Faculty & Staff E-news 9.22.14

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I was pleased to see about 50 of you who attended last Friday’s Welcome Back Picnic. The weather was a little cool and overcast but the food was good (thanks, Back Yard Burgers) and the conversations enjoyable! It was a fitting celebration for faculty and staff who are entrenched in the work of a new semester and I extend my appreciation to the Culture and Climate Team for again hosting this fun annual event and for everyone who assisted in set-up and tear-down.

Last week at Chairs Team, Dr. Phyllis Chase presented on the Charter School Center, the performance of its schools, and a reminder of the Center’s oversight responsibilities. Missouri’s 21 charter schools serve 10,211 children (2013-14); the Charter School Center’s 11 schools serve nearly 5,500 of those. Additionally, the Chairs Team further discussed winter intersession courses, enrollment and recruitment, the University’s student athlete attendance policy and the SOE faculty travel policy. Census date is next week and we will have official numbers to report at that time.

I am pleased to report that the SOE recently received $100,000 from Sunok Pai (widow of former SOE Dean Young Pai) to establish the Dean Young Pai Memorial Endowment Fund at the SOE.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide grant awards to tenured SOE faculty for scholarly research and development purposes.  The Fund will operate as an affiliate of the Dean’s Small Grant Fund, which was created under the visionary leadership and tenure of Dean Pai.  Application information and instructions will be developed this fall and will include donor preferences for the awarding of grants.  My sincere thanks to Ms. Rachael Steele for cultivating the relationship with Mrs. Pai to establish this fund.

Please help me welcome Mr. Connor Warner to CIL and the SOE as of September 1st as an Instructor in Urban Teacher Education in Reading, Literacy & Language Arts. He holds his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University and is pursuing his Ph.D. at KU, focusing on teacher education, language/literacy and teacher identity.

In case you missed the attachment from last week’s enews, the Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) invites all faculty and staff of the School of Education to attend any of its offerings free of charge.  Upcoming workshops include Assessment Capable Learners (September 24), MAP-A (September 25 in Park Hill School District) and Elementary Math Practices (September 25).  To view the Events Calendar, go to http://education.umkc.edu/events/ and click the event for additional information.  Most events take place at Union Station, Suite 401.  Feel free to contact Dr. Julie Collins at x5486 with any questions.

A reminder that UMKC’s second annual 5K Regalia Run will be held September 28th during Founder’s Week and this year the SOE has its own team (Team A+)! Join fellow faculty/staff, students and alums for a morning of fun; proceeds from the run will support student scholarships across campus. Register to participate before this Friday, September 26th.

The faculty retreat will be October 10th from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Plaza, Hyde Park and Brookside Rooms in the Administrative Center and I hope to see you there!  Our focus will be assessment and accreditation as we take further steps to ensure that our programs meet the new CAEP standards.  Please RSVP (password: retreat) as lunch will be provided.

And, finally, we learned late last week that Dr. Phyllis Chase, director of our Charter School Center, was named by Governor Nixon to a two-year term on the State Lottery Commission to “provide strong leadership to ensure the state lottery provides the greatest possible benefit to our public schools.” Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the Missouri Senate.

Happy Autumn!