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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 »

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 »

After Standoff, American Psychological Association Honors Dr. Brad Olson In an about-face, two APA divisions will reward his anti-torture work

 

BradOlson2016For years, NLU’s Brad Olson, Ph.D., and a few other hardy souls were dissenters–the lone voices protesting the American Psychological Association’s close relationship with U.S. military officials who were practicing torture on terrorism suspects.

Last year, the APA did an about-face, with its membership voting overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

Now, to complete the 180-degree change in its position on torture,  APA is honoring Olson, whom  the association once criticized for his stance against the association’s close ties to the torture process. Actually, Olson is receiving two separate awards from two different APA divisions. Continue reading »

NLU’s Ramos Awarded Fulbright to Germany Program taught Germany's approaches to education, encouraged sharing of ideas

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Monica Ramos received a Fulbright Scholarship to Germany.

Monica Ramos, NLU’s Director of Family and Community Engagement,  spent June and part of July in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship.

The program gave Ramos and other American participants an intensive look at the German educational system, in order to enrich their own teaching in the U.S. and strengthen ongoing communications between educators in the two countries. Continue reading »

Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start

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NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dhupelia at White House to Judge Educational App Contest Competition was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative

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Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, poses with the White House in the background. She participated there as a judge in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative Career App Challenge.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate at the White House as a judge in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, a competition launched by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is a prize competition for mobile app developers, educators, and data mavens to create apps designed to help middle school and high school students navigate education and career pathways.

“The Challenge has created an opportunity for true innovation and advancement in the types of career development tools available to students starting from a young age,” Dhupelia said. 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 »

Dr. O’Meara Speaks at London’s House of Lords on Growing the Teacher Workforce International summit considers how to address the worldwide teacher shortage

omearahouseoflordsNLU’s Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., recently spoke on education in London at the House of Lords, which forms part of the United Kingdom’s Parliament. O’Meara, who is president of the International Council on Education for Teaching, stressed the need to increase the numbers of quality teachers to end the current worldwide shortage.

He was taking part in a high-level international education summit aimed at  improving the lives of young people globally through education.

Teachers, researchers, academics and policy makers from around the world attended the conference, titled the Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit. Continue reading »

Pioneer, Reach Awards Presented at Elegant NLU Event Speakers inspired attendees at gala fundraiser

 

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Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.

NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.

As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.

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Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.

“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading »

Two Students Receive Awards from Honor Society The National Society for Leadership and Success provided scholarships to Lankah, Long

The National Society for Leadership and Success, a student honor society, honored two of its members in the NLU community with scholarship awards.

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Samuel Lankah received a National Society for Leadership and Success scholarship.

Samuel Lankah received the Emerging Leaders Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. He will be earning his Master’s in Healthcare Administration degree next month. Continue reading »