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Creating Active Citizens: Ideas for Civic Engagement Lessons

By The Room 241 Team December 1, 2018

The first Friday in December is known as Oregon Civics Day for Teachers and, since that’s Concordia University-Portland’s home state, we’re celebrating this upcoming event with a helpful list of civic engagement lessons and professional development resources. Regardless of what subject or grade you teach, there are many ways to help your students become active… 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

Characteristics of a Great STEAM Program

By Nicole Mace, MEd October 30, 2018

Now, more than ever, teachers are required to prepare students with the skills needed to be successful in a 21st-century workforce. The STEAM framework empowers educators to implement project-based learning across science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Many schools and entire districts have come to value the skills and knowledge associated with this type of… Read More

Whether you’re considering Concordia University-Portland’s doctoral program or you’re about to begin it, we thought you’d like to know more about one of our most popular EdD concentrations: Professional Leadership, Inquiry, and Transformation. At a glance, you can see that this EdD program is customizable to fit your individual needs and career goals, but there… Read More

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