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GCU special ed program ranked 5th in nation

November 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

While teacher shortages keep growing across the nation, adding more challenges to the profession, GCU’s special ed program ranks fifth in the nation in its top 20 for online bachelor’s degrees in special education. The recognition is an example of how GCU has addressed a critical demand for highly effective educators, said Dr. Kim LaPrade, the COE Dean.

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Teachers, students go extra mile(s) for education

October 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Passion and excitement overflowed Wednesday at GCU Arena as hundreds of educators, specialists and students from across the state gathered with one purpose: to better education. “There is such an extreme power in teaching every single day, and as teachers in the education profession we need to realize that power and take it up a notch. Teach up,” said Dr. Lisa Mayberry, GCU alum and adjunct faculty member and State Advisor for Educators Rising Arizona.

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Find your inner author on National Day on Writing

October 18, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is celebrating the National Day on Writing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday on the Promenade. Faculty, students and staff are invited to participate in creative writing activities, including describing themselves in six-word autobiographies.

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Masquerade for Dyslexia Gala

October 12, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

COE faculty and staff attended the 2017 Masquerade for Dyslexia Gala to support the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association, a GCU educational partner. Approximately $50,000 was raised to provide scholarships to teachers and parents for training on dyslexia. Rebekah Dyer, President of the Association, said 1 in 5 individuals have dyslexia or struggle with a learning disability, therefore it is important for teachers and parents to receive training specific to working with students with dyslexia.  Pictured: (From left) Thomas Dyer, Rebekah Dyer, Dr. Jim Mostofo, Dr. Kay Hansen, Lindy Gaudiano and Stacy Rucker.   

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Conference addresses faith and science

October 10, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Esteemed leaders from Grand Canyon University and the community shared the same stage Monday to engage in a conversation about Christian values and advancements in technology. “We, the people, have common ground in which to figure out solutions to these dilemmas,” said Dr. Sherman Elliot, dean of GCU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “What a way to be empowered right now.”

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Empowering teachers to be instruments of change

October 06, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Educators are still teaching as if they’re in the industrial age, said Kathryn Scott, Executive Director of Strategic Educational Alliances. But as the internet and other types of technology change the face of learning, teachers have to evolve — something they’re doing as part of the Canyon Inquiry Project, a yearlong professional development project for teams of educators from 10 high schools. Author Trevor MacKenzie, an advocate of inquiry-based learning, was on the GCU campus recently to kick of the workshop series.

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Donation keys into computer science training

October 03, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

More than 4 million science and tech jobs are available in the United States. Still, only one in four schools in Arizona offers a computer science curriculum. Grand Canyon University and Science Foundation Arizona are hoping to change that and are getting help from a $100,000 donation from Verizon for Code.org training for teachers.

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Learning isn’t passive in new Canyon Inquiry Project

September 21, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Teachers are always seeking new ways to reach students. The University is getting set to launch the GCU Canyon Inquiry Project, in which teachers and administrators from 10 schools will delve into “inquiry-based learning,” a type of teaching that shuns passive memorization for more active, project-based learning.

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Faculty book aims to inspire student teachers

September 07, 2017 / by / 4 Comments

With the new school year, student teachers at Grand Canyon University are also entering their classrooms. To help them prepare and uncover God’s presence in the classroom, the College of Education has created a 48-page book filled with insightful devotions, experiences and real-life situations.

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User’s guide to Welcome Week: All hands on deck

August 09, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

Welcome Week 2017 promises to be another busy and festive time for students as they return to campus. But it’s extremely important, too. “The week says to all, ‘You belong here,’” said Charity Norman, manager of GCU’s Student and Family Program.

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