Just three weeks ago, LinkedIn, the popular business-oriented social media site, launched its University Rankings and University Finder for people seeking a college whose graduates get jobs in their chosen fields.
This is a rubber-meets-the-road test unlike any other rankings system, and National Louis University performed extremely well. To gauge the results, LinkedIn taps into its own database of 300 million members and identifies the universities they attended and the desirable employers they work for. It then determines which universities produce the highest number of alumni who work for desirable employers in the fields in which they pursued their degrees.
Grocery stores and restaurants often have leftover, perishable food that must soon be eaten or thrown out. Meanwhile, many people in need go hungry.
NLU Criminal Justice and Human Service students recently directed some of that food to the needy when they spent time packing for The Food Circle, a non-profit which tries to prevent food waste and connect the food with people in need of resources.
Speaking and gesturing are part of a single, integrated system, recent research has found. Though people are often unaware of gesturing, hands can indeed talk—and help listen.
This finding can lend a key insight to both teachers and learners: the power of gesturing can help teachers teach, learners learn and teachers assess how much the students have learned.
Kristin Lems, Ph.D, of National Louis University’s Curriculum and Instruction Department, leads Triton College students in a multicultural song for toddlers. NLU was showcasing its early childhood education program for the Triton students.
Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., of NLU works with Triton College students in the Chicago campus library to examine children’s literature.
Triton College students gathered to reflect on what they had learned about NLU’s early childhood education program.
About 35 Triton College students sang multicultural songs, critically examined children’s books and contemplated getting an Early Childhood Education degree at National Louis University when they visited the Chicago Campus for an Institute Day recently.
“We’re bringing more students to NLU, but we’re also supporting those students who want to obtain licensure and get going versus saying, ‘Well, I’ll never pass that hurdle, and I can’t reach my goal,’” said Sherri Bressman, Ed.D., Assistant Director of Teacher Preparation at NLU. “We need to support them so they can be competent.”
By Richard Schak, Criminal Justice Program Director
National Louis University has been approved for a chapter of the Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honors Society). Our Chapter name is Phi Psi and we are accepting new members. The criteria for joining our chapter is as follows:
Undergraduate Students: Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in an institution represented by a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. They must have declared a major, minor or equivalent in criminal justice or a related field, have completed three full-time semesters or their equivalent. They must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice classes, and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field.
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in joining our new chapter, please email Chapter Advisors Mr. Rich Schak, Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Dan McGuire, email@example.com.
When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.
Wallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.
Here’s an entry in the “great minds think alike” department. School Library Journal printed NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput’s book review of Every Day is Malala Day, published by Second Story Press for second- to fourth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whom the Taliban shot in the head for championing girls’ right to go to school. Malala, who survived the shooting and attends school in the United Kingdom, shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who fights child labor.
NLU’s Rajput, who is full-time Library faculty and also the Children’s and Youth Literature librarian for the university, quoted from Malala’s July 2013 speech to the United Nations, which ended with the words, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” Rajput concludes the review by describing the book as, “an effective introduction to an important social justice issue.”
Rajput also teaches School Library courses in NLU’s National College of Education for teachers who are adding the school library credential to their teaching licenses.
Are you an idea person? Do you have a sense of innovation? A company called Global English Editing is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a college student who has a great idea for improving the future of the United States. Enter your 200-word essay by Dec. 31; you’ll find out if you’re a winner by Jan. 14, 2015. For more information, see the company’s website.
By James O’Meara, Ed.D.
On Oct. 5, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966.
The Chicago Declaration, shown in draft form below, represents a call for governments and multilateral agencies around the world to invest in the future of countries by building teacher capacity to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.