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  • Tips for Completing Your Statement of Intent

    Posted August 15, 2017

    In addition to a completed online application, a Work History Form, and official transcripts, applicants to our Master of Education online programs are required to submit a Statement of Intent that addresses the three topics below. This is really the piece of the puzzle that requires the most thought—which in turn makes it the easiest…

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  • In Honor of Left-Handers Day: Legendary Lefties

    Posted August 13, 2017

    This one goes out to all the lefties out there. Today we celebrate you. Since the beginning of time, left-handers have gotten a bad rap. Centuries ago, left-handedness was viewed as inferior and evil, and while these views have since changed, the everyday life of a lefty can still be tricky. In a world where…

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  • 3 to PhD: Concordia’s Revolutionary Education Model

    Posted August 10, 2017

    It all started in 2008 with a knock on the window. It was LaShawn Lee’s first day as principal of Faubion Elementary School in Portland, Oregon. She had just been told that there was next to nothing with regards to funding for her students, 80% of whom were part of the free and reduced lunch…

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  • 6 Effective Strategies to Motivate Reluctant Readers

    Posted August 8, 2017

    Students who avoid reading or seem disinterested can often be reached when different strategies are used to connect with them. First we have to find out why they are reluctant to read. Then we need to tap into their interests and strengths to motivate them. Here are a few common problems reluctant readers face and…

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  • 5 Tips for Earning an MEd While Still Teaching Full Time

    Posted August 7, 2017

    Being a teacher is just as rewarding as it can be tiring. Nearly every day of the week, you’re grading papers and lesson planning. You may have kids of your own and advise Key Club. You may exercise every AM, or tutor every PM. Whatever your lifestyle, you don’t want to shuffle it around—but you…

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  • How to Make The Best Use of Your Enrollment Specialist

    Posted August 4, 2017

    When you request more details about Concordia University-Portland’s online MEd or EdD programs, you’ll quickly hear from one of our incredibly skilled Enrollment Specialists—E.S., for short. Perhaps you’ve already heard from your assigned admissions guru, but haven’t had a reason to call them back. Or, maybe it’s been a while since your undergrad years, and…

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  • A Day in the Life of a Concordia Online Student

    Posted August 3, 2017

    Earning your Master of Education degree is one of the smartest and most exciting moves you can do for your teaching career. Here’s an example of what your typical day might look like as a Concordia University-Portland student. As you can see, balancing work, family, and your master’s program is absolutely doable—and in the end,…

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  • July 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted July 31, 2017

    There’s a lot happening in education right now. (Isn’t there always?) It can be hard to keep up with the latest news, insights, and ideas when you have a lot going on too. So, we compiled a list of a few recent stories we think educators might want to hear about. Even though school’s out,…

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  • The 6 Phases of a Difficult Conversation: A Strategy Guide for Teachers

    Posted July 29, 2017

    A parent catches you at drop-off one morning and wants to know why her son got in trouble the day before, since he never misbehaves at home. A colleague presents a proposal at a staff meeting that you are certain will not work. At the end of a long day of parent-teacher conferences, you are…

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  • 8 Scholarships To Help Fund Your MEd or EdD

    Posted July 26, 2017

    If you’re eager to advance in the field of education but lack the financial means to do so, scholarships can be a huge help. Below are a list of scholarships not affiliated with Concordia that we think prospective MEd and EdD students will find interesting. A few things to note: some of them you can apply to…

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  • Problem-Based Learning: 4 Practical Issues Teachers Need to Deal With

    Posted July 25, 2017

    Problem-based learning (PBL): It’s all the rage. PBL is an innovative addition to modern K-12 pedagogy, but it can seem overwhelming for beginners. It doesn’t have to be, though. PBL’s principal goal—meeting students where they are and putting them to work solving real-world problems—marks a significant shift from old educational models. Putting it into action…

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  • The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

    Posted July 21, 2017

    There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in…

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  • 4 Apps to Help Teachers Manage Their Time and Stay Organized

    Posted July 19, 2017

    Teachers have to be incredible multitaskers to juggle so many roles and get their to-do lists done. Learning how to master time management and stay organized can reduce stress and create more time to enjoy the rest of your life. These four apps can help you do just that. 1. Toodledo What it is: Toodledo…

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  • What It’s Like to Transition From Teacher to Administrator

    Posted July 17, 2017

    School administrators often wear multiple hats just like teachers do, but what is it really like to go from being a classroom teacher to an administrator? Meet Sharon Langley and Whitney Meyer, two administrators who know exactly what this journey entails. They graciously agreed to share their thoughts, experiences, and advice with us.   Whitney…

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  • 10 Twitter Accounts Every Teacher Should Follow

    Posted July 12, 2017

    Without question, Twitter has become a hotspot for education-related tips, tricks, and talks. Just search any of the hashtags #EdTalks, #EdChat, or even #TeacherProblems and you’re instantly connected to a network of passionate educators sharing their experiences and insights into the education world. From nonprofits to everyday teachers, here are a few accounts we like to follow….

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  • Q&A with MEd Graduate: Denise Dempsey ’16

    Posted July 11, 2017

    When you become a Concordia grad student, you’re instantly connected to a 10,000-strong alumni network that is fiercely loyal and highly influential. We recently caught up with an alum, Denise Dempsey, who earned a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Online Teaching and Learning just last year. She’s currently an Education Consultant…

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  • Enter to Win: Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Tickets Up For Grabs

    Posted July 10, 2017

    You know the whole STEM to STEAM movement? We’re completely on board. For students to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market and the needs of society tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), STEM initiatives that immerse them in science, technology, engineering, and math are crucial. But so is layering in…

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  • Sowing the Seeds: Using Plants to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer

    Posted July 3, 2017

    Summer is a perfect time for students to engage with the physical world and, quite literally, get their hands dirty as they learn. This is especially true because so many families grow gardens full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the summer. Growing things over the summer gives kids practical skills and helps them…

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  • June 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted June 30, 2017

    As educators, we know it’s critical to stay up-to-date with current events and trending topics for our classrooms. But with so many different resources out there (and not a lot of time), it’s hard to keep up! So, welcome to your monthly article roundup, where we’ll compile a few articles from the past month that you may…

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