Junior coaches at Machan School, from left, Sbedyi Alvarez, Xochitl Ocegueda, Josselyn Gonzalez and Jessica Velazquez, help keep the peace on the playground. Photo by Evelia (Stacey) McCarty
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Playing nice: GCU supports conflict resolution

April 17, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

On May 9, GCU will host a commencement ceremony and team-building event for about 180 fifth-graders in Arizona who are junior coaches in Playworks, a national nonprofit that trains adults and children to bring respect, inclusion and peace to school playgrounds.

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The summit drew 300 administrators, principals, teachers, librarians, technology leaders and integration specialists from schools across Arizona.
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Google summit focuses on innovation, collaboration

March 20, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

GCU was the host of a Google Arizona summit on education apps and other tools that will better prepare today’s students, from kindergarten on up, for tomorrow’s collaborative careers and innovative workplaces. An estimated 300 administrators, teachers, librarians and other educators soaked up the details.

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Comerica Theatre was near capacity for Saturday's commencement involving GCU's education and nursing colleges. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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Day 2 blog: Commencement at Comerica Theatre

March 15, 2014 / by / 1 Comment

By GCU News Bureau staff Day 2 of Grand Canyon University’s online commencement Saturday was filled with people – nearly a full house in the morning, packed in the afternoon – and also with emotion. But for Geraldine Sam, the feelings bubbled over as soon as she walked into the staging area at Comerica Theatre. Even before the regalia staff could help her arrange her mortarboard, Sam broke down in tears and sobbed on a worker’s shoulder. “I’m a big baby. It’s been about two years, and I’m just so excited,” she said, still struggling to compose herself. “It is such a dream come true. It is such a blessing. I’m graduating with a 4.0 and it hasn’t been easy.” The first-grade teacher wasn’t speaking solely about her master’s degree in educational administration. In 2009, Sam was sworn in as mayor of La Marque, Texas, a town of almost 15,000 about 35 miles southeast of Houston. She thus became the first female African-American mayor in Galveston County, serving in that role for two years. But the family’s trailblazing doesn’t stop there. Geraldine’s nephew is Michael Sam, the University of Missouri athlete who recently became the first prominent football player to announce during his […]

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Keith Baker and Samantha Murphy
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Stellar Hall of Fame class inducted at homecoming

March 03, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Samantha Murphy, who redefined “student-athlete” at the University on the basketball court and in the classroom, and six others were honored at Ethington Theatre on campus.

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GCU freshman Kylie Bentley mugs for the camera with her new best friend, 4-year-old Jeremy.
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Freshman gives love, consistency to disadvantaged kids

February 24, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

Kylie Bentley, the most recent recipient of GCU’s monthly Community Service Award, is a source of constant compassion for children living at the Phoenix Rescue Mission who have experienced anything but consistency and happiness.

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With help last fall from GCU tutor Leslie Pace (right), Sarahi Chavez passed the writing portion of the AIMS test, graduated from Alhambra High and will walk with her class in May. Chavez was born in Mexico and has only been speaking English since arriving in the United States four years ago. (Photo by Darryl Webb)
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With demand, scores up, GCU Learning Lounge tutoring to expand

January 22, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

The Learning Lounge, GCU’s high school tutoring program, is in expansion mode this semester — more students, more tutors, more food and more evidence of its success.

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Rodel sends GCU student teachers to Phoenix schools

January 06, 2014 / by / 0 Comment

An A+ Assignment: Three GCU Seniors Begin Their Student Teaching Gigs in Phoenix

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Math Expertise Starting to Add Up for Ted Coe, Assistant Dean of COE

November 19, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

The fifth-generation Arizonan wears two hats at GCU: one with the College of Education and the other as academic liaison for partnerships in Strategic Educational Alliances. And he’s already known in national math-standards circles.

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Renowned Educators to Conduct Teacher Training for GCU Arena Audience

October 24, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Harry Wong, considered the “guru of getting new teachers off on the right foot,” is a sought-after speaker and the author of the book “The First Days of School.”

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Young Students of Flight to Land at GCU for Six Saturdays

October 04, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s an ornithopter! It all involves flight, which is what gifted elementary students from around the state will be studying during a six-week STEAM Enrichment Program at Grand Canyon University.

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