Internal Activities: Over this past month much of my time has been spent in meetings (and more meetings) on FY 15 and FY 16 budgets/projections. FY 15 has been set; in the coming weeks we expect to receive information regarding FY16…stay tuned.
I continue to meet with alumni for development purposes as well as to consider their ideas for partnerships and new programming. I continue to be in awe at the level of commitment our former students have to the college, our programs, and to individual faculty – a testament to your own energy and commitment! Peggy, Karen and I had a preview of the results from the university alumni survey – we requested a copy of the final presentation to share with you at a future meeting.
This past month, with Bob’s coordination, we engaged in conversations with EDAD instructors, the PEAB, and alumni regarding future directions and needs for the program. We have several other groups with whom we plan to engage, and again, are finding deep commitment to assisting us with this work.
I met the new Chief Information Officer, Travis Nation, who will be working with Brendon and Chris to advance our need to integrate the COE and SU data systems to better support our continuous improvement and accreditation processes – keep your fingers crossed!
I sit on the board of the SUYI – we anticipate some exciting opportunities for faculty to work within the larger initiative of supporting the redevelopment of Yesler Terrace.
During the first week of November the college hosted a luncheon for Dr. Patrick Haggarty, the new Superintendent of Catholic Schools. He is committed to continuing and building partnerships between the college and his office. This may allow us to take advantage of increasing our outreach through continuing education.
Last Saturday Seattle University Gala capped off this past month’s major internal activities! The college co-hosted a table with University Advancement (Peggy…) and invited key alumni and emeriti faculty to join us for the evening – it was a lovely program this year and we were thanked endlessly for honoring them by asking them to join us!
External Activities: Three, full days in the past month were spent in PESB and WACTE meetings. I participated in training with PESB to conduct onsite visits for program approval…it was helpful to understand their approach and the nature of what happens within a unit undergoing the approval process. The WACTE meeting focused heavily on legislative updates (including a presentation from the Director of the PESB) regarding what we can expect at both the state and national levels:
We can expect deliberations on additional requirements for outcome assessments and data systems; state ranking of teacher education programs (and connecting federal financial aid to those rankings); advocating for teacher preparation that embeds residency/clinical models and includes induction support; a focus on retooling teachers for special education; working with non-native English learners, and as has been the case for several years, STEM; allowing more flexibility for alternative routes to teacher preparation; focusing education on career development models; and…budget.
Professional Activities: A gift this last month was being able so spend a good portion of a Friday afternoon and part of a weekend with a colleague to advance our research on teachers’ formative assessment activities!
Until now, the College of Education has offered an Added Endorsement Service that allows teachers with a basic teaching credential to add additional endorsements. Through this service, the college would review transcripts and ask participants to provide materials that showed how they met the competencies required by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).The PESB requires that all endorsement programs provide access to faculty, experts in the field, and comprehensive evaluation of teaching methods. In discussions with PESB staff, the College has learned that our past Added Endorsement Service does not meet that standard. Therefore, the College has discontinued its Added Endorsement Service. It is important to note that this change will not impact our endorsements through our MIT program, Special Education program, and our Endorsement Academies (Current offerings include ELL, Math, and Special Education). The MIT Program and our Endorsement Academies clearly meet the PESB standards. You can find a complete, updated list of endorsements on the College website. Please direct any questions or concerns to Brendon Taga.
There were no committee or council reports submitted.
The new SU visibility campaign, a new COE online search advertising campaign, and the College of Education’s updated website, are all helping to create a record number of inquiries for COE programs.
In her new role as Marketing, Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator, Elizabeth Steeves attended the Western Washington University Career Fair on October 16 and the Idealist.org graduate fair on Monday, Nov. 3. She reports “there was GREAT turnout at the (Idealist) fair, and LOTS of prospective students interested in CoE programs (mostly COUN, SPSY, & MIT). I was busy the entire fair talking with great potential students.”
If you know of a potential fair or event that would be beneficial for us to attend, please contact Elizabeth.
The College of Education is in the process of collecting applications and conducting interviews for the following faculty positions at the College of Education:
Full job descriptions can be accessed by clicking on the job titles above or visiting www.seattleu.edu/education/careers.
Friday, November 14 is the last day of Open Enrollment, your annual opportunity to make changes to medical insurance and other benefits through the university. View the online enrollment site to review and select your 2014 benefits.
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Computer refresh will go forward in Winter quarter, but at a slower rate due to budget cuts: 10% of the machines that would have been refreshed in FY15 will need to wait until FY16. Information Technology priorities will be: 1) Promptly repair/replace all workstations that fail; 2) Refresh 100% of eligible lab and classroom workstations per normal refresh schedules; 3) Refresh eligible faculty/staff workstations. OIT asks faculty and staff to consider switching from a Mac to a PC and delaying or eliminating refresh for a second or third workstation.
An initiative to migrate all classroom technology to an advanced “classroom of the future” standard will be extended from to five or six years. OIT asks if you experience tech problems in the classroom, phone the help desk (5571) and report malfunctions. Classroom support is available from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week. If you are planning an event that requires technology, please contact Conference and Event Services (CES) with as much lead time as possible.
SU Human Resources reminds employees who are currently pursuing a graduate degree or who are thinking about pursuing a graduate degree to start planning for the tax implications imposed on graduate tuition remission and turn in the request form to spread the taxes to Payroll Office no later than January 7, 2015. The Payroll Office has a request form for employees who wish to spread their additional graduate remission income over a term of months. Contact Payroll and Endowment Manager Rita Lin with questions.
All are invited to join the 2013-2014 Community-Based Research and Academic Service-Learning Research Faculty Fellows for presentations on their projects. The Symposium will be held Friday, November 14, from 1:00 -4:00 p.m. in the Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Center for Service and Community Engagement and the Seattle University Youth Initiative.
COE faculty and student presentations are listed below:
Jeffrey B. Anderson, Professor of Education, and two EDLR doctoral students, Julian Schechter and Barb Slack, presented their study "Service-Learning and Undergraduate Students' Civic Attitudes and Skills: An Investigation of Impacts and Moderating Factors" recently at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning And Community Engagement in New Orleans. They are now preparing a manuscript of the study that will be submitted for publication.
Center for Change in Transition Services Director Sue Ann Bube will be presenting her dissertation research, “Effects of Targeted Professional Development on Transition Services and Teacher Practice,” on Thursday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Chardin 145. A light lunch will be served, and all are welcome to attend.
Quality Assurance in Education published the articles collected by Educational Leadership doctoral student (and recent graduate) James Harvey for an Education Week blog, “Assessing the Assessments,” in March and April 2014. The authors include two COE alumni and Dean Deanna Sands:
Harvey, J., Santorno, C., Pizmony-Levy, O., Schmidt, W., Noonan, R., Engel, L., ... Torney-Purta, J. (2014). On the merits of, and myths about, international assessments. Quality Assurance in Education, 22(4), 319-338.
Sands, D., Gordon, E., McGill, M., Kalinich, K., Pellegrino, J., & Chatterji, M. (2014). Bringing formative classroom assessment to schools and making it count. Quality Assurance in Education, 22(4), 339-352.
Ratts, M. J., & Pedersen, P. B. (2014). Counseling for multiculturalism and social justice: Theory, integration, and application (4th ed.): American Counseling Association.
Walker, B. & Hoyt, L. (2014). Accentuate the Positive: Effectively Implementing Schoolwide Positive Behavior Supports in Specialized Settings. Washington Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Conference, Seattle, WA.
Sabbatical Applications due to Assistant Provost. Please turn in applications to Dean's Office.
COE Budget Meeting with SU President Stephen Sundborg, S.J., 2-2:45 p.m., Loyola 302