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Dyer’s Dyslexia Simulation

February 07, 2018 / by / 1 Comment

COE professor Rebekah Dyer’s Dyslexia Simulation on Jan. 31 had a full house. Students received a brief description of dyslexia and participants experienced firsthand the emotional, behavioral and psychological impact that individuals with dyslexia and other language difficulties experience in educational situations every day. The participants were exposed to “learning” stations involving reading, writing, spelling and listening at an adult level to ‘simulate’  students’ interaction with many aspects of the curriculum.

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Turning point: GCU aids struggling school district

February 02, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the February issue of GCU Magazine. To view the digital version of the magazine, click here. By Jeannette Cruz GCU Magazine The final lesson of the semester – never, ever stop trying to make a positive difference in people’s lives – came in the form of a parable. The young students were told of a little boy who was grabbing sand-stranded starfish at the beach and tossing them back into the sea when an old man said, “Do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You can’t possibly make a difference.” The boy bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, saying, “It made a difference for that one!” “What you do will make a ripple effect. Think about where you are now and multiply that by at least 25 years and 30 kids per year,” Professor Jena Akard told the 50 Grand Canyon University early childhood students and aspiring teachers seated inside a classroom at Alfred F. Garcia Elementary School, where they had spent the fall semester in a GCU pilot program designed to make a difference in one […]

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COE volunteers at coding event

January 31, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Students Chandler Crawford, Yasmine Murillo and Kendy Caro in the College of Education volunteered at Carol G. Peck School in the Alhambra Elementary School District for their “Make Coding Day Happen” event on Monday. The COE students provided classroom support during a coding exploration activity and asked questions to foster the childrens’ critical thinking skills.  

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‘Think A+ Tour’ builds rap-port with young students

January 26, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Nate Whitsett, who got his Master of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University in 2011, decided to resign from his classroom job because he wanted to take his teaching method around the country. Thus was born the “Think A+ Tour,” in which Whitsett teaches by using rap music.

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GCU at Dysart Unified School District Gifted Conference

January 25, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Hundreds of seventh- and eight-grade gifted students from the Dysart Unified School District attended the Gifted Conference and Expo. The theme of the STEM-driven conference was about sparking passions and encouraging the young students to pursue them. Grand Canyon University professor Katy Long and three GCU students in the College of Education hosted a booth at the event that explored virtual reality through the use of Google Cardboard.

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No ‘Bones’ about it, 500th dissertation one for books

December 27, 2017 / by / 1 Comment

The College of Doctoral Studies achieved a milestone by approving the school’s 500th dissertation, and as it turns out, it’s by one of GCU’s own. After some investigating, we found out the author of that dissertation is faculty member Melissa Beddow, who wrote about “The Portrayal of DNA Testing in the Forensics Crime Show ‘Bones.'”

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Christmas cheer is spread by decorating, we hear

December 20, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Lift up the eggnog. It was a blizzard of holiday cheer these past few weeks as employees turned up their Christmas decorating acumen to unprecedented, spirited levels with Christmas decorating and ugly sweater contests. Story.

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Commencement talk: common-sense excellence

December 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

The commencement speaker Friday, Dr. Rick Rigsby, spoke about his third-grade dropout father and the impact his simple — but profound — words of wisdom have made on his life. Typical of what Rigsby passed on to his audience: “Look at me, graduates. Don’t ever show up on time. That’s mediocre. That’s basic minimum required. Show up early.”

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Lope makes special effort for Special Olympics

December 13, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Sarah Shea joined more than 200 fellow supporters of Special Olympics when she rappelled down Phoenix’s CityScape building recently. The GCU student made the descent in honor of her friends, Hannah Hall, who has Down Syndrome, and Meghan Bailey, who has cerebral palsy.

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This Lope goes to great heights for Special Olympics

December 07, 2017 / by / 2 Comments

GCU freshman Sarah Shea on Saturday will be stepping off the edge of CityScape, one of the tallest buildings in Phoenix, and will be dressed in a Spider-Man suit, no less. The special education major is afraid of heights, but she is making like a superhero by participating in Over the Edge, which benefits Special Olympics Arizona. She’s doing it in honor of two friends she met in third grade — one has Down Syndrome, the other has cerebral palsy.

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