National Louis University today announced that two graduates of its National College of Education (NCE) received the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. The National Louis alumnae and 2014 Golden Apple recipients, Rozy Patel and Margot Van Dyke, were part of the prestigious group of 10 total exemplary teachers selected from a pool of 620 nominees and 272 applicants representing 4th-8th grade teachers throughout the Chicagoland area.
Laura Shelton, an eighth-grade science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland, MD, has been named the Prince George’s County, MD, Teacher of the Year. An NLU grad, Shelton was a former correctional officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections before becoming a teacher. She will compete with Teachers of the Year throughout Maryland for the state title, with the winner being announced in October.
NLU Associate Professor Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., has co-authored an article that was recently published in the March issue of the International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Co-written with Deanna Murphy — Science Coordinator at Beach Park District 3, an NLU adjunct professor, and a graduate of the M.Ed. in Science Education program — and Anna Dipinto — a sixth grade ELA teacher in North Chicago, NLU adjunct and MAT graduate — the article, “Messin’ Around: The Role of Play in Middle Level Science Education,” looks at how play in the classroom setting can help students learn. You can read it here.
When service members enroll in the armed forces, they sign a code of conduct in which they pledge to give their lives in defense of the country if called upon to do so. As U.S. citizens who benefit from the sacrifice our service members make every day, it is important to ask ourselves what we can do to support them — especially as more troops return from active duty. It is critical not only to identify advocates for them, but to be an advocate who helps them transition to civilian life. What is our code of support for military troops and veterans?
Those are the words of Monica Haydee Ramos, Student Success Coach at NLU — a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a first-generation college student who earned her B.A. in Education and Human Development from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) before coming to Illinois eight years ago.
I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. After high school, I went to college but had to take a break to care for my mom, who was ill at the time. During that period, I had a lot of student debt to pay back, and I saw an ad on TV about how the Army could help with student loans, so I decided to pursue it. I loved the Army and the structure of it. Most people don’t love boot camp, but I did. While in the service, I spent most of my days in a giant vault, dismantling weapons. I also was able to travel a lot while in the Army and spent my last tour of duty in Egypt. I was in the military for a total of eight years and am 49 now.
Michael Bahi, a member of the ESL STEM Success Grant cohort B and a teacher in Niles Township High School District 219, was recently published in the latest issue of “ITBE Link,” the quarterly newsletter of Illinois TESOL-BE. His article, “A Deceiving Counting System,” deals with the numbering system used in Arabic and the difficulties for those from Arabic language backgrounds in mastering the “Arabic numerals” used with English. You can read it here.
Recently we talked with JoAnn Fisher, Department Commander, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Department District of Columbia, NLU alumna and a member of National Louis University’s Veterans Program Advisory Council. She shared interesting statistics about the DAV, as well as resources for disabled veterans.
According to the National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics, in 2012 more than 3.5 million U.S. military veterans had a service-connected disability. This number has greatly increased since 1986, when there were approximately 2.3 million veterans with service-connected disabilities. With a significant number of current disabled veterans, it is important that this population knows what resources are available to them and how to access them.
The power of online learning in higher education is undeniable. Classes hosted via the Web grant more flexibility to students — particularly working adults, who are trying to juggle their studies with busy lives. They give faculty the chance to bring in other media — video, audio and message boards — to better engage students. And institutions may benefit by increasing their reach beyond campus without paying for new buildings in other locations.