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  • Q&A with MEd Graduate: Anita Green ’15

    Posted September 18, 2017

    Since Anita Green flew from Louisiana to Oregon for her Concordia University-Portland MEd graduation, her world and her work have continued to expand in meaningful and exciting ways. She has a passion for helping economically disadvantaged students, but doesn’t limit her service to students alone. This summer, Anita traveled to Ghana to help teachers improve…

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  • 6 Grants To Help Fund Educational Projects or Field Trips

    Posted September 13, 2017

    We all want to provide our students with the most engaging, memorable learning experiences, but finding the funding to execute some of our projects and activities can be a challenge—unless you know where to look. There are actually plenty of grants available that help cover the costs of supplies or field trips, as long as…

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  • Concordia Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah on ‘Intercultural Competence’

    Posted September 11, 2017

    ‘Intercultural competence’ is the ability to appropriately engage with people from other cultures—to successfully interact with people from other ethnic, religious, and geographical backgrounds. As you can imagine, it’s a critical skill for teachers, students, working professionals, anyone to have in today’s interconnected world. It breeds compassion, understanding, and opportunities to learn new ideas and…

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  • Live a Balanced Life While Thriving In Your Graduate Program

    Posted September 8, 2017

    Before embarking on my online MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Concordia University-Portland, I spent 15 years working as a health educator, helping individuals find balance and resilience in daily life. My professional knowledge served me well as I ventured into the world of being an online grad student. And after graduation, all that hard work—and…

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  • 5 Easy Ways Teachers Can Stay Relevant in the Digital Age

    Posted September 6, 2017

    In this digital age of apps, social media, and ever-changing trends, it can be difficult to keep up with our students, spark their interest, and connect the curriculum to their often tech-centered lives. But there are ways to stay relevant without requiring you to research every app and trend out there. Here a few approaches…

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  • Shopping For The School Year? These Retailers Offer Discounts for Teachers

    Posted September 2, 2017

    School supplies, classroom crafts, poster boards—all necessary items for a fun and educational school year. But costs can add up quickly, and teachers are already spending an average of $500 out of their own pocket for school supplies each year. We know you’re not required to spend your own money on your students. We also…

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  • How to Arrange Your Classroom to Maximize Creativity

    Posted August 25, 2017

    Between the last relaxing days of summer vacation and the frantic pace of the start of a new school year, it’s easy to get lost in the more concrete details of transitioning seasons. While ironing out lesson plans and getting to know a classroom full of new faces, it’s also your responsibility to foster a…

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  • Q&A with MEd Graduate: Ponjul Zwalda ’14

    Posted August 23, 2017

    For the past twenty-one years, Ponjul Zwalda has impacted the lives of countless students in Nigeria and South Africa. As a math and science educator, he is determined to show students what they are capable of, while continuing to find ways to improve his practice, focus on his students as individuals, and analyze the bigger…

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  • Virtual Applause: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

    Posted August 18, 2017

    Almost every teacher will tell you that they didn’t choose their profession for the spotlight. For many teachers, their greatest successes are seemingly small moments that happen with their students in the classroom every day. Still, there are teachers across the country who are making an impact on the lives of their students through innovative…

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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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