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April | 4.6.2020
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Today's Highlights
  • April COE Birthdays!
  • Hill Chat Live- Happening Today
  • COE STRIKE Online Teacher Webinar
  • Handout for a Safer Home
  • Zoom Office Hours with Dean Watson THIS THURSDAY 2-3 PM
  • Tools for Teaching | Blackboard and TaskStream
  • Tips for Professors During COVID-19
  • Faculty Spotlight of the Week | Dr. Kristine Flemming
  • Staff Spotlight of the Week |Ms. Adel Manatee
  • Student Spotlights
  • FAMU DRS Update
  • Let's Recognize our COE Team
  • Send Your Selfies During Online Instruction | Rattler Educators Keep STRIKING
  • Faculty Reminders
  • Online Resources for Faculty & Students
  • Student Reminders
  • ZOOM Tutoring for COE Students
  • COVID-19 FAMU Info
  • COE Cares
April Faculty & Staff Birthdays
Happy Birthday to our COE team members!
Ms. Temecia Shelton
April 6th

Dr. Micheal Johnson
April 7th

Dr. Edith Davis
April 8th

Dr. Peggy Auman
April 18th

Dr. Maria Okeke
April 19th
Hill Chat- Live at Five on Monday, April 6th
Apryl Freeman STRIKE Series
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.

Office Hours | Dean Watson This Thursday 2-3 PM
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!
Professors: tips during COVID-19
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 Spotlight | Dr. Kristine Flemming
Dr. Kristine Fleming, visiting professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation serves as a recreation generalist while also teaching courses related to health. Prior to serving as a visiting professor at FAMU, Dr. Fleming provided oversight to the placement of 600+ college student interns in over 30 U.S. military recreation programs in child development center, school-age and teens centers, sports camps, and aquatics at overseas and domestic locations annually. Dr. Fleming also provided logistical support to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs as well as emergency response and risk management among participants. Since arriving at FAMU, Dr. Fleming has expanded her passion for serving college students to include becoming a member of the Justice Reform Community. As a member of the Justice Reform Community, Dr. Fleming serves as a program coordinator for the R.E.F.O.R.M. Cafés, which is a program focused on structured conversations related to race-equity reform.

Over winter break, Dr. Fleming presented research related to the Arctic Winter Games and social capital at the Australian and New Zealand Association for Leisure Studies 2019. Dr. Fleming’s current research projects include cell phone use and levels of leisure-time physical activity, health, and happiness among college students. Although Dr. Fleming’s primary research interests pertains to leisure-time physical activity, social capital, and health, she is passionate about the need for cultural humility among leisure and recreation professionals to acknowledge the colonial perspective often used to discuss the historical and philosophical foundations of the field. Dr. Fleming often refers to Maya Angelou’s quote, “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
Staff Spotlight | Ms. Adel Manatee
Her are a few highlights from or staff member of the week Ms. Adel Manatee!

How do you see your role in the College of Education?
I see my role as being supportive. With that, it is my desire to see FAMU in general, be successful. More specifically, I want the College of Education to soar! Anything I can do to make a positive and worthwhile impact here, I am willing to do.

What is one of your favorite student interactions this year within the COE?
Recently, one of our male students shared with me that he was ready to give up and walk away. The students I work with, are an extension of my family. I want to see each of them reach their goals and dreams. Contrary to my often tough facade, encouraging this student to keep going touched my heart. Because of our discussions on this topic, he decided to stay the course. With that, I was motivated as well, to keep doing what I am doing. I am reminded of a quote by John Quincy Adams that I think of often: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader”.

What do you like to do in your leisure time?
I spend a lot of quality time with my family and working diligently in my church with the Youth and Usher ministries.

What is a unique skill you have that no one would ever guess about you?
My unique skill is the study of Genealogy; making sure my family history is informed and that we stay connected.
COE Student Spotlights!
Kappa Delta Pi Initiate New COE Members
Darien Bolden, Simona Campbell, Kayla Ransom, Jasmine Richardson and Natalie Smith are the newest members of Kappa Delta Pi- International Honor Society in Education. KDP is an established organization in the teaching community that fosters "excellence in education". This is an amazing accomplishment for our students. Congratulations scholars!
Jasmine Richardson

Kayla Ransom
Natalie Smith
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!
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. 
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.
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!
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
Faculty Engagement | Research and Service Opportunities
Stay tuned f or 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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