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“The Teaching Moment That Changed My Practice”

By Concordia Faculty February 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

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

Meet the Faculty: Sarah Elliott, Adjunct Professor for STEAM

By The Room 241 Team December 15, 2017

Wrapping up our week of faculty Q&As, we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Elliott, EdD. With a passion for STEAM and a love for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, Sarah is an adjunct faculty member you’d virtually meet in Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM program. Read on! What led to your calling… Read More

Prospective EdD candidates, there’s no question that you’ll be captivated by Angela Owusu-Ansah should you enroll in our Doctorate of Education program. An expert on intercultural competence, program assessment, and quantitative research methods, Angela has a wealth of teaching experience, including work in the U.S. and abroad. You may have already read about her on… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Julie Owens, Associate Professor

By The Room 241 Team December 13, 2017

If you’ve been eyeing Concordia’s online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education program, you may come across the faculty member in today’s Q&A. Meet Julie Owens, an associate professor with Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education. A quick background A Pacific Northwest native and Concordia alumna, Julie earned a BA in early childhood elementary/elementary education… Read More

In addition to reading about your potential professors, you’ll also be hearing from our on-campus professors—because even though you may not sit in their course, they have so much to share, so many insights on the field of education, and such an admiration for every Concordia student. So for today’s faculty Q&A, we spoke with Stephanie… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Alisa Bates, Assistant Dean

By The Room 241 Team December 11, 2017

Here on the Room 241 blog, we always welcome educators outside of Concordia’s community who value the idea of public scholarship and want to contribute their insights and ideas. But we also think it’s important to highlight the faculty members at Concordia. Should you choose to apply to any of our online MEd or EdD… Read More

Q&A with Concordia MEd Graduate: Jessica Wambeke ‘15

By Kara Wyman November 28, 2017

As a resource teacher in Iowa, Jessica Wambeke helps elementary school students who have many different needs and learning styles. With a B.S. in education and a master’s in special education, she is passionate about supporting students in every possible way, creating inclusive learning environments, and learning more herself each day. For these reasons and… Read More

Inclusive Education: What It Means, Proven Strategies, and a Case Study

By Dr. Lilla Dale McManis November 20, 2017

Considering the potential of inclusive education at your school, or, perhaps, are you currently working in an inclusive classroom and looking for effective strategies? Lean in to this deep-dive article on inclusive education to gather a solid understanding of what it means, what the research shows, and proven strategies that bring out the benefits for… Read More

Often on this blog you’ll see Q&As with our alumni—educators we are proud to recognize and fortunate to catch up with. We call them our Featured Cavaliers. If you’re reading this as a prospective student, you may be interested in learning about their experiences with Concordia. And if you’re a fellow Cavalier, we hope you… Read More

A few years ago, I was working at a middle school as an arts integration teacher. My charge was to promote the benefits of STEAM projects and incorporate the arts into classes you normally wouldn’t find them. As someone who has been writing and speaking on the topic for years, it’s a role I truly enjoyed—but… Read More

Teaching a student to read and helping them succeed looks easy in the movies. There’s a struggling student, a montage where the teacher helps the student, and then miraculously that student can read and they’re successful in every way. As educators, we know that so much more goes into literacy and how exactly we help… Read More

Q&A with MEd Graduate: Anita Green ’15

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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… Read More

Concordia Professor Angela Owusu-Ansah on ‘Intercultural Competence’

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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… Read More

Live a Balanced Life While Thriving In Your Graduate Program

By Denise Dempsey, Concordia MEd '16 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… Read More