Welcome to Fall 2016 and Heads Up UPI!

Dear UPI:

I hope everyone is doing well and getting ready for Fall semester to start up in our classrooms this week.

I’ve got one reminder. For Teaching and Resource Professionals, Time Reporting begins on August 16, 2016. Reports are filed with your chair at the end of every month. If you have questions on how to fill out the forms, please ask your chairs and let me know if you have any further questions.

Here’s a request. Please prepare for more events in support of Public Higher Education and NEIU this coming year. As you are putting the finishing touches on your syllabi, does it make sense to have a component that emphasizes civic and professional responsibility?

Last year, one of our colleagues shared that she sees civic engagement as part of the professional training of teachers in COE. For all of us, could we replicate this insight by writing in ways to reward our participation and encourage civic engagement? This recognition is about excellence in our pedagogy–not just about our present struggles–and responds to and would help foster the NEIU Baccalaureate Goals.

Events on the horizon this semester include:

  • a new MAP Grants Postcard Campaign for Fund Our Future,
  • a Moral Mondays Action on 9/12 with our Labor Coalition partners and other groups suffering under irresponsible leadership from our governor,
  • and the AFT sponsored Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools on October 6 to help us think about problems in our state and municipal systems of finance.

Looking forward to it all and to seeing everyone soon!