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Are you a lover of history? Do your family and friends look to you for historical facts and quotes? When your lunch bill adds up to $12.15, do you naturally think of the year the Magna Carta was signed? If so, Grand Canyon University’s Bachelor of Arts in History for Secondary Education may be the degree for you! Here are three reasons why you should consider earning your history education degree at GCU:

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By Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

On February 25, I had the privilege and honor to be the keynote speaker at the central region AZ TESOL mini-conference hosted at Arizona State University – West Campus. The title of my speech was: “TESOL for the Modern World: Strategies for Student Success: Communication, Social Presence and Instructional Assessments.”

Two major themes/moments were influential and shaped the wonderful experience. First, the chance to speak to over 150 Peruvian K-12 teachers was a true blessing. Many of the visiting Peruvian teachers shared personal stories, educational goals and instructional strategies that each plans to bring back to their schools to implement. It was an honor to be a small part in their professional development and offer several educational technology tools that support pedagogy and rapport building.

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By Corey Krampen, MEd
Alumnus, College of Education

Students who are in need of repeating a grade early in their educational career oftentimes feel like a failure. While that may be true in this particular grade level, it does not mean that the student is a failure forever. How the student’s parents view this and how they convey their feelings to their child can be beneficial or detrimental. The student will feed off of the parents’ vibes.

In a perfect world, of course, none of us want our children to have to repeat a grade. However, if our viewpoint on this focuses on the positives rather than the setback, our children will be more inclined to use this event as a launch pad towards the rest of their career. The same holds true for the parents. If they choose to use this setback as a launching pad, their child will benefit.

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By Brandon Juarez, MEd
Assistant Professor, College of Education

Character education is at the heart of a free and appropriate public education. If this seems commonsense and undisputable, one only has to search local district websites to see vast differences in how schools interpret the meaning, purpose and value of character education. Neighboring districts vary from collaborative initiatives that span from kindergarten through high school, while others make no mention or do not seem to display much effort.

Why is there such a difference?

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Dr. Kimberly LaPrade is the dean of the College of Education. She earned her PhD in educational leadership from Capella University in 2008 and is a proud Grand Canyon University alumni who received her MEd in secondary education and BA in English/sociology in 2000 and 1990, respectively. Dr. LaPrade’s research efforts focus on topics related to teacher leadership and aspects of teacher preparation, performance and assessment.

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