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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

7 Innovations That Are Changing the Classroom

By The Room 241 Team June 15, 2018

Excited to try creative new teaching strategies? We’ve got you covered! Read up on the latest education innovations from experts and teachers on the front lines. Project-based learning Have you ever had a student ask, “Why do we need to know this?” Then you might want to add more project-based learning to your teaching tool… Read More

K-12 schools have long served as a safe space for students. Whether a student is escaping abuse at home, discrimination due to sexuality or race, or overcoming trauma, teachers and schools regularly provide much more beyond academic learning. They also offer therapy, support, and a place of refuge for many, which makes learning possible. Looking… Read More

Exploring the Internet (Safely!) in and out of the Classroom

By The Room 241 Team June 6, 2018

Innovations in educational technology are changing the classroom, which means your students are spending more time online than ever. Follow these tips and activities to help make the web a safe, fun place for kids and teens to learn. Set up a safe classroom To establish basic digital guidelines in your class, follow these best… Read More

Teachers, Take the Lead!

By The Room 241 Team June 5, 2018

If you’re ready to advance but not sure where to begin, here are some fun, rewarding ways to grow your leadership skills beyond the classroom — and supercharge your professional development. Join a Professional Learning Community (PLC) If your school already has a PLC in place, you should definitely take part. You’ll meet regularly with… Read More

Made the decision to apply to one of Concordia’s online Master of Education programs? Good for you! Earning an advanced degree will be extremely rewarding and beneficial for you, your career, and the students who rely on you to show them the ways of the world. As you dig into the application, consider this information and… Read More

Houston Educators Unite: Community, Support, Advancement

By Kara Wyman, MEd April 17, 2018

It’s rare that we get to connect with other educators outside of our staff rooms, schools, and districts. Concordia University-Portland believes in the power of community, in valuing educators’ voices and expertise, celebrating our hard work, and helping each other and our communities advance. That’s why we helped our Houston-based MEd and EdD students and… Read More

How To Innovate Against the Tide

By The Room 241 Team March 27, 2018

As teachers, we often have amazing ideas for the classroom, but often lack the freedom to truly pursue innovative projects in their school. Frequently, it comes down to the old refrains: “My principal won’t let me” or “People don’t want to change.” But creativity and experimentation are still possible, even against the tide. Here are… Read More