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Fuel for Learning: The Latest Theories on Brain Food

By Caitrin Blake May 6, 2015

Mothers have been trying to convince children of this for years: You are what you eat. Although kids eventually figure out they won’t become candy bars by eating them, research has found a strong correlation between the amount of nutrition we receive and how well we are able to perform. Just as professional athletes are… Read More

Content Curation: Tools and Strategies for Teachers

By Monica Fuglei April 15, 2015

“Content curation” is hip terminology in the marketing world. Businesses routinely develop and refine perceptions of their brand on social media through the information they choose to share with specific audiences. Curating content is an essential skill to share with students. With broad and easy access to information, seeing and practicing content curation can help… Read More

Last October in Colorado, Jefferson County student protests brought national attention to their school board’s decision to assess the College Board’s Advanced Placement United States History (APUSH) curriculum to ensure that it would “present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.” Conservative school boards and politicians increasingly oppose AP U.S. History curriculum Nicknamed… Read More

Mental Fitness, Inc. is a non-profit company dedicated to improving and sustaining mental, emotional and physical health for students from all backgrounds. According to founder and CEO Robyn Hussa Farrell, the organization has a unique approach to mental health issues that affect students. “There are many [programs] that assist in intervention, but not in primary,… Read More

For almost two weeks, students in Colorado’s Jefferson County school district — often shortened to Jeffco — engaged in acts of civil disobedience. Some walked out of class; others rallied before or after school, holding signs saying “Don’t Make History a Mystery” and “Protest IS Patriotism.” The protesters were angry about the JeffCo school board’s proposed committee… Read More

What Is the Future of Teacher Tenure in the United States?

By Monica Fuglei August 27, 2014

Teacher tenure, the concept of earned job protections, emerged in the early 1900s to protect teachers from arbitrary firings based on race, pregnancy, politics or other factors. In many states, it can be earned in two to five years and, once established, creates a system of due process that protects teachers from at-will firings. Teacher… Read More

  The headlines have spoken: According to new data from the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), American teachers have some of the longest work weeks, highest student poverty rates, least guidance, and lowest collaborative work time among their international peers. While this may seem depressing, the TALIS reveals where U.S. education policy must improve. Examining… Read More

Concordia Portland's 2014 Grads Attend Samoa Ceremony

By The Room 241 Team May 28, 2014

The next generation of transformative educational leaders was honored on American Samoa in May 2014. Before an on-site audience of 400 and a live television audience, 35 teachers in American Samoa received their master’s degrees in education from Concordia University-Portland. The ceremony, at Lee Auditorium in Pago Pago, American Samoa, kicked off with an invocation… Read More

Will the SAT and ACT Become Obsolete?

By Monica Fuglei April 16, 2014

It’s standardized testing time, and while students at every level are taking some sort of exam, high school juniors and seniors are anxiously taking, retaking, or awaiting their results from the ACT or SAT. While these tests aren’t usually required for graduation, they are often necessary for college admissions. Historically, SAT and ACT scores have… Read More

Students and scientists flocked to the nation’s capital for the first annual White House Student Film Festival on Feb. 28, 2014. Last November, the White House asked students to describe technology’s role in their learning experience and how education will change as a result of access to technology. The response was overwhelming, with more than… Read More

By Monica Fuglei The rollout of Common Core has everyone atwitter about the long-term payoff of education quality. At the same time, colleges desire a diverse student body that includes students from underserved areas and populations. However, even high-performing high school students tend to struggle as college freshman if they attended K-12 schools whose lack… Read More

The 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress scores are in, and according to the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA), there are some important findings in several urban districts across the United States. While a few districts evidenced score declines, a significant number of urban districts showed significant gains. NAEP data: Statistically significant educational gains in… Read More

by Monica Fuglei Every three years since 2000, American 15-year-olds join students around the world in taking the PISA, or Programme for International Student Assessment. This test measures skills in reading, science, and math and allows for international comparisons of student learning and ability. Considered a fairly good measure of critical thinking, this test provides… Read More

by Monica Fuglei  Beep beep beep beep. Thud. Silence.  Beep beep beep. Parents across the world are familiar with the sound and may even be unwilling participants in the struggle to wake their children for high school. Teens everywhere press the snooze buttons on their alarms, cover their heads with their pillows, and ignore the… Read More

Concordia University-Portland Online Master of Education graduate Oliver Okumba Arigi, arrived on the Portland, Oregon, campus for the first time with his wife and daughter. They had traveled from Milton, New Hampshire, for a weekend of commencement activities. Los Angeles-area resident Evelyn Javelosa, who earned an online MEd in Education Leadership, told everyone that she… Read More