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Why Faubion’s Support System for Students is the Example to Follow

By Julie Smith, PhDAugust 15, 2018

As educators, we know all too well the challenges our students bring into the classroom every day. Homelessness, poverty, health issues, bullying, child abuse and neglect — these are just some of the issues that many students and educators must face on a daily basis. A plethora of research exists showing the link between these… Read More

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Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By Room 241 TeamAugust 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More

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Changing How Our Education System Treats Students of Color: Q&A with Melissa Schachner, MEd ’12

By Kara Wyman, MEdAugust 13, 2018

Working to address the achievement gap and meet students’ needs are the types of challenges that administrators and teachers face on a daily basis. Melissa Schachner approaches these challenges, and many others, with passion and determination. Schachner is a principal at Bridger School in the Portland Public School District and she is one of our… Read More

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The Teacher Effect: How Teachers Can Impact Education Policies and Initiatives

By Mary Jane Pearson, PhDAugust 10, 2018

It has been known for decades that teachers can have a profound effect on the students they teach. Education policies can make a significant difference in a teacher’s work, which in turn affects their students. When expert teachers are actively engaged in the development of education policy and initiatives, achieving the intended outcomes and avoiding… Read More

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Back-to-School Icebreakers for Every Grade

By Room 241 TeamAugust 3, 2018

Tired of the name game and classroom bingo? Here are some awesome classroom icebreakers sure to get your students excited about each other, and their new class! Elementary school activities Deserted Island Share-Out Seat students in a circle. Tell the class to imagine that they’re stuck on a deserted island. To make it visual, project… Read More


Self-Care: Getting Mentally Prepared for a New School Year

By Room 241 TeamAugust 3, 2018

Entering a new school year can be stressful and daunting. The long summer days are winding down and back-to-school anxiety starts to creep in. But with a little mindfulness and intention — and some great advice from Concordia University-Portland Cavaliers — you can start off the new school year right! The power of intention “Our… Read More

For Teachers

8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom

By Nicole Mace, MEdAugust 7, 2018

We’ve all seen the black and white images of the one-room schoolhouse. Students sit in perfect rows that face a teacher who’s writing on a chalkboard. Up until the last decade, our classrooms haven’t drastically differed from those 100-year-old images. We are so fortunate to be living and teaching in a time of rapid educational… Read More