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Rattler Educator News & Info
March | 3.30.2020
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Today's Highlights
  • COE STRIKE Online Teacher Webinar
  • Instagram Live! April 3rd Encourage your students to "Stay Connected"
  • FAMU DRS Provides Meals and Books to Students
  • Tools for Teaching | Blackboard and TaskStream
  • All-American Athlete
  • Alumni Receives White Coat
  • Staff Spotlight of the Week | Dr. Serena Roberts
  • Send Your Selfies During Online Instruction | Rattler Educators Keep STRIKING
  • Reminder to Post Grades on Blackboard
  • Links to Past Monday Wishes Newsletters
  • Free Special Needs Seminar
  • Remote Building Access
  • ZOOM Tutoring for COE Students
  • COVID-19 FAMU Info
  • COE Cares
  • LAST DAY | Office of Ethics | Mandatory Training
Rattler Educators | STRIKE "On"line
Come Together Virtually on Instagram Live!
Tools for Teaching & Learning
Blackboard and Taskstream
  • Used to teach and introduce subject specific content
  • Used to provide information for students to access and learn about a specific subject
  • Used to maintain course grades
  • Used to identify academic standing within a specific course
  • Used to provide assessment of course content
  • Required for state and national accreditation assessment
  • Standards based assessment
  • Required to upload key task assignments
  • Used to scale rubrics for key assessments tied toward state standards
  • Used as an audit system for FLDOE to ensure our programs are meeting critical needs
Blackboard and Taskstream ARE Necessary for our Success!
COE Student and Alumni Spotlight!
All-American Athlete
Brian Kiprop was announced the 2020 All-American Athlete by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Kiprop runs cross country in addition to being a go-getting student here at FAMU. Dr. Kirk Brian of our Health, Physical Education and Recreation program, said he nominated Kiprop for the award " based on his dedication to strength training in addition to his running, his academic work and his willingness to learn applied exercise science".

Congratulations to the Brian Kiprop for his hard work in and out of the classroom. Read more about the All-American Athlete Award here.
Dr. Kirk Brian (left), Brian Kiprop (right)
From Sport Management to White Coat! An alumna gives thanks...
Congratulations to Brionna Vickers who recently received her white coat from the University of St. Agustine. Not long after, she extended a heartwarming thank you to Dr. Ezzeldin Aly who accepted Brionna into our Sports Management program and gave her a push in the right direction. The COE is happy to share this accomplishment with Brionna and wish her the best in her future endeavors.
FAMU DRS in The News!
FAMU Developmental Research School was recently highlighted by our local news channel. Please use this link to learn more.

FAMU DRS teachers have transitioned to online learning, but they're still trying to create the best learning experience for kids as possible.
Leon County Library partnered with FAMU-DRS to provide over 200 books to students in grades K-12. This partnership will assist students by providing tangible materials to use in addition to the online instruction.

Students will select books based on their grade levels. The books will be available for families to select during the meal pick up drive through.

FAMU-DRS is exemplifying excellence each day!
Let's Recognize our COE Team
Send a one or two sentence kudos to a student, faculty, staff team member or FAMU team member to brighten our unit during this time of uncertainty. We could all use a little sunshine to brighten our day! We will post the updates on our social media!

Use the link below to access the form.
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
Posting Grades on Blackboard
Faculty, please make sure you maintain up-to-date grades in Blackboard. This is a crucial time for our students and we want to enable them to make the best decision in regards to the new grading policy. Thank you faculty for supporting our students!
Need Help? Online Resources For You
Monday Wishes Links with All Documents
Please click here to be redirected to our web page with all of the past Monday Wishes newsletters. All links and attachments within the newsletters are active.

Thank you Ms. Andreka Bryant for putting together the web page!
Special Needs Webinar | SEDNET
Join the free webinar from SEDNET and the Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) on setting up your home environment for special needs students.

Date: March 30, 2020
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm EST
How to Handle Stress and Anxiety During Crisis
Here is a resource link to benefit our COE community for handling stress and anxiety:
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!
Alternative Methods for Counseling Internships | Organized by Dr. Mitcham
Here are some ways to achieve indirect hours:

  1. The American Counseling Association has webinars online and at least one free or more per month for students. 
  2. Students can research the various issues and diagnoses (i.e. ADHD, anxiety, depression) in peer-reviewed journal articles and write a summary with clinical implications for counseling and treatment. 
  3. Complete other online clinical mental health trainings via NBCC, Florida Mental Health Counseling Association, AMHCA, FCA
***The indirect hours may be an issue due to the requirements by the DOH, Chapter 491 and if not properly documented, may prevent students, after graduation, from earning their license. For example, a role play with another student may substitute for teaching or DOE, but not for counseling direct hours. We are in a conundrum, however, I am still brainstorming and reaching out to colleagues at other schools for ideas. 
Coronavirus CoVID-19 | University Update

March 27, 2020 Update

Florida A&M University is closely monitoring the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The University remains open for business even as we carefully observe federal and state safety and health protocols.
Announcement on Housing and Meal Plan Refunds and Moving Out Procedures
March 27, 2020
To: Parents and Family, Students
Dear FAMU residents,
FAMU’s highest priority is the health and safety of our community. As the COVID-19 crisis rapidly evolves, and in accordance with guidance from local, state and federal officials, we have important and timely new instructions to share with our on-campus residents. We deeply appreciate your continued patience, cooperation and understanding as we work together to protect our campus and the surrounding community.
We have developed the following plan to credit housing and meal plan charges and complete a safe and orderly move out for those students who are able to do so. As always, we will work with any residential student who does not have another suitable option for housing so that the resident can remain in campus housing.
The refunds will initially appear as credits on your iRattler account if you have an outstanding balance it will offset amounts owed to the University and any remaining credits will generate a refund.  
In order for the plan to work smoothly, we divided residential students into two categories: (1) those who are physically present on campus at this time and (2) those who are not physically present on campus at this time. Please see the category below that describes your situation for specific instructions.

All residents currently residing (physically present) on-campus must vacate their room by noon on Monday, April 6, 2020, UNLESS you fall into one of the categories below and obtain approval from University Housing:
   •   International students unable to travel or concerned about not being able to return to FAMU when in person classes resume
   •   Residents without permanent housing or who are unable to return home
   •   Residents whose guardians are considered higher risk (compromised immunity, pre-existing conditions, positive COVID-19 test or self-isolating, or high-risk communities)
   •   Residents with other hardships (to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)
Requests for exceptions must be received by email to no later than 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 31.
You will be notified via email from University Housing if you are granted an exception.
At noon on Monday, April 6 , all student card access to residential buildings and meal plans will be deactivated UNLESS a student has been approved to stay for the remainder of the semester.
With the exception of those approved to stay, FAMU will end all residents’ current housing agreements and issue a credit to their iRattler account for rent from Monday, March 23, through the remainder of their housing agreement.
Those residents approved to remain on-campus may need to relocate from their current room to another building or area of campus later in the semester, to be determined; however, their current housing rate will be adjusted to the new facility rate.
3:50 p.m. March 27, 2020 Advisory
Starting 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2020, the FAMU Office of Instructional Technology will be providing 24/7 live help desk support for students, faculty and staff.
By calling 850-599-3460, members of the University community can receive technology help on password changes, connecting with an instructor or figuring out Zoom and Blackboard. The help desk professionals work for a vendor retained by the University and have been trained to deal with FAMU-specific issues.

For the last few weeks, OIT have been providing help desk services for students, faculty and staff from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

Working with Library Services and the Department of Academic Affairs, OIT has provided laptops to loan to students to enable them to participate in online and remote instruction.

“The OIT is the frontline from a support and training standpoint for all faculty, students and staff,” said Robert Seniors, OIT associate director.

Click here or visit for updates
COE Cares!
COE Care Packages | Thank you to all who donated!
Thank you to everyone on the COE leadership team who donated to support our students who are still in Tallahassee during this crisis. Our students truly appreciate each of you! Special thanks to Dr. Roberts, Dr. Shakir and Ms. Bryant for pulling all of the details together for a smooth delivery!
Candidate Empowerment Center | ZOOM Online Tutoring Sessions
April Dates for Zoom Tutoring Posting Soon!
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.
Last Day | 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!
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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