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January | 1.27.2020
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COE Spring 2020 Meeting This Tuesday!
College-Wide Meeting This Tuesday

Our college will be closed for the spring college-wide meeting, please plan to be in attendance this Tuesday from 2-4 PM. Administrative support are encouraged to attend.

The event will be held in GEC A-209, please do not feel the need cancel classes that were scheduled in the room prior to the meeting. Find an alternative classroom, we will be happy to assist you in the Dean's Office. You will be in for a treat, we will have prizes, giveaways and great snacks! University guests will join us as well.
Spotlight on Student Success | Alumni Highlight
Robyn Magee, Class of 2019
I am so thrilled to have two positions at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse! Though it is very far from where I am from (New Orleans, LA), the opportunity to grow and learn has presented itself to me in many ways while being here. Since August of 2019, I have served as the Assistant Gymnastics Coach for the competitive team and the Student Athlete Retention Specialist for the Office of Multicultural Student Services. This is my very first experience coaching at the collegiate level as it has been a dream of mine for years. The position's responsibilities include, but are not limited to: recruiting prospective gymnasts, lesson planning for the competitive team, serving as the Beam Specialist, and directing the recreational program. My journey so far has been very rewarding because I am learning so much from the head coach in addition to being able to exercise my passion for the sport of gymnastics.

The Student Athlete Retention Specialist is actually a new position in the Office of Multicultural Student Services (OMSS); therefore, I am extremely honored to be the first to perform this role. I am primarily responsible for assisting with the suspension/warning process, advising, and helping to bridge the relationships with the staff in the athletic department and in OMSS for athletes of color. I love that I am gaining more administrative involvement and furthering my knowledge within NCAA Compliance. I believe this avenue will be beneficial to my long-term goals.

  • My long-term goal is to establish the sport of gymnastics at an Historically Black University; to then become the team's head coach. While this has been a goal of mine for about 10 years, there are many challenges associated with the objective. To name a few obstacles, I will be faced with creating a logical and compelling proposal for an institution to consider, researching different ways to acquire funding for the sport, and studying the regulations of Title IX as to not breach any existing rules. Fortunately, I am proud to be a part of an organization called, the Collegiate Growth Gymnastics Initiative (CGGI), whose purpose is to "promote awareness in the pursuit and addition of new women's collegiate gymnastics programs across the country." I am a committee member and act as the representative for HBCUs.

I am doing great and feeling amazing! I am so happy I decided to attend Florida A&M University for graduate school because without the encouragement from my professors, advisers, and cohort, I would not have felt as confident as I do to accept all the opportunities mentioned. From the time I stepped foot on the FAMU campus, I have felt nothing but love, compassion, protection and everlasting care from the Health Physical Education and Recreation department. I can truly say HPER has made an honest impact on my career, and I am forever indebted! GO RATTLERS!
Faculty and Staff Spotlight |
Dr. Kelley-Brown and Ms. Higley
Dr. Bernadette Kelley Brown
Bernadette Kelley-Brown is an Associate professor in the College of Education at Florida A&M University since 1995. Dr. Kelley has extensive experience with secondary education, computer technology and educational leadership. Dr. Kelley-Brown has also assisted science, pharmacy, engineering, and mathematics faculty and staff in the development of web-based courses with support grants from the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Kelley-Brown currently serves on a several statewide steering committees for curriculum and instruction, and since 2002 she has served as the Discipline Coordinator the State of Florida’s State Course Numbering System for the areas of Educational Foundations and Policy. In addition, the Governor of the State of Florida appointed her to the African American History Task Force , which she chaired from 2000 to 2014. Dr. Kelley, however, is still the Principle Investigator for this grant where she oversees the day to day operations of the African American History grant from the State of Florida.
Dr. Kelley also collaborates with the School of Environment at FAMU to recruit and train minority scientist and other STEM career majors from the underrepresented communities. As a result, the collaboration has secured grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) of which she serves as the Education Lead. One of Dr. Kelley-Brown’s she-roes is Mary McLeod Bethune, which Dr. Kelley-Brown has served as the campus advisor to McLeod’s organization National Council of Negro Women-FAMU Section. The following quote by Dr. McLeod describes Bernadette‘s mission and guiding principle for continuing to work and serve for the past 25 years at FAMU:
We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.
Ms. Zandra Higley
Zandra Higley is the Program Coordinator of the Commissioner of Education’s African American History Task Force. Raised in southeast Idaho, she obtained her International Relations Undergraduate degree at Idaho State University and later, traversed the country in order to attend the one and only Florida A&M University where she earned her Masters of Applied Social Sciences in History. While attending school at FAMU, Zandra worked in the History and Political Science departmental office, and also served as a research intern at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives and Museum. 
Since joining the African American History Task Force’s staff team, Zandra helped to plan and was able to attend the Annual Meeting where she met many of the Task Force members as well as members from the Florida Black Caucus. She is learning much under the tutelage of Dr. Bernadette Kelley, and looks forward to playing an active role in assisting the African American History Task Force in achieving its goals.
Faculty News and Updates
Spotlight on Community Engagement
Leon County Spelling Bee
On Thursday, January 16th, Leon High School was filled with high-fives and smiles during the Big Bend Area Literacy Council 2020 Spelling Bee. Some of our COE future educators volunteered and encouraged young participants as they showcased their talent. Thank you volunteers for helping to make this event happen and for representing the COE in a positive light.
Tallahassee Leadership Prayer Breakfast | This Past Weekend
This past weekend, January 25th, a sense of unity was shared during the Tallahassee Leadership Prayer Breakfast. Within the walls of the Donald L Tucker Civic Center, leaders from various public service sectors gathered in prayer to experience the power of faith in our community. This event is "uniting the leaders of Tallahassee to pray together, work together and receive divine help and encouragement in leading and serving our community ." Pictured on the right are Tallahassee City Commissioner, Dr. Elaine Bryant, Dean Allyson Watson, and Ms. Adel Manatee.
FAMU Day at the Capitol | February 6th
Members across the institution will represent FAMU at the FAMU Day at the Capitol. Our college will have three representatives to share some of our points of pride with state legislators. We look forward to updating legislation with new information about our outstanding students and faculty.
Spotlight on Recruitment and Retention
President's Tour | Jacksonville, Florida
Ms. Wynn, Mr. Huggins and Dean Watson were a part of the President's Recruitment Tour in Duval County. High School Juniors and Seniors were excited to learn about all of our programs and become a part of the FAMUly. We met three potential COE LLC Scholars during the visit.
Spotlight on Innovation & Research
Teaching Math with Music | FAMU DRS
Ms. Leah Coleman, Teacher of the Year and math and science teacher at FAMU Developmental Research School presents learning in a kinesthetic-musically based lesson to close out the day. Seeing Ms. Coleman and her class perform is quite dynamic. Please work with Dr. Blankenship or Dr. Roberts from the COE to schedule a tour with the DRS leaders.
ACE Women's Network of Florida | Dr. Michelle Mitcham
Dr. Michelle Mitcham has been selected to serve as an institutional representative at the ACE Women's Network Florida. Thank you for representing FAMU Dr. Mitcham!

Dr. Ezzeldin Aly Voted Faculty Senate Budget Committee
Dr. Lavetta Henderson and Dr. Ezzeldin Aly serve as our faculty senators on the FAMU Senate. Recently, Dr. Aly was voted to serve on the budget committee for the entire senate, along with Dr. Kenya Washington Johnson. They will review budgets, oversee requests and assist the senate in making recommendations.
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Graduate Faculty Professional Development
Dr. David Jackson | COE Faculty Engagement
Dr. David Jackson led the COE graduate faculty through an engaging professional development program. The focus on graduate student success was enlightening and enriching. We will continue to produce top scholars in our Educational Leadership doctoral program and enhance the university through our degree productivity.
COE Has Room for Improvement According to NCTQ!
FAMU COE Scores a D
The 2020 NCTQ Teacher Prep Review gave a gloomy score to our undergraduate elementary education department. Our elementary ed. program fell short of demonstrating how we incorporate teaching standards that promote early reading. Elementary ed. met two of the five scientifically-backed teaching standards, set by the NCTQ, which promote reading skills in children. The COE will continue to make strides in our undergraduate curriculum and in producing exceptional teachers.
Here are the reasons we scored a D:
  • Explicit instruction on each of the five components of reading instruction;
  • Support for instruction with high-quality textbooks that accurately
detail established principles of scientifically-based reading practices; and,
  • Evidence that teacher candidates must demonstrate mastery through
in-class assignments, tests, and fieldwork.
College of Education | STRIKE Vision Plan
S |   STRATEGIC INITIATIVES - The FAMU COE will align closely with the university vision and mission to implement programs designed to increase academic achievement across undergraduate and graduate programs. Increase the teacher pipeline by partnering with our local districts and those across the state.
T |   TRUST -  The FAMU COE will build trust and offer transparency to our internal campus community and external school and community partners. We will build programs and engage others with truthful and meaningful practices.
R |   RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION -  Recruitment and Retention | The FAMU COE will tackle the national and state teacher shortage crisis and implement new strategies to recruit and retain teacher education majors. We will grow our graduate programs and be proactive in identifying the needs and gaps in state certification and test achievement. We will create pathways for gains from our education candidates and follow them into successful careers.
I |   INNOVATION AND RESEARCH -  The FAMU COE will create innovative and immersive learning experiences for our learners will promoting a solid research agenda and providing rich research expertise. We will provide rich teaching and learning with immersive technology for undergraduate and graduate programs.
K |  K-20 SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS -  The FAMU COE will work closely as a key partner with FAMU DRS and surrounding county schools to identify the needs of the educational community and utilize our faculty, staff, and students to meet those needs.
E |   ENGAGEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, THE STATE AND THE NATION -  The FAMU COE will increase the number of privately funded scholarships to support our students and faculty by promoting our programs and creating forums for exposure and visibility.
News Worth Repeating Twice
International Focus | FAMU Alumni Teaching in China
Two Elementary Education Graduates Teach Abroad
Congratulations to Miss Courtney Wright and Miss Tiffany McClary (former MissCOE) who are currently teaching in China at the Canadian International School Kunshan. We are so proud of them and recognize their global impact overall. We want to continue to inspire and teachers to demonstrate their skills across the world!
30 Year Anniversary | Black Male College Explorers Program
The Black Male College Explorers program will celebrate its 30th year of service to young men across Florida. Please plan to attend and share in this wonderful celebration for the achievement of students from throughout the state and region.
June 25-27, 2020