JHU Advisee Blast <Congrats>

Spring 2016 Semester In the Books!

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Hey 2015 National Cohort –

Congratulations on finishing up the Spring 2016 semester. As we get deeper and deeper into the program, the work starts to pick up, as many of you noticed this semester.

Many of you are taking summer courses, which I highly recommend, especially for those planning on graduating next spring as it will lighten your load next year (because you will be consumed with portfolio too).

Just a friendly reminder, if you need to slow up, it is totally cool, please let me know and we can set up a different plan for you.

Lastly as you are wrapping up, don't forget to complete the End of Year Survey that JHU sent on May 2nd. See below for more information.

Be well, be revolutionary,


Action Items and Important Information

1. Summer Registration Closes on May 31st:
  • We are in the middle of summer summer courses registration and it closed on May 31st.
  • I will be starting roster checks and I HIGHLY encourage everyone to take 1-2 or maybe 3 electives to lighten your load moving forward.
  • To see the approved list of electives, please refer to the emails the program team has been emailing each week.


1. Tuition Letters: Billing letters will be sent again this month. Here are the highlights everyone needs to be clear on:

  • Letters are automatically sent and do not factor AmeriCorps into the balance.
  • As long as your balance is at or below the AmeriCorps amount of $5,730, you will be cleared. If your balance is more than $5,730, you must pay the difference to be cleared.
  • If your balance is at $5,730, but you still have a hold, please contact Student Accounts (soe.studentaccounts@jhu.edu) and cc me.
  • Monitoring and managing your account is ultimately your responsibility.
2. Portfolio for students starting in Fall 2016:
  • As you wrap up for the year, it's never too early to start preparing for your portfolio which starts in the fall and is similar to a Masters thesis (don't stress---call me if this makes you anxious). You'll get a lot more information about this in the coming weeks from the program team, but here are my pro tips:
    • Save student work related to any JHU assignments.
    • Save student work that demonstrates the level of mastery/learning happening in your classroom.
    • Review the portfolio resources on the program website. Click this link and navigate to the Digital Portfolio link on the left navigation pane.
3. End of Semester Survey:
  • The EOS Survey opened on May 2nd. You should have received an email with the link. We truly value your feedback and use it to make changes over the summer, so please plan in 10-15 minutes to share your thoughts between May 2-13.
4. Program Forms: If you haven’t already, please make sure you take care of the Program Forms. To find the forms, go to the JHU MSEd Program Site and click on “New Student Action Items” on the left hand side. Then click on it again. Once you are on the main page, click on “Program Forms” to see them. If you click on the links below, you have to already be logged in Blackboard:

  • 2015 Memorandum of Understanding - Only FIRST YEAR corps members are eligible to sign an MOU. By signing an MOU you are promising to send your AmeriCorps funds to JHU once you receive them. If you sign an MOU, JHU will defer your out of pocket payments up until the AmeriCorps amount of $5,730. If you are a second year corps member, alumni or student that already has AmeriCorps funds, please feel free to apply those funds towards your degree at any time.

  • 2015 FERPA - Only first and second year corps members need to sign a FERPA. By signing a FERPA, you approve JHU to share information about your progress with TFA. It can be very helpful to collaborate with staff in your region which is what this form allows.

  • Institute Verification Letter - In order to receive the nine waived credits for having completed your program's summer training, you must have your TFA region send us a letter verifying that you successfully completed institute. This letter must be on TFA letterhead and have a physical signature. The letter must be sent to our team. TFA Students, send the letter to soe.tfa@jhu.edu.

  • Parental Consent Form for Media Documentation - Some of your courses will require you to video tape yourself teaching. It is your responsibility to have this form on file for your students that have asked not to be a part of those videos. Feel free to wait to hand this out until your specific course(s) that requires video submissions, we just want to share here as a resource.

Important Contacts

Sites to Bookmark

1. The JHU Portal: https://my.jh.edu/portal/web/jhupub/

  • This is your "one-stop-shop" for email, ISIS, Blackboard, the ELC, the library and much more--please explore!

2. Program Information: http://education.jhu.edu/Academics/masters/MSES/tfanational/

  • Overview of the program.

3. Registrar: http://www.students.education.jhu.edu/register/

  • The registrar helps with anything enrollment related.

4. Student Accounts: http://www.students.education.jhu.edu/pay/

  • Student accounts will assist you with anything billing/tuition related.

5. Financial Aid: http://www.students.education.jhu.edu/financial/

  • For those interested, all financial aid information is found here.

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Riyaz Gayasaddin


Teach for America & Johns Hopkins