Touro University Nevada School of Education
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TUN SOE PrincipalMatterz Updates!
Happy September everyone and welcome back to another awesome academic term! For many of you instruction in Touro University Nevada's (TUN) School of Education (SOE) Masters School Administration program of study has already begun, and for others it is soon to begin! We hope that you are off to a great start and can't express enough, our sincere gratitude and excitement over the fact that you have decided to pursue your studies with the SOE family. As we prepare for a spectacular start, we thought it would be fun to update you on some of the new happenings here in the School of Education. To jump start the sharing, we thought it appropriate to feature this motivating TedTalk by Rita Pierson. The best thing about the video, is that it's also a great resource to share with your own education networks. If you've already shared it before, why not share it again. After all, repetition is a good thing, and if you're like us, you always learn something new when seeing things at a different point in time, space, and development. Besides, who knows, maybe we'll start our very own "feel good teaching chain!" With that in mind, we hope you are inspired to pass the video forward. After you view and/or re-view the video, don't forget to take a moment to brush up on some important and exciting program updates that you should be aware of by reading on. And by all means, feel free to contact us with any questions, comments, appreciations, shout-outs, ideas, and/or concerns; we are always here to support and serve!
Your TUN SOE Faculty
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 2015 Fall Term, will include a welcome letter, the newly revised adjunct faculty quick guide, a quick "Getting To Know Us" survey, 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. For those who are already in classes, I plan to stop by one of your class meetings soon to introduce myself. For those who will begin in November, I'd love to meet you before classes begin. I thought it would be fun to schedule an informal chat; just a way for us to get to know one another since we'll be working closely over the course of your program of study. 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 during one of your down times on campus, shoot me an email or call me to let me know your availability. I have no problem traveling to your site or any other convenient location. My office contacts are below and my cell is 510-798-0375. Of course I also extend this invite for a one-on-one to those in the currently in-progress cohort as well. I hope to meet and talk with each of 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 quick guide, when sent via email 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!
SURVEY TIME: Getting To Know Us
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 The Teaching Channel as a professional development resource. CLICK HERE to get you started! We love this site and hope you find just what you need to help develop yourself and your professional networks!
Book Talks: What We're Reading:
We just love books but then we guess that's the nerd in us! Here's a quick read that you might want to consider reading as you move through the academic year - Who Moved My Cheese, by Spencer Johnson. A little bookworm told us that it's not only a great book for educational leaders but for everyone! Best of all, it can be read in less than an hour or two! Click here to see find it on amazon! And because we are all into self-improvement as leaders, here's another you just might want to consider...Enjoy!
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 study in this outstanding and rigorous program! You are among an elite group of educators charged with becoming 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 our program, and build on the sense of collaboration and team that we strive to establish here in the School of Education, we are in the process of re-evaluating the School Administration program, including seeking ways to provide more support for our faculty and students. Some of the exciting changes you might look forward to include:
- An All NEW Quick Guide with detailed information about program of study expectations: review and submit signature page
- 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 Seminar/ Workshop Offerings to compliment the Field Studies Internship Experience
- TUN School Administration is on Twitter: @PMatterzLeads and #PrincipalMatterzEdChat
- *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”!