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March | 3.23.2020
College of Education, the cornerstone for educators, the future of tomorrow.. .
Today's Highlights
  • Happy Birthday to Leon County School Board Member Darryl Jones
  • COE Receives Donation from 1955/1963 Alumna
  • FAMU DRS Provide Free Breakfast and Lunch
  • Staff Spotlight of the Week | Dr. Serena Roberts
  • Send Your Selfies During Online Instruction | Rattler Educators Keep STRIKING
  • Remote Building Access
  • COE Faculty Laptop Pick Up Today
  • ZOOM Tutoring for COE Students
  • COVID-19 FAMU Info
  • COE Cares
  • Office of Ethics | Mandatory Training
Happy Birthday!
School Board Member Darryl Jones
Good News In the Midst of Crisis
College of Education Receives $1000 Donation
In the midst of changes due to COVID-19, we have 1000 reasons to celebrate. This week FAMU Alumnus from c/o 1955 and 1963, Ms. Lucile B. Day gifted the College of Education with a $1000 check to benefit our college student related affairs. Ms. Day, we truly appreciate you! This donation was in support of the college after she was featured in a PBS News Hour brief. A Harvard alumnus, and classmate of the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsberg saw Ms. Day on the news clip and wrote her a letter with $1000 gift to help support her community. Ms. Day thought it would only be fitting to give our college that generous gift! Thank you Ms. Day, we love and appreciate you!

For those of you who may not recognize this wonderful lady, she is our very own Andrea Day's mother.
FAMU DRS | A Constant and Support for K-12 Students During COVID-19
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS) will go live with online classes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 as we continue with our academic school year and ensure the continuation of our students’ educational journey. During this time, FAMU DRS teachers and administrators will be available for students/parents during normal school hours through e-mail and additional communication means. As we move from traditional, physical classrooms to online/distance learning, FAMU DRS has provided students/families with Chromebooks and iPads to help facilitate this transition. Additionally, communications, resources, and updates have been shared with the FAMU DRS community through the website, e-mail communications, and various other means. FAMU DRS will provide packaged breakfasts and lunches for our students from 7:00 am to 12:00 noon beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Pick up will occur at the Orange Avenue entrance. For additional information, please visit the FAMU DRS website at  
Staff Spotlight of the Week | Dr. Serena Roberts
Get to know our staff member of the week Dr. Serena Roberts!

How do you see your role in the College of Education?
My role in the College of Education is much as my role was when I used to sail with my dad: Chief Cook and Bottlewasher. Being Chief Cook means I have a function to perform that is important to everyone; being a bottlewasher is the equivalent of doing whatever else needs to be done. My important role is the Director of the Center for Academic Success. The other things I do, to borrow from another metaphor, are the equivalent of being a utility infielder, which change with the situation. 
What is one of your favorite student interactions this year within the COE?
This year I have been fortunate to have been in the position to be able to help a few students who are struggling with serious, ongoing depression. Seeing them bounce back after a series of setbacks is very rewarding.
What do you like to do in your leisure time? 
To echo Ms. Shelton, what leisure time? Actually, I enjoy spending time with my two rescue dogs, Dixie and Jack. I sew and am working frantically to finish a quilt before my granddaughter, Lillianna’s, first birthday. I also am an avid reader.
What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you? 
Over the years, I have developed mad skills, mostly because I am not afraid to try anything! A couple of my unique skills are that I am able to lay bricks and set tile.
Send Us Your Selfies
COE Photo Collage of Online Teaching | Send Us Your Selfie
COE family, we want to share all that you are doing to engage your students. Please send selfies of you in your Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate Classroom, you prepping for class, or your students. We will feature photos in a creative collage and post them on our social media. We need to show others how we continuously demonstrate, "Excellence with Caring". Ms. Bryant is developing a "Rattler Educators Keep STRIKING" campaign to push the momentum for our students. Send us your photos to
Faculty Reminders | Important Messages
Remote Work | Limited Building Access
The FAMU College of Education remains functional for our stakeholders through phone and online communication. However, in light of the world health crisis affecting human contact and proximity, please note the following modifications to operations and areas of accessibility:
  • The Provost and Office of Academic Affairs has approved the building access to be limited to essential employees only, effective March 23, 2020
  • All non-essential employees and College of Education students are asked to conduct all academic/business activity remotely once classes resume on March 23, 2020
  • Please note that this may change and become more restrictive. For now, access will be limited and everyone not scheduled to essentially work (per the Telecommuting plans) is STRONGLY encouraged to remain off-campus.
  • Work closely with your respective Department Chair for more information related to the semester and student implications.
  • More information will be coming from Ms. Shelton regarding internships and field clinical experiences.
  • To learn more read the latest FAMUInfo link here.
COE Faculty Laptop Pick Up Monday 3.23.20
9 AM to 3 PM
Gore Educational Complex | Back Entrance
Our COE support team have been working tirelessly to prepare and update your new devices. Thank you to Mr. Larry Reed and Ms. Ronica Walker for your assistance. W e ask that you pull underneath the awning in the back of the building. You can call the main number 850.561.2989 and Ms. Walker or Mr. Reed will bring a laptop and paperwork for you to sign in your car at the pick up location. For the safety of all, we ask that you remain in your vehicle. We thank you in advance for your teaching flexibility and cooperation!
Need Help? Online Resources For You
SHAREPOINT Online Resource Folder Coming Soon!

Thank you Dr. Alice Scruggs for creating a comprehensive SharePoint folder for all of our faculty to access resources for online teaching! We appreciate you Dr. Scruggs! We will send the link to the shared folder that all can access this week!
Coronavirus CoVID-19 | University Update
March 21, 2020 Update:
In response to the continuing threat of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday, March 20, issued Executive Order 20-71, directing all restaurants and food establishments within the State of Florida to suspend on-premises food and alcohol consumption for customers.

The establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Additionally, the Executive Order requires the closures of gymnasiums and fitness centers within the State of Florida.
Florida A&M University continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19. On Saturday, March 20, the University issued the following advisory as we take steps to safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff.
Food Services
Metz food services will provide carryout services in the main dining hall and the Rattlers Nest until further notice. 
Recreation Center
The Hansel Tookes Recreation Center is closed until further notice.

Libraries are closed to in-person services but are available online and staff can be contacted by email or telephone.
Research Labs
All research labs are closed as of 8 a.m., Monday, March 22. Undergraduate and graduate researchers should telecommute until further notice. Faculty supervisors should work with work student researchers to craft a telecommuting research plan that will potentially provide progress toward the research objectives and grant deliverables and at the same time provide effective social distancing. 
Spring Commencement
Spring Commencement will be conducted remotely. Discussions are ongoing regarding holding a traditional ceremony at a later date.
Summer School  
Registration for summer school has been rescheduled to begin March 30, 2020. Visit the Registrar's Office webpage for more details.
Summer Camps      
Summer camps have been cancelled. Refunds will be provided. Parents are advised to contact their respective camp directors. 
FAMU Cares
FAMU Cares has been established support our students during times of crisis. Donations will allow us to provide relief in the areas of housing, food insecurity, instructional technology, equipment and other unforeseeable challenges. To give visit
FAMU DRS  is providing daily breakfast and lunch bags to students.

Click here or visit for updates
COE Cares!
Candidate Empowerment Center | ZOOM Online Tutoring Sessions
Corona Virus Alert- Hours of Operation for Food Services, University Bookstore and Business Center
Food Services
  • Metz food services will provide carryout services in the main dining hall and the Rattlers Nest until further notice.
  • Students can access the food pantry Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Student Health Center
  • Food services will continue for the students who remain on campus. Operating hours and locations can be found at
  • All on -campus Metz catering for events have been cancelled through April 6, 2020
Bookstore Services
  • Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. until further notice
Business Center Services
  • Hours of operation are 7:30 am. to 5:30 p.m. until further notice
Student Reminders
Take the NSSE Survey
Students please check your emails to complete the National Survey of Student Engagement. Students will have the opportunity to win one of fifteen prizes, including a $100 gift card!

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 | Faculty & Students
PENDING | ZOOM Mandatory Freshman Seminar | COE | Updates due to COVID-19

Our freshman seminar format may be changed due to the impact from the COVID-19. At this time we will have a Zoom meeting with the freshman on March 25th. The April date may change as well.

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
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.
Faculty Engagement | Research and Service Opportunities
Stay tuned for more exciting opportunities for our COE faculty to take part in!
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.
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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