Faculty & Staff E-news 11.3.14

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I hope you turned your clocks back and changed your smoke alarm batteries this weekend . . . both sure signs that winter will be here before long!

I am extremely pleased to announce that we have confirmed our 2015 Urban Education and Community Forum speaker: Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He was recently named by President Obama to chair the newly created President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. He also chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the recent report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. In 2012 he was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Please save-the-date of March 3rd for what promises to be an outstanding presentation and plan to include the event in your Spring course syllabi and encourage your students to attend! The event runs from 5-6:30 p.m., with doors at Pierson Auditorium opening at 4:30. My sincere thanks to Dr. Etta Hollins for reaching out to Dr. Hrabowski’s office and making this engagement possible.

The SOE will again be offering accelerated Winter Intersession courses from December 22, 2014 – January 16, 2015 with two from CEP: Adolescent Development and Educational Psychology. Registration details will be provided soon. In the meantime, please use this heads-up to alert students so we can ‘make’ both classes.

As a reminder and a follow up to our accreditation retreat in October, there will be another professional development workshop following the November 21st faculty meeting (12-2 p.m. in room 307) designed to help us understand the guidelines for ‘evidence’ that CAEP has provided.  Dr. Jake Marszalek will lead a discussion based on the CAEP Evidence Guide on topics such as reliability, validity, representativeness, relevance and verifiability.  Then, Dr. Patty McHatton and Ms. Carol Sargent also will share examples of the types of evidence that other institutions have used to demonstrate that they meet the standards.  All faculty are needed to be a part of this very important discussion as it is critical that we have a shared understanding of what is needed for our Spring 2018 visit.  Lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP (password: pdsession).

Please save the date of December 12th for a Strategic Action Plan Update and Celebration. More information will be forthcoming.

For those of you planning to attend the AACTE’s 67th annual meeting next February 27-March 1 in Atlanta, please know that our own Dr. Etta Hollins will present at the Speaker Spotlight Session on Sunday, March 1st at 10:15 a.m. As vice president for Division K of the American Educational Research Association, Dr. Hollins has led the conversation on teaching and teacher education for AERA and is also a founding member of the NCATE/CAEP Transformation Initiatives Committee. Visit aacte.org for more information.

I wish to thank everyone in the School of Education for taking the important step to enroll in a health plan by the deadline of October 31st.  The SOE had 100% completion!

And, please remember that today, November 3rd, is the deadline for Graduate Assistance Fund applications.

Have a great week.