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Teacher Recognition

How to Thank a Teacher (When You’re a Teacher, Too)

By The Room 241 Team November 23, 2017

November is the perfect time to say thanks, but it’s more than gathering around a table with your family and loved ones. Think about the teachers in your life—the ones educating tomorrow’s leaders, inspiring everyone around them, and being there for their students 25 hours a day, 8 days a week, and 366 days a… Read More

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

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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… 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

"The Biggest Lesson a Teacher Ever Taught Me…"

By The Room 241 Team 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,… Read More

Virtual Applause: These 5 Teachers Are Making a Difference

By The Concordia University-Portland Enrollment Team 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… Read More

One Teacher's Drive to Help Schools Connect Kids with Nature

By Erin Flynn Jay January 24, 2017

Leah McDermott, MEd, contends that children are spending less time in the outdoors or in the arts (music, art, band, etc.) because schools are devoting more time to test prep. She wants that to change. “Despite everything we know about the amazing benefits of children spending time outdoors in free, physical play every day, the… Read More

Danielle Lindner was a full-time working mom with two children who needed care during the day. She had little trouble finding safe, nurturing places, but she wasn’t finding programs that shared her educational priorities for her children. An author of several children’s books and a veteran preschool/elementary school teacher, Lindner wanted a preK program that… Read More

Why do you teach? Poet William Butler Yeats remarked, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” Truer words were never spoken. For many students, a passion for education is often ignited by an inspiring teacher. Teachers are dedicated, to say the least. They work long hours, spend their… Read More

By Pamela Moreland By all accounts, Renee Citlau is a “teacher’s teacher.” She has 16 years of classroom experience. She has been a mentor teacher to other teachers. She doesn’t shy away from working with disenfranchised students. And for the last six years, Citlau has been doing this, and more, online. Citlau’s achievement is one… Read More

Two teach special-needs children. The other teaches reading at a tough urban middle school. All have been recognized for their classroom efforts. Each one of them shares a love for learning and teaching. The three teachers you will meet below are examples of why the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, celebrates National… Read More

The Educational Life of W.E.B. Du Bois

By Room 241 Team February 19, 2013

By Marcus A. Hennessy, CEA (ret.) “Children learn more from what you are than what you teach.” –W.E.B. Du Bois Intellectual. Author. Teacher. Civil rights advocate. Socialist. William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, better known as W.E.B. Du Bois (pronounced Do-Boyce), was all of these things and more. Descended from a Dutch colonial slave and a… Read More