Dear Students

I have received numerous messages from students concerned that they will 
not be able to take classes with members of their original cohort.  We 
have high enrollment in all of our classes, and many of them are being 
split.  Let me be clear about what is happening with these courses:

EDCI516 - has just added a second section.  The split between those 
courses is TBD.  It may be by program (both ESL and elementary students 
take this course) or by another way.  I will be sending out a brief 
survey to 516 students on Monday to determine the breakdown of this course.

EDCI 519 - will likely be split by teaching experience.  This course 
will be co-taught by both instructors, so students will spend part of 
the class together as a large group, then part of the class in small 
groups depending on experience and/or some other factors.  I have 
already sent a survey out about this. If you are registered for the 
course, please respond ASAP.

EDCI 777 - is divided by program.  Elementary students will be with Dr. 
Shaklee (formerly with Dr. Illmer).  ESL students have their own 
course.  There may be some parts of the course where both groups come 
together, but that will be a small portion of the class, and most likely 
during presentations.

*We are NOT honoring any requests to be in a special section of a 
course, or to be put into a class with certain other students.*  I 
appreciate that many of you have formed strong relationships with fellow 
students throughout the program, but we are being purposeful in how we 
divide these sections to create a rich learning environment for new and 
returning students, novice and experienced teachers, Elementary and ESL 
participants.  Please, do not contact FAST TRAIN requesting a certain 
section of the course.  We will no longer be responding to these emails 

Safe journeys and we'll see you soon.


Jennifer Coarts
Coordinator, FAST TRAIN Programs
George Mason University
4260 Chain Bridge Road, A1
Fairfax, VA 22030

Ph: 1-703-993-3602    Fax: 1-703-246-8996