Amanda's JHU Monthly Advisor Blast

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Happy Spring!

Hi everyone! I hope this blast finds you well and that your classes (both at JHU and in school) are going great! I am trying this new Smore platform as a way to share important information with you about upcoming news and events, so please take a look at the information below! I apologize that it's so logistics heavy, but there's a ton of important details listed, so please reach out with any questions!

For those of you going on spring break soon, I hope you have a restful and amazing time (especially if you are traveling)!

As always, please reach out with any questions!

Take care-- Amanda

Important Information

Portfolio Updates

There are a ton of portfolio updates below, so please bear with me and reach out with questions!:

  • Summer 2016 Portfolio Students: Registration begins March 28th. Course access to Summer 2016 portfolio will begin on April 15th. The first assignment will be due May 1st. If you intend on participating in this round of portfolio, you MUST register in ISIS by April 1st. Please plan on attending the second portfolio call to learn more information about expectations, the revision session, and how portfolio is now divided into teacher and student growth sections over two semesters.
  • Fall 2016 Portfolio Students: no registration action needed yet, but please plan on attending one of the calls listed in the events below so that you can be more informed.
  • ALL Portfolio Students: The program team has been working hard to make sure that you are as informed as you can be regarding portfolio. I would STRONGLY encourage you to check out the information on the program site regarding portfolio. It includes advice and reflection from alumni who went through the portfolio process, as well as an overview and sample portfolios. Here's how to access:

    1. Log-in to Blackboard

    2. Click the “Community” tab at the top

    3. Under “My Organizations” click “JHU MSEd Program Site”

    4. Click “Digital Portfolio” in the menu on the left side of the screen.

Academic Updates

I have been in touch with many of you regarding how this semester is going. I want to make sure that each of you feel as though your classes are progressing and going well. If not, please reach out to me and your instructor to figure out a way to get back on track. Advocating for yourself is the #1 best thing that you can do. We are past the drop/refund point, so if you feel as though you are falling behind, please work out a plan with your professor to get back on track. This can include extensions to work, if granted, as well as an incomplete in the course. As a reminder, if you are planning on graduating in May, you CANNOT take an incomplete in any class. Please reach out with any questions and let me know if I can help!

Amanda's Personal Update

I have been waiting a long time to let you all in on this, but my little family is growing! My pup Pepper, to the right, has basically been our fur-child for the past four years, but my husband and I are expecting a little girl at the end of April. I wanted to put this on your radar in case there is any delay in my responses regarding your questions, emails, or texts. I take being responsive to you very seriously, and I know how important this time in the semester is. I still anticipate responding to emails within a 24-48 hour period. However, if there is a sudden out-of-office reply or an unusual delay, please reach out to Liz McCreary, as she will definitely be able to help. Her email is: Thanks in advance for your understanding!

Mid-Semester Survey

Mid Semester Survey: The Mid-Semester Survey is here! We use this survey to make key program and instructor related decisions, so please take 5-10 minutes to make sure your ideas are heard. Use this link to fill out the survey: .

The survey covers all your classes so you only need to take it ONCE. There are two $25 gift cards up for grabs, so make sure your name is in the hat! Thanks in advance for taking the survey by Friday, March 25.

Off Track? Need to Update Graduation Information?

If you are off track for spring graduation, because of portfolio or coursework, you must re-apply for graduation depending on when you are planning to graduate. You apply in ISIS following these steps:

  • Apply using the online graduation application form on ISIS Self-Service at
  • Go to the Registration menu
  • Select Program of Study Information
  • Click on "Apply for Graduation" next to the program(s) that you are applying to graduate from and fill out the form.
  • If you will be graduating at the end of the summer, select August graduation. If you are pushing graduation until December, select December.
  • You will NOT have to pay the fee again, but if you will not be eligible to graduate based on when you originally applied and you miss the application deadline, it will push you back until the next available graduation window, so please take care of it now.

For those of you who have been asking- we anticipate that the summer graduation application will open up in May. A concrete date will be sent out by the program team.

Order Your Cap & Gown

Refer to the email from the Registrar on Feb. 19th for full details. The highlights are:

  • When ordering, please select “Johns Hopkins University – School of Education.”
  • Master’s degree students wear the pretty blue colored hoods.
  • Cap and gown are mandatory for all ceremonies.
  • The deadline to order is April 9th.

Plagiarism Policies

This is just a quick reminder that your work for JHU is completed in an academic setting wherein it is expected students turn in work that demonstrates their own learnings from course materials. You may use others’ supportive tools for your day to day teaching work, that isn’t for us to judge. However, in any instance related to your work for graduate school, you must produce assessments that show you learned and can act on new knowledge yourself. Using a lesson plan, video or resource from a website/others’ work/collaborative work/etc. for your assignments does not do that.

It is a serious offense to misrepresent yourself regardless of if you are caught or not, and should you be caught it will be recorded in your file and there may be grounds for dismissal. I truly hope none of you would consider this in the first place and would take more pride in your work and upholding the integrity of your degree and profession. I want us to be aligned however, so I share this to ensure the expectation and consequences are clear.

Here is the official school policy in all course syllabi on this topic, for your reference: “The School of Education defines academic misconduct as any intentional or unintentional act that provides an unfair or improper advantage beyond a student’s own work, intellect, or effort, including but not limited to cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, unapproved multiple submissions, or helping others engage in misconduct. This includes the misuse of electronic media, text, print, images, speeches and ideas. Any act that violates the spirit of authorship or gives undue advantage is a violation. Students are responsible for understanding what constitutes academic misconduct.”

Want To Speak at Graduation?

The School of Education is seeking nominations for this year’s student speaker for our graduation ceremony scheduled to take place at the Royal Farms Arena on Wednesday, May 18, in downtown Baltimore. Students who apply must meet the following criteria:

  • A confirmed member of this year’s graduating class
  • Speak on a topic that includes all school programs (not just their own)
  • Keep the speech under 3 minutes
  • Send a copy of the speech as well as a video of them reading the speech to by the close of business Friday, April 1st

Student Tuition Bills

Standard billing letters were recently sent. Please note the letters do not take your AmeriCorps funds into account, so if you’re planning on applying your AmeriCorps funds towards tuition & we have an MOU on file for you, you will need to factor in $5730 to whatever your billstates. The easiest way to know is if your account balance is coming up in ISIS at $5730, then you should be good to go because it’s sitting at the amount AmeriCorps will cover. If it’s more than that, then there probably is an out of pocket amount you need to cover to get it back to sitting at the AmeriCorps amount. Please direct questions to Student Accounts at or by phone at 410-516-9722.

Mark Your Calendars

Order Your Cap & Gown

Saturday, April 9th, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

If you are graduating and intend on attending either ceremony, you'll have to order this!

Summer Registration Opens

Wednesday, March 23rd, 12pm

This is an online event.

Summer courses (especially electives) will become available. Please plan on registering as soon as possible so you are able to take the courses you want! It's crucial you also register for Summer 2016 portfolio at this time if you intend on beginning portfolio in the summer.

Summer 2016 Portfolio Registration Closes

Friday, April 1st, 11:45pm

This is an online event.

If you intend on registering for portfolio for Summer 2016 you have to make sure you do so in ISIS. Be on the lookout for more information from the program team. Portfolio access begins on April 15th and your first assignment is due May 1st.

Summer 2016 Portfolio Call #2

Tuesday, April 5th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Details will be sent by the program team, but please plan to be on this call to learn more about the portfolio for the summer.

Fall 2016 Cohort Portfolio Call #1

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:30pm

This is an online event.

Information will be sent out by the program team. Plan to be on this call if you are starting your portfolio in the fall 2016 semester.

Amanda Hayek

(Still wishing I was traveling Europe for spring break!)