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April | 4.27.2020
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Today's Highlights

  • Student Q&A Session with Dean Watson and Faculty 4:00 PM Today
  • Upcoming Doctoral Dissertation Defense Schedule
  • President's Staff Meeting this Wednesday @4:00 PM
  • ZOOM Apple Pinning Ceremony
  • Virtual Commencement Flyer
  • Faculty Research Resources
  • Florida History Day Judges Selected from COE
  • FAMU DRS Updates and much more in this issue!
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
We will be hosting three dissertation defenses this week for the following candidates from the Educational Leadership doctoral program:

Dissertation Defense Title:
" An Analysis of Freshman Student Mid-Term Examination Data to Better Understand Minority Persistence in Engineering at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University "

  • Kenneth Tellis
  • Chair: Dr. Warren C. Hope
  • April 28, 2020
  • 1:00 pm
  • Contact Chair Hope for Zoom link and password

Dissertation Defense Title:
"Comparison of the Academic Achievement of Year-Round School Students and Traditional Calendar Students in Grades 3-8 in a Florida School District"
  • Kimberly McHardy
  • Chair: Dr. Ghazwan Lutfi
  • Thursday April 30, 2020
  • 10:30 am
  • Contact Chair Lutfi for Zoom link and password

Dissertation Defense Title:
"Factors That Inhibit Implementation and Sustainability of Online Education Programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities"
  • Franzetta Fitz
  • Chair: Dr. Ghazwan Lutfi
  • Thursday April 30, 2020
  • 1:00 pm
  • Contact Chair Lutfi for Zoom link and password

Staff Reminder | A Conversation with President Robinson
Zoom Apple Pinning Ceremony | May 1st @10 AM

Friday, May 1st | COE Apple Pinning Ceremony  
10:00 am - 12:30 pm  
Zoom ID: 622-300-814
Virtual Commencement
Faculty Recognition
Florida History Day | Two COE Representatives Selecte as Judges
Congratulations to Dr. Ameenah Shakir and Dr. Samuel Platt who have been selected for the Florida History Day Judges Panel.

The COE is excited to have two of our team members, represented in this prestigious opportunity.
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.

In the News | Articles and Tips for Professors During Remote Instruction
Teaching Best Practices for International Students
Read about the best practices in international student based programs.

Washington Post Article on University Response to COVID-19
The Washington Post highlighted ways that other institutions are luring students in to boost enrollment.

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 Research Opportunities
Call for Proposals
27th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference 
Houston, Texas October 28 – 31, 2020
Theme: "Critical Thinking and Pedagogy: Enhancing Quality in Higher Education”
Focus of 2020 Conference The 2020 HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference will focus on the theme: Critical Thinking and Pedagogy: Enhancing Quality in Higher Education. The conference will also highlight some best practices as well as emerging pedagogical practices and programs that enhance students' academic success. Additionally, there will be sessions that will enable participants to address interdisciplinary strategies, student learning outcomes, accreditation, and current research.

The HBCU Faculty Development Network Ensuring quality in higher education has been a cornerstone of the HBCU Faculty Development Network Annual Conference. For over 25 years the HBCU Faculty Development Network has covered a variety of programs for administrators, faculty and staff, aimed at improving students learning outcomes. Programs range from quality management, curriculum development, and faculty development, etc. This year's conference celebrates 27 years of continuous programs and service in developing the faculty workforce, especially at HBCU institutions.

Proposal Submission
We cordially invite you to participate in this 27th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference to be held October 28 – 31, 2020 in Houston, Texas. We invite faculty, administrators, faculty development directors, and personnel of all areas that support an academic program to submit proposals for presentation at this year's conference that support the theme: Critical Thinking and Pedagogy: Enhancing Quality in Higher Education.

Conference Duration and Format 
The conference offers two and a half days of workshops, concurrent sessions, round-table discussions, plenary sessions, and a poster session. The conference provides an excellent opportunity for participants to network with colleagues; exchange strategies proven successful in teaching and learning, and develop practical skills that can be put to immediate use upon return to their respective institutions.

Attendees will take away from this conference, useful information that works and will assist them in enhancing their current role. Conference proposals should address one of the following strands: Teaching & Learning • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Student Engagement • Current Issues & Trends in STEAAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Arts, Math) • Learning Across the Curriculum • Global Trends in Teaching & Learning • Brain-based Teaching & Learning • Assessment Innovative Instructional Design & Technology • Instructional Technology • Course/Curriculum Design/Redesign • Online & Distance Learning Educational/Faculty Development and Administration • Shared Governance (success, planning, tenure and promotion) • Leadership Development in Higher Education • Centers for Teaching & Learning • Workplace Productivity • Ethics • Accreditation Research in Higher Education • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning • Scholarship of Educational Development • Scholarship of Education Administration • Scholarship of Counseling Student Success • Cross-institutional partnerships • International Student Support • Mentorship • Living & Learning Communities (Residence halls, Bridge programs,) • Advising & Counseling • Financial Aid

Click link to submit proposal:
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.
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.
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
S/U Grading Q&A with Dean Watson and Faculty
Use the link below to access the Zoom Q&A:

Meeting ID
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.
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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