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Top Five Takeaways: Trauma-Informed Transformations in Education

By Madeline Turnock December 4, 2017

Schools and classrooms are the heartbeat of our communities—at the intersection of learning and of life’s challenges. These challenges and high levels of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are a daily reality; and how schools and educators adapt and respond with a trauma-informed approach is critical to learning outcomes. To acknowledge and address these present challenges… Read More

November 2017 Monthly Roundup For Educators

By The Room 241 Team November 30, 2017

It’s arguably one of the busiest times of the year—you’re preparing your students for holiday break, which means tests, grading, projects, and more grading. How do you keep up with the news? We’re here to help. Here are a few noteworthy articles published during November. Whether it’s during your free period, your morning coffee, or before… Read More

There are a ton of education conference options each year and most of them aren’t cheap. Ticket prices, travel costs, and taking time away from work all make choosing the absolute best conference a must—because despite the logistics, conferences can be so useful (even life-changing) for educators. Here are some of our favorite conferences for… Read More

How to Celebrate American Education Week in Your School Community

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 13, 2017

With dedicated teachers, administrators, and other school staff, public schools are there every day for every student, preparing tomorrow’s leaders. That’s why, during November, we celebrate public schools during American Education Week. Take part in this national event with a few celebration ideas below, and share online using the hashtag #PublicSchoolsForAll and #AEW2017. Monday, Nov…. Read More

October 2017 Monthly Round-Up for Educators

By The Room 241 Team October 31, 2017

It’s hard to keep up with the latest headlines, insights, and ideas when you already have a lot going on—especially in the height of fall, when teachers are in the thick of the school year. So we compiled a list of a few recent stories that we think educators should read. Whether it’s your free… Read More

An Open Letter to Teachers Everywhere on World Teachers' Day

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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… Read More

September 2017 Monthly Round-Up for Educators

By The Room 241 Team 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… Read More

August 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

By The Room 241 Team 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…. Read More

July 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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,… Read More

Enter to Win: Online Arts Integration & STEAM Conference Tickets Up For Grabs

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team July 10, 2017

You know the whole STEM to STEAM movement? We’re completely on board. For students to be prepared for the ever-evolving job market and the needs of society tomorrow (and the day after that, and the day after that), STEM initiatives that immerse them in science, technology, engineering, and math are crucial. But so is layering in… Read More

June 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team June 30, 2017

As educators, we know it’s critical to stay up-to-date with current events and trending topics for our classrooms. But with so many different resources out there (and not a lot of time), it’s hard to keep up! So, welcome to your monthly article roundup, where we’ll compile a few articles from the past month that you may… Read More

AHA! helps teens learn “peace-building” techniques to help end violence in schools. Founded in 1999 shortly after the Columbine school tragedy, AHA! (short for Attitude, Harmony and Achievement) is a volunteer-driven non-profit that provides compassion training to teenagers in Santa Barbara, California. “Research is conclusive that compassion training and social emotional learning programs assist children… Read More

What kids eat at school is getting a lot more scrutiny these days. Schools often (though not always) serve the cheapest, most heavily processed meals. Since the controversy about “pink slime” in the meat served in school lunches a few years ago, many parents have grown increasingly worried about school food quality. That’s the backdrop… Read More

Many urban school districts have adopted a portfolio approach that allows open enrollment to foster free-market competition between neighborhood schools and specialized charter schools. A leader in urban school reform, Denver Public Schools has worked hard to expand charter school offerings in hopes that their investment will yield positive results in student performance. 18 percent of… Read More

After listening to an NPR report on a Boston homeless shelter run by Harvard and Cambridge students, Villanova University Professor Stephanie Sena was inspired to found the Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP). The non-profit organization provides emergency housing for people experiencing homelessness. The shelter is staffed by college students whose service learning experience… Read More