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Welcome to the Lipscomb Education Connection Blog!  Look here for new blog posts every Tuesday from various faculty in the College of Education.

Should Leadership Be Practical?

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In this blog, Hank Staggs, Ed.D., Director of Educational Leadership, offers personal thoughts on Practical Leadership, and Julie Simone, M.Ed., Instructor in Education and Lead Faculty Liaison for Teach For America responds: Should leadership be practical?  After recently overhearing a scholarly folk reference on the concept of “practical leadership,” it caused me to wonder if leadership should actually be….well….practical. A simple dictionary entry for the word practical is: prac·ti·cal'prakt?k(?)l/ adjective 1. of or concerned with...

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A Practical Education for the 21st Century

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By Keith Nikolaus At the root of many current issues in education is a fundamental question.  What lessons must today’s children learn in order to lead meaningful and productive lives as adults in the 21st century?  As I reflect on the question, my mind immediately gravitates toward my five grandchildren and the character, knowledge, and life skills that might serve them well as they live through a kind of second Renaissance driven primarily by technology and...

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Differentiation for the Adult Learner

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Every year teaching fifth grade, I marveled at the differences in my students.  The range of abilities, learning profiles, and perspectives was daunting, but afforded me a beautiful opportunity to meet students where they were, support their learning, show respect for their perspectives, and watch them grow.  Differentiation is one of the leading buzzwords in education.  As teachers, we know that a one-size-fits-all approach to learning is not best practice.  If differentiation is an essential...

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Are You a Program Builder?

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Have you ever been involved with building a truly successful academic program?   Perhaps you helped start a program from scratch and worked with it and nurtured it as it grew and matured until ultimately it impacted the careers and lives of a host of students and boasted scores of graduates who without hesitation speak highly of their experience and the benefit they personally gained from it?  Wouldn’t it be wonderful if institutions could claim that...

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From Clinical Practice II to Student Teaching: Collaboration and Co-teaching as an Undergraduate Education Major

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by Dr. Carrie Abood In Fall 2010, as Lipscomb University began thinking about its 125th anniversary in 2016, corporate thinking turned to who we wanted to be in 2016. The College of Education gathered to discuss competencies that our teacher candidates should have after having completed their education program. These competencies were ordered and categorized, and, much to our satisfaction, they fit within the C.A.R.E. framework that has driven the work of the College since...

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