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GCU Best Buddies at ACCEL

February 27, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

GCU Best Buddies is making an effort to continue to spread love in the community. After kicking off the New Year with their buddies at ACCEL (Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills) in Phoenix, Best Buddies and ACCEL also celebrated Valentine’s Day with a party. This is GCU’s second year partnering with ACCEL and the friendship continues to grow stronger. 

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Dancers step up for elementary school tour

February 23, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

It was an unusually chilly morning in Chandler when students in GCU’s dance department stopped by Kyrene de la Paloma Elementary School to warm the amphitheater stage with a 20-minute, modern, kid-friendly dance. The stop was part of the department’s annual elementary school dance tour, which continues through March. The goal is to give students the opportunity to see dance and maybe be inspired to become dancers themselves.

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Colloquium kicks off with acclaim for McClean

February 22, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

The first annual Dr. Kevin McClean Research Colloquium began, quite properly, with a tribute to the retired Colangelo College of Business professor. He was grateful for the honor — and for the continuing interest in showing the research that GCU faculty members are doing.

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COE at special education summit

February 20, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

COE faculty Jena Akard and Lisa Bernier presented at the Arizona Department of Education’s Early Childhood Special Education Summit. Their 90-minute interactive session was titled, “Early Intervention: Improving Practices.” It took participants on a self-examination of policies and practices regarding the education screening and evaluation of students.     

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Faculty’s work to be featured at Research Colloquium

February 15, 2018 / by / 0 Comment

Everyone on the Grand Canyon University campus is invited to the Dr. Kevin McClean Research Colloquium, scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Building 57, rooms 221-223. There will be eight presentations demonstrating research done by GCU faculty.

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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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