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“The Teaching Moment That Changed My Practice”

By Concordia FacultyFebruary 15, 2018

Most teachers have a powerful story of a student, a moment, or a class that changed their practice forever. We asked a few faculty members at Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education to share theirs. Read on for some moving stuff. “In one of my graduate classes, a student shared that throughout his entire K-12 education,… Read More

For Teachers

Mindfulness Activities for the Elementary Classroom

By Concordia FacultyFebruary 14, 2018

How do you get a classroom full of energetic little kids to practice stillness? Believe it or not, it’s possible. Mindfulness isn’t new, but it’s undoubtedly become a popular classroom movement in recent years. What is it? According to Psychology Today, “mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present.” This can happen… Read More

For Teachers

How to Make Student Assessments Useful and Productive

By Brita Williams February 8, 2018

When it comes to assessing our students, it’s easy to fall into the age old trap of giving an exam, grading it, and moving forward. But to get the most out of the assessments we give, we need to stay focused on the two primary goals of an assessment: gather evidence that our students learned… Read More

For Administrators

Moving On From The Classroom: Advice for the First-Year Administrator

By The Room 241 TeamFebruary 1, 2018

Kudos on your decision to become a building-level administrator! A host of exciting opportunities and challenges lie ahead. In your first year as an administrator, you will help to create a positive school community and culture that seeks to provide top-notch learning experiences for students. It takes a dedicated, committed person to be a genuine… Read More

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The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.

By Jennifer L.M. GunnNovember 3, 2017

One of the most popular online MEd programs at Concordia is the Curriculum & Instruction degree with a concentration in STEAM—and we’re not surprised. As STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech, engineering, and math. In fact,… Read More

Our Programs

Introducing Concordia’s New Concentration: Trauma & Resilience in Educational Settings

By Concordia's Enrollment TeamJanuary 10, 2018

One of your students has started acting out in class. Another is suddenly reserved. You’re observing these changes in their behavior and academic performance, but you can’t figure out why. Among the many possible explanations? Trauma. Perhaps they’re dealing with a traumatic event outside of your classroom walls—like their parents getting divorced, a parent going… Read More

Featured Cavalier

“I Knew My Heart Had Found A Home”: Q&A with Music Teacher Andrew Holtz, MEd ’17

By Kara WymanJanuary 27, 2018

Music teachers can bring so much joy to students’ lives, but to effectively teach it, one must be passionate, dedicated, and highly skilled. Enter Andrew Holtz—a 6th-12th grade instrumental and 9th-12th grade vocal teacher from Saugatuck, Michigan, and the latest alum in our Featured Cavalier series; Andrew earned his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Leadership… Read More