The Daily Herald profiled Laurie Mason, who earned her master’s degree from National Louis University, as a top teacher for her work with English Language Learners at Field School in Wheeling Township (Illinois) Elementary District 21.
Over her 19 years at the school, she has prepared hundreds of students for an English-speaking life, the newspaper said. Principal LaVonne Knapstein is quoted as saying Mason puts all of her passion, efforts and talents into everything she does.
Mason’s favorite moment as a teacher came last year, when the class was talking about a November tornado which devastated Washington, Ill. Students began discussing, in English, the idea of starting a relief effort, which they followed through on and organized.
Find out Mason’s “five tips from a top teacher.”
WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef interviewed Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. on her book, titled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, and her recent field study work in the Departments of San Marcos and Quezaltenango in western Guatemala. Dr. Heidbrink is an anthropologist, Co-Director of the NLU Public Policy program, and teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.
Full story and interview available here.
John Paulette, an adjunct professor at NLU, contributed to the Chicago Sun-times “Summer School,” series in which area teachers weigh in on the big challenges facing education. As a mentor to young teachers, Paulette shares his insight on the need for teachers to find “their true teaching selves.” Read more.
Husband and wife graduates Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis
National Louis University (NLU) recently recognized graduates at its 2014 commencement ceremonies. With more than 1,750 students earning their degrees this spring from NLU, each has a unique story of goals, struggles and triumphs. For example, former NFL football player Walter Mendenhall celebrated his achievement, and two sets of fathers and daughters received their degrees together. With this in mind, we wanted to share the story of Samuel Hopps and La Shae Hopps-Davis, a married couple who earned their graduate degrees together from NLU.
With an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:
- Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
- Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
- Experiences of children and their families following deportation.
In her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.
On May 27, National Louis University welcomed Odette Yousef, North Side Bureau reporter for WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR affiliate, for a talk on Dispatches from Chicago: Reporting on Immigrant Issues.