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February | 2.24.2020
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Save The Date | Faculty & Students
Faculty Friday | College of Education Forum for Undecided Majors
All COE faculty are encouraged to attend an open forum with undeclared students. The College of Education and College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities will have a joint session On March 6th, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., This event is put on by Dr. Jennifer Collins (Associate Provost for Freshman Studies) and will allow students to interact with our faculty and see the variety of degree programs the COE offers. We request that all faculty members able to attend do so. Amazing snacks will be provided!

Location: Gore Education Complex A209
Sign up below even if you have emailed that you will be coming:
ATTENTION Student Scholarship Portal is Now Open

The scholarship application window is April 1 through May 29, 2020, please encourage your students to apply.

Visit our website or the foundation site to learn more. There will be an essay component and an area where students will need to request recommendations. Please encourage this in each of your classes.
SAVE THE DATE | March 3rd, 11-12 Noon GEC A305 | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Internship Opportunity
Staff Spolight of the Week | Dr. Ameenah Shakir
Here are a few highlights from our staff member of the week Dr. Ameenah Shakir!

What is one of your favorite student interaction this year within the COE? I enjoy listening to student success stories such as passing the Florida Teacher Certification Examination (FTCE), graduating from the College of Education, or entering graduate school. While these are important academic benchmarks, my favorite experience is watching students master challenging concepts. I love observing the confidence and excitement students exude after conquering a concept and sharing it with others, which is the basis of education.
How do you foster success in the Cadidate Empowerment Center? My goal is to create an academic space that encourages student performance and community with a high level of quality. To this end, I foster success in the Candidate Empowerment Center (CEC) by remaining knowledgeable of the best practices for test preparation, current state and national standards for higher education, and encouraging cross departmental and university collaboration.  
How has your personal life experiences and/or education, helped to shape your roll in the COE? As a fourth generation educator, I am rooted in a tradition that honors learning as a site of liberation. For me, this orientation was nurtured by African American women in three spaces; family, community, and school. Whether it was my paternal great-grandmother Dorinda Ella Clarke Bagby, who taught elementary school for fifty years in King William County, Virginia, or my mother Dr. Zaheerah Shakir, a formidable educator with a forty plus year career in three states, I learned practical lessons from these women about efficiency, caring, resilience, and creativity as vital tools to alter the material conditions of learners. These lessons were reinforced through community interactions with Eva Mannings, Nancy Russell, and Dr. Eva Wanton who demonstrated the importance of African American women educators holding leadership roles. This foundation was bolstered locally at FAMU High by an array of women teachers including but not limited to Doris Medlock, Barbara Trueblood, and Edna Cofield. The collective work of these women and many ancestors known and unknown remains a guiding principle for my work in the College of Education.
What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you? 
Most people do not know that I am musically inclined. In college, I played the flute and was a proud member of the Marching 100.
News and Noteworthy
FAMU College Faculty Attend NAAS 2020 Conference Several esteemed faculty from the College of Education traveled last week to represent our college and participate in national research at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in Dallas, Texas. Pictured are Dr. Samuel Platt, Dr. Patty Ball Thomas and NAAS Leader, Dr. Lemuel Berry.
FAMU DRS STREAM Robotics Team Represent the College of Education during the Harambee Festival!
Dr. Michelle Mitcham- 2020 Woman to Know
The COE extends a joyous congratulations to Dr. Michelle Mitcham, who was recognized as one of the "25 Women You Need to Know"' by the Tallahassee Democrat. Please see the attached links to read the full news article and Dr. Mitcham's story on how she found out about her nomination.

Alumni Spotlight
Dr. Sylvia Hall Sanders | Class of 2000
Dr. Hall Sanders’ Hall Sanders, a Florida native born and raised in Tallahassee, brings more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, state cluster leader and turn around principal to IDEA. Sanders began her career as an elementary education teacher in St Petersburg , Florida. She has also taught middle school. In her time as a state cluster leader, she worked with failing schools in Arkansas and Mississippi helping to increase student performance for underserved populations. The largest portion of her career has been serving as an elementary and middle school principal in Florida and Georgia. In her time as principal, she has successfully turned around four failing schools receiving recognition from the state for her innovative leadership and having her inner-city school ranked as one of Atlanta’s highest performing schools in the Mays Cluster. Additionally, while serving as principal of the Downtown Miami Charter School in the Overtown community of Miami, Florida, she received commendations for moving the school from a “D” to an “A” rating in one year. As Vice President of Schools- IDEA Tampa Bay, the second IDEA region outside of Texas, Sanders is poised to manage school-based leaders in her Florida-based community when its first four schools open in the fall of 2021.

For a more in-depth look into the works of Dr. Hall Sanders please click here
Faculty Engagement | Research and Service Opportunities
Research Grants in Supporting Educational Communities
Albany State University is interested in research from undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty studying educational support in fragile communities. Please see the attached document for information concerning proposal requirements, deadlines and grant information.
Framing and Maintaining a Research Agenda
The Center for Educational Opportunity at Albany Sate University is hosting an event to discuss the ins and outs of a research agenda. Please see attached link for further details.
Call for Papers
The Bulletin is accepting papers for their biannual, peer reviewed journal. All scholars who study issues concerning the black Diaspora and related events are encouraged to participate. The topic for 2020 is "We Want Black Studies ": Celebrating 50 years of African American Studies at FAMU. Please click the link to read the complete flyer from the Meek-Eaton Research Center.

This is how it works:
Once You Register
You'll have immediate access to the Online Meeting Space. It contains everything you need for the retreat, including your schedule, call-in information, and helpful pre-retreat prep tips.
During the Retreat
You'll work in multiple writing blocks. You'll be supported throughout the day by live coaching calls with Dr. Michelle Boyd. And you'll enjoy the support of an amazing community of empathetic, encouraging scholars.
By the End
You'll have made meaningful progress on your writing. You'll have done so with less delay and anxiety. And you'll know for certain whether retreat writing can move you past your writing fears.
Register   here !! Please contact the Center for Faculty Advancement at FAMU with any questions.
Faculty Reminders
Black History Month Exclusive Event | Wednesday
Please join Dr. Maria Okeke and the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation for the annual Black History Month Celebration. The theme is "African Americans and Voting"

  • Wednesday, February 26th
  • Al Lawson Arena
  • 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Mental Health & Emotional Wellness Seminar | February 29th
Mark your calendars for February 29th to take part in the "Together We Can... Breaking Through to Mental Health and Emotional Wellness" seminar, hosted by the ELS Empowerment Foundation. This program should be of particular interest to Educational Leadership and Counselor Education students and faculty, but all persons within the COE are welcome to attend. The seminar will be held at The Gathering; 705 S. Woodard Ave. #201, Tallahassee, FL 32304, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students may have the option to have their registration fee waived. Link to register can be fond below.
FAMU Office of Ethics and Compliance Overview
 Ensure you are in compliance. Please read the documents here for information on the FAMU Code of Conduct and proper workplace ethics.
Affordability Counts | Textbook Affordability Program
 The Affordability Counts Day Online Conference that will be held on Wednesday, March 25 th . The conference will address measure to reduce textbook costs and make textbooks more affordable. The BOG is recommending alternative ways to lower textbook cost that should not exceed $20/credit hour. 
Visit this link to learn more.
Opportunities for Global Research & Engagement
Sciences Po's 3rd Annual International Teaching and Learning Workshop
If you are interested in sharing thoughts and teaching practices with other educators please consider applying for the Sciences Po International Teaching and Learning Workshop. Applications include a short biography and are due by March 1st. Please click here for more information.
International Travel to Italy or Spain
Travel opportunities for education professors who teach comparative education systems, art/architecture, social studies/history, and world languages!

HBCU Faculty Awards | Humanities Research Fellowship & Grant
The National Endowment for the Humanities is accepting applications for their 2020 Awards for Faculty program. Awards are received as research fellowship and grants that contribute to the field of humanities. Please see the attached link for detailed information about this great opportunity.
Student Success & Engagement
High-School Feature
Heading to the Vex Robotics World Tournament
Lawton Chiles High School's Robotics Club will be the first Tallahassee team to attend the VEX Robotics World Championship Tournament. This school year has been a great one for the team which received over 11 trophies and are ranked in the Top 100 internationally and 4th in Florida. However, the competition did not stop there. Two weeks ago the team qualified for the world tournament when they placed 1st in their division and 2nd overall at the state-level competition. In April, the team will be travelling to Louisville, Kentucky to show their skills once again at the World Championship.

The COE is excited for the positive impact FAMU's Annual Vex Robotics Tournament, which is hosted by the College of Education and the Division of engineering Technology from the School of Architecture and Engineering Technology, is having on our local schools. Good luck to the Chiles Robotics Club!
What Watson is Reading!
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
This book had me in tears of joy and anticipation to read about the wonders of a family who happens to deal with a child with an exceptionality. The story of Melody is captivating and encouraging to teachers, parents and administrators. You should never limit anyone based on their differences.

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
Read this riveting account of historical action which has lead to our daily experiences today. Our own FAMU alumni and New York Times bestselling author shares a historical tribute to a marred history of African people.

Upcoming Campus Events
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 27th and 28th, 2020
Dean's Travel Dates
Dean Watson will be out of the office on the following dates:

February 27- March 3, 2020 | AACTE Conference
March 10- March 12, 2020 | National Science Foundation; Boston, MA
March 18- March 23, 2020 | Personal Leave

If you need to contact Dean Watson during these times, please use the email
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.
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