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October 21, 2013 Week 4- Fall Quarter

Meet the Directors Mary Jane Merren has been teaching at Baker College for six years and has been involved at many levels in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program. As the new director, Mary Jane will not be teaching ECE classes, which she says she will miss, but instead will be very active in ECE program administration, leadership, and development of faculty and students.

HUS, CRJ and ECE News

Baker College - Clinton Township

Volume 1, Issue 4

Mary Jane reported, through the commitment and hard work of many, the system-wide ECE program was granted accreditation, without conditions through the National Association for the Education of Young Children professional organization! Mary Jane is proud of the fact the Baker College ECE program is one of only seven colleges across Michigan offering and associate degree in Early Childhood Education that is also accredited through the NAEYC organization. When Mary Jane is not involved at Baker, she can often be found engaging in activities with family as she and her husband have five children . John Wilk, a retired Captain (2009) from the Sterling Heights Police Department has over 30 years of professional experience and service in law enforcement. He has a wealth of experience that served him well when he taught classes for Baker College Corporate Services. John transferred his love of law enforcement, service to the community, and teaching experience when he was hired to serve as Director of the Baker College - Clinton Township Criminal Justice Program in 2011. John has a passion for long distance running and has participated in approximately 48 marathons in 38 states, including three Boston Marathons! John's personal goals include running marathon in all 50 states within the next few years. If you would like to contact John, you may reach him by calling 586-790-2257 or by email at Wynonia Ward joined Baker College in 2005 as Adjunct Faculty in HUS where she taught a variety of courses at the Associate and Bachelor degree levels. She has over 40 years direct practice experience in substance abuse, mental health, foster care and other settings. Wynonia accepted her new role as full-time director of the Human Services (HUS) Program in January 2013. In addition to her full-time duties, Wynonia continues to teach courses in the HUS program and serves as faculty advisor to the HUS student organization If you would like to contact Wynonia, you may reach her by calling 586-790-2683 or by email at

In honor of Digital Citizenship Week October 21st—25th “Productivity Apps & Resources of the Week” Weebly If you enjoy technology or are technologically challenged and would you like to build a simple website to share information in a unique and eye catching format, consider Weebly! ABSOLUTELY NO TECHNOLOGY SKILLS ARE REQUIRED! Weebly can also be used in the classroom as a tool to teach your students how to effectively develop/share community resources, develop electronic portfolios/resumes all while building their basic digital literacy skills. Weebly offers simple “drag and drop” functions to build website content. To learn more about Weebly, view this how-to YouTube video tutorial: v=LwRLe6QElvI

Baker Blackboard App Many of you are already using Blackboard in your courses and gain access through your computers and laptops, but if you would like to have access to Blackboard “on-the-go” on your mobile device consider loading the Blackboard App. You can review student discussion posts and even upload information using the App. Simply visit the Android Market, Apple App Store, etc. for details.

ooVoo Do you wish you could engage (speak and see) more than one person on your iPad/tablet device at a time? Try the “ooVoo” App! ooVoo is FREE and allows you to actively engage up-to 12 different people at one time (it’s like engaging the Brady Bunch+ on your iPad).

Blurb If you have an idea for a book and dreamed of writing, publishing and/or distributing your own book (or that of others,) consider using “Blurb”. Blurb is an online product that allows you to create and manage your own book process from start to finish, including designing the jacket, internal content, quantity and format (digital and/or print). Consider creating a book to share as a gift or an educational tool. To learn more about Blurb, visit:

Important Dates 

Week 5 Faculty PD 11/1/13

Week 6 Advising

Week 7 Registration 11/9/13—11/15/13

Thanksgiving Br eak 11/25/13—11/29/13 

Final Exam Week 



Grades Due by 12:00pm 12/16/13

DSM - 5 Update Hinde Fertig, Librarian The Baker College - CT Library now subscribes to the DSM Library from Psychiatry Online. It includes online access to the DSM-5, DSM-IV-TR, Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and Cases from DSM-IV-TR. You can access it at or: - go to the library page - click on Find Articles & Databases - select on the subject Psychology - click on Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM 5) Off-campus, you may need to enter your library card number to get access to the site. Your library card number is on your ID card, or you can find it by logging into SOLAR and clicking on Contact Information.

DATING & DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Dating and domestic violence can happen to anyone, yet the problem is often overlooked, excused, or denied. This is especially true when the abuse is psychological, rather than physical. Noticing and acknowledging the signs of an abusive relationship is the first step to ending it. No one should live in fear of the person they love. There is help available. It's impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness any warning signs of abuse in a friend, family member, or coworker, take them very seriously. This presentation will focus on what identifying domestic violence, statistics, and local resources and support. PRESENTER: Disability Service Coordinator, Claudia Webb, MSW WHEN: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:30- 4:30 p.m. WHERE: Student Center, Baker College - Clinton Twp. REGISTRATION: The presentation is free and open to the public. If you have any questions, e-mail Claudia Webb at or call at 586- 790-9716.

Second Annual PD Survey - Deadline Tuesday, October 22! As a data-driven institution it is imperative that we continue to collect information that can appropriately focus our continuous improvement efforts. To that point, ALL Faculty have been identified as an important voice at Baker College. Please take 5 minutes to complete the Second Annual Academic Professional Development Survey (click the link below to access).

Faculty Brown Bag Discussion: “Meaningful Student Participation for All: Balancing Quantity and Quality” You are invited to participate in our Faculty Brown Bag Discussion titled, “Meaningful Student Participation for All: Balancing Quantity and Quality” To accommodate as many faculty as possible, three sessions have been scheduled, including a WebEx session. The dates, times, and locations are found below: Monday, October 21, 4:30 – 5:30, main campus Academic Boardroom Wednesday, October 23, 1:00 – 2:00, main campus Academic Boardroom Please select the face-to-face session that best meets your schedule; if you can’t attend in person you are invited to participate via WebEx. Come share what has worked for you, while also learning what has worked for others. In addition, feel free to bring your favorite handout, syllabus statement, or set of instructions that has helped you increase the quantity or quality of student participation. RSVP to: Dr. David Hultgren via email or voicemail, so we can plan refreshments. Indicate which session you would like to attend AND whether you will participate face-to-face or via WebEx. Phone: 586-790-9155 E-mail:

Learner Centered Education “The goal of a learner centered practice is to create learning environments that optimize students’ opportunities to pay attention and actively engage in authentic, meaningful, and useful learning." Terry Doyle The Principles of Learner-Center Teaching (by Maryellen Weimer) are:

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Teachers do learning tasks less Teachers do less telling; Students do more discovering Teachers do more design work (of activities and learning experiences) Faculty do more modeling Faculty do more to get students learning from and with each other

Faculty work to create climates for learning Faculty do more with feedback

The above information was taken directly from the Baker College Learner Centered Instruction website. For more information, visit

CPI Training: During CPI Training attendees will learn how challenging and potentially dangerous situations develop, how our actions can influence outcomes, strategies to help maximize our safety and that of others during confrontations, as well as other important aspects of Violence Response Procedures. See below for CPI Training dates and times. Fall Quarter Wednesday, October 23rd – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Saturday, October 26th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Winter Quarter 2014 Saturday, January 11th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Tuesday, January 21st – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Thursday, February 13th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Spring Quarter 2014 Saturday, April 5th – 8:00am – 12:30pm, Main Campus- Community Room Tuesday, April 15th – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Wednesday, April 23rd – 5:00pm – 9:30pm, C Bldg. Community Room Your attendance is required for the 2013-2014 school year, so please register early as class sizes are limited. Register by email at and provide two date preferences, your phone number and department. You will receive a confirmation e-mail; if you have questions please contact Barb Krygel at 586 790-9598.

Evening Academic Office Coverage for HUS, ECE, and CRJ *

Monday - Janet M. Joiner, Dean of HUS, ECE, and CRJ 

Tuesday - Mary Jane Merren, Director of ECE  

Wednesday - John Wilk, Director of CRJ Thursday - Wynonia Ward, Director of HUS

*The above administrators will be available in the Academic Office Monday—Thursday until 6:15pm

Janet M. Joiner, PhD, LMSW Dean of Human Services, Early Childhood Education, and Criminal Justice Baker College of Clinton Township Office Phone: (586)790-2814 - FAX (586) 791-6611

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