UPCOMING edTPA WEBINARS
All faculty are invited to check out and participate in upcoming edTPA webinars.
Thurs. Feb. 26 - 1:30-2:45 PM
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)
VIEW STUDENT TRANSCRIPTS BY USING WEB ADVISOR
Many of us have expressed concern that we cannot access transcripts of current students. Thanks to Susan Smith-Patrick, there is away to access the transcripts of PC students:
"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)
FORTY-FIVE LESSONS See the document below entitled "45 Lessons"...it'll brighten your day.
Dean's annual Fall report to the Board of Trustees
A copy of the SOE Annual Report to the Piedmont College Board of Trustees is posted below ("SOE Report to BOT October 2014").
PIEDMONT EDUCATOR RENEWAL CONFERENCE - Saturday, March 14th
All SOE faculty are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference (PERC), to be held at the Swanson Center on Saturday, March 14th. SOE faculty are welcome to attend at no cost. If you would like to attend, please e-mail Tiffany Collins by March 6th. (Do not use the online registration system.)
ATTENTION FACULTY WHO TEACH UNDERGRADUATES ON THE DEMOREST CAMPUS: Deb Dooley, who is the Faculty Athletics Representative, has provided us with the procedures for handling absences for athletes during the Spring 2015 semester. Click here to view.
ACCOUNTABILITY IN TEACHER EDUCATION - Click here for the Word version, which has links for submission of responses.
An article on the impact of student testing is in the current issue of PAGEOne magazine. Click here to read it.
Annual Off-Campus Faculty Meeting will be held on Saturday, March 7th, 9-3, on the Athens Campus. All SOE faculty are invited to participate.
DR. SUSAN TURPIN SELECTED AS DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL EXPERIENCES & OUTREACH SERVICES
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Susan Turpin to Piedmont as Director of Clinical Experiences and Outreach Services, replacing Dr. Bob Christian.
Dr. Turpin has most recently served as Chair of the Division of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Georgia. Previously, Susan served as a principal in Habersham County Schools for many years. She has also taught courses at Piedmont as an adjunct faculty member. Dr. Turpin brings considerable experience as a teacher, school administrator, and teacher educator to her new role at Piedmont. . Additionally, she is familiar with Georgia's Professional Standards Commission and current requirements.
Susan received her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Piedmont College. She received her master's degree and Ph.D. from Clemson University. Susan and her husband have two daughters and reside in Habersham County.
Welcome, Susan, to the SOE family!!
"Listen to the Teacher"
See article posted at the bottom.....
US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS FOR TEACHER EDUCATION The US Department of Education released proposed new rules for transforming teacher education. We have posted those at the very bottom of this page (US DOE Proposal - Teacher Ed). These changes have huge implications for how we in teacher education will function going forward. There will be a 60-day hearing period in which the public can provide testimony.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference (PERC) The PERC Steering Committee is now calling for proposals for the 3rd Annual Piedmont Educator Renewal Conference, to be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015 in the Swanson Center on the Demorest campus. Faculty, as well as graduate students and P-12 educators, are encouraged to submit proposals for this year's conference. The Title of the conference is "Subverting the Dominant Paradigm: Creative Instruction in the Age of Accountability." Click here for more details and to download the conference proposal form.
ACADEMIC SHOWCASE 2015 - Call for contributions
Vice President Rettig has announced that there will be an Academic Showcase again this spring, which will coincide with the Board of Trustees spring meeting in April. We would like to showcase outstanding student achievement, awards, etc., as well as faculty publications, presentations, honors, and awards. So, please put this on your radar screen.... If you already know of something, please e-mail it to Dean Gnecco with ACADEMIC SHOWCASE in the subject line. Thanks.
OPPORTUNITY FOR FACULTY AND GRADUATE STUDENTS TO PRESENT
The College of Education at Georgia Regents University in Augusta is holding it's annual conference on March 21st, entitled "Impacting Student Learning." If you are interested in submitting a proposal, or if you have students who may like this opportunity, There is a pdf at the bottom of this page.
The Hundredth Monkey
At our September faculty meeting I made reference to "The Hundredth Monkey" effect. I've attached it as a document at the bottom of this page. Don
The short video we watched at our September 24th faculty meeting is on YouTube:
GWINNETT COUNTY SCHOOLS wins the prestigious Broad Prize in Urban Education. See my letter to Supt. Wilbanks, as well as information about the Broad Prize among the files at the bottom of this page. Don
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers some common sense remarks. Hilton Smith has discovered some encouraging words from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan regarding the place of testing and assessment in today's schools. Click here to read the article. Additionally, a pdf version has been posted below.
New Piedmont College Website has been launched! As you probably know by now, the new college website is now up and running. However, you can still access all of the previous information using a new URL. Click here to be transported to the "old" SOE website, where you can find the documents and information that you may be seeking. Additionally, the link in the menu at the left has been revised to take you directly there.
ORDAINED AS DEACON
After five years of study, Dr. Bill Brown was ordained a deacon in the Catholic Church in a ceremony at Christ the King Cathedral in Atlanta on Saturday, February 7th. Congratulations, Bill!