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WCOE Newsletter | October 2023 Edition

WCOE Newsletter | October 2023 Edition

Dear Friends,

At the Watson College of Education, we are halfway through October, and the College continues moving in the right direction.  On Wednesday and Thursday, October 11 & 12, 2023, the provost’s office sponsored a Leadership Retreat to intentionally invest in building a positive climate for the college.  This retreat, facilitated by Sharon Newport, a consultant from Washington DC with exceptional ability to help build community, was very productive. The provost’s office selected 16 leaders from WCOE who participated in this retreat, and at the end of the retreat, the team came away with the following collective statement;

“We had a collaborative and productive working leadership retreat organized by the provost's office. We discussed future-focused strategies, which prioritized two initiatives concentrated on building trust and communication within WCOE. We have more work to do, but we are committed to building on these two elements of trust and communication.”

As we move through this year, we commit to bringing everyone into this discussion through our mission, vision, and strategic planning processes. We will call for participation from all faculty, staff, students, and community partners as we work together to enhance our college's image and efficiency and revise our vision and mission statements.

Looking ahead, we are having our third Doctoral Alumni Homecoming on Saturday, October 28, at noon.  This is a time of bringing together our doctoral alumni for re-engagement with the college and each other.  The keynote speaker for this year’s event is Dr. Erika Tejeda.  Dr. Tejeda is our WCOE doctoral alumna who won this year’s Principal of the Year award from the California Association of School Administrators. She is the principal at Liberty High School in Perris.  

​On Thursday, November 16, 2023, our college is hosting our third annual Educational Leadership Summit. This is a premier educational event for the region, as we have invited the prominent educational leaders in the area for meaningful dialogue and engagement. Our theme for this year’s summit is “Innovative Practices in Education.”   During this special event, we will showcase innovative practices in the STEM disciplines from across K-12 schools in the Riverside and San Bernardino Counties of the Inland Empire.  We encourage all our partners to come out and be part of this great opportunity.

Past Events


Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD)

September 29, 2023

Each year the summit brings together teaching professionals and educators, researchers, academics, scholars, administrators, independent writers and artists, policy and program specialists, students, parents, civic leaders, activists, and advocates – all sharing a common interest and commitment to education issues that impact Latinos to help them define the future. 

This year's topic "¡Ya Basta! – Enough is Enough!: Education and Violence in the Context of our Schools, Community Safety, and Law-Enforcement,” was well attended by 1,200 people with thousands streaming online.  The summit hosted longtime activist, Dolores Huerta who gave the morning keynote address, and actor Emilio Rivera who gave the afternoon keynote address where he shared his emotional journey as he rose up from a violent upbringing in Los Angeles. 

​Organized by Dr. Enrique G. Murillo Jr., the LEAD Organization's purpose is to promote a broad-based awareness of the crisis in Latino Education and to enhance the intellectual, cultural and personal development of our community's educators, administrators, leaders, parents and students.

From left to right: Emilio Rivera, Giovanni Gonzalez
From left to right: Emilio Rivera, Giovanni Gonzalez

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Faculty News & Updates


Dr. Viktor Wang publishes ‘Handbook of Research on Andragogical Leadership and Technology in a Modern World’

In his 57th book, Dr. Wang covers topics such as andragogical leadership, instructional technology, and digital andragogy. Visit our CSUSB news page to read the full announcement

Jim & Judy Watson Student Services welcomes new staff!

In September 2023, the Jim and Judy Watson Student Services department welcomed two Field Placement Support Staff, Joy Lozada and Angelica Ramirez. In addition, Giovanni Gonzalez formally accepted the Program Admissions Technician position for M.A. and Advanced Credentials.

WCOE By the Numbers

  • Multiple & Single Subject Advising: 278  combined attendees for the info sessions and 107 one-on-one combined appointments.
  • Special Education/Counseling Advising: 139 info sessions and 40 advising appointments.
  • Credential Admissions: 109 Multiple Subject applications are in progress, 12 students were admitted, and 12 are under review between all programs. 174 Single Subject applications are in progress, 30 students have been admitted, and 31 are currently under review. A total of 6 applications have been denied between both programs.
  • ​Masters & Advanced Credentials: 23 students have been admitted, 4 applications are pending, 4 incomplete, and 131 applications are in progress.
  • Credential Processing: The office has processed 81 credentials to C.T.C. for the month of September.