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NLU Alum Sally Keith Named Top Teacher by Daily Herald She teaches behavior, builds community for first-graders in Winfield school

 

district“Eyes looking.” “Ears listening.” “Voices quiet.” Those are some of the words NLU alum Sally Keith uses to help teach behavior to her first-grade class at Pleasant Hill School in west suburban Winfield, Ill., according to the Daily Herald newspaper.

Keith’s colleagues and principal say she can quiet the first-graders and maintain order in a way that commands respect for both teacher and students, and also stays present and fun.   The principal, Christine Frederick, says Keith creates a high level of engagement with her students.

For these reasons and more, the Daily Herald chose Keith for its monthly Top Teacher award.

Keith earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and also obtained a master’s in administration and leadership from Aurora University.

Want to know her six teaching tips for new teachers? The Daily Herald gives them here.

 

 

Former White House Staffer to Speak at NLU’s First Latino Family Conference Latino Families Invited to ‘Familias En Educación’ April 18

Hispanicgradandfamily¡Vamos a la Universidad! ¡Si, se puede!

Yes, you can go to college!

Come find out how to obtain grant and scholarship money for yourself, or your child, to attend college when National Louis University sponsors its first annual Latino Family Conference, “Familias en Educación,” on Saturday, April 18.

Las presentaciones e información serán in Español.  Presentations and information will be in Spanish.

Lunch and refreshments for the family will be provided at this free event, and there will be supervision for children younger than high school age.

Jose Rico, former executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and a National Louis University alum, will speak about why it’s so important for Latinos to attend college, and how a degree will open up opportunities.

You can also learn about the demand in the marketplace for educated Hispanic professionals, how parents can help students with their studies, and how to finance a university education, including grants and scholarships.

Please RSVP to Monica.Ramos@nl.edu or telephone 312-261-3064, so we may prepare the correct amount of food.

The event will be Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at National Louis University’s Wheeling Campus, 1000 Capitol Drive, Wheeling, Ill., in the first-floor Public Forum Room.

Alum Writes Personalized Books To Help Special-Needs Students In creating a resource for her special-needs child, she extended the same support to others

 

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Heather McCarthy, right, an NLU alum, is starting with her friend and colleague Kate Ryan a company that makes personalized books for special-needs children. The books will help the children communicate their conditions to teachers and fellow students.

By Nicholas A. Love

Heather McCarthy ’08, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, is partnering with her friend and colleague at Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School to write personalized picture books for children with special needs.

It is not unusual for McCarthy, a language arts teacher, to turn to books when needing a solution. This hardcover problem solving began as a book she wrote to help her daughter communicate special needs with teachers and peers at school. That book soon multiplied into a collaboration between McCarthy and others to make books available to any school-age child with special needs, ranging from rare conditions, like the rare metabolic disorder her children have, to common conditions like food allergies. Continue reading »

Principal Mentoring Program Selects NLU as Partner Future School Principals Prepared for Leadership in Chicago Schools

 

ChicagoLeadershipCollaborativeNational Louis University students who aspire to become school principals have an exceptional opportunity to be mentored by a high-performing principal in a Chicago Public School.

Through CPS’ Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC),  aspiring principals participate in a year-long internship. It is designed to train and support effective principals-to-be, and prepare them to lead a school from day one on the job in a principal position.  Continue reading »

Three Rockford-area National Louis Alums Win Golden Apples Laurie Mayer, Amy Orvis and James Schoepski win prestigious teaching awards

 

goldenapplerockfordlogoWhen the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford handed out its 2015 Golden Apple awards on March 12, three National Louis University alums got surprises when foundation officials walked into their classrooms to present them with the coveted teaching awards. They were followed by reporters and the teachers’ family members.

The three alums are:

  • Laurie Meyer, a sixth-grade English literature and sixth- through eighth-grade Spanish teacher at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and teaching and learning assessment from National Louis University. Read news story
  • Amy Orvis, a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and language arts teacher at Rockford School District’s Maria Montessori School at Thurgood Marshall. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University. Read news story
  • James Schoepski, a ninth- through 12-grade social studies at Belvidere High School.
    He has a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. Read news story

 

A Veteran’s Impact Comes Full Circle Prof’s Values, Inspired By Two Generations of Veterans, Inform His Teaching to Student Veterans

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Dr. Danny McGuire Jr., standing, reflects to his NLU students many of the values ingrained in him by his father, Danny McGuire Sr., a veteran. Both men served on the Chicago police force.

 

By Darlene Cook

For many student veterans students studying Criminal Justice, Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., has become an ally, mentor, and life coach as he applies his experience as a police officer and the lessons of his father, a Vietnam veteran, to his daily interactions with his students. Dr. Danny, as his students affectionately call him, played a key role in launching the Criminal Justice program at National Louis University in 2012, but it is his more than 20 years of service in law enforcement, following closely in his father’s footsteps, which shaped his role and commitment to his students in the classroom.

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Mexican Consul Honors NLU students, Provides Community Service Training

 

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Six National Louis University students earned recognition, and scholarships, from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago on March 20. They also learned about the programs and projects where they will be providing community service, which is required in order to receive the scholarships, earlier in the week.

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NLU Named to Next Gen’s Breakthrough Models Incubator The award encourages NLU to move forward as a leader in tech and learning

 

National Louis University has received an honor that furthers its growth as a leader in using technology in innovative ways to improve teaching and foster learning.

Next Generation Learning Challenges has named NLU to its list of 10 universities which make up the Breakthrough Models Incubator 2015 Cohort.

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Join Peace Circle For Deeper Listening On Racial Understanding Tuesday event, first in a series, will focus on #BlackLivesMatter topic

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By Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., and Mary Kelly, M.A., CAS

All are welcome to participate in the first in a series of PEACE CIRCLE events, which will take place at the Chicago Campus on Tuesday, March 24th from 6-8 pm.

The purpose of this series is to convene a diverse group of people (NLU students, alumni, and our community) for honest and respectful dialog about the Black Lives Matter Movement (racial understanding) . Trained circle-keepers will facilitate several intimate, interracial and inter-generational peace circle style conversations to foster deeper listening, understanding and respect, all precursors to real justice.
Peace Circles were inspired by both Native American and African Traditions of sharing dialogue in a circle to build unity. Continue reading »

Students, Prof Visit D.C., Brief Congress on Children Crossing U.S. Border Alone They presented data on surprising reasons children come, comment on U.S. policy

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Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., to brief Congressional representatives on the issue of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S.

 

By Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada

We recently had the opportunity to take our classroom knowledge to the national stage.

We are both graduate students in the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, and have been working for months with our professor, Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., on the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing borders into the U.S.

In February, we traveled with Dr. Heidbrink to Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and their staffs on her research with young migrants in Central America and her assessments of U.S. foreign policies on development and migration in the region.

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