, Special Education and Education of the Deaf
  • 107 Teaching Credentials
  • 21 Pupil Personnel Service Credentials
  • 37 Preliminary Administrative Services Credentials

2019 Faculty Awards

Steve Blum was presented with the Adjunct Award of Excellence for 2018-19.

The Southern California Professional Development Schools (SCPDS) Award committee honored California Lutheran University and Campus Canyon College Preparatory Academy along with Flory Academy of Science and Technology to receive the 2019 Exemplary School University Partnership Award. At a ceremony on March 23rd at Pepperdine University, Interim Associate Dean (and conference keynote speaker) Dr. Trudy Arriaga accepted the award on behalf of the university.

Alumni Spotlight

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) presented Leticia Ramos '19 Ed.D. and Elm Street Elementary with the CABE 2019 Seal of Excellence Schools award.

Calendar of Events

CRLP Summer Camp for Middle School Students

Snapshots & Scribbles   
Jun. 17 - 20, 2019

Writing Inspired by Art   
Jun. 17 - 20, 2019  &  Jun. 24 - 27, 2019

Art of the Masters           
Jun. 24 - 27, 2019

Finding Your Creative Voice: Creative Writer’s Camp 
Jul. 29 - Aug. 1, 2019

Read 2 Write and Study Skills 
Aug. 5 - Aug. 8, 2019

Sponsored By:
California Reading and Literature Project and Center for Innovative Learning

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