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Portland - Oregon, Aug. 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Concordia University-Portland and its nationwide College of Education alumni network of more than 10,000 educators are going back to school this fall with renewed optimism for the incredible potential of every child.




"This back-to-school season, we're honoring the passion and dedication of our nation's teachers," said Concordia's College of Education Dean Sheryl Reinisch. "Concordia joins in celebrating teachers on their #firstdayofschool and encourages lifelong learning."


Here is how to get involved: teachers can download their customizable back to school poster at to share how many first days they've had in their career. They will post it to social media and include their number of first days: "It's my __#FirstDayOfSchool."  Teachers everywhere are encouraged to rally their educator peers to download the poster and share their #FirstDayOfSchool moments.


Concordia University-Portland prepares educators through its bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees online and on campus. The university's educator alumni network is more than 10,000 strong, reaching elementary, middle, and high school students.


At Concordia, current and future teachers are immersed from day one in real school environments. This emphasis on field experiences – early and often – helps drive classroom discussions, theory, and coursework, and serves as the foundation of a new, collaborative education model called 3 to PhD®.


Follow the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram #firstdayofschool.



Located in Portland, Oregon, Concordia University is a nonprofit, private Lutheran university founded in 1905 with a mission of preparing leaders for the transformation of society. Concordia serves students nationwide on its campuses and online, through its College of Education, College of Health & Human Services, College of Arts & Sciences, School of Management, and Concordia University School of Law in Boise, Idaho. For more information, visit and


Madeline Turnock
Concordia University Portland

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