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Washington High Gets GCU’s Help in Beating the Odds

January 25, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Washington High School, near Glendale and 23rd avenues, is doing big things and has even bigger plans. With 1,671 students on campus and a large minority population including refugee students from Burma in Southeast Asia, Washington has had to find different ways of making sure that all of its students receive a quality education regardless of background. Washington is one of two schools in the Glendale Union High School District being sponsored by GCU this year in Beat the Odds. The other is Cortez High. The program provides extra training and resources for principals to tackle the various challenges they face.

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Student Worker of the Month: Monique Belmudes

December 09, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The Office of Career Services has chosen Monique Belmudes as Student Worker of the Month. Belmudes is a sophomore secondary education major who works for the College of Education Field Experience Office. She acts as a liaison for students and the office by answering emails and phone calls and researching state requirements for student teaching, among other tasks. According to Mari Smith, COE field experience manager, Belmudes is an enthusiastic, self-motivated worker who has built a great rapport with faculty, staff and students.

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GCU Sponsors Cortez H.S. in Beat the Odds Program

December 08, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Reid Chitwood is a busy guy — make that very busy — and so he wasn’t too sure about Beat the Odds, a partnership program in which metro Phoenix educational institutions and business sponsor schools with high at-risk populations. “At first, I thought it would be just another thing to do,” admitted Chitwood, the principal at Cortez High School in Glendale, on a tour of the school campus Wednesday. “But it hasn’t turned out that way. It gives me a chance to collaborate with other administrators. It helps me realize that other people have the same concerns.”

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‘Lopes for Literacy Scholastic Book Fair Nov.14-22

November 14, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The GCU College of Education is hosting the third annual ‘Lopes for Literacy Scholastic Book fair in the GCU Library from November 14 to 22. Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 p.m. Fair features a variety of new books and some classics as well. Email gcukdp@gcu.edu for more information.

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COE Distributes Over 700 Books at Fall Festival

October 28, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The annual Fall Festival celebration is a time of joy for the College of Education. “It’s always a lot of fun to meet thousands of our neighbors,” said Dean Kimberly LaPrade. “It is our way of giving back a small piece of ourselves to the community.” Each year, the college does a theme around giving away books to the children visiting the campus. Candy may last a few bites, but books last for years. Using GCU Today Digest, a request went out for donations of children’s books.

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COE Students Hear a Call to Commitment at Conference

October 26, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” The quote by Henry Brooks Adams was the theme of keynote speaker Amanda McAdams at the College of Education’s student conference in GCU Arena on Wednesday morning. The conference, put on in partnership with the Arizona Educational Foundation, was opened with a prayer by Dean of Students Pastor Tim Griffin and an introduction by COE Assistant Dean Carlyn Ludlow, who told the students that teaching has to come from the heart.

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Orientation Central: Kimberly LaPrade

August 16, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

Meet the dean of the College of Education, Dr. Kimberly LaPrade. Dr. LaPrade knows GCU like no one else, she attended here herself and takes special pride and joy at how the university has grown and changed since she was a student. Her favorite new addition — the sparkling new COE building, where fine future educators will get their teacher education. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=http://youtu.be/UGs9sMRv1Nc

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Future Teachers Told of ‘Defining Moments’ Ahead

May 05, 2011 / by / 0 Comment

The executive director of the Arizona K-12 Center told prospective College of Education graduates on Thursday morning to expect “defining moments” involving unlikely sources as their teaching careers take shape. In her keynote address to the COE convocation at Phoenix First Assembly of God Church, Dr. Kathy Weibke told of small things that ultimately had a profound impact on her course in life.

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GCU Athletes, Thunder Host Third-Grade Readers

April 19, 2011 / by / 1 Comment

GCU basketball players Samantha Murphy and Kyle Speed, along with Antelope mascot Thunder, emphasized the importance of reading to a ’Lopes for Literacy assembly of 150 third-graders from Carol G. Peck Elementary School in Glendale on Tuesday morning.

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Arizona Teacher of Year Addresses FEA Meeting

March 04, 2011 / by / 2 Comments

The 2011 Arizona Teacher of the Year told Friday’s second day of the Future Educators Association state conference that a teacher has an opportunity to affect eternity. Amanda McAdams, a former practicing attorney, now teaches English and student government at Apollo High School in Glendale. She was named Teacher of the Year by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

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