Touro University Nevada School of Education

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Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion

Masters School Administration: Almost That Time!

Happy September everyone and welcome back to another awesome academic term! It's almost time to begin instruction in Touro University Nevada's School of Education Masters School Administration program of study, and we can't express how excited we are about it. As we prepare for a spectacular start, we thought it would be fun to share this motivating TedTalk video by Rita Pierson. The best thing about it, is that it's also a great video to share with your education networks. Who knows, maybe we'll start our very own "feel good teaching chain!" With that in mind, feel free to pass the video forward. In addition to the video, we also want to share a few important and exciting program updates that you should be aware of. Read on, and feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, appreciations, shout-outs, ideas, and/or concerns.


1. Check your email: We plan to forward a very important email regarding the School Administration Masters program in the coming week. This email, titled "Welcome to the School Administration Teaching Team', will include a welcome letter, the newly revised adjunct faculty quick guide, and important contact information for the program's newly hired faculty member - Tonya. Be sure to read it carefully, and don't forget to sign and return the signature page for the quick guide.

2. Connect with Tonya: Hi everyone! I'm the newbie! Learn more about me below then shoot me an email so that we can connect. I'd love to meet you before classes begin. This is an informal chat; just a way for us to get to know one another since we'll be working closely in service to our students. As I settle in, I'll begin to reach out but if you find some time and want to set a lunch/coffee/just because date, shoot me an email or call me to let me know your availability. My cell is 510-798-0375. I hope to talk to you soon!

3. Read this newsletter! We've included some great goodies for you! You'll also want to be sure to check out what's new in the "Departmental Happenings!" section, which follows the "And Now on To the Goodies!!!" section.

4. Read the adjunct faculty quick guide, and sign and return the signature page.

5. Last but not least, take a deep breath, relax, do something good for yourself, then get ready to start because here we GOOOOO!


Curriculum Updates and Pedagogy Ideas!

In the future, this section will house all things curriculum, with a focus on important teaching and learning resources, professional development opportunities, and upcoming School Administration events. It's an exciting time here in TUN's School of Education! Things are definitely changing for the better! Keep your eye on this section and let us know what you need so we can tailor it just for YOU!

A Sneak Peak: Try Active Learning with your students. CLICK HERE for a great little cheat sheet to get you started! When the adjunct resource bank on Blackboard is up and running, you will also find a PDF there!

Awesome Adjuncts Ask: How do you get students to take the reading seriously?

In the future, this section will be used to help us develop ourselves as professionals in higher education. As facilitators of courses in Teacher Education, we are often more concerned with developing others, and we rarely create the space to develop ourselves. Well this section will help us serve that purpose. If you pose the questions, we'll comb the research and resources on all things higher education and make sure that we share the best of the best with you.

To help answer this week's question, we've linked an awesome article shared by no other than the National Education Association (NEA), and it's even targeted to higher education faculty. We think you'll love it! The article is titled, "Getting Students to Do the Readings" (Nilson, 2015). Click Here to read and don't forget to let us know what you think via twitter!

Be sure to share your inquiries and wonderings with Tonya via email for printing in the bi-monthly newsletter. Tonya's email is

Book Talks: What We're Reading:

We just love books but then we guess that's the nerd in us! Here are three that you might want to consider reading as you prepare for the academic year. A little bookworm told us they are chock full of great ideas! Click here to see if they are carried in our library but if not you can use the links below to find them on amazon too! Enjoy!

Gross Davis, B. Tools for Teaching

(Schwarts, B. M. (2012). Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education

Lang, J. M. (2009) Of course: a week-by-week guide to your first semester of college teaching

Dweck, Carol S. (2006) Mindset The New Psychology of Success

#PrincipalMatterzEdChat @PMatterzLeads

We are excited to share that the TUN Masters School Administration program is taking over the twitterverse! Okay, maybe that's a little hyperbole but we are definitely venturing into the twittersphere, and we encourage you to take the leap with us. Our twitter site has been established to help us discuss and promote our work in the area of social justice, equity and service to humanity, and we're pretty excited about it! We invite you to join us in creating a socially-conscious, yet safe space to teach, lead, and serve, and to kickstart our twitter space, we encourage you to FOLLOW US, then post articles, videos, resources, or a tweet about your work to our hashtag. Don't forget to share our page and hashtag (#PrincipalMatterzEdChat) with your educator networks as well. Let's get this conversation started!

Social Justice in Action!

Departmental Happenings!

Adjunct Shout Outs!

Congratulations on your choice to teach in this outstanding and rigorous program! You are among an elite group of educators charged with preparing effective and socially-conscious school leaders committed to the Judaic principles of TUN: social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity. In an effort to improve efficiency, enhance our ability to serve and support faculty, and build on the sense of collaboration and team that we strive to establish here in the School of Education, we have re-vamped the School Administration program, including providing more support for adjunct faculty. You will receive a detailed email describing some of the changes very soon. This email will be different from the email containing the handbook. In the meantime, here are some of the exciting changes you can look forward to:

  • An All NEW Adjunct Handbook: review and submit signature page
  • New Course Binders & E-Portfolios on Blackboard
  • Use of Blackboard to Enhance Courses: Assignments, Grading, Syllabus, & Announcements all stored on Blackboard
  • A bi-monthly e-newsletter (every two weeks)
  • Curriculum Exchange Website (built just for YOU)
  • Monthly Workshop Offerings
  • TUN School Administration is on Twitter: @PMatterzLeads and #PrincipalMatterzEdChat
  • Adjunct Networking Sessions: A fun way to mix, mingle, and unwind
  • *Annual Service Day (for students and faculty - looking for developers)

We hope you like the changes! Hopefully, you'll join us in this innovative process of building on what already works so well here at Touro to create new routines and traditions that enable us to embody our commitment to social justice, intellectual pursuit, and service to humanity! We look forward to the challenge, and invite you to follow us in the twittersphere to tweet about it @PMatterzLeads on #PMatterzLeads

Your Touro University Nevada Education Faculty

Faculty Spotlight!

Hi there! My name is Tonya, and I am a new faculty member here at TUN. I am happy to be part of the TUN family. I am a married northern California native, who loves to read, write poetry, spend time with family, and travel. I am also a mother to two beautifully handsome young men - Terrance (24) and Jelani (21). I absolutely believe I was born to teach, lead, and serve, and am excited about expanding my career to include educational leadership as an Assistant Professor here in Touro's School of Education. That said, I can't wait to meet each of you, and what’s more, I am anxious to get into the swing of the academic year so that we can begin our work together. Of course, eventually, I will begin teaching courses, visiting sites, observing classes, and in some cases supervising, but please also know that I am here as a partner in teaching, learning, serving, and leading for social justice. I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and assist where needed; all you need to do is ask.

As a new Assistant Professor with TUN, I have much to learn! Thus, my primary goals are to learn all that I can about our University, The School of Education, the community, and the expectations of my new role. In this first year of service, I will also strive to develop positive relationships with stakeholders, contribute to the development of effective, student-centered, collaborative professional learning communities, refine my own understanding of TUN faculty leadership policies and procedures, and partner with each of you to further the vision and mission of our beloved University. I realize that is a mouth full but I am ready for the learning challenge. After all, there’s nothing more inspiring than bearing witness to those magnificent and awe inspiring "aha" moments that we all experience when a light bulb turns on in the mind of a learner; even when that learner is “ME”!

TUN School of Education Masters School Administration

The School of Education at Touro University Nevada expects its’ students to dedicate themselves to becoming administrators who lead, teach, learn, and collaborate with the various stakeholders of their school communities, and to do so with pride, excellence, and a service-minded lens. Through our work as educators, the school of education also seeks to graduate instructional leaders equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to ensure equitable access to a socially just education for all students regardless of background, so that they become academically, civically, ethically, and personally engaged citizens.

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. John Dewey