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Powerpoint from MCLI Dialogue Day Nov 13 2015

Powerpoint from MCLI Dialogue Day Nov 13 2015

Here’s the Powerpoint from the MCLI Dialogue day on Nov 13 2015:
MCLI Dialogue Day: Reaching & Teaching Student Veterans for Classroom Success (.pptx)

Don’t forget:
1)For a ready to cut and paste military connected syllabus section:
General version
Maricopa Colleges Version (choose Faculty Training & Resources/left hand)

2)The link for the Teaching Student Veterans Sabbatical Toolkit ready for break-apart into faculty development (released Creative Commons, so adapt and use, but share back by email)
Of most use:  the one page guide: *SINGLE PAGE/FAST USE instant guide to all 74 tips and 68 scenarios of the toolkit*(PDF)

3)Here’s the excellent stories of student veterans through their tattoos, done by Gateway CC’s librarian, student veterans, marketing and Dr. Joseph Swaba.  WORTH YOUR WHILE:

Toolkit for Training Faculty to Best Serve Student Veterans


Toolkit for Training Faculty to Best Serve Student Veterans

*SINGLE PAGE/FAST USE instant guide to all 74 tips and 68 scenarios of the toolkit*(PDF)

Table of Contents  (1 page, pdf)
How to Use toolkit    (3 pages, pdf)

A)INTRODUCTION to _Student_vets_At-A-Glance (12 pgs, pdf)

1)First class, First office hour (prep syllabus, tone, common situations)  (11pgs)
.      Actual syllabus w/section for Student Veterans/Active Military

2)Teaching Spaces (3 pages, pdf)

3)In-Class Behavior (4 pages, pdf)

4)Non-Visible Issues: PTSD, Crisis, Transition  (8 pages, pdf)

5)Time Management & Schedules  (5 pages, pdf)

6)Assignments, Classwork, Groups & Feedback (9 pages, pdf)

7)Writing, Readings, Presentations (Reflection in the classroom)  (8 pages, pdf)

8)Grades, Intervention, Tutoring  (3 pages, pdf)

9)Leveraging resources, allies + faculty role in in-processing (5 pages, pdf)

10)Faculty roles in ‘Separations’ (end of class, convocations, graduations) (4 pages, pdf)

11) Appendix: ALL 74 TIP titles + ALL 68 Scenarios AT-A-GLANCE
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Do you want the source (.docx) files for each chapter, to modify/localize for your college?

1)Distributed under creative commons license
2)Here are the .docx source files in packed/compressed format (RAR)
3)Virus check before un-Raring!
4)Modify away, and share your version with it’s creative common type license (make sure to list your name, version, institution, and an abstract of what you changed!)  Email all this information with LINK or attached .zip/RAR file of all your PDF to 

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SYLLABUS SECTION ready to go/ready to add to ANY college course to make it VETERAN FRIENDLY (.doc x) [just open in  WORD and put in YOUR college’s information]

Actual/real syllabus INCLUDING the VETERAN FRIENDLY section 
(For ENG102 course/Jan 2015)  (.docx)

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Contact?  Want to get on the mailing list for the project/toolkit?
Email: or

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Toolkit for Training Faculty to Best Serve Student Veterans by Miguel Fernandez is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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RESOURCES from Student Success Conference, 10/2014. 1st Class/1st Office Hour: Prep for Student Vets


First Day/First Office Hour: Prep for Student Vets

Miguel Fernandez, Faculty Liaison for Student Veterans, Composition, Creative Writing, Literature Faculty, Chandler Gilbert Community College

Time/Room Location: Oct 17 2014 11:30-12:15 pm / Maryvale A
Track: Teaching and Learning, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Audience: Faculty, Administrators

This presentation for better serving student veterans in the classroom provides an instructor, department chair, or faculty developer quick to implement/ready to teach tips to: 1)Make a syllabus vet friendly/vet prepped 2)Set first day tone: accommodation, not exception 3)Checklist for situational awareness of potentially ‘hot’ scenarios in the classroom or first office hour visit
1)Slides from the conference for 1st Class/1st Office Hour: Prep for Student Vets  (powerpoint)

2)supporting the slides: Excerpt of Sabbatical module 1: 1st Class/1st Office Hour  (.docx)

3)Working Draft (v1.3) of Sabbatical module 1(.docx)


OTHER DOCUMENTS related to faculty development for Student Veterans

NOTE:  YOU WILL FIND THE ENTIRE SABBATICAL posted here in various formats in JAN 2015.
Here is the APPROVED PROPOSAL for sabbatical for FALL 2014 (scope & objectives) (.docx)
“1st Class/1st Office Hour: Prep for Student Vets”  is a DRAFT chapter of 12 for the sabbatical.



So how can you do your own search for a significant teacher or instructor?


Here is the article I wrote for TED TALKS (Blog):
Finding A Teacher Who Changed My Life, 31 Years Later

The heart of the TED BLOG article is about finding and thanking the significant people in your life, specifically the teachers who served as inspiration or surrogate parent.  A quick search of social media (Facebook, typically) and Google and the website of the school are usually enough to find recent teachers.  Just enter as search terms:
“Fname Lname”  city “name of school”
for example:
“Byron Broderick” “New York” “P.S. 161”

But what about those from days gone by?
Many of the emails I’ve received so far are requests for tips on harder finds.

Here are 3 basic ‘find that special teacher’ approaches when the basics above don’t yield results and 2 things to take into consideration once you find them/if you find out about them.

1)Yearbook sites to find full names: Having a teacher’s full name is essential for the search; extra information such as subject matter or division helps.   This is where sites with yearbooks, such as , come in handy. , for example, allows you to register for free and see names of alumni, and most importantly scans of yearbooks.

Find the instructor, write down their full name, but also write down the names of others in the same subject matter or division.  Often, one instructor may be easier to find than your target, and if they worked together in the same division, were friends, or associated outside of the classroom, a find of one teacher in one of these yearbooks can get you details such as where your target retired or moved, name changes, or other significant search factors.

2)Social Media to find school related/alumni groups:  A direct search can be fruitless, especially for a teacher with a common name or if you don’t have full information like name or current city.  Type in the search box (for example Facebook) the name of your school.  Make sure to enter city as well.  For example if your school was P.S. 161 in New York, enter in Facebook’s search box:
“P.S. 161” and watch for the autocomplete suggestions that say ‘alumni’ or 
 ‘reunion’ or ‘you went to…if’.   Enter city/location, to not waste time finding an alumni site to a completely different school or group at another state or city.

In one of these ‘alumni’ group, search quickly down messages for mentions of the teacher’s name.  Also look for  class pictures that feature your teacher.  This can be gold, because often this picture will have  tags for other students in that instructor’s class.  With other students names, you can send a message/friend request and see if they have any information on your target teacher.

3)If the problem is not distance in time, but moved out of the school of your moment, consider Ratemy websites:  Typically if the instructor was special to you, they were probably special to others.  This is where a search on rating sites such as (for U.S. Colleges) or (elementary to college, can search U.K., Canada, and a few other countries) can yield clues to where they are teaching now.  A few looks at the comments and you may be able to spot the person you seek.

4)Obituaries:  In some cases, you may search too late to personally thank that special teacher.  Though morbid, a search of the name, school, and ‘obituaries’ in Google or other search engines can sometimes find an obituary.  These have details that can affirm if the teacher that has passed on is the one you sought to thank.   But what next?  Contacting their children or family is not the same thing, but can still be fulfilling and definitely rewarding for a spouse or relative or child.  The obituary typically provides information about next of kin.

5)Will they remember you?  Possibly not.  Don’t get offended if they don’t.  Your quest is not about you, directly; it’s about giving thanks for a moment, an inspiration, or a role.   Make gentle contact by phone or email first; judge if the recognition is mutual.  If not, express your thanks, give praise, and make clear their role or what they did to make you grateful, then feel good that you probably made their day and let it go as a success.  If they do remember you and/or their role was important in your life, personalize with an invitation to dinner, or a gift.  Norman Cantor, an outstanding professor at NYU and even more outstanding teacher, writes in his autobiography how a class expressed gratitude by group sourcing a purchase of a bottle of wine.  Little things mean a lot to teachers.  Shared mementos of success are a powerful gift.

I wish you luck in finding and thanking those you seek.  It’s wonderful all around when it happens, and gifts like human contact with good memories don’t happen enough in the lives of these wonderful people who have earned their title of teacher.


Welcome to the temporary makeover for Miguel Fernandez’ Palimpsest Blog and Resource page

If you discovered this page in the last few hours, you probably came here from my TED TALKS BLOG.   Due to current high traffic, all older content has currently been removed.  It will return in this newer blog format in the next few days.  But for now, feel free to contact me at

In the next few days I will restore:
Links for college instructors working with returning veteran students

Resources for veteran students