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Faculty, Alums Champion Community Schools, Release Book Carlos Azcoitia and Ted Purinton co-edited the book, with chapters by three alums

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Carlos Azcoitia listens to a speaker, while Ted Purinton looks over notes at the “Creating Engagement Between Schools and their Communities” event, held at NLU’s North Shore campus Nov. 4.

The vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.

Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership,  led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading »

Love Writing? Meet Writers, Get Inspiration and Cake at MOSAIC Party Oct. 24 Authors, writers from Tribune and Sun-Times will share tips

screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-4-33-02-pmIf you are a writer, you know the most important reason for eating cake: to allow a few more minutes of procrastination while you stare at a blank screen.

Beat that procrastination problem Monday evening, Oct. 24, at the MOSAIC Writers’ Party at National Louis University’s Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. You’ll get so much inspiration from four well-known writers that you won’t need excuses to start writing that first paragraph. Continue reading »

Building Better LGBT Acceptance in Schools Alum Outlines Need for LGBT School District Employee Affinity Groups

By NLU Alum Kevin O’Connor ’98

10362858_766626973382288_1854493922962478078_nThe tables and seating areas were arranged in the elementary school cafeteria. Forty-five minutes later, as members of our founding organizing committee were greeting each incoming attendee, we were also setting up extra tables. By the start of the meeting, there were 150 people in attendance  more than we had expected.

Participants from the meeting left energized, eager to tell others and ready to move forward with GLASEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Ally School Employee Network for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Continue reading »

Alum’s IDEA Wins ‘School Librarian of the Year’ Award Todd Burleson ’98 created a libratory at Chicagoland school

 

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

2016 School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School, Winnetka, IL (School Library Journal, September 2016) (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic Inc.)

If lightbulbs actually went on over people’s heads like they do in cartoons, the one over the head of Todd Burleson ’98 would be blindingly bright. Burleson has created not only a new concept, but a new word to go with it: Libratory, a library that blends into a laboratory, maker space, place to encourage creativity and hub of design thinking.

For his creation, School Library Journal and Scholastic Library Publishing have recognized Burleson with their School Librarian of the Year award. Continue reading »

Taking Her Degrees to Another Level Once a substitute teacher, now a state-level advocate

160810-GIA-ORR-005Gia Orr ’01 has found that her two degrees from National Louis University — one in education and the other focused on the helping professions — have given her a broad scope of knowledge that has propelled her career forward.

Orr, with her M.S. in Human Services Administration and a ’07 M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision, currently wears many hats for the State of Illinois, mainly centered on empowering people and communities.
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Alum Climbs the Ladder in Law Enforcement He’s held down a spread of job titles in a long career

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

A few unexpected visitors stopped by to give Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 a stack of “copcakes.”

Captain Stephen Garrison ’15 has law enforcement experience stretching as far back as 1988. His job titles run the gamut from computer forensics instructor to Walt Disney World liaison for criminal investigations.

His graduation from National Louis University with a B.S. in Management paved the way for his most recent advancements with the Orange County, Florida Sheriff’s Office.

“Completing my degree was very important in order for me to be eligible for promotion to Captain,” he said.
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Hands-on NLU Grad Champions Technology in Education She was named president-elect of #edtech advocacy nonprofit

fc911c_c9b933b4f8c58f697916c29bd54bc1ceYou might be right if you said that NLU alum Nicole Zumpano ’10 has her hands full. She’s an adjunct faculty member and a graduate of NLU’s M.Ed. in Technology in Education (TIE) program. She’s also a technology coach for Chicago Public Schools and this year was named the president-elect of the nonprofit Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE is the Illinois affiliate of the International Society for Technology in Education, an organization that supports and promotes innovative education for all students.

Zumpano has been a member of ICE since 2005, and it’s been a very busy 11 years. She has presented at conferences, planned conferences, advocated in Springfield, Illinois, moderated webinars and held a number of leadership positions including communications chair, professional development chair, governing board member and ICE secretary.

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NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement

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Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle. Continue reading »

Green Slime, NLU Prof Help Alum Win Science Teacher Award Andrew Bean won grant to install solar panels at his CPS School

Andrew Bean ’12 Congratulations to NLU alum Andrew Bean ’12, who recently received a national award for new science teachers. He had the strong backing of his mentor and NLU prof, Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., who frequently visits Bean’s classroom to whip up green slime, and other science oddities, to attract 13-year-olds’ interest in science.

Bean, who earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education, is an eighth grade science and social studies teacher at William E. Dever Elementary School in the Belmont Heights on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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