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Tech Companies, Universities Connect To Better Prep Students for Jobs Tech companies want soft-skills, problem-solving ability, lifelong learners

161129-america-urban-campus-roundtable-020In an employer’s ideal world, universities would prepare students for their careers with the right mix of foundational knowledge, skills and practical experience that hiring companies seek. Instead, however, many potential employers, at least in the tech industry,  are finding that hiring and training newly-minted graduates can be a bumpy process.

In an effort to stem the disconnect and communicate about how universities can give students the preparation employers seek, the Illinois Technology Association convened a “Forecast Roundtable” event on Nov. 29. America’s Urban Campus, a consortium of 22 Chicago universities (including National Louis University), and World Business Chicago acted as co-conveners. Continue reading »

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 »

NLU Partners With Year Up To Ready Students To Achieve Program uses education, internships to prepare struggling youth to work

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Year Up alum Brahulio Ignez, from left, Cook County state’s attorney candidate Kim Foxx, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., Year Up Executive Director Jack Crowe and Year Up alums Charlotte Norman and Steven Cannon pose for a photo at the Year Up breakfast on Oct. 14.

The young people who find themselves at Year Up, a non-profit which offers 18-24-year-olds a yearlong preparation for the working world, have many different stories. Some had parents who had died, or were too ill to take care of them. Many lived in challenging neighborhoods where they didn’t know people who had steady jobs and stable home lives. Most of them didn’t have plans for college or a career, and some barely had enough income for day-to-day life.

All of them eventually heard about Year Up, and in a defining moment of their lives, applied and were accepted. Year Up partners with educational institutions to offer six months of education and six months of internship in a business. After they complete the program, 85 percent of graduates become employed or enroll in higher education within six months. Continue reading »

Learning How Domestic Violence Victims Feel Students take part in 'In Her Shoes' Domestic Violence Experiential Training

My name is Roz, and I’m married to Marty. We have two kids. He gets mad, picks fights over my cooking, criticizes me and starts hitting me. He has broken my nose, and one time he broke my rib, too. But this last fight we had was the last straw, and I’ve had it. I want to leave him.

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An NLU student playing the role of a domestic violence victim tries to decide what her next step should be. Her teammates can talk to her, but she has to carry her own suitcase and “children,” in the form of stuffed animals.

On a quiet Thursday morning at NLU’s Chicago campus, Criminal Justice student Gelissa Nealon is playing Roz’s role during an experiential training exercise called “In Her Shoes.” Advocates for domestic violence victims in Washington state developed the training, and based it on the experiences of real people. Continue reading »

New to National Louis: Inclusive U Written by Courtney Brinson, Graduate Assistant in the Office of Student Experience

shutterstock_318054821With the fall term off to a great start, an excellent way for students to develop themselves as well as contribute to the development of our University learning community is through Inclusive U! Inclusive U is a program designed to engage students, staff, and faculty in unique professional development opportunities geared towards improving skills and knowledge around inclusivity and positive civic engagement. 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 »

Crain’s: NLU’s MBA Program Innovating To Provide Online and Networking Crain's Chicago Business wrote about NLU's hybrid techniques

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.41.31 PMCrain’s Chicago Business led an article about the balance between online flexibility and in-person networking in MBA programs by describing NLU’s program and quoting Catherine Honig, Ph.D., director of the MBA program.

The article described how Honig recorded a class lecture and put it on the cloud, but gathered all students virtually in real time for a live chat forum. Such an approach meets students’ needs for flexibility because the class was offered online, but it also fulfills their desire to network by letting them engage with each other. Some of the value of an MBA comes from networking, the magazine pointed out.

Writer Judith Ruiz-Branch also wrapped up the article quoting Honig saying that NLU’s goal is to meet MBA students’ needs.

See the article here.

‘Wearable Technologies’ Article by Associate Dean Borthwick Drawing Attention She examines pros and cons of smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and others

 

borthwick-arlene-001Is there a place for personal wearable technologies, such as smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and Muse (which tracks brain activity) in the classroom?

Yes, but there are concerns too, according to Arlene Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, and her co-authors. They just learned at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference that their article, “Personal Wearable Technologies in Education: Value or Villain?” was the most-downloaded article from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education so far in 2016. Continue reading »

NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »

Scientist Outlines Climate Change Dangers in Earth Week Event Seth Darling of Argonne National Lab calls for changes to reduce CO2 threat

 

DSCN0641 - Version 2The story of climate change ranges from drilling holes in Arctic ice to measure Earth’s air temperatures over the past million years, bracing for the jump in the use of fossil fuels as China and India industrialize and predicting which coastal cities will be submerged due to global warming.

But mostly, climate change is the story of energy—where we get it, how we use it and whether it’s renewable, said Seth B. Darling, Ph.D., who holds a joint appointment as a scientist with the Argonne National Laboratory and as a Fellow in the Institute of Molecular Engineering at University of Chicago.  He presented a “Global Climate Change: The Path to a Sustainable Future” lecture April 20 at the Lisle campus to mark Earth Week, and NLU Environmental Committee representatives also led discussions of his points at the Wheeling campus. Continue reading »