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New Teacher Pinning Ceremony and Celebration

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Graduates of Loyola University Maryland’s initial certification programs in Teacher Education were honored at the Farewell Celebration on May 10, 2023. This year’s event included a pinning ceremony that marked the completion of their degree, their commitment to the field of education, and their life-long connection to Loyola University Maryland.

Path from Military to School Counselor

Rheanna Vaughn

Rheanna Vaughn started her career as a supply specialist for the United States Marine Corps. She recently appeared on the podcast New Mission: Career Transition to explain how she got from the Marines to the Loyola School Counseling Program where she is a 2023 graduate. Her story is fascinating, and she speaks very highly of the Marines and of Loyola's School Counseling Program.

Afra Ahmed Hersi, Ph.D., named dean of Loyola’s School of Education

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Afra Ahmed Hersi, Ph.D., has been named the next dean of Loyola’s School of Education. Dr. Hersi, who was selected after a national search, has served as the University’s interim dean of the School of Education since July 2021. She begins in the role effective July 1, 2023.

Eric Hines Wins 2023 Excellence in Innovation Award

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The Educational Technology Program is pleased to announce Mr. Eric Hines, math teacher and basketball coach in Prince George’s County Public Schools and M.Ed. in Educational Technology from Loyola University Maryland, as this year’s Excellence in Innovation Award recipient.

Making Authentic Connections in Online Courses

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Dr. Kelly Keane talks about four strategies for making authentic connections with students in online courses in this video interview with Dr. Patrick Dempsey. This is part of the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning Faculty Spotlight Series.

5 Ways ChatGPT Can Make Your Job as A Teacher Easier

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ChatGPT, a large language model that generates human-like responses to a wide range of prompts, is taking over the Internet . . . . and now you can let it take over your classroom! Here are 5 ways that teachers can use ChatGPT to increase their productivity and make their jobs easier.

Kodály Alumni Are On Fire

The Loyola University Maryland world-renowned American Kodály Institute (AKI) Music Education Program is following the Jesuit tradition to Go Forth and Set the World on Fire! Here are some recent highlights from our Kodály alumni and faculty.

Congratulations to the 2023 Teachers of Promise Institute Candidates

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The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) hosts an annual Teachers of Promise Institute. This year marks the 15th annual Institute, which will be held on April 21, 2023. Each Maryland educator preparation program selects 5-7 candidates from the graduating class based on GPA, service, and leadership to attend the Institute. Teachers of Promise are paired with award-winning mentors to support them as they transition from college to the classroom. Candidates commit to teach in Maryland in the year following their graduation. Read about Loyola's finalists and semi-finalists here.