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Panel of educators focuses on character, culture

March 10, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

Nancy Parra-Quinlan, the 2022 Arizona Teacher of the Year, and other panelists explored character education, lessons of the pandemic and advice for new teachers in the Dean Speaker Series held virtually by GCU College of Education on Tuesday. “We need to really build relationships with students and really understand their community and family life,” Parra-Quinlan said.

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GCU students help fill need for substitute teachers

January 28, 2022 / by / 0 Comment

When the situation in Arizona schools gets tough, GCU students and graduates come to the rescue. The latest example arose when the lingering pandemic and ongoing teacher shortages left a system lacking enough substitute teachers. College of Education Assistant Professor Claudia Coleman quickly worked with Phoenix school districts on an initiative to get GCU junior teacher candidates certified as subs and trained to fill a need so dire that the state board on Monday expanded its certificate eligibility. Nineteen GCU students are already in classrooms with more to come. “I’ve learned more from a couple days of subbing than in all of my practicum,” GCU junior Hailey Pawley said.

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Conference aims to bring love back into community

December 14, 2021 / by / 1 Comment

A conference on character education Monday at GCU Arena started with a story of how College of Education Dean Dr. Meredith Critchfield’s half-hour classroom activity inspired students for years afterward. It was all about love. A pair of international speakers added their own inspirations, including how Clifton Taulbert has led an astounding life on the legs of the ordinary people in his Mississippi sharecropper family. He told more than 2,000 attendees, both at GCU Arena and virtually, that the virtues they gifted to him changed his life.

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LaPrade sets sail, leaving legacy of calm seas

August 03, 2021 / by / 0 Comment

Dr. Kimberly LaPrade retired as Dean of GCU’s College of Education Monday after leading it through a decade of growth, innovation and national accreditation. Now, she and husband Larry are going to sail the world for six years. Her thoughts, as always, were with her colleagues as she departed: “It’s been more than a job because of all of you.”

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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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New COE Assistant Dean loves guiding teachers

August 03, 2020 / by / 1 Comment

To say the new Assistant Dean in the College of Education is driven may be an understatement. Emily Pottinger has taken on the leadership role while producing an education podcast, studying for her doctorate and preparing for the birth of her second child. Part of her drive comes from wanting to train teachers to love and care for students — a positive education she wants for her own children one day.

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This training will help multiply number of teachers

July 31, 2020 / by / 0 Comment

There’s a national teacher shortage, a numbers problem GCU is helping address. GCU’s K12 Educational Development hopes its webinar training on teacher certification tests adds up to a solution. Wednesday’s training was the first virtual session on a subject tough to so many across the country trying to pass the certification — math.

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