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  • Instructional Rounds: Not Just for Administrators

    Posted October 11, 2017

    Ever wonder what’s happening in the classroom across the hall? Besides overhearing some Staff Lounge chatter or taking a cursory glance from the hallway while passing by, teaching can often happen in isolation, and we don’t always know what’s really going on in classrooms beyond our own. Why instructional rounds? Teachers get observed and evaluated…

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  • An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere on World Teachers’ Day

    Posted October 5, 2017

    Dear teachers everywhere, You have the most exciting, fulfilling, exhausting, overwhelming, incredible job that exists today. That’s a bold statement, yes. But you do. When you’re in the classroom, you put everything going on in your own life on hold so that you can be present, so that you can nurture the minds and hearts…

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  • September 2017 Monthly Round-Up for Educators

    Posted September 30, 2017

    From a quick nod to Banned Books Week to a deep dive on the expansion of A.P. tests, below you’ll find an array of articles published this past month regarding education for you to skim during your free period. DeVos urges superintendents to give principals more control over schools (Education Dive) At this year’s Principal…

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  • What Graduate Students Can Expect Studying Abroad with Concordia University-Portland

    Posted September 25, 2017

    One of the top reasons Concordia’s online students choose to study virtually is because they’re holding full-time jobs; balancing a career, lifestyle, and graduate program is much easier when you can log in to class at any time of day. But what about opportunities to study outside the country? As an online student, you can…

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  • How Teachers Feel About Punctuation (In Gifs)

    Posted September 24, 2017

    In honor of National Punctuation Day, spend a minute relating with other educators and have a laugh over these oh-so-common punctuation situations you’ve no doubt experienced. When a student turns in a paper full of appropriately used commas: When you read a news article online and they used its instead of it’s: When your colleague…

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  • “The Biggest Lesson a Teacher Ever Taught Me…”

    Posted September 22, 2017

    Among the many reasons why all of us on Concordia’s enrollment team do what we do, there’s this: we respect teachers. We know that the countless lessons they impart throughout their careers don’t fade over time, but instead can grow stronger and more meaningful as life goes on. Of course, as the days fly by,…

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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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  • August 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted August 31, 2017

    It’s the end of the month, which can only mean one thing—your monthly article round-up! With another new school year upon us, we figure you’re probably a bit preoccupied getting things in order. So we compiled some of the most interesting stories and classroom advice from around the news circuit this August. Take a look….

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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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