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Santa Rosa College IT Director Scott Conrad had a problem.

Money from a 2002 bond measure used to fund computers, software and network infrastructure was gone. A proposal put before the community college’s board of trustees in 2012 never made it past the trustees. But the growing college that serves 26,000 students in five locations needed a way to fund technology and other infrastructure for the nest 20-30 years.

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Doctoral student has global perspective on special education needs

Zhanna Preston can’t help having a global outlook.

Born and raised in Kazakhstan, she has pursued her education in Moscow, Russia, Arizona, the former Chapman University College branch (now Brandman) in San Diego and at Brandman’s Riverside campus. She’ll be making use of that global perspective when she presents a paper this summer in Poland to the International Association of Special Education.

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Doctoral students inspired to help homeless women veterans

On a rainy, blustery day in Seattle, Brandman University doctoral students Jennifer Marzocca, from Whidbey Island, and Karen Bolton, from Bremerton (shown at left, form left) have tables filled with goodie bags, jewelry, makeup and clothing at the Seattle Stand Down Event, designed to offer aid to veterans.

One by one, women veterans, some homeless and others fighting to make ends meet, come by to study the items.

“They’re for you,” said Marzocca. “Please take what you need.”

The women take an item or two, careful to take only what they need so there’s something for others. One woman veteran explains she needs socks and receives a couple of new pairs. Another woman’s face lights up when she spies the makeup.

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Survey Says? Top 3 Things Teachers Need To Start The School Year

Mid August is still summer but as the month progresses our thoughts begin to turn back to the new school year. Parents and students are shopping for back to school supplies, including computers, books, planners, organizers and clothes. But how do teachers prepare for the first day back?

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How Teachers Use Technology In the Classroom

By Jina Smith on Aug 19, 2014

We all know there is an app or a tool for just about anything you can think of and that certainly applies for the world of education. Time and time again I have wondered if there was an app for a specific dilemma I was experiencing or a tool to simplify a process, and each time I was able to find one that solved my problems and made my life just a tad bit easier.

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Topics: Schools, Front Page, School of Education

Thriving Through Diversity: The Journey Of A Dedicated Educator

By Don Maker on Aug 8, 2014

Brandman University, formerly known as Chapman University College, is proud to have a thriving alumni network. As we venture into the back to school season, we highlight the hard work that many of our teachers and current students have done. This is the story of Don Maker, a businessman turned teacher turned storyteller, as he becomes an expert in diversity in his own words. 

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Topics: Alumni, School of Education

20 Transferable Skills: Alternative Career Choices For Teachers

By Jina Smith on Aug 7, 2014

One of the most rewarding careers is being a teacher. These dedicated individuals work every single day to shape future generations, create meaningful connections and make a lasting impact on people's lives. But it is easy to feel burned out or want a different challenge beyond the classroom.

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Topics: Front Page, School of Education

Teachers Cheat Sheet: Best Back To School Sales 2014

By Lindsay Amanda on Aug 6, 2014

For most teachers it’s getting down to the wire on prepping the classroom for the upcoming school year. To help our fellow educators we’ve put together a cheat sheet of some of the best teacher discounts and back to school sales 2014.

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Topics: Front Page, School of Education

Top Places In The U.S. For A Teaching Career

By Lindsay Amanda on Aug 4, 2014

For some educators, the back to school season means more than stocking up on supplies and new outfits for the first day of school. A recent graduate may be planning to launch a teaching career, and long-time professionals may consider new opportunities for growth. As the teacher shortage intensifies to a critical level, we explore the top places in the U.S. for educators.

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Topics: Front Page, School of Education

Who do Teachers Look up to? Who are Their Heroes?

By Sandy Ramos on Jul 30, 2014

Inspiration often comes from those who are closest to our hearts. Recent alumnus and long-time single mother Sandy Ramos has experienced this firsthand.

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Topics: Schools, Alumni, Student Spotlight, School of Education

How Brandman Attracts And Retains Quality Teachers In Classrooms

By Jina Smith on Jul 29, 2014

Now more than ever before is the best time to be a teacher! The state of California alone is experiencing a huge shortage of qualified educators. According to the California Teachers Association,

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Topics: Happenings, Front Page, School of Education

From Aspiring To Inspiring: An Educator's Story Of Achieving Her Dreams

By Katherine Bumgardner on Jul 10, 2014

Katherine Bumgardner walked across this year's commencement stage full of joy, pride and love for her wonderful, supportive family. As a two-time Brandman University graduate, we are happy to feature her journey from being a once aspiring teacher to becoming an inspiring educator, leader and lifelong learner. Here is Katherine's story in her own words.

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Topics: Alumni, School of Education

Top Ten Technology Tools For Educators

By Vicki Brannock on Jul 9, 2014

It may be summer vacation but educators are always looking for ways to enhance the student experience. There are so many sites competing for your attention it is hard to sift through them all. We have put together a list of some of the best websites and apps for teachers today. This is not exhaustive by any means but it certainly gets you started.

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Topics: Schools, School of Extended Education, School of Education

Graduate Has Early Childhood Education Close to Heart

By Steve Quis on Jun 16, 2014

Melissa Underwood has been teaching at the Child Development Center at West Hills College in Lemoore, California for the past two years. “I love it so much that the pay really isn’t important,” said Underwood. “I know that sounds really cheesy and cliché, but I love the atmosphere and the experience.”  This recent Brandman University graduate has not only inspired her own professional future but has also made a lasting impact on her daughter's educational dreams.

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Topics: Front Page, Student Life, Student Spotlight, School of Education

Transformational Change Project Boosts Ed.D Student into Leadership Role

By Steve Quis on Jun 10, 2014

Damien Phillips never expected to be a school principal less than two years into his profession as an administrator. However, his acceptance into Brandman’s educational doctoral program has given Phillips the nudge he and his school district needed in order to chart a new course for not only his career, but for the culture of Kings Community School in Hanford, California.

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Topics: Student Spotlight, School of Education