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    Music teacher uses music-mixing technology to engage young DJs in STEM learning

    March 9th, 2015

    Before classes begin at Smithland Elementary School in Harrisonburg each morning, beeps, beats and bass can be heard from Perry Shank’s music room. His students are learning the art of sound engineering with the help of music-mixing technology and scientific toys. Shank [EMU BA ’98 in music] teaches his classes and the school’s DJ club how …More

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    EMU alum to head elementary education for Harrisonburg City Schools

    December 18th, 2014

    Elementary grade enrollment is the fastest growing cohort in Harrisonburg City Public Schools, leading the division to create a new position to handle instructional needs. The person filling that post, Waterman Elementary School Principal Jeremy Weaver, will have a big job ahead. In January, Weaver will become the first executive director of elementary education for …More

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    A ‘Royals’ following: Siblings find EMU the right place to thrive and grow

    November 7th, 2014

    Dig a bit into the student population of this “Christian university like no other” and you’ll find about 100 who are sharing their campus experience with siblings. Basketball players, religious studies majors, Iraqi STEM students, and missionary kids are among the siblings who have chosen to attend Eastern Mennonite University together. Some commute from nearby …More

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    Undergrad gets hands-on STEM teaching experience through NASA camp, following Kenya stint

    September 25th, 2014

    Abby Pennington, a biology and education major, was exposed to a highly privileged educational experience and a highly deprived one – all in the summer before her senior year. Going from a three week cross-cultural in Kenya to a ten-day educators’ camp funded by NASA, Pennington emerged hungry to bring experiential education to those who …More

  • Fearing that the kids are not all right with high-stakes testing

    June 24th, 2014

    The kids are not all right. Another high-stakes testing season is winding down, and the school year is finishing with a clap of silence and emptied boxes of No. 2 pencils or, more likely, flickering computer screens. Some kids will seem fine with the testing. Some will even think the tests are fun. Others will …More

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