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Our featured stories are an amalgamation of all things education—you’ll find articles on trends and challenges facing present-day educators, as well as resources that help educators successfully navigate through any demanding environment.

  • Virtual Applause Part 2: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

    Posted October 17, 2017

    Small gestures, words of encouragement, and moments of connection make a difference in the classroom. In this blog series, Virtual Applause, we recognize teachers across the country who make an impact by developing innovative curricula, thoughtfully engaging with their students, and finding opportunities to connect education to the world outside the classroom. Every state and…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • July 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted 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,…

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  • 8 Scholarships To Help Fund Your MEd or EdD

    Posted July 26, 2017

    If you’re eager to advance in the field of education but lack the financial means to do so, scholarships can be a huge help. Below are a list of scholarships not affiliated with Concordia that we think prospective MEd and EdD students will find interesting. A few things to note: some of them you can apply to…

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  • The Benefits of Teaching STEAM Lessons

    Posted July 21, 2017

    There’s been a big push for incorporating lessons and activities that use STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. But how exactly do these multilayered projects help students? Here are some of the specific ways in which students can benefit from STEAM in the classroom. Exposes students to the creative process: When students engage in…

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  • What It’s Like to Transition From Teacher to Administrator

    Posted July 17, 2017

    School administrators often wear multiple hats just like teachers do, but what is it really like to go from being a classroom teacher to an administrator? Meet Sharon Langley and Whitney Meyer, two administrators who know exactly what this journey entails. They graciously agreed to share their thoughts, experiences, and advice with us.   Whitney…

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  • 10 Twitter Accounts Every Teacher Should Follow

    Posted July 12, 2017

    Without question, Twitter has become a hotspot for education-related tips, tricks, and talks. Just search any of the hashtags #EdTalks, #EdChat, or even #TeacherProblems and you’re instantly connected to a network of passionate educators sharing their experiences and insights into the education world. From nonprofits to everyday teachers, here are a few accounts we like to follow….

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

    Posted 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…

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  • Sowing the Seeds: Using Plants to Keep Kids Learning Over the Summer

    Posted July 3, 2017

    Summer is a perfect time for students to engage with the physical world and, quite literally, get their hands dirty as they learn. This is especially true because so many families grow gardens full of herbs, vegetables, fruit, and flowers in the summer. Growing things over the summer gives kids practical skills and helps them…

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  • June 2017 Monthly Round-Up For Educators

    Posted 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…

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  • 5 Children’s Books That Teach Empathy

    Posted June 29, 2017

    Literature can help children learn to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and developing empathy for characters can help them understand people better. Students, staff, and alumni of Concordia University-Portland weighed in on this topic, and came up with five highly recommended children’s books that teach empathy in creative ways. 1. Horton Hatches The…

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  • 7 Reactions to ’13 Reasons Why’

    Posted June 28, 2017

    Earlier this year, Netflix released a new series based on a bestselling 2007 YA novel by Jay Asher—and it’s got people talking, a lot. From start to finish, 13 Reasons Why tells the story of Hannah Baker, a high school student who deals with everything from bullying to assault, and ultimately decides (we learn in episode one)…

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