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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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Former NFL player tackling doctoral degree

November 30, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Jerome Daniels played for the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals. But football for him was secondary to getting an education. Daniels, who is now a manager for GCU’s doctoral department, balances his job with working on his Ph.D. in performance psychology.

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GCU special ed program ranked 5th in nation

November 01, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

While teacher shortages keep growing across the nation, adding more challenges to the profession, GCU’s special ed program ranks fifth in the nation in its top 20 for online bachelor’s degrees in special education. The recognition is an example of how GCU has addressed a critical demand for highly effective educators, said Dr. Kim LaPrade, the COE Dean.

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Teachers, students go extra mile(s) for education

October 26, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

Passion and excitement overflowed Wednesday at GCU Arena as hundreds of educators, specialists and students from across the state gathered with one purpose: to better education. “There is such an extreme power in teaching every single day, and as teachers in the education profession we need to realize that power and take it up a notch. Teach up,” said Dr. Lisa Mayberry, GCU alum and adjunct faculty member and State Advisor for Educators Rising Arizona.

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