Thursday, December 30, 2010

Succeeding With Your Doctorate

Just finished reading text book Succeeding With Your Doctorate: Author Jerry Wellington. This book gave excellent tips and information on what to expect in the doctoral program.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


SEM/700R DOCTORAL PROGRAM ORIENTATION SEMINAR course does not start until January 11, 2011. However, I have decided to get a head start on one of the many assigned reading materials, Succeeding with Your Doctorate: Author Jerry Wellington.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

My Notes.....

Random Notes.....
  • Buy Jump Drive
  • Set a schedule. At the end of the week, write down my accomplishments. [Blog]
  • Keep a record of reading materials, publications, dissertations,  bibliographies, journals....
 [at the dissertation stage]

Junk Writing
  • Write for 10 minutes each day. Increase minutes daily.
  • Write 3 -5 pages daily
  • Pick a reasonable number of pages and write that same number every day
  • At the end of the week:
    • Summarize
    • Write down questions
    • Puzzlement
    • What ideas do I what to explore
    • What ideas do I want to develop or follow
Rough Draft From Zero Draft
  • Pick out words, phrases, or sentences that seems interesting
  • What stands out for me the most in what I've written
  • Is there an argument in this mess
  • What point do I want to make
  • What I've written, is it true
  • Do I still believe this
  • What is it that I'm trying to say in this argument/section/chapter
A. Write down the problems
B. Think about it
C. Write down the solution

An Organized Outline Pattern
  • Create the outline
  • Ask questions
  • What are my main points
  • Which are the subordinates
  • What do I think is true about the subject and why
  • What would I say
This methods words for a person who begins with a theory and then moves to the concrete of the outline.
Someone whose thought process is highly organized.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

It's Offical....

November 24, 2010

Donna Madison-Bell
63 Exeter St San Francisco, CA 94124

Dear Ms. Madison-Bell:

Effective as of November 24, 2010, we are very pleased to inform you that you have been
admitted to the University of Phoenix in the following program:


Congratulations on your successful admission and welcome! As an added convenience to our
students, you can access the student services website @ for the
ability to obtain your course modules, grades, check your GPA, and access many other services.
We extend to you our best wishes for your continued success in your chosen course of study
with the University of Phoenix.


Marc Booker
Director of Admissions and Evaluation

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Other Passion....

As an Instructor/Teacher since 1996, volunteer work related opportunities with parolees and inmates have leaded me to believe that most inmates/parolees are no different than anyone else.
GED/ESL Instructor at Warren County Jail Bowling Green KY
Tutor/Workshop Presenter for AmeriCorps  at East Palo Alto Library Project Read and Free at Last

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Exploring Topics

  • The Effect of Literacy in Correctional and the Impact it has on Employment Training Programs for Inmates
  • The Impact of Prison Programs with Employment Training
  • How Literacy Might Play an Impact in Reading Job Applications for Inmates or Ex-Offenders?
  • How Will Employment Training Programs in Correctional Reduce Recidivism?
Main Focus:
  • Correctional System
  • Prison Reform
  • Prison
  • County Jail
  • Juvenile Hall
  • Inmates
  • Ex-Offenders
  • Career Development
  • Employment Training Programs
  • Literacy
  • Recidivism

Saturday, November 20, 2010

On To Another Book

Just finished reading Student to Scholar The Guide for Doctoral Students. This paperback of 168 pages is filled with valuable insight for any learner who desires to journey into the learning environment as a doctoral student. The next book I plan on reading Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral Thesis. I’m so glad it’s on Kindle :-)

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Let The Journey Begin

After graduate school, my passion to return to school is long overdue. With life transitions such as moving from the west coast to the east coast, to the Midwest and back to the west coast, getting married, job transitions [in education], family issues, spiritual growth, mental and physically, the time has come for me to purse my educational dreams. My first adventure into higher education at University of Phoenix took place in 2009 where I entered into the Educational Specialist program Ed.S. However, I took a year off from the program due to a new teaching position. In Fall of 2010, after a long conversation with my academic advisor, we decided it would be best that I pursue my interested in the  Doctoral of Education in Educational Leadership with an interest in Curriculum/Instruction . I consider myself a “researcher” and have researched articles and publications on curriculum design. Currently, I am reading Student to Scholar The Guide for Doctoral Students by Robert E. Levasseur, Ph.D.
From Student to Scholar you will learn:
  • What it means to be a scholar
  • How speed and quality are related
  • Four key ways to accelerate your program
  • Higher-order doctoral skills
  • How to write a major paper
  • How to annotate a journal article
  • How to write a high-quality dissertation
  • How to manage the dissertation process
  • Many other ways to accelerate your progress