Faculty & Staff E-news 4.25.16

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What a wonderful week last week, celebrating the university’s (and the School of Education’s) Alumni Achievement Award winners. At the annual luncheon held last Thursday, the SOE hosted a table to honor Mr. Harlan Brownlee, M.A. ‘04 (the SOE’s Alumni Achievement Award winner). Joining us at the table were Ms. Linda Putthoff, Harlan’s wife, owner of Plaza WellSpring and Twirl; Mr. Richard Lara, president of the SOE Alumni Association; Ms. Christine Weber and Dr. Nancy Murdock, SOE faculty; Mr. Roger Williams, president of the board, Friends of Alvin Ailey; Ms. Everlyn Williams; and Dr. Ginny Miller, retired SOE faculty/assistant dean, and Ms. Shelly Doucet, director of development. Dr. Judy Jacobs (Ph.D., ’86), Defying the Odds Alumni Award winner, sat with her family at the Chancellor’s table.


On Friday April 22nd, faculty and staff from across the SOE participated in the informative CAEP Check-Up.  Under the leadership of Dr. LaVerne Berkel, we reviewed CAEP standards, CAEP suggested evidence and data that we currently have that meets each standard.  Dr. Berkel also presented a timeline of activities that will prepare us for our spring 2018 site visit (self-study is due summer 2017) and identified several key tasks that we will begin working on this summer.  We are encouraged by the redesign work that has been taking place in TECC and the ongoing data collection through our assessment system that will put us in a strong position to have a successful visit in 2018.  My thanks to all who attended and participated in this session and I invite everyone to review available resource information in the CAEP Resource folder on the SharePoint site.


This Thursday, April 28th, we will be hosting Rhoda Freelon, Ph.D., for an on-campus interview for the position of PK-12 Assistant/Associate Professor in ELPF. Dr. Freelon is currently an associate program officer with the Spencer Foundation, prior to which she worked as a researcher with the Institute for Democracy, Education and Access; coordinator of data analysis with Oakland Unified School District; and a principal policy analyst at UC-Berkley. She holds her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA (Urban Schooling Division). Join us for her presentation, “Disrupting the Deficit: An Intersectional Analysis of African American Parent Involvement” at 9:30 in Room 307.


Also on Thursday, we hope you will join us for the 14th annual SOE Spring Celebration between 3:30-5 p.m. on the SOE patio and east lawn. A brief, formal presentation of our SOE outstanding student, faculty and staff awards will begin at 4 p.m. All SOE students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to celebrate our class of 2016 graduates and the end of another successful academic year. Please RSVP to this event, sponsored by the SOE Student Government Association and SOE Alumni Association.


Hard to believe this semester is coming to an end; have a fulfilling week.