Touro University Nevada School of Education
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Masters School Administration: Almost That Time!
IMPORTANT ITEMS YOU JUST MAY WANT TO ACT ON...
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!
AND NOW ON TO THE GOODIES!!!!
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?
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 Tonya.Walls@tun.touro.edu.
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
Social Justice in Action!
This is a great article and resource for Educators. Check it out! Just Click Here.
ASCD: Educational Leadership
If you're not getting this resource, you want to be! This will help you stay aware of what's happening in Ed. Leadership! Subscribe now. We also have copies available in the office.
Bridging Differences is a blog spot hosted by one of our favorite school reform and social justice educators, Ms. Debra Meier. Check out her most recent blog and let us know what you think in the twittersphere using our link below.
ASCD: Educational Leadership
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
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”!