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From Paris to NLU: Worth It To The End! Prof tells why she left France to earn two NLU degrees

 

By Elizabeth Schaefer, M.S., M.A., Professional Adjunct Lecturer, National Louis University

eiffeltowerstockI chose to leave Paris, France–the City of Lights–to attend National Louis University.

I’ll be honest; it was a difficult choice.

To explain, let me tell you what I do now, and how I got here. Continue reading »

Find Out Who Won Faculty, Staff Awards of Excellence NLU presented awards for teaching, service and scholarship

 

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Provost Alison Hilsabeck, from left, Board Chairman Scott Smith, Craig Cunningham, Virginia Jagla, Ursula Pawlowski, Roy Kaelin, Aggie Hanni, Joel Henshaw and President Nivine Megahed pose after awards were presented.

Hundreds of National Louis University faculty and staff waited with anticipation on Sept. 8 to learn who would win this year’s awards for faculty and staff excellence.

Prof. Dan Buckman, Ed.D., a past winner of the Teaching Award of Excellence, announced the winners at the Fall Connections gathering, a kickoff to the fall quarter.

The Faculty Awards of Excellence recognize NLU full-time and adjunct faculty in the areas of teaching, service, and research. Continue reading »

Dr. Azcoitia Invited To Spain to Share Leadership Expertise He taught an educational leadership seminar to graduate students

 

 

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Carlos Azcoitia, standing, poses with the students to whom he taught a two-day Educational Leadership seminar. It took place at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. recently traded his NLU classroom for one at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

Officials there invited him to teach a two-day seminar on educational leadership to students who aspire to be teacher leaders or principals. They are pursuing their master’s degrees in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence, in partnership with the Botin Foundation. Continue reading »

Helping Transform Ordinary Kids Into Writing Enthusiasts IWP announces summer trainings, including all-new workshop

By Steve Zemelman, Ph.D.
NLU adjunct professor and director of the Illinois Writing Project

SteveNational Louis University’s Illinois Writing Project (IWP) is one of the most active and widely praised affiliates of the National Writing Project, a network of university-based professional development programs for educators. The IWP works with teachers across Chicagoland, providing workshops on teaching writing, summer leadership institutes, conferences, kids’ summer writing camps and consulting to help schools achieve in-depth improvement in writing instruction.

Accomplished IWP teacher leaders help teachers make writing meaningful and engaging for students. They guide teachers to organize their classrooms to address students’ individual needs and actively teach and support writing, rather than just make arbitrary assignments and mark them up with comments kids don’t learn from. Students’ writing becomes an authentic use of their voices to communicate with real audiences, and a tool for learning in all subjects. Kids begin to plead for more writing time, rather than moan about dreaded assignments.

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Undergrad Business Program Gets New Director Bettyjo Bouchey has experience in marketing, PR, management

BettyjoBoucheyAs NLU works to continually  keep its business offerings state-of-the-art, Bettyjo Bouchey, MBA, Ed.D., has joined the university as Program Director of the Undergraduate Business program.

Bouchey, an associate professor of business and management, will also teach business courses.

“I am thrilled that she brings a wealth of expertise and experience and new energy to the team,” said Judah Viola, dean of the College of Professional Studies and Advancement, which includes the School of Business and Management. Continue reading »

NLU Prof Won Fulbright, Chairing Prestigious Caldecott Awards Dr. Junko Yokota credited with most diverse Caldecott book honors ever

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NLU’s Dr. Junko Yokota poses in front of the University of Wroclaw, Poland, where she is teaching on a Fulbright award.

NLU’s Junko Yokota, Ph.D., is having an amazing couple of years. Newspapers all over the world — in Korea, Turkey and Poland—are writing about her.

In 2013, she was chosen to chair the jury to determine the winners of the 2015 Caldecott  children’s book award. If you’ve ever browsed children’s books, you’ll recognize the Caldecott as one of the top honors in this category of literature.

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NLU Prof: I’m Here to Listen, See World Through Your Eyes Oxford Blog describes NLU Prof Mark Larson's conversational approach to oral histories

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.47.48 AMMark Larson was interviewed twice by the noted Chicago-based interviewer Studs Terkel.

“I know what it is like to be listened to for an extended session and with intense curiosity,” Larson wrote in the Oxford University Press blog. ” I believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard that way.”

Thus Larson, an assistant professor of education in National Louis University’s National College of Education, has started his own blog, American Stories Continuum, to showcase the oral history interviews he conducts–about 200 so far. Continue reading »

Viola Posts Tips To National Association Blog

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.07.16 PMJudah Viola, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences within NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, recently published a post on the American Evaluators Association blog.

Viola provided tips to build an independent consulting practice specializing in program evaluation and collaborative community research.

You can see the post by clicking here.

 

Why Gestures Help Teachers Teach And Learners Learn: Profs Explain Original Research Nov. 3

ManGesturing'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.

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Can Academics Solve the Tricky Problem of Global Illiteracy? Two NLU Profs Give It Their Best Shot

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Across the globe, 781 million adults cannot read or write, according to UNESCO.

Is it crazy to think academics can help developing nations solve that problem, even as those nations grapple with hunger, disease, lack of infrastructure and other quagmires?

Not after an enthusiastic conversation with Anthony Cree, O.A.M., an NLU visiting professor, and Professor James O’Meara, Director of NCE Program Analysis and Development  at NLU. The two Australian-born professors, who organize conferences which attract heads of state and education ministers from around the globe, talk passionately about how raising literacy levels can raise standards of living, improve health and spark learning in struggling nations.

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