An article published March 4 in Capital News Service examines the Common Core State Standards and how college students studying education and soon entering the world of teaching are preparing for it.
Education Professor and Chair Eugene Schaffer is quoted in the article describing UMBC’s curriculum and the department’s understanding of the need to prepare students for the Common Core: “We know that the people that graduate this coming spring will be entering the classrooms and will be teaching Common Core,” Schaffer said. “This is a great concern of ours.”
Schaffer also commented on internships that are completed in the classroom by students who work closely with mentors: “When they’re [interning] for a full semester, they’re teaching the skills they have developed, and a lot of that is related to Common Core,” he added.
Associate Professor of Education Jonathan Singer is also quoted in the article when describing education courses at UMBC: “Methods courses have specific lessons geared toward explaining what Common Core is,” Singer said. “They have three or four lesson plans they have to develop in connection to Common Core.”
You can read the full article in Capital News Service by clicking here.
UMBC Training Centers’ Center for Leadership & Innovation has introduced Lead to Innovate, a program offering noncredit Certificate Programs in Leadership and Innovation. The program is designed to help improve organizations by allowing leaders to effectively change their organization in a positive way. The Certificate in Leadership, a 10-day program, emphasizes individual and organizational leadership, while the Certificate in Innovation, also a 10-day program, focuses on adopting an innovative framework and building an innovative environment.
UMBC employees are eligible for 50% discount, and tuition reimbursement (with the approval of your manager) for this program. All courses for the program are offered at UMBC Training Centers’ state of the art facility in Columbia, MD. Classes for the program will begin April 21. Click here for more information.
Are you new to UMBC? Have you tried to use library resources for your course projects and couldn’t find relevant results or don’t know how to begin? If so, this session is for you. During this workshop, you will learn about how to use the Library’s website and services and how to select credible resources for your projects. You can also come with a specific question and ask for assistance.
March 12 (12 pm – 1 p.m.) LIB 259
RSVP to Gergana Kostova at email@example.com
Brian Cullum, chemistry and biochemistry, has been elected as an SPIE fellow for his achievements as an innovator in photonics and sensors. SPIE’s announcement of the honor recognizes Cullum specifically for “pioneering research on intracellular SERS nanosensors and optical sensing techniques for both environmental and biological monitoring.”
As the head of the Center for Translational Nanobioscience, Cullum focuses on developing nanotechnology for biomedical and defense related applications. He also founded and chairs Smart Medical and Physiological Sensor Technology, an annual international conference.
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics and Fellows are honored for their technical achievements and service to the general optics community.
Congratulations to Brian Cullum on this achievement!
In an op-ed published March 4 in The Baltimore Sun, Political Science Professor Thomas Schaller comments on public attitudes of gay rights and efforts to allow discrimination against gays being struck down in recent years.
“Public attitudes about gay rights have changed dramatically in recent decades. Solid majorities, especially among younger Americans, now support marriage equality and other standards of equal treatment,” he writes.
In his column, Schaller cites the recent news of a bill passed by the Arizona legislature and later vetoed that would have permitted those with religious objections to deny services to gay customers: ”Consider the fact that anyone could start a new religion tomorrow and declare that their so-called moral objections allow them to deny service to groups they find repellent, including conservative evangelicals. Citing religion to justify hate sets a very dangerous precedent,” Schaller writes.
You can read the full op-ed titled “Hate if you must, just don’t act on it” in The Baltimore Sun by clicking here.
The Shared Services Centers (SSC) Team, which includes the Business Process Improvement (BPI) Workgroups, is moving forward with completion of our highest priority BPIs. In addition, hiring and space construction for our initial Phase I Services Centers are underway. In our continuing effort to keep the campus informed and allow for input and feedback, we are scheduling a series of town halls as we progress.
You are invited to attend a Shared Services Center (SSC) Town Hall Meeting on Monday,
March 10, 2014, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., in University Center, Room 310.
SSC Town Hall Meeting Objectives:
- To discuss progress of the Shared Services Centers (SSC) Team and Business Process Improvement Workgroups.
- To allow an open public dialogue, giving the UMBC Community an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback
- To discuss Shared Services Centers (SSC) next steps and timeline.
The Town Hall will be webcast for those in need. Please contact Jean Donohue at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on taking advantage of this.
The Town Hall will end with a tour of the new Shared Services Centers space in the CNMS Dean’s Office Suite. We look forward to seeing you there.
Shared Services Centers Town Hall slide sets and BPI background and progress continue to be posted on the myUMBC “Shared Services Centers at UMBC” group. Click on the “Documents” tab and then the “BPI & Implementation” folder. [To join the group, please go to your myUMBC home page, choose “Groups” from the dropdown, then “Browse/Search Groups” for the “Shared Services Centers at UMBC” group. Click the blue “Follow Group” button on the right.]
This Sunday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m., the Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture presents “We’re All VideoFreex!,” a discussion with Skip Blumberg, Videofreex member and artist; Parry Teasdale, Videofreex co-founder and editor, and Tom Colley, collections manager, Video Data Bank. The presentation will take place in the East Building Auditorium, at the National Gallery of Art.
About the discussion:
“In the late 60s, the recording of image and sound with instantaneous playback signaled the dawn of a new media—video—that was more accessible and more discreet than film had ever been. With video cameras known as portapaks in hand, the co-founders of the Videofreex collective (1969-1978) were pioneers in the development of community television, founders of the country’s first pirate TV station, as well as mentors and instructors to countless individuals interested in making and sharing an open system of production. A selection of videos produced by the Freex and archived at Video Data Bank in Chicago features an interview with Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, a discussion with organizer Abbey Hoffman, and excerpts from other early video recordings.”
This event is one of several talks, films and performances in the series organized by the CADVC, Jump Over Time, curated by Joanna Raczynska ’98, visual arts, of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Learn more at our Arts and Culture Calendar.