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A farm kid from Wisconsin, for the past two decades Diana Laufenberg has taught seventh-12th grade Social Studies in several states, most recently at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. It’s here where I first met Laufenberg, at the yearly conference Educon, where she was swarmed… Read More

The Emotions of Learning: Q&A with Marc Brackett, PhD

By Jennifer Gunn February 6, 2019

Social-emotional and trauma-informed learning and teaching are at the forefront of education research and study today. The National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) reports that nearly 50 percent of the children in the U.S. have experienced “at least one or more types of serious childhood trauma.” Therefore, ignoring emotions in the classroom can absolutely pose… Read More

Let’s face it, the idea of a dissertation is intimidating. In fact, it kept Makeba Butler away from her dream of earning her EdD in Transformational Leadership for years. But eventually, she found the support to make it happen. Now her paper has been downloaded over 500 times and it is helping to address the… Read More

It’s hard enough completing a MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Reading Interventionist while raising a family and working full time. Mischelle also faced evacuating her family but still didn’t quit. What inspired you to work in education? Originally, what inspired me to work in education was my 6th-grade teacher, Mr. Lewy. He was just an amazing… 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

Read how Lisa Fee, a master’s level teacher with Concordia University-Portland, found her own online doctoral program experience. She actually helped create the online orientations for other students before becoming one herself–and now has a fresh perspective on how much community matters. Why choose Concordia University-Portland online when you work there already? It’s like a… Read More

In many schools, especially those in economically challenged districts, the relationships with students takes on a depth well past education. Teachers fulfill so many roles it could be discouraging, if it weren’t for the progress and the effect you can have connecting with entire families. Lauren’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education has… Read More

Larry Newby expanded his way of thinking about teaching in his MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Methods and Curriculum program at Concordia, and it changed how he taught and spoke to students. It’s helped him focus more on teaching to the differences in how individual students learn to be more effective overall. What inspired you… Read More

There’s more to motivating and driving change than meets the eye. As a school principal comparing his experience at Title 1 schools to more affluent ones, John Paul Sanchez recognized the need to push change in the right direction with a greater sense of urgency. Read how earning his EdD in Educational Administration has given… Read More

Making a difference for students sometimes means avoiding a confrontational relationship between parents and schools. Debra Harper’s EdD in Transformational Leadership has given her a broader scope of understanding to help facilitate those relationships. What inspired you to work in education? I was on my way to start a fast-track for a bachelor’s degree in… Read More

Earning an MEd in Educational Leadership while teaching full time is a daunting challenge, both financially and schedule-wise. Add in family tragedy, trauma and cancer—and it feels impossible. Andre’ didn’t give up, but he also didn’t do it alone. Find out who helped him find the strength to continue, course by course to fulfill his… Read More

Mindfulness Training Tips for Teachers

By The Room 241 Team April 4, 2018

You already have a host of mindfulness activities for the classroom in your toolkit, but what about tips for helping you — the educator — be more present in the moment? Have you ever tried to meditate, or practice mindfulness yourself? To learn what it takes (and how to do it), we talked with two mindfulness… Read More

It’s one thing to believe in a cause, it’s another thing to change your career for it. Darlene Hester-Slade’s passion for special education developed later in life after she had already earned her MBA and had a fifteen-year career as a successful accountant. We sat down with this Virginia-based Exceptional Education Teacher to find out… Read More

Meet the Faculty: Sarah Elliott, Adjunct Professor for STEAM

By The Room 241 Team December 15, 2017

Wrapping up our week of faculty Q&As, we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah Elliott, EdD. With a passion for STEAM and a love for both undergraduate and graduate teaching, Sarah is an adjunct faculty member you’d virtually meet in Concordia’s MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: STEAM program. Read on! What led to your calling… Read More

Prospective EdD candidates, there’s no question that you’ll be captivated by Angela Owusu-Ansah should you enroll in our Doctorate of Education program. An expert on intercultural competence, program assessment, and quantitative research methods, Angela has a wealth of teaching experience, including work in the U.S. and abroad. You may have already read about her on… Read More