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What To Do With Your Criminal Justice Degree Many opportunities await those with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice

If you’re interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, you are on your way to protecting people in your community, maintaining peace and order, and ensuring that citizens enjoy their Constitutionally-granted freedoms and rights.

You can earn your Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree online or on campus at National Louis University, in order to prepare yourself for the many facets of this rewarding field. Continue reading »

Champion of Teachers Dom Belmonte To Receive NLU Pioneer Award Has worked to recruit excellent teachers, help them blossom in teaching

When Dom Belmonte was teaching American literature at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, he kept an eye out for students he thought would make good teachers someday. He nudged them to go into education.

That passion for cultivating educators started in 1976, when he first got the job at York. It got stronger when he won the Golden Apple award for teaching in 1987, in only the awards’ second year. It went into overdrive in 1996 when the Golden Apple Foundation hired him as CEO, and he generated ideas for incubating potential young teachers and helping mid-career adults transfer their expertise into teaching.

Honoring Belmonte with Pioneer Award

Over the years, his drive to grow teachers and nurture them to excellence in the profession has influenced thousands of teachers and even more of their students. National Louis University is honoring him with its Pioneer Award for his enormous success in bringing excellent teaching to Illinois students. The award will be presented at NLU’s annual Reach Awards gala June 6 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Continue reading »

Education Champ, Real Estate Guru to Deliver Commencement Speeches

On Saturday, June 24, 2017, National Louis University will recognize the exceptional work of student graduates at its 2017 Chicago campus commencement ceremonies.

Dominic Belmonte, Golden Apple Foundation CEO, will deliver the keynote speech at National Louis University’s  commencement for National College of Education (NCE) graduates.

Rick Davidson, an NLU alum and former president and CEO of Century 21 Real Estate, will address the College of Professional Studies and Advancement (CPSA) graduates. Davidson currently heads Everest Group, parent company of Everest-Troop Real Estate. Continue reading »

Daily Herald: Students Sign To Become Teachers, Enter NLU-District 214 Partnership D214 high school students can get college credit from NLU

In a ceremony Thursday, 110 High School District 214 students signed letters of intent to participate in Educator Prep, a partnership the high school district has with National Louis University, according to a Daily Herald article by reporter Doug Graham. 

The letters indicate the students’ interest in entering the teaching profession. District 214, which has nine schools in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, will provide opportunities for them to take education classes and student teach, and some of those classes will count for college credit at National Louis University. Continue reading »

NLU’s San Filippo on ‘Law Enforcement Today’ Show Speaks about support for Wounded Officers

NLU’s David San Filippo, Ph.D., has a daughter who chose law enforcement as a career, and that inspired him to work with the Wounded Officers Initiative, which supports law enforcement officers who have been injured.

San Filippo, chair of the Health Studies Programs in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement and a licensed mental health counselor, volunteers as clinical director of the Wounded Officers Initiative’s Blue Line Support program. Continue reading »

From Wall Street to the West Side: Ohannes Wins ‘Outstanding Beginning Teacher’ Award Carrie Ohannes, who left high finance to teach middle grades in North Lawndale, will receive award June 12

Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.

Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path  to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading »

NLU’s Community Psychology Program Gets Highest Honor for Excellence APA's Society for Community Research and Action bestows Excellence in Education award

Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.

A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been  lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.

That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.

Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. Continue reading »

Tips to Becoming a School Principal in Illinois Here's how to become an administrator, earn the Illinois principal endorsement

Some educators love teaching in the classroom, and others find themselves interested in the bigger picture of how their schools run, how well curriculum meets students’ needs and how the school fits into the district and community.

If you find yourself drawn to administration, consider becoming a school principal in Illinois. Principals provide critically important leadership and support that allows teachers to do their best work and maximizes opportunities for students to learn. Continue reading »

Visionary Sees a Need, Partners With NLU To Create Human Services Management Program Vincent Pettinelli worked as a psychotherapist, started a $350 million company providing human services, found a persistent problem, proposed a solution

By Pam DeFiglio

When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum.  The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent.  He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.

Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading »

Job-Seekers, Follow 7 Rules To Get the Perfect References The employer wants to hire you, but has to check your references first

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University

You just blew the employers away with your expertise and skills from your final interview. You are offered the position, just as long as the employer can contact and speak with your references. References are an important piece in the interview process because they can validate what candidates have placed on their resumes. To ensure this step doesn’t interfere with your offer, follow these seven rules regarding your references. Continue reading »