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K103 and Concordia University-Portland honor outstanding educators

K103 Honor Roll Powered by Concordia University-Portland

By The Room 241 Team December 7, 2018

Concordia University-Portland loves celebrating excellent educators, which is why we’ve teamed up with Portland radio station K103 to create the K103 Honor Roll. This recognition program honors a local educator on the radio and at their school. One honored educator is selected each month during the school year, and each recipient is awarded: A $2,800 Concordia University… Read More

How to Break the Cycle of Student Misbehavior

By Kathryn Picano Morton, EdS, NCSP December 5, 2018

Getting a child to behave when expected can be quite a challenging task. When a student engages in misbehavior, that child is often attempting to get a response from the adult. Reacting to challenging behaviors negatively – yelling, using corporal punishment, removing the child from the setting, enforcing “timeouts,”– tends to exacerbate the issue. It… 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

The Impact of Income on Student Success and What We Can Do About It

By Mary Jane Pearson, PhD October 30, 2018

The American Dream depends upon the belief that, regardless of your background, if you work hard enough you can achieve your goals. But extensive research has shown that income does impact student success. As educators, what can we do about this national issue? Read on to find out how one Portland school addressed the challenge. Research on… Read More

Leading Difficult Staff Conversations About Race

By The Room 241 Team September 26, 2018

Talking about race and its effect on academic achievement and teacher practice is one of the most intimidating and difficult conversations today. However, in order to truly disrupt inequity and provide the very best learning environment for out students, it is imperative that we unpack the intrinsic behaviors, deep beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors that harm… Read More

Proof that Teachers’ Donation Dreams Can Come True

By Nicole Mace, MEd September 25, 2018

Sometimes as teachers we feel alone when trying to find ways to give students everything they need and deserve. After all, we are but one passionate person to many young minds. While we all wish a lack of resources and supplies wasn’t an ongoing issue, we can at least ask for donations from parents and… Read More

Re-imagining What School Looks Like

By Jennifer Gunn September 24, 2018

A growing number of schools are changing the education game by experimenting with new ideas, innovating and redesigning the ways in which students learn, what they learn, and how they demonstrate that learning. Let’s take a look at a few of these schools and consider ideas from education experts. Education is about growing, and how… Read More

When financial struggles and grief overwhelm us, it is easy to give up on educational pursuits. There are definitely times when it’s important to pause and focus on self-care, but to then continue working toward a master’s degree and later a doctorate, takes a highly motivated, resilient individual. Meet Cindi Y. Quarles, a Tennessee-based educator… Read More

While it’s fun to see photos of kids on their first day of school, let’s not forget that it’s also another first day for our dedicated teachers and staff members. Your years of service should be celebrated! Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education set out to do that through a social media campaign, and we’re happy… 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

As a first generation college student, Casmore learned at an early age how important and valuable it was to obtain a quality education. Read on to discover how he’s instilled those same values in his homeless students, and how earning his MEd has better equipped him to help them complete their degrees. How important was… Read More

Almost a decade ago, on the first day of my first year teaching, I sat and stared at a circle of high school students. On my desk was a lesson plan that I’d spent weeks preparing. I’d decorated my classroom to perfection. It was a veritable Pinterest board of beauty and inspiration. I’d carefully arranged… Read More

As a venture capitalist for 25 years, Ted Dintersmith saw how education wasn’t changing as fast as the job market. He noticed that highly educated people in business lacked skills and qualities like flexibility, creativity, and collaboration. Upon retirement from the corporate world, he made education advocacy and philanthropy his mission. Looking to the future,… Read More

Powerful Resources for Teaching Through Trauma or Tragedy

By The Room 241 Team May 23, 2018

School shootings. Tornadoes. Floods. Neighborhood violence. Abuse. It’s estimated that 26% of our nation’s children will witness or experience a traumatic event before they turn four (1). When students face trauma and tragedy, educators need practical resources to facilitate difficult discussions and support their learning communities. Here are some powerful resources for teaching and counseling… Read More

Teaching new educators the importance of compassion beyond academics is key to Rachael Hoffert’s approach. Because of her experiences with English language learning students, she teaches that the emotional security that teachers can provide is just as important as reading and writing skills. What inspired you to work in education? I see working in education… Read More