JHU Advisee Blast <March 2016>

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Hey 2015 National Cohort –

I hope this email is finding everyone well! Have you been on spring break, are you in the middle of it or are you about to go on? Wherever you are, I hope that you are able to get some relaxation and rejuvenation in as you deserve it.

Thank you to those who have engaged in calls! If you want to chat but never got a chance to sign up, please email me directly and we can set up some time to chat.

Below is this month's Advisor Blast! As always, feel free to be in touch with me if you need anything! There is important information regarding the Plagiarism Policy, Summer Courses and Portfolio so make sure you read this entire blast.

Be well, be revolutionary,


Action Items and Key Information

1. <IMPORTANT> Plagiarism policy

  • This is a 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.”

2. <NEW> Summer Registration
  • We are finalizing the plans for summer courses and will have lots of great options.
  • If you want to cut down on your load moving forward, I highly suggest looking at taking 1-2 summer electives.
  • Be on the lookout for the summer registration email which will be sent on Wednesday, March 23rd and registration will open on Monday, March 28th.
3. <NEW> Portfolio Calls + Information

  • Portofilo calls will be starting this Spring. If you are planning on graduating by the end of Spring 2017, it is important that you attend or listen to a recording of the call.
  • If you want more information beforehand, log onto Blackboard and then go to this link, which has more information about the portfolio. There are rubrics, advice and different artifacts that are needed.
  • The first recorded call will be sent on Tuesday, April 26th.
4. Important Dates (To review additional deadlines dates, go to Calendar)
  • March 23 - Summer registration email is sent
  • March 28 - Summer registration opens in ISIS
  • April 1 - Financial aid priority filing date for 2016 summer semester
  • April 26 - First Portfolio recording sent to cohort
  • May 2 - May 7 - Final examination period for 15-week classes
  • May 7 - Last day of 2016 spring semester
  • May 18 - SOE Graduation
5. 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:

  • 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