The Bulletin Board


Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Open House at the
STEM Discovery Center
June 28 & 29th
The STEM Discovery Center, an outreach activity developed by the fellows in the Woodrow Wilson Georgia Teaching Fellowship Program is almost ready to open...drop by on June 28th or 29th to see what's happening!  (Behind SweetBreads restaurant and the art museum in Demorest, near the footbridge and the admissions building.)


OF INTEREST

Dean's Spring Report to the Board of Trustees is posted among the documents below.



WELCOME

DR. DANIEL SMITH JOINS SOE FACULTY  Dr. Daniel Smith, who most recently served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Athens Technical College, has joined the Piedmont faculty and has been appointed Senior Fellow in the School of Education.  Dr. Smith, who also serves as the college's Director of Strategic Planning, will serve on doctoral committees and may eventually teach on a part-time basis.  Welcome, Dan!

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ADMITS IT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO TESTING FRENZY

2015-16 COLLEGE CATALOG IS NOW ONLINE

The new 2015-16 Piedmont College Catalog is now online.  Click here to view it.  The pdf catalog can easily be searched by typing Control + F or Command + F.

OF INTEREST

The Dean's Fall 2015 Report to the Board of Trustees
Available from the list of files at the bottom of this page.

CHECK THIS OUT
A very savvy mom in Pittsburg tells it like it is!  Click here.   (Thanks to Sara Alice for sharing.). Don't be put off by the words "religious reasons" in the title....this is a well-documented, well-written letter and worth your time, believe me!


FUNNY TEACHER STORIES from Reader's Digest 
There are some humorous anecdotes from teachers printed in this month's Reader's Digest.   (See "Teacher Stories" in the documents below)


"LISTEN TO THE TEACHER" is truly a Christmas gift to those of us who have lamented some of the recent changes in teaching.  It is posted below (Article - Listen to the Teacher)

BULLETIN BOARD ARCHIVE
If you wish to look back at a previous day's Bulletin Board, you can find these in the Bulletin Board Archive.  This has been added to the menu on the far left.







The 2016 Piedmont College Woodrow Wilson Fellows on the steps in the state capitol.  A formal introduction and recognition of the Georgia Woodrow Wilson Fellows by Gov. Nathan Deal and Woodrow Wilson Foundation president Arthur Levine was made on June 1st.  Joining the Piedmont fellows are Julie Palmour and Lynn Rambo (front row), Jose Ochoa from the Woodrow Wilson Fellowship Program, and Habersham Central High School principal Wes McGee and Don Gnecco (back row).

Writing Rubric is now available for faculty use.  The Word document is posted on the "Documents and Forms" page

Announcing a new Book....
A new book co-edited by Hilton Smith (and containing essays by Hilton, Sara Alice Tucker, and Wilma Hutcheson-Williams) has just been published by Sense Publisher.  The Foxfire Approach: Inspiration for Classrooms and Beyond is now available!  A formal launch and book signing will occur at the 50/30 Foxfire National Conference in June.  The book is also available from Amazon.com.

Revised Course Rotation List is now posted 
The SOE course rotation list was updated on 2-23-16 and can be viewed and/or downloaded from the "Courses and Schedules" page. 


SCHOOL LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
The brochure for our new certification program in School Leadership has been completed.  Take a look out our newest program!


ALL PIEDMONT FACULTY ARE INVITED AND ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS YEAR'S PIEDMON
T EDUCATOR RENEWAL CONFERENCE (PERC). 
We need a head count in order to plan for lunch, etc.  Please e-mail Brooke Kowalsky or register online.

Course Evaluation Form
:
Attached at the bottom of this page.

CONGRATULATIONS DR. SEARS!
We are pleased to announce that Evelyn Sears has completed her Doctor of Education degree in adult education at Walden University.  Congratulations, Dr. Sears!!

New links to make navigation easier
As a means of making it easier for faculty to access information, we've added two links to the Bulletin Board menu (at left):
  • Mapworks
  • Certification Lookup (PSC)
The Certification Lookup feature may be helpful to faculty who wish to ascertain if candidates have the Pre-service Certificate.

Revised Course Rotation is posted under "Courses and Schedules"  This may be helpful for advising for Spring 2016.

Changes in the Clinical and Field Experiences Office  Beginning in January, Kelly Land will serve as the new Field Placement Coordinator.  Evelyn Sears will teach full-time in our early childhood and middle grades teacher education programs.  During the intervening months, Kelly and Evelyn will work together to assure a smooth transition.  Please direct all inquiries to Evelyn through December.

Changes in the Dept. of Early Childhood Education
As we deal with many changes and increased requirements – both inside the college and from the Professional Standards Commission – it has been necessary to reassign some major administrative responsibilities within the School of Education.

Effective with the beginning of the second eight weeks this semester, Dr. Barbara Benson will become the chairperson for the Department of Early Childhood Education.  Likewise, Prof. Susan Smith-Patrick will become the Coordinator of Early Childhood Education for the Demorest campus.

We very much appreciate Dr. Turpin stepping forward to take on the responsibilities as Assessment Coordinator for the SOE (replacing Dr. Mitch Williams), and we are grateful to Dr. Benson and Prof. Smith-Patrick for their willingness to assume leadership for the Department of Early Childhood Education.

Your patience is appreciated as these folks ease into their new responsibilities.
                                                   -Don Gnecco
 





















The Birthday Box
June and July
  • Joan Jordan (June 9)
  • Susan Smith-Patrick (June 9)
  • Bill Brown (June 15)
  • Katrina Short (June 25)
  • Candice Southall (June 27)
  • Ron Busbee (July 14)
  • Kim Griffin (July 19)
  • Leslie Jones (July 23)
  • Kenyon Gannon (July 25)
  • Angela Brown (July 28)
 
CONGRATULATIONS!
Susan Smith-Patrick is a proud Nana to her 6th grandbaby!  Samuel Blake Smith was born February 17th.  He weighed in at 9 lbs.,11 oz. and was 22 inches long.

Samuel Blake Smith
















 

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