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April | 4.20.2020
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Today's Highlights
  • Faculty Save the Dates
  • COE STRIKE Online Teacher Webinar
  • Virtual Commencement Flyer
  • Zoom Apple Pinning Ceremony
  • Faculty Spotlight of the Week | Mrs. Renee Jerry
  • Faculty Member Highlights | 3D Printing & New FAMU Advance Faculty Fellow
  • Alumni Spotlight | Dr. Dwayne Raiford
  • Mr. Jordan Spells Career Development Center Student Employee of the Year
  • Farewell to Our Student Employees (April 24th)
  • Student Spotlight | New KDP Inductees
  • FAMU DRS Updates and much more in this issue!
Faculty Save the Dates!
Please stay tuned to FAMUInfo for important Zoom Meeting Announcements
  • Faculty Senate Meeting, this Tuesday, April 21 @ 3pm
  • National Alumni Association Town Hall this Wednesday, April 22 @ 7pm
  • President and Provost Conversation with the Faculty and Staff this Thursday, April 23 @ 4pm
Candidate Empowerment Center | STRIKE Series
Virtual Commencement
Zoom Apple Pinning Ceremony | Scheduled Times
Save the Dates - Virtual Apple Pinning Ceremony
Wednesday, April 22nd | Rehearsal for all participants | 11:00 am - 12:30 pm  | Zoom ID: 882-624-506

Friday, May 1st | COE Apple Pinning Ceremony | 10:00 am - 12:30 pm  | Zoom ID: 622-300-814
Handout | FAMU Business Hours & Safety Measures
FAMU Guidance in Response to a Safer Home Handout
Please see the attached document for information about FAMU business hours and campus operations.

Professors Tips for Remote Instruction
Is Zoom safe to use? Here's what you need to know - Los Angeles Times
With so many people using Zoom to carry out their school and business needs from home, many concerns are rising about security of the app.

Click here to read the LA Times article about the safety of Zoom.

Professor Shares Tips on How Faculty Can Navigate COVID-19
With the many changes in our school system it can be difficult for teachers to balance new guidelines and creating an environment for students to learn. Ramon Goings, PhD and professor, knows this struggle and shares tips on how faculty can navigate COVID-19 and support their students in a recent article post on the Interfolio blog forum.

Faculty Member Spotlight
Innovation Highlights
Let's hear from our faculty member of the week, Mrs. Renee Jerry!

It is hard to believe that this year I will be celebrating my 25th year in education! I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Special Education from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. The Special Education path has enabled me to establish a fulfilling and successful career in all areas of student support services. I feel extremely blessed to have had the opportunity to spend the past 11-years being part of the Florida A&M University FAMULY. Being in education at FAMU and FAMU DRS, has allowed me to work and collaborate with amazing students, colleagues, teachers, and families. Some of my roles include serving as the Director and Coordinator of Exceptional Student Education at FAMU DRS, the FAMU DRS District Homeless Liaison, Adjunct Professor in the FAMU College of Education, and a Proud Cheering Rattler Mom from the stands at all the FAMU football games. Go Rattlers!
COE Faculty Makes 3D Printed Protective Equipment | Dr. David White & FAMU DRS Teacher, Mr. Alex Gonzales
Dr. David White has taken on a new project of printing 3D masks and dual manifolds amidst the ongoing pandemic. The masks take about 6.5 hours to print with most of the time used to make the support material called a raft. Dr. White prints the masks then recommends adding a cloth or a filter material for the lining. Also being printed by Dr. White are dual manifolds which allow one ventilator to be used for two people if needed. Dr. White is taking the dual manifolds to TMH to see if they can use it and if they need any other materials printed.

Mr. Gonzales has been using his skills to print face shields. The protective equipment being printed are donated to the DRS kitchen and staff members giving out food to students. What a great way to put your skills to use Dr. White and Mr. Gonzales. Keep up the good work!

FAMU Advance Faculty Fellows Program | Two COE Representatives Selected
Congratulations to Dr. Cheron Davis who has been selected for the FAMU, National Science Foundation, Advance Faculty Fellows Program. This program is an important part of FAMU and contributes to understanding and narrowing the gender inequities among faculty, specifically in STEM fields.

The COE is excited to have two of our female faculty members, Dr. Cheron Davis and Dr. Vanessa Pitts Bannister, represented in this prestigious program.
Alumni Spotlight | Dwayne Raiford, Ph.D.
Dr. Dwayne Raiford has worked in the field of education for over 20 years. Since his inception
into the field of education, Dr. Raiford has worked in multiple roles including regional coordinator, teacher, department chair, assistant principal, content specialist, advisory panel member and chief executive officer. Dr. Raiford has successfully worked to improve student
academic performance in schools in the states of Florida, Texas and California. He served as a
2013 Teach for America Corp Member in Houston, Texas. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy
Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University, completing a doctoral dissertation regarding supplemental education and its impact on student academic achievement. Dr. Raiford was selected as an American Education Research Association Clark Scholar. He has consistently led teachers and students to achieve academic excellence and has produced scholars who have ranked among the highest performing students on state assessments in multiple regions of the United States.

Inspired by his experience at Florida A&M university, Dr. Raiford is the visionary leader who founded Icon Preparatory School (Icon Prep) in 2018. Dr. Raiford collaborated with FAMU Alumni: Justin Smith, Monique Mills, and Maurice Green as well as USF alumnus Yuri Higgins and National University alumnus Lolita Jackson to open the school in the inner city of Tampa,
Florida. With the Rattler as their mascot and colors of orange and green, Icon Prep educates over 300 children in grades K-6. Icon Prep is open to any student in the state of Florida and committed to closing the achievement gap among its scholars and more affluent peers. Ninety-five percent of students at Icon Prep receive free or reduced priced meals and are classified as living in low income households. Additionally, ninety-nine percent of students at
Icon Prep are African American or Hispanic.

Dr. Raiford seeks to change the educational landscape in Florida offering choice and a high-quality college preparatory education to students in underserved populations. According to the NWEA Measure of Academic Progress, the majority of Icon Prep Scholars are outperforming the national average for meeting their growth targets. Most grade levels at Icon Prep exhibited growth larger than the national average for public schools. Additionally, students in several
grade levels exhibited growth that is more than double the national average for peers in the same grade.

As a first generation college student who received his Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees all from Florida A&M, Dr. Raiford aims to utilize his experience and expertise to be a change agent for students facing achievement gaps. Instilling pride and hope in his scholars are his primary goals. Dr. Raiford aims to create a family oriented educational experience for his students that positively impacts their lives forever.
Student Stars of the Week
The COE Faculty and Staff congratulate Jordan Spells , a second-year history education major in FAMU's College of Education, who was named the 2019-2020 FAMU Career and Professional Development Center Student Employee of the Year .
Farewell to our Amazing Student Employees!
In addition to Mr. Spells winning the honor of being named student employee of the year, the College of Education had the most nominees.
Congratulations to Anya Rambram, Sandi Thermidor, and Diamond Ingraham for being named outstanding Career Development Center Nominees. April 24th will be our employees final time with us this semester. Please reach out to them and send them best wishes.

Thank you also Edd Childs and Jeremiah Benjamin for all of your hard work this semester.

Lastly we say, congratulations to Miss Anya Rambram who served as a special assistant to the dean. Anya will be leaving the college at the end of this semester to pursue an internship studying cancer research. She has been our COE Monday Wishes Newsletter Editor and keeps us up to date on news and information. Best wishes on your new endeavors Anya!
Student Spotlight
Additional Kappa Delta Pi Initiated Members
Antoinique Ellis, English Fields and Brittany Washington are the newest members of the Theta Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education

Currently eight COE students have been initiated into Kappa Delta Pi this semester. Congratulations scholars!
A Message from Superintendent Micheal Johnson
FAMU Developmental Research School has been working diligently to ensure a smooth transition for parents and students for the remainder of the school term. To read the most up-to-date information regarding meal distribution, student learning, refunds and graduation please click here.
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!
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 15 through June 30, 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.
Faculty Opportunities
April STEM Newsletter
The U.S. Department of Education's latest issue in STEM education offered a plethora of information including updates on new federal guidelines and resources in addition to grants and research opportunities for educators. Please click here to view the article.
COE Cares!
Candidate Empowerment Center | Zoom Online Tutoring Sessions
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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