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Cicogna writes and teaches literature of lessons

September 30, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

When Emil Cicogna couldn’t get his students to read as a high school teacher, he brought in copies of his own manuscript. The students were captivated by the story of an 1885 family and learned valuable lessons about the Industrial Revolution. He said half of them had never read an entire book before. Today, as an Online Fulltime Faculty member of GCU’s College of Education, he encourages teacher candidates to incorporate literature into their lessons of history and other subjects. And his manuscript became a published trilogy, recently finding a home in the Lopes for Literacy Multicultural Library.

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Education faculty’s videos are a hit with students

September 23, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

GCU College of Education students are learning a lot these days. “Wow, this is what my professor does outside of class?” asked Emily Sharp, a COE student worker who helps assemble video clips for a faculty and staff Instagram story feed. One story recently showed a professor getting on his bicycle, another at poolside. It’s all part of an expanded social media effort in COE to put a face to education.

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Online student returns lost WWII medals to family

September 16, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

History buff Joseph Fox was looking to add to his collection of antiques when he ventured out to West Virginia’s Largest Yard Sale. But something else caught the eye of the online GCU student who is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in History for Secondary Education: Among the sundry items strewn across a table, he saw a Purple Heart and Gold Star. He bought the medals and began researching the man who earned them: Vaughn Cox, a paratrooper who was shot multiple times during his descent into France on D-Day, was left for dead, scooped up by German burial crews and taken as a prisoner. It was his honor, Fox said, to return the medals recently to Cox’s family.

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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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GCU didn’t let pandemic stop teaching practicums

February 12, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Student Ellie Everitt needed practicum hours toward her education degree but was worried that area schools switching to online instruction during the pandemic wouldn’t need student teachers. Her problem was solved by Assistant Professor Katy Long and a host of other College of Education faculty who worked magic in helping land 513 placements in schools for GCU students so far this academic year.

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GCU students to mentor children in public housing

January 28, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

Kevin Walling saw the need in Washington state, and he saw it here. Some students who live in public housing need help with their school work. That’s why the chair of Justice Studies, Government and History rang College of Education Associate Dean Dr. Marjaneh Gilpatrick, and they devised a plan to partner with City of Phoenix Housing on a tutoring program that is expected to start by late February. “GCU students have a strong commitment to service leadership, so our students would make excellent tutors to children in need,” Walling said.

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College of Education earns national accreditation

August 26, 2019 / by / 1 Comment

GCU’s College of Education leaders knew they had a department of skilled faculty and a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Others have agreed. COE was awarded the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP) for seven years after reviewing the evidence collected through a process of self-study and peer review. Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of COE, said the national accreditation validates what she knew: “There are a lot of people that don’t have the depth of experience that our faculty has.”

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One GCU student’s journey with autism

February 08, 2019 / by / 2 Comments

College life has been difficult for Austin Forney, yet wonderful. The junior has soared with feelings of inclusion and ached with the pain of isolation. Through it all, he has relied on the support of his mother, Melissa Pullon, and a mix of students and adults on campus who have lent a helping hand. In turn, Forney has helped out, sending hearts soaring with his musical selections for The Gathering in 2017-18 and as disc jockey for athletics events in 2018-19. This is the final part of a three-part series.

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Student-teachers go the distance(s) to learn

January 11, 2019 / by / 0 Comment

Four flights and a four-hour taxi ride, covering more than 9,000 miles to reach her student-teaching assignment, proved to be a minor inconvenience for Ashley Olander, whose desire to experience a different culture led her to a remote mountaintop in southern India where she led seventh grade physical education classes. Olander is one of nine Grand Canyon University students who have embraced international student-teaching. “It is a beautiful opportunity to learn about our world, but most importantly that they see God’s hand at work in our children, no matter if it is in a classroom in America or India or Japan,” said Dr. Kimberly LaPrade, Dean of the College of Education.

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