Professional Development

Academic Dean: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team January 17, 2020

Academic deans typically head up specific departments or colleges within a large university. They’re responsible for overseeing all academic and administrative operations within their sector, including recruiting and hiring faculty, managing the budget, and developing curricula. Essentially, the academic dean is responsible for the department’s overall academic performance. If becoming an academic dean is part… Read More

Time Worksheet for Your EdD Program

By The Room 241 Team January 13, 2020

Earning your doctorate of education can be a life-changing experience, in more ways than one. Taking control of your educational requirements and planning your time effectively is an important step for your next three years. Take the time to manage your doctoral studies by following some simple time management and scheduling steps.  Take a look… Read More

EdD vs. DNP: Choosing the Right Doctoral Program for You

By The Room 241 Team January 10, 2020

An EdD is designed for those who desire to be leaders in changing education and preparing for leadership and administrative roles. A DNP focuses on preparing advanced practice nurses to become independent providers and direct and indirect clinical practitioners. A terminal degree can often open doors and help build career opportunities. But before diving into… Read More

Assistant Chief Academic Officer: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team January 6, 2020

The assistant chief academic officer is one of the top executives in an academic environment. The assistant chief academic officer has many of the same job responsibilities as the provost, or the chief academic officer, and can take on designated executive tasks as needed. This position is generally salaried and requires many years of experience… Read More

Tutor: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team December 24, 2019

Tutors have the unique opportunity to see first-hand how a little extra instruction and work can pay off in a big way. They can experience the true satisfaction of giving a struggling child the gift of confidence. As a tutor, you may teach students singly or in groups, and cover a variety of subjects or… Read More

Trauma-Informed Specialist: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team December 20, 2019

With acts of violence reported daily on the evening news and, unfortunately, occurring frequently in school systems, the role of a trauma-informed specialist is becoming more and more critical to educators. Victims of trauma may need extra help to get them through the school day and to overcome memories of events. These specialists can help… Read More

Robotics Teacher: Education, Salary, and Outlook

By The Room 241 Team December 12, 2019

Robotics is an exciting, expanding industry. According to the International Federation of Robotics, robot sales are steadily increasing by several billion dollars each year in the medical, agriculture, and manufacturing sectors. As more and more processes in these and other industries are left to robots, the next-generation workforce will need to be able to build,… Read More

The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission recently approved a fully redesigned system of preparing and licensing school and district administrators in the state of Oregon at the Commission meeting on February 7, 2019, in Salem. To learn more about this new system, we checked in with our Chair of Administrator Licensure Programs, Gerald W. Gabbard,… Read More

Mid-Year Teacher Check-In: How are we doing?

By The Room 241 Team February 11, 2019

The middle of the school year is the perfect time to check in and see how you, your students, and your colleagues are doing so far. Reflection isn’t just about surfacing the things that need course correcting. It’s also about identifying and celebrating the good and figuring out how to grow upon those areas of… Read More

The Hashtags and Chats Every Educator Should Be Following

By The Room 241 Team February 4, 2019

Not on Twitter? You should be! Twitter is an immeasurably useful tool for educators. Beyond building a network of educators from around the world, Twitter chats and free PDs are happening every day — literally — with some of the biggest and brightest thinkers and practitioners out there. Here’s a look at the most useful and… Read More

Teaching Skills Upgrade: Creative Ways to Up Your Teacher Game

By The Room 241 Team January 2, 2019

Each new year comes with hopes, goals, and opportunities to improve. Want to learn something new and advance your practice? Here are some creative ideas to boost your professional development, up your teaching game, and supercharge your brilliant career. PD made personal Education workshops aren’t the only path to professional development. Try these informal —… Read More

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

Creating Active Citizens: Ideas for Civic Engagement Lessons

By The Room 241 Team December 1, 2018

Oregon teachers set aside the first Friday in December to focus on civic engagement lessons and professional development. Elsewhere, teachers look year-round for ways to help their students become active citizens and critical thinkers. We hope these ideas inspire you to enhance your curriculum and advance your practice. Lesson plans and ideas for civic engagement… Read More

How My EdD Dissertation Has Benefited My Career

By The Room 241 Team November 17, 2018

Interested in earning your EdD but not sure how it will benefit your career? Excited to advance your practice but feeling uneasy about the dissertation? What better way to find out more than by asking those with first-hand experience? Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program prepares current and emerging leaders to become transformational change agents, impacting PreK-12… Read More

School Leaders: Setting Realistic Goals with Your Teachers

By The Room 241 Team November 13, 2018

Goal setting is a powerful practice to help build self-confidence, motivation, and success. When school leaders work with their teachers to build schoolwide, classroom-level, and personal goals, they become guides in a powerful process of transformation, allowing teachers to elevate their practice, encourage the advancement of their work, and better manage their professional lives. Improvement… Read More