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As we get further into the semester and there are fewer logistics to remind you of, we hope you'll consider sending in a story or two for the newsletter! We'd love to read more about student (and instructor) success stories, profiles of new instructors, interesting class projects, etc. Send your stories to Tara at tronda@princeton.edu.

OFFICE HOURS FOR THE WEEK OF FEB. 13
Here are our instructor support office hours for February 13-17:
  • Monday, Feb. 20, 10-11am (Peyton 113): Hosted by Jenny Greene
  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 1-2pm (Teacher Prep Seminar Room): Hosted by Ian Davis
  • Thursday, Feb. 24, 1-3pm (Peyton 106): Hosted by Jill Knapp (also available by appointment or through email at gk@astro.princeton.edu)
Additionally, Tara is in the PTI office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30am to 6pm, and you are always welcome to contact members of our Leadership Team.

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ON MONDAY, FEB. 20
Please join the Black History Month Committee and the Carl A. Fields Center in welcoming Mr. Shaka Senghor for a presentation entitled "Criminal Justice Reform & Rethinking" on Monday, Feb. 20, at 4:30pm in Fields Center 104. He will be speaking on his personal and professional experiences with criminal justice reform.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS ARE BACK ON!
Our first attempt at scheduling a professional development session for our instructors didn't go so well, but we're going to keep trying. Ian Davis, Humanities Personnel Coordinator, is going to facilitate a workshop on instructional strategies in the prison classroom Thursday, February 23, from 12 to 1pm in the Teacher Prep Seminar Room (2nd floor). Please RSVP to Tara at tronda@princeton.edu if you plan on attending. Thanks for hanging in there with us!

AND WHILE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT...
The friendly folks at the Woodrow Wilson School's Education Research Section (ERS) recently contacted us to see if we'd be interested in promoting their professional development workshops to faculty and graduate students. Of course we said yes! Though many of the workshops are geared towards K-12 education, we could probably learn a thing or two to apply to the prison classroom. If you're a Princeton faculty member or graduate student and you'd like to receive weekly email updates about ERS's upcoming workshops, please email Lisa Pithers at lmarkman@princeton.edu. (Here's a snapshot of the kinds of events they typically host.) 

PHI THETA KAPPA PERMITS INCARCERATED AND FORMERLY INCARCERATED STUDENTS TO BECOME FULL MEMBERS!
You may recall that in December, the Raritan Valley chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (the international honor society for community college students) started a petition to encourage the national organization to remove a "moral bylaw" preventing incarcerated students from becoming members. On February 15, the RVCC chapter (Alpha Epsilon Pi) announced that PTK's Board of Directors decided to remove that particular bylaw so that "high-achieving students who are on probation or parole as well as those incarcerated are now ELIGIBLE to become members." Thank you if your signed the petition or otherwise supported this worthy effort, and we rejoice with the RVCC students who initiated the move.

AROUND THE INTERWEBS IN 80 SECONDS CONTRIBUTE YOUR IDEAS!
I hope PTI Matters will continue to grow and be ever more useful to our teachers and friends. Please feel free to email your news blurbs and other suggestions to tronda@princeton.edu so we can highlight them here!
Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day! Appropriately enough, it wraps up Random Acts of Kindness Week...and who doesn't want to be kind? Go ahead, make someone's day :)
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