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New library, classroom set to create ‘teacher leaders’

August 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The Lopes for Literacy Multicultural Library and Lab Classroom are two new College of Education Lopes Live Labs that will help teacher candidates bring their hands-on learning to future classrooms. The library is filled with children’s books that tell stories of justice, race relations, disabilities and other differences, while the Lab Classroom includes objects that help students get kinesthetically involved in learning. COE Dean Dr. Meredith Critchfield put it this way: “This isn’t sit and get. It’s learn and do.”

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College of Education leaders earn 4 doctorates

August 11, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Four members of the College of Education faculty recently earned doctoral degrees. Dr. Emily Pottinger, Dr. Alicia Kozimor, Dr. Tracy Angela Vasquez and Dr. Stacy Vaught all are longtime COE employees and will be able to apply what they’ve learned to their roles in the college. “Each of their scientific studies is in some way related to how we can innovate and improve our programs and services,” Associate Dean Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick said.

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Faculty chair looks to make teaching changes click

August 06, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Alicia Kozimor has had a big summer. She was named faculty chair in the College of Education and in late July earned her doctorate. It comes at an interesting time for future educators whom COE is training, and Kozimor is asking them this question: “How are you going to change education, especially at this time when everything is changing? How are you going to make the profession better?”

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LaPrade sets sail, leaving legacy of calm seas

August 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Kimberly LaPrade retired as Dean of GCU’s College of Education Monday after leading it through a decade of growth, innovation and national accreditation. Now, she and husband Larry are going to sail the world for six years. Her thoughts, as always, were with her colleagues as she departed: “It’s been more than a job because of all of you.”

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College of Education leaders address national conference

July 21, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Julie Blair, Assistant Director of Academic Programs/Assistant Professor, and Dusty Sanchez, Clinical Practice Program Manager from the College of Education, recently took part in the 2021 Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) National Convening, presenting their work with the Arizona CEEDAR State Team initiatives.

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First cohort makes L.E.A.P. to teacher certification

July 14, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Scott Wade was a lawyer but fell in love with teaching four years ago and is in the classroom under an emergency certification. Lisa Baird has taught off and on for 20 years, also without being certified. They are among the first 14 teacher candidates who graduated recently from the Canyon L.E.A.P. to Teach program, which offers an alternative pathway to licensure during a time of severe teacher shortage. “The ultimate goal is to get more certified teachers into Arizona classrooms,” said Carol Lippert, Executive Director of K12 Outreach and Education Program Development.

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GCU graduates become neighborhood teachers

June 24, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

It’s as if recent GCU graduate Weylin Pada was back at college. He watched Claire Lee’s class lesson and immediately could recall the professor who used that teaching method. Pada recently joined Lee and several other Lopes who work at neighboring Empower College Prep and have benefited from the deepening partnership with the school, which shares similar values with GCU.

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Alum used writing to help students during pandemic

June 18, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Glenda Moton had her own fears as a teacher last year but wondered why no one was focusing on the kids’ anxiety during the pandemic. The GCU alum helped her Miami, Florida, students express themselves with writing, which recently became a book, “Hopes and Fears: Learning Academically in a COVID-19 Environment.” She’s earned a lot of media attention for the project in south Florida as the school year ended, but she isn’t stopping there. Next up is a curriculum guide for teachers on how to help students with writing and meditation. Moton is an example of College of Education products across the country who stepped up in a big way in a trying year.

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Critchfield named Dean of College of Education

June 09, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Dr. Meredith Critchfield is the new College of Education dean, succeeding Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, who is retiring in August. Critchfield said she will focus on strategies to stay on the cutting edge of changes in education after the pandemic and explore innovative ways to tell the story of COE and the teaching profession, among other initiatives. The former college rower, who joined GCU’s faculty in 2013, will bring to COE the teamwork she learned on the water. “To this day I really try to embrace that in my leadership style,” she said. “How can we all be working in a cohesive unit so no one is flipping the boat and we are all moving forward?”

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Despite challenges, online students reach finish line

May 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

The virtual Commencement ceremony for online students Saturday was actually eight prerecorded ceremonies — one for each college, with a promise of more ceremonies this fall for graduates who would like the in-person experience. But the acknowledgment of their accomplishments amid the pandemic couldn’t wait. “What you have accomplished is remarkable, and we are celebrating it today,” GCU President Brian Mueller said.

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