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March | 3.2.2020
College of Education, the cornerstone for educators, the future of tomorrow.. .
March Faculty & Staff Birthdays
Happy Birthday to our COE team members!
Dr. Brian Hickey
March 9th

Dr. Cheron Davis
March 25th
Legislation That Could Impact Education
Review Florida Legislation Impacting
Please see the legislative bill docket. There is one bill that could move/postpone the General Knowledge Test and 2.5 grade point average as a means for admission into teacher education programs.

Save the Date | Faculty & Students
SAVE THE DATE | March 3rd, 11-12 Noon GEC A305 | Undergraduate and Graduate Student Internship Opportunity
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.
Mandatory Freshman Seminar

Please share the upcoming events for the mandatory freshman seminar. All COE Freshman are required to attend at least one of the informational sessions. These are required from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Pizza With A Purpose | Chat with Cheese
March 25th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GEC A209

Popcorn and Pop In
Tuesday, April 14th
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
GEC A209
Faculty Spotlight of the Week |Dr. Peggy Auman
Professor with a Purpose

Dr. Peggy Auman, Professor in the Department of Elementary Education, serves as the FAMU co-PI with three FSU co-PIs, Drs. Alysia Roehrig, Jeannine Turner, and Tamara Bertrand-Jones for the FAMU/FSU Partners United for Research Pathways Oriented to Social Justice in Education (PURPOSE) program. Erik Rawls serves as the grant coordinator. The PURPOSE grant is a five-year, federally funded grant, which seeks to train a diverse cohort of fellows in research with a focus on social justice in education. The goal of the program is to provide fellows with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills they need to enter and successfully complete graduate programs in education and related fields.
PURPOSE fellows spend one year developing research skills through varied experiences including one-on-one faculty mentor relationships, coursework, bi-weekly proseminars, and a service- learning research practicum. The grant is currently in its third year with 13 fellows from FAMU and FSU participating in Cohort #3. Each fellow has a faculty mentor who works one-on one in developing the fellow’s research skills and interests. Faculty mentors are active researchers at FAMU and/or FSU and often, the fellows and faculty mentors present at conferences together. Some have also successfully published their collaborative studies in related journals. Additionally, the fellows receive a stipend for three semesters to support their research efforts and to further their graduate studies.

Dr. Auman shares with us this meaningful quote: " The true character of a society is revealed in how it treats its children." - Nelson Mandela
News and Noteworthy
Dr. Cheron Davis and Miss De'Keria Hunter Impress Audience with Student Based Research at AACTE (American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education) Conference 2020
This past weekend, Dr. Cheron Davis was among an elite population of researchers selected to present at the 72nd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference theme was Disrupting Inequities: Educating for Change. Dr. Davis and Ms. Hunter presented on " Preparing Teachers to be Agents of Social Justice: Examining the Effectiveness of Using Literature Circles in and HBCU Reading Methods Course". A publication of this work is forthcoming. Also in attendance at the conference are pictured, Dean Allyson Watson, Dr. Renee Wallace and Ms. Temecia Shelton. The 2021 AACTE Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington.

Annual Black History Program Shines in February 2020!
Congratulations to Dr. Maria Okeke and the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department planning committee for the annual Black History Month celebration. Attendees learned about the importance of voting and heard from prolific community leaders. Additionally the crowd of 150+ had cultural engagement with a modeling troupe and cultural cuisine. This event was exceptional and thought provoking.
FedEx Boardroom Experience Visits FAMU College of Education
The Boardroom Experience Workshop Series presented by FedEx selects and features HBCU's throughout the country. Our graduate students from the counseling program were selected this year and we could not be more proud of them. Thank you to Dr. Rowley who helped to make this event happen for our students.

Please click here to view more about this event.
Florida Fund for Minority Teachers Career Day
Special thanks to Ms. Barbara Wynn who put this event together!
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.
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.
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.

Faculty Reminders | Important Messages
Coronavirus CoVID-19 | University Update
Faculty & Staff Update
Florida A&M University (FAMU) has suspended all University-related travel to China, South Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan for students, faculty, administration and staff, effective immediately.
We will continue to monitor this outbreak and provide updates to the campus community as needed. There are no FAMU students or faculty currently studying or teaching in China, South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan. 
Students and faculty involved in Study Abroad programs should contact the Office of International Education and Development (OIED) immediately for more information.
Students, faculty and staff who are planning trips for Spring Break should consult with the OIED for more advisory information at 850-599-3295.
University sponsored travel to countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 or a U.S. Department of State Advisory Level 3 or 4 will not be approved.
If you are suffering from a respiratory illness or fever please stay home. We will work with supervisors, deans and faculty to accommodate individuals who are ill. 
For further updates visit
ALL Employee Mandatory Training

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.

Some tips, as you navigate through the training modules:
  1. Trouble Accessing Videos?
  2. If you are having trouble accessing the videos, try copying the url and paste it into either Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
  3. Thank You Emails
  4. In addition to a certificate for each module, you will receive an email thanking you for completing the training module.
  5. Want Access to Resource Links?
  6. During this training period, you will have had access to a number of links across the modules. We have compiled all the links into the attached document for your future reference.
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 Student Research & Engagement
Register NOW for the 2020 Interactive Writing Symposium at FAMU
This outstanding event is hosted through our very own College of Education doctoral student research base. Ms. Debra Lewis an Educational Leadership doctoral student is chairing the National Council for Higher Education Interactive Writing Symposium, April 3-4, 2020. Please allow your graduate students to register below or by using the QR code pictured. Graduate faculty, I am requesting you utilize this as an opportunity for your students to learn about writing outside of the classroom during this session. Also, if you would like to lead a table top session please email Ms. Lewis at

Albany State University | Graduate Student Opportunity 2020 Interactive Symposium | March 27th
2020 Interactive Symposium: Doctoral Practicum. While attendance is not mandatory, we encourage all to participate. Dates and times can be found here.
Student Success & Engagement
Mayor's Community Forum | LLC College of Education Scholars
Tuesday, March 3rd (Tomorrow) at 6:00 PM, our own Tallahassee Mayor John E. Dailey will be sharing community updates with our Living Learning Community Scholars, FAMU Honors Scholars and Florida Fund for Minority Teacher Scholars. Mayor Dailey will share his vision for the city and engage them in a civic engagement conversation.

We are instilling the importance of civic and community engagement in our curriculum at every opportunity.
FAMU COE LLC Scholars Prepare to Meet Howard School of Education Scholars in Washington, DC
Our College of Education, Living Learning Community will be exposed to history, scholarship and service during our upcoming trip to Washington, DC. Dr. Ameenah Shakir and the LLC Scholars will travel April 7th-10th. During the scholarly excursion they will meet Howard University School of Education Scholars, tour the National African American History Museum, visit Prince George's County Schools and perform a service-learning project.
Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education | FAMU Chapter
Our Kappa Delta Pi Student Advisor, Dr. Bernadette Kelley was recently notified that many of our student members have been selected for international membership into KDP. This is a huge accomplishment for our student scholars. Congratulations Scholars!
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:
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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