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Awards reflect faculty’s fervor for students’ future

February 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Strategic Employer Initiatives and Internships (SEI) handed out Career Advisor of the Year awards to 12 faculty members who regularly turn their classrooms into career factories. SEI’s devotion to linking students to employers also is reflected in its ever expanding list of offerings, such as the recent Career Awareness Week. “We all know we have great students. We all know they’re going places. We’re just trying to connect the dots and support their journey in getting there,” said Haley Fagerlie, SEI’s Executive Director.

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GCU didn’t let pandemic stop teaching practicums

February 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Student Ellie Everitt needed practicum hours toward her education degree but was worried that area schools switching to online instruction during the pandemic wouldn’t need student teachers. Her problem was solved by Assistant Professor Katy Long and a host of other College of Education faculty who worked magic in helping land 513 placements in schools for GCU students so far this academic year.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Brandon Juarez

January 31, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Brandon Juarez, Associate Professor in the College of Education, loves to teach students how to teach. He uses practical applications, such as simulations, role playing and scenarios, to prepare them for the classroom and has shared his ideas with other educators in articles and at conferences. He also finds magic in fresh snow in the West and Canada.

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GCU students to mentor children in public housing

January 28, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Kevin Walling saw the need in Washington state, and he saw it here. Some students who live in public housing need help with their school work. That’s why the chair of Justice Studies, Government and History rang College of Education Associate Dean Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, and they devised a plan to partner with City of Phoenix Housing on a tutoring program that is expected to start by late February. “GCU students have a strong commitment to service leadership, so our students would make excellent tutors to children in need,” Walling said.

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GCU initiative facilitates the L.E.A.P. into teaching

January 15, 2021 / by / 2 Comments

One in four Arizona classrooms need a teacher, and the pandemic made it worse. GCU has launched an initiative to help certify more teachers, called Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach, an alternative route to licensure. The program kicked off with hits first cohort in late December and already is having success.

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Faculty Focus: Dr. Leslie Foley

January 05, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Leslie Foley, Associate Professor in the College of Education, shares her love of literacy with her students and takes special joy when they have a breakthrough moment — she says she can see in her mind the light bulbs going on above their heads. Growing up, she pictured herself filling an important role in a much different profession.

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Slideshow: Winter Commencement, morning ceremony

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau Graduates of the Colleges of Education, Fine Arts and Production, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Theology were honored Saturday morning at GCU Arena.   

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Students elated by in-person ceremony, job initiative

December 21, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Students expressed gratitude for GCU’s willingness to stage an in-person Commencement ceremony Saturday. They were further impressed by President Brian Mueller’s announcement that the University wants to hire them if they need a job. “I think it just demonstrates the heart that he has and GCU has for their students,” Elementary Education graduate Jade Lander said.

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Food box distribution a bright light for GCU partners

December 10, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

“I can’t even put into words the impact this will have for some of our families,” Westwood Elementary School Assistant Principal Paige Bodam said at Wednesday’s USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program distribution. It was the second of two distribution events to families in need hosted by GCU and CityServe, which partnered to deliver more than 2,000 food boxes prepared by Shamrock Farms.

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Lopes Teach Up Week provides a pick-me-up

December 08, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

Lopes Teach Up Week featured speakers and activities advocating for the profession, but the virtual event last week also served as a boost for students going into education. One student told Assistant Professor Katy Long why it came along at the perfect time.

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