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November | 11.25.2019
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We will see you tomorrow as we celebrate a year of thanks with our colleagues and friends.

Tuesday, November 26th
1:00-3:00 PM
Dean's Conference Room
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Faculty Spotlight
Faculty of the Week | Dr. Rebecca Blankenship
What is the best advice you've ever received as an educator?
The best advice I ever received as an educators was to be fair, firm, and consistent within the teaching environment. Following this philosophy has certainly facilitated consistency in maintaining instructional best practices and personal professional development, fairness in providing an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all students, and firmness in ensuring rigor within my teaching and assessment processes.

What surprised you most about your career in education?
The thing that has surprised me the most in my 20+ years as an educator has been how the positionality of the profession has become the focus of so many broader social and political narratives, which, ultimately has led to both positive and negative changes within and external to the classroom. On the positive side, such dialogues have enabled teachers to have greater flexibility in terms of creating malleable learning spaces which, ultimately, accommodates for diverse learning styles much of which has been facilitated through access to existing and emerging technologies. Our recent teaching corps is also becoming much more culturally, ethnically, and linguistically diverse to be more reflective of and responsive to the needs of our increasingly majority-minority student populations. On the negative side, teaching, in many ways, has become a political battle ground of sorts with activist groups, legislators, and the like using teachers, classrooms, and students to advance one agenda or another. Unfortunately, this has led to the continued devaluation of teaching and the teaching profession which shows no signs of slowing within the near future.    

What are your dreams for the future of education?
My dream for the future of education is for teaching to again be valued as a profession of first choice (and not of "last resort") and for teachers to be validated and rewarded in choosing education as their career.

Finish this sentence...If i wasn't......., I'd be.....
If I wasn't teaching, I would become a super volunteer working with some of my favorite community organizations. 
Annual Apple Pinning Ceremony
Celebrate Success! Please Remind All COE Graduates, Supporters and Friends
Please remember to attend our annual Apple Pinning Ceremony. Be sure to remind your graduates and those who have supported our students. We look forward to the launch of their careers into the future. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Ms. Ronica Walker at x 2989. Chairs and leaders, please notify all graduates in each department, they will be recognized!
December 13, 2019
8:30 AM Rehearsal
10:00 AM Grand Ballroom
11:00 AM Refreshments
Recruitment & Retention Activities
The College of Education Ranks #1
On Thursday, we were notified by the State Department of Education that our college ranks in the top five educator preparation programs in the state standing for Elementary Education! Congratulations to our Elementary Education Department team!
We rank number one in our Elementary Education/ESOL/Reading program against our peer group programs across the state! Congratulations again team!
Have an idea, alumni feature or special event/information you want to see in our weekly wishes? Please email Dr. Watson and include Mr. Huggins with your idea. Title your email "Weekly Wishes | Idea"
Carnegie Mellon University | Invited Panelist | Dean Watson
Dean Watson will represent our college on December 1-3, during an Artificial Intelligence Workshop on STEM and the Society. She will share her previous STEM Education work and discuss future plans at Florida A&M University to propel STEM initiatives in K-20 to the next level.