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Talking With Darcy Hill, Master's in Teacher Leadership

By Room 241 Team July 16, 2013

Darcy Hill has been teaching since 1981 in a variety of settings, but always with a strong twist of creative and performing arts woven through the curriculum. For the last 20 years, she has taught Creative Drama at a Lutheran Elementary School in Rockford, Illinois. Her MEd in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Teacher… 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

Congratulations to Vanessa Freed, the 2013 recipient of the Dr. Karl Smith Transformative Educator Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each February to a candidate with: Proven academic ability A written response to the following question: How will the degree you earn support the transformation of education in the work that you do? The scholarship commemorates… Read More

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we looked at definitions of “the achievement gap” in K-12 student performance, surveyed some causes of the problem and discovered some proactive approaches to narrowing the gap. Now let’s hear from an expert in reading education who talks about how Concordia University-Portland’s Master of Education curriculum trains… Read More

Cohort. What a funny way to say classmates, colleagues, friends and professors. But that’s what we call our groups in Concordia University-Portland’s online Master of Education Program. As I progressed through the MEd Program at Concordia Portland, one of the best aspects of the program was the use of cohort learning and collaboration.  There are… Read More

Who Inspired You to Become a Teacher?

By Room 241 Team December 24, 2012

Unforgettable teachers inspire in many ways. They can make an average student become an overachiever. They can make a gifted student push beyond even the highest expectations. An inspiring teacher can launch a lifelong interest in history, science, literature and sports. Perhaps one of the greatest achievements a teacher can do is inspire someone in the next generation to… Read More

Trying & Striving Through Education

By Room 241 Team December 21, 2012

Getting what you want takes determination and grit in the face of obstacles. Viola Hayes knows all about that. The 54-year-old grandmother turned to education to face down generational poverty. She’s raising three grandchildren. She fought breast cancer. She earned her master’s in curriculum instruction through Concordia University-Portland’s online offerings. She did all of that at the same… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: J. Nicole Greer

By Room 241 Team November 16, 2012

Congratulations to J. Nicole Greer, one of our recent recipients of our MEd Scholarship! Nicole has been enrolled in our online Master of Education program since March, 2012. Name: J. Nicole Greer Hometown: Jackson, Tennessee Major: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading What inspired you to pursue your master’s at Concordia University-Portland? As… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Rosanna Quintana

By Room 241 Team November 15, 2012

Congratulations to Rosanna Quintana! Rosanna earned a spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her fun yet insightful essay, “My students taught me this,” is a good reminder of why teaching is one of the most fulfilling careers any professional could seek. There’s little doubt that the words, “It’s in my best interest… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Samantha Wilkinson

By Room 241 Team November 14, 2012

Congratulations to Samantha Wilkinson! After applying to the university and writing an essay on the theme of “My students taught me this,” Samantha earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her touching essay about the inspiration she finds from her special education students is heart-warming. “They have taught me perseverance, and… Read More

Teaching reading, that building block of learning, can be difficult. But educators who come in with a strategic plan, an ability to gauge a student’s reading level and exposure to real-life solutions can have a leg up, said Monica Nagy, a professor in Concordia University-Portland’s online Master of Education program. Nagy is principal at Windmill… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Debbie Sulzberger

By Room 241 Team November 8, 2012

Congratulations to Debbie Sulzberger! Debbie earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her touching essay demonstrates the impact a teacher can make on a student’s life by spending quality time. “At the end of the year, Bill came in, and told me that was the first time anyone had taken the… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Cynthia Butler

By Room 241 Team November 7, 2012

Congratulations to Cynthia Butler! After applying to the university and writing an essay on the theme of “My students taught me this,” Cynthia earned her spot as one of our very first scholarship recipients. Her essay about compassion and patience in the face of adversity is a shining example of life lessons in the classroom… Read More

Educational research plays a major role in Concordia University-Portland’s Master of Education online degree program. The first step in learning and implementing research techniques is the successful completion of the Educational Research class. This course shows students how to understand and evaluate the research of others, and to conduct their own research with a minimum… Read More

Scholarship Recipient Spotlight: Eric Grebing

By Room 241 Team October 29, 2012

Congratulations to Eric Grebing! Eric is an awardee of Concordia University-Portland’s full ride scholarship and began our online Master of Education program in February 2012. Name: Eric Grebing Hometown: Eastern North Carolina Program: Master of Education in Educational Leadership What inspired you to pursue your master’s degree at Concordia Portland? I decided to pursue a… Read More