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Welcome to the Lipscomb Education Connection Blog!  Look here for information and inspiration that can boost your professional practice.  Each month we share articles written by various faculty members and news about Lipscomb University's College of Education.

STEM/STEAM and the Importance of Cross-Curricular Collaboration

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By: Terry Sue Fanning and Emily Medlock In our changing world, careers focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are growing fast, with 8.6 million jobs in 2015 and 8.8 million jobs in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As educators, we need to rethink how we are preparing students for these 21st century fields to better enable them to succeed. Breaking Down Silos The key to helping students not only...

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Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb

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Interview with Andrea Pewitt and Misty Parsley Andrea Pewitt is the director of the IDEAL program, and Misty Parsley is the director of special education programs for the Lipscomb College of Education and the faculty advisor for the IDEAL program. Before 2008, students with intellectual and developmental disabilities had limited options when it came to pursuing post-secondary education, despite their tremendous potential. In 2014, the two-year Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb...

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Instilling the Comfort and Joy of Reading Through Literacy Motivation

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By: Ally Hauptman When it comes to helping young readers and writers, it’s not just about teaching them how to read, it’s about teaching them to love to read. Success hinges on getting them excited about reading and writing. Literacy motivation is an intentional effort to do just that. The more motivated students are, the more likely they’ll practice reading and writing so that, over time, they become better and better at it. Showing the Value...

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Bringing Teacher Diversity into the Classroom

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By: Laura Delgado Lack of teacher diversity is a known problem in education, with teachers of color making up only 17 percent of the workforce nationwide. While Nashville has a fairly diverse student community with 42 percent of the population made up of black students followed by white students at 32 percent and Hispanic students at 22 percent, minorities only represent 26.5 percent of all teachers.  To directly combat this disparity, the Lipscomb College of Education...

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Teaching English Language Learners: 3 Things To Keep In Mind

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By: Dr. Jeanne Gilliam Fain 1. Language is a strength, not a barrier. It’s important to recognize that a teacher’s mindset around English language learners has tremendous impact on their success. So often we address the student’s identified “language barrier” as if it were a cognitive delay, something to be removed and promptly replaced with fluent English. In actuality, research has shown that there are several cognitive benefits of multilingualism. As educators, it’s important for...

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