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Leadership Your Way

By The Room 241 Team December 29, 2018

Looking for some fresh ideas to take your leadership to the next level? We’ve got you covered. Here are some new ideas to maximize your network, advance as a leader, and reinvigorate your teaching practice. Build your social network Chatting with other teachers on social media lets you trade leadership strategies, swap survival tips, and… Read More

What Equity Really Means in Schools

By Jennifer Gunn December 28, 2018

Equity and equality are two different concepts that are often used interchangeably. Many people think that equity in education means everyone getting the same thing, but it actually means that everyone gets access to what they need. So how can we work to truly narrow the gaps and improve student learning? Let’s take a closer… Read More

Creating a Culture of Wellness at Your School

By Tara Saucier, PhD, RN December 14, 2018

Wellness is often emphasized in educational settings, but there’s more to it than promoting good health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), students who are healthy are better learners, and academic achievement creates a lifetime of benefits. Recognizing the benefits of wellness According to Action for Healthy Kids, children who attend schools… Read More

Exploring Tinkergarten’s Learning Model

By Jennifer Gunn December 10, 2018

The outdoor education movement gets children outside to experience hands-on learning in nature. Some organizations are taking this approach to the next level. One innovative example is Tinkergarten, which offers outdoor classes and activities that incorporate play-based learning. Available to children and families in 47 states, Tinkergarten’s activities are designed to “help kids develop a host of important capabilities, including empathy,… Read More

Sometimes we realize what we’re meant to do later in life, and engaging in purpose-driven work often motivates us to achieve more than we thought possible. Tina Wilson, a special education teacher from South Carolina, became an educator after getting married and having children, and that was just her beginning. She continued to advance her… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Maureen Morasch, Graduate Writing Center Chair

By The Room 241 Team December 8, 2018

Many doctoral candidates worry about the dissertation process, but Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program provides a wealth of support and resources to set you up for success. One shining example is Graduate Writing Center Chair Maureen Morasch, MLIS. We reached out to Morasch to find out more about her background and expertise, the type of support she provides,… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Mark Jimenez, Doctoral Faculty Chair

By The Room 241 Team December 7, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program is full of experts who are eager to help education professionals become transformational leaders and change-makers. Mark Jimenez, EdD is one of Concordia’s doctoral chairs who is passionate about serving as a mentor and guide during the dissertation process. Read on to find out about Jimenez’s mentorship style, his advice for… Read More

When it comes to being a leader in education, Shana Burres is one to watch — and we aren’t just saying that because she’s one of our own. Sure, Burres is a recent graduate of Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Educational Leadership program, but she’s also the Executive Director of DASH Kids, an adjunct professor for Northwest University, and an… Read More

Emerging Technologies in Higher Education: A Case for Putting Learning First

By Patrick Garrett York, MFA October 25, 2018

There are few things that evoke a sense of wonder — the type abundant in childhood and precious to adults — like pulling plastic wrap off a glimmering new phone. With the push of a single button, the screen to comes to life, glowing with possibility. How many hours in my day will I win back… Read More

Education Conferences in 2019 That You Should Consider Attending

By The Room 241 Team September 20, 2018

There are a ton of education conference options each year and most of them aren’t cheap. Ticket prices, travel costs, and taking time away from work all make choosing the absolute best conference a must—because despite the logistics, conferences can be so useful (even life-changing) for educators. Here’s a list of upcoming education-focused conferences in… Read More

Unpacking Authority and Implicit Bias in Schools

By The Room 241 Team September 10, 2018

The concepts of compliance and authority are firmly rooted in many of our nation’s schools and classrooms. These precepts still ping around our learning institutions, driven by implicit bias and preserving a profound disconnect between students and learning. Teachers hold the key to unpacking authority and bias in classrooms to truly transform the learning experiences… Read More

Transformational Leadership in Schools

By Jennifer Gunn September 6, 2018

A new school year is a fresh opportunity to revisit, reconnect, and reimagine your school’s mission and vision. It’s the perfect time to open up your leadership practice and share the work with your team to truly and sustainably make a change. Hear from the leading experts on school leadership to learn how to become… Read More

It has been known for decades that teachers can have a profound effect on the students they teach. Education policies can make a significant difference in a teacher’s work, which in turn affects their students. When expert teachers are actively engaged in the development of education policy and initiatives, achieving the intended outcomes and avoiding… Read More

Earning Your EdD: Our Top 12 FAQs

By The Room 241 Team August 9, 2018

If you’re interested in pursuing your EdD or are already enrolled, you may be curious (or nervous) about the dissertation process, or other aspects of Concordia’s program. To give you clarity, advice, or that boost of inspiration you’re looking for, we asked our EdD students and alums your top twelve frequently asked questions. Read on to… Read More

School and Community Partnerships: Concordia Course Spotlight

By The Room 241 Team July 27, 2018

If you’re interested in Concordia University-Portland’s MEd in Educational Leadership, here’s a closer look at one of the courses from this program: EDGR 620 – School and Community Partnerships. We spoke with adjunct instructor Jeanne Smith, EdD, and discovered more about the course and how it can help educational leaders advance their practice. What’s the goal… Read More