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5 Distinctive Reasons to Choose Concordia’s STEAM Concentration

By Sarah Elliott, EdD January 17, 2018

When you whip up a concoction of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, the results can be utterly powerful. Through STEAM projects, students learn creativity, innovation, practical knowledge, and blue-sky thinking. They seek answers, solve problems, and gain a collection of skills coveted by 21st-century employers. Without question, STEAM is where it’s at. And a… Read More

One of your students has started acting out in class. Another is suddenly reserved. You’re observing these changes in their behavior and academic performance, but you can’t figure out why. Among the many possible explanations? Trauma. Perhaps they’re dealing with a traumatic event outside of your classroom walls—like their parents getting divorced, a parent going… Read More

Although every prospective Doctorate of Education candidate has their own personal and professional reasons for advancing their career, and while they hail from a variety of different workplace settings—schools, hospitals, nonprofits—for the most part, it’s safe to say that most share something very special in common: they’re eager to lead. Is it your turn now to… Read More

The Evolution of STEM and STEAM in the U.S.

By Jennifer L.M. Gunn November 3, 2017

One of the most popular online MEd programs at Concordia is the Curriculum & Instruction degree with a concentration in STEAM—and we’re not surprised. As STEAM continues to gain momentum in our country, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that many schools value the arts just as much as they do science, tech, engineering, and math. In fact,… Read More

You Know You’re An Early Childhood Educator When…

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

One of the best parts of connecting with other educators in the same field as you is sharing inside jokes, stories, and daily occurrences you can all relate to. And when that field is early childhood education, those moments can get pretty hilarious. Here are some signs you’re a true-blue, tried-and-tested early childhood educator. You… Read More

A Typical Week for a Concordia Online MEd Student

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team October 20, 2017

There’s no doubt that earning a master’s degree takes dedication and time management. Teachers ask us all the time, “How do I balance getting a master’s while working 40-plus hours a week?” “How long will it take?” and “What are the expectations?” So we put together this infographic that details a typical week for a… Read More

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… Read More

3 to PhD: Concordia’s Revolutionary Education Model

By The Room 241 Team 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… Read More

President Barack Obama’s Educate to Innovate program prioritizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With a sharp focus on 21st-century skill sets, the program aims to expand STEM access to all students. Though many business leaders agree that workplace diversity is crucial to innovation, recent data shows that  STEM industries have a long way to… Read More

Over the next 40 years, the Pew Research Center projects that more than 80 percent of the population growth in the United States will be due to an increase in immigration. By 2050, nearly one in five Americans will be foreign-born. For today’s classroom teacher, this data confirms the new paradigm that has been shifting… Read More