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Professional Development

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When working in education, it’s easy to get caught up in student challenges and successes and our very long to-do lists. Carving out time to stop and reflect is a key component of professional growth. In Concordia University-Portland’s MEd programs, all candidates complete a capstone research experience and one option is EDGR 696: Practitioner Inquiry. This… Read More

Serving over 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 public schools, the New York City Department of Education is the largest school district in the nation! With nearly 93,000 educators serving the city’s youth, and a constant flow of new teachers entering the district, New York City has built an impressive mentoring program that ensures that… Read More

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

Trauma-Informed Strategies to Use in Your Classroom

By The Room 241 Team September 4, 2018

To help students deal with stressful situations at home, many schools are using innovative trauma-informed strategies. Here are some of the most effective tools for teachers. Look beyond the behavior Research has shown that traumatic experiences alter the brain and can affect children socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and academically. It’s a quadruple whammy. Toxic levels of… Read More

Building a Growth Mindset for Teachers

By Jennifer Gunn August 26, 2018

Fostering a growth mindset in students is a priority for most educators, but sometimes teachers themselves operate with a fixed mindset. Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, author of the very popular Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, made these terms part of our pedagogical vocabulary. Growth Mindset is the belief that one’s abilities,… Read More

Your Guide to Education Lingo

By The Room 241 Team August 24, 2018

Educational terminology can be overwhelming with so many acronyms and buzzwords to remember. So we’ve created a must-know list of education lingo for your reference. 1:1: One laptop or device for each student in a class or school. For more on this, check out 8 Strategies to Manage the 21st Century Classroom. 21st Century Skills:… Read More

Professional Development vs. Piloting New Initiatives

By Nicole Mace, MEd August 17, 2018

Professional development (PD) is usually welcomed by educators who are looking to hone their craft, but the implementation of professional development trainings can get a bad reputation in education. After hours of learning about a new strategy or teaching method, educators are expected to return to their classrooms and implement their new knowledge. But many… Read More

Rethinking PD: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team August 14, 2018

Concordia University-Portland’s College of Education and WeAreTeachers hosted an awesome Facebook Live professional development session: Self-Care & Mindfulness for Teachers. Did you miss it? No worries! We’ve got you covered with some key takeaways. You can also watch the full video anytime to catch all of the details. Mindfulness for students Hosts Kayla Dessert and… Read More

Finding a way to reach at-risk students who are struggling in various ways can be difficult, but social-emotional learning can open doors.  Copious research has shown that the impact of social-emotional learning (SEL) runs deep. SEL programs are shown to increase academic achievement and positive social interactions, and decrease negative outcomes later in life. SEL… Read More

We encourage teachers to get hands-on in their classrooms, but often professional development isn’t so interactive. We’ve all sat through Powerpoint presentations and article readings. Let’s shake up professional development and make it truly reflective of what’s happening in classrooms. Get busy tinkering, designing, and modeling the practices of makerspace learning in professional development! Read… Read More

12 Online Professional Learning Resources to Use This Summer

By The Room 241 Team July 12, 2018

Summer is when teachers have more breathing room for professional development. While many attend conferences and take classes in person during the summer, there are tons of online opportunities — and many are free! Here are some stay-at-home professional learning resources for summer that you can check out in your pajamas or by the pool…. Read More

There’s never enough time to get everything done during PD, but team-building and supporting your staff’s social-emotional needs builds a strong school culture and increases teacher efficacy. Here are some quick, fun professional development activities for teachers that will break the ice! Step to the line Have your staff stand in two lines facing each… Read More

Many of the challenging behaviors we see in classrooms stem from stress or trauma in our students’ lives. Explicitly teaching our students about stress responses and resilience can help them better recognize their emotions, cope with stress, and reach out for help before they act out. Social-emotional learning tools can have a profound and long-term… Read More

It’s summer! You made it! Take a well-deserved break. Finally, there’s a little breathing room to catch up on all the amazing books and content out there. Our Cavaliers (MEd and EdD students and alums) are big on learning from and being inspired by the best, so they contributed to this great list of what… Read More

Bringing Social Emotional Learning into the Classroom

By Jennifer Gunn June 20, 2018

Social-emotional learning activities have made their way into advisory classrooms across the country, but they shouldn’t just live there. Content-area classrooms are important epicenters for social-emotional learning, and when we incorporate SEL strategies into academic time, the potential for student growth is impressive. Here’s how to get started. What is SEL? According to The Collaborative… Read More