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+   Student Spotlight: 3 Rodel Candidates
3 Rodel Teacher Candidates: Destinee, Lexis and Kristina
3 Rodel Teacher Candidates:
Destinee, Lexis and Kristina
GCU’s College of Education has established a partnership with the Rodel Foundation of Arizona. Rodel Exemplary Teachers are selected for their exceptional teaching skills and ability to mentor student teachers. Below are this semester’s GCU Rodel Teacher Candidates. Destinee Armstrong is earning her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an Emphasis in Math. She was recommended for Rodel by a professor, saw what an amazing opportunity it was, and knew it was the right program for her. She is excited to learn best teaching practices from exemplary teachers and use that knowledge to help students in low income schools achieve great things!

Lexis Heckman is pursuing a degree in elementary education. Although her degree emphasizes in math, she is thrilled to perform her student teaching semester in a third grade ESL classroom, as personal growth is unveiled in new environments. Heckman describes teaching as an art of great responsibility. Applying to be a Rodel Promising Student Teaching was simply another act in her passion to educate students. Kristina Vohs is majoring in special education and elementary education. She saw Rodel as a great opportunity to give to this community, help her with her studies, and become the best teacher she can for her future students. She is looking forward to learning from her mentor teachers, Rodel, professors, and students. She knows that this next semester will prepare her for the rest of her career and is excited to see God use her in ways that she can’t imagine.
+   Dean’s Message
Dr. LaPrade
Dr. LaPrade
Happy New Year! As I reflect on the successes and the opportunities the College of Education faced in 2013, I must take a moment to say a prayer of thanks and gratitude. We focused on updating our Teacher Licensure Programs to meet National Standards and include the most current topics and objectives! In addition, we increased the number of full-time faculty added to our ranks.

The number of academic publications and presentations dramatically increased this past year. Additionally, our students are out in the world making a difference in their students’ lives. Continuous improvement leads all of our efforts. Going forward, one of the more unique aspects of the world of education is its cyclical nature.

For educators, each semester or year brings an opportunity to begin anew. For our students, this new beginning affords an opportunity to recommit to their academic objectives and to commit their focus toward meeting those objectives. For instructors/teachers, it is an opportunity to try new methods and strategies based on what was gleaned from prior teaching experiences.

So it is with great momentum from 2013 that leads us into 2014. I am filled with great hope and excitement for all that God will continue to provide us.
+   Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Michael Trevillion
Dr. Michael
Dr. Michael Trevillion, aka Dr. T, is a Phoenix native and rejoined the GCU COE team in July 2013, serving as Program Division Lead and Associate Professor. Dr. T served for nearly two decades in school leadership and mentorship roles, most recently as Principal of elementary and middle schools in Phoenix’s Washington Elementary School District. Before he entered school administration, Dr. T coached baseball at Phoenix Christian HS, and began his teaching career as a fourth grade teacher in neighboring Alhambra School District where he spent the majority of his tenure teaching Jr. High students.

Dr. T currently teaches one undergraduate course and absolutely adores his students. At the graduate level, Dr. T teaches in our Education Administration Master’s degree program. The majority of Dr. T’s time at the university is spent leading program development. Currently he is leading the development of our preeminent Master’s in Education Administration degree program and our Bachelor’s and Master’s in Early Childhood Education programs. Dr. T is also involved in the field experience process and partnerships with neighboring school districts. Outside of university life, Dr. T is a musician and the lead singer and guitar player in a country classic rock band.
+   AZ F.E.A. Conference
 AZ F.E.A. ConferenceCollege of Education will be hosting the annual AZ F.E.A. Conference on March 4 and 5, 2014. Arizona high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a profession in education can participate in breakout sessions on educational topics.

Additionally, they engage in a variety of competitions such as ‘Lesson Planning & Delivery, Early Childhood Teaching: Language & Literacy and Education of the Future’.

Finally, they will have an opportunity to ‘Discover GCU’ where they will experience what it means to be a GCU student.
+   Book Review: The Giver
The Giver by Chris Lowry
The Giver by
Chris Lowry
A best practice teachers utilize is to integrate literature across the content areas. Both fiction and non-fiction books can be used to deliver information, establish connections, and engage students.

There are countless books that can be used to further understanding across the curriculum. For example, middle school teachers can incorporate Lois Lowry’s The Giver, into their social studies and/or science classes. This science-fiction novel takes the reader through Jonas’s utopian society where there is no fighting, fear or pain. However, with this, there is also no real choice and each member is assigned their particular role in society.

During time devoted to social studies, students can relate the book to the topic of different communities and how they work. Students can even be asked to reflect and debate on the social structure they feel is best for their own society.

Teachers may also conduct a lesson on two of today’s problems, overpopulation and pollution, both of which are non-existent in Jonas’s world due to their strict rules and regulations. A science discussion can develop by asking students to compare and contrast the environmental benefits of Jonas’s carless society to that of our own.
+   2013 Year in Review

Feb. 2- March 9 Saturday STEAM Program (Spring)
March 7-8 2013 AZ F.E.A. Conference
April 19 Kappa Delta Pi Induction Ceremony
May 4 Online Graduation Ceremony on campus
July 1 GCU joins Western Athletic Conference, Division I athletics
July 30 GCU selects Eastmark for second campus in east valley of greater Phoenix
Aug. 12 COE Ground Supervisor Orientation
Aug. 26 COE Ground Student Teaching Orientation
Sep. 26 GCU Learning Lounge opens for Alhambra students
Oct. 5 - Nov. 9 Saturday STEAM Program (Fall)
Oct. 24 Fall Festival celebrated on campus for the community
Oct. 30 Dr. Harry and Rosemary Wong speak about Effective Teaching Strategies
Nov. 4 Optional Practicum Webinars begin for online COE students
Dec. 3 New campus library grand opening
Dec. 4 AZ Intern Meet and Greet on campus
Jan. 14 Optional Practicum Webianrs beging for online COE students
Jan. 29 COE Student Teaching Expo and Networking Event
+   Sloan Consortium on Online Learning
On Nov. 22, four COE Administrators were presenters at the 19th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. Drs. LaPrade and Gilpatrick shared insights from their study: Reflective Practice: Significance on Teaching. The participants learned that reflection has a positive influence on one’s online teaching practice. Additionally, they learned about the 5x5 tool that can serve as a model to measure an online course instructor’s qualitative performance.

Dr. Rickey and Ms. St. Arnauld discussed the initiative, 'Seeing with Other Lenses: Implementing Virtual Supervision in Student Teaching'. They shared current research of the implementation of virtual supervision and evaluation during student teaching, and provided examples of both successes and challenges when utilizing this method.