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GCU conference aims to heal with character

December 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU is known for building community with character. The Building Virtues Conference: Character Education in a Changing World, scheduled for Monday, Dec. 13, is another example of its efforts. The College of Education’s free all-day event in GCU Arena is for students, faculty and University partners. Experts and peers will share experiences and strategies to infuse virtues into everyday professional practice. ““Character education is the idea that we can support individuals and communities by teaching character traits, the idea that if we can teach character traits we can help society flourish,” said COE Dean Dr. Meredith Critchfield of the conference, funded by Kern Family Foundation and available via livestream or in person by registering by midnight Dec. 6.

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GCU alum is Instagram hit with students, teachers

November 29, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Shay Quitno was terrified. She couldn’t sleep. It was her first day ever of teaching a class after graduating from GCU last spring. Quitno shared those feelings on Instagram, a project by the College of Education to chronicle the first year of a COE graduate in hopes that aspiring teachers and others can see what it’s like and learn from it. “Life with Shay” has been a social media hit. Quitno had more to say (and film) on a recent day in her classroom at Hermosa Vista Elementary School in Mesa, where it was evident her training overcame rookie teacher anxiety.

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Educators share their passions behind teaching

November 19, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Jason Cantanese, a math teacher at Pueblo Del Sol Elementary School in Phoenix, learned early in his career that the school didn’t offer algebra. He knew his students needed it to succeed, and he came up with a creative way to make it happen. Cantanese was one of four panelists at the College of Education’s Virtual Dean Speakers Series Wednesday, and his story revealed why he wanted to teach, a theme of the event. “If you are in a classroom and see a problem, don’t wait. You can be part of that change,” he said.

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Aspiring teachers wooed at expo — even to Alaska

November 17, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Most of the Promenade was lined with tables set up by school district representatives Tuesday, eager to hire GCU’s aspiring teachers. Nearly all of the recruiters were at the Lopes Leap to Teach & Lead career expo were from Arizona, but Mark Vingoe stood behind his table covered with a map of Alaska. Sure, the temperature was 4 degrees below zero there on Tuesday, an 85-degree difference from the GCU campus. But they need teachers, and he was promising adventure.

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Wishes come true for alums via Fiesta Bowl Charities

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU alumnus Kennent Sandoval was discouraged. He had a lot of students at Maurice C. Cash Elementary School who wanted to join band but not enough instruments. He wished for more and made the wish to the right people. The Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers granted him $2,500 in its program that supports teachers who often use their own money to equip classrooms. Sandoval joined 38 GCU alumni granted wishes last week and several who shared their wishes in a celebration on Zoom with COE leaders.

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Slideshow: Makeup Commencement, Nov. 8

November 09, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Ralph Freso GCU News Bureau The sixth of seven makeup Commencements was staged Monday at Grand Canyon University Arena. Here’s a story on the featured speaker for the makeup ceremonies, Dr. Breanna Naegeli.   

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ACE Centers again offer in-person academic support

November 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Like everything else during the pandemic, the Academic Career & Excellence Centers — the go-to spots on campus for free peer-to-peer tutoring — went virtual, offering up academic support via a cable and computer screen. But the ACE Centers have returned to offering in-person academic help at its six locations, including a new location at the Colangelo College of Business.

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Inaugural Day of Giving makes powerful debut

October 22, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

For a university that places such a high emphasis on giving back to the community, adding GCU’s first annual Day of Giving to the calendar just made sense. More than 2,000 donations were made during the 24-hour blitz and will help fund a number of valuable causes on campus. “I’m really impressed with how many donors are interested in giving back to the community here,” Director of Annual Giving Cherylann Galdi said. “As Christians, we have a heart for others, and it really showed today.”

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‘So you walk out with a degree and friends’

October 18, 2021 / by / 3 Comments

An unexpected thing happened on the journey toward walking the stage at GCU Commencement for a group of reading teachers from the East Valley. They became great friends. The group of 11 started their studies for the Master of Arts in Reading Education when the pandemic began, facing tough times of changing classroom arrangements and the shift from meeting in person to online for their GCU courses. Then they started to open up to each other about their struggles and celebrations, including two weddings. On Friday they accepted their degrees together, surrounded by new friends.

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Slideshow: Fall Commencement, Friday morning ceremony

October 15, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Photos by Elizabeth Tinajero GCU News Bureau The Friday morning ceremony of Fall Commencement featured master’s graduates of the College of Education.    

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