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Students, Prof Visit D.C., Brief Congress on Children Crossing U.S. Border Alone They presented data on surprising reasons children come, comment on U.S. policy

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Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., to brief Congressional representatives on the issue of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S.

 

By Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada

We recently had the opportunity to take our classroom knowledge to the national stage.

We are both graduate students in the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, and have been working for months with our professor, Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., on the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing borders into the U.S.

In February, we traveled with Dr. Heidbrink to Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and their staffs on her research with young migrants in Central America and her assessments of U.S. foreign policies on development and migration in the region.

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NLU Alumna Enters The Peace Corps After Early Retirement

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NLU Alum Sandra Mattison retired early from teaching fifth grade and will volunteer with the Peace Corps in Uganda for about two years. She will support primary education.

After 22 years of teaching in an elementary school, Sandra Mattison, 54, of Wheaton, Ill., retired early and embarked on another adventure. She left recently for Uganda, where she will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer for about two years.

Mattison, B.A. in Elementary Education ’92 and M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction ’04, will use her professional experience and National Louis University education to support primary education in Uganda.

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In Honor of World Teachers Day, Share Your Views On Global Literacy

By James O’Meara, Ed.D.

On Oct. 5, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Teachers’ Day, a day commemorating the adoption of the UNESCO/ILO Recommendations concerning the Status of Teachers in 1966.

The Chicago Declaration, shown in draft form below, represents a call for governments and multilateral agencies around the world to invest in the future of countries by building teacher capacity to meet the diverse learning needs of every girl and boy.

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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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Students From Mexico Visit NLU For A Global Learning Experience

By Monica Haydee Ramos

National Louis University welcomed about 50 visiting students and professors from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) in Guadalajara, Mexico on Aug. 19.

They traveled to Chicago to experience NLU and the culture of Chicago. NLU students and faculty from the Chicago Teachers Partnership (CTPP) grant program participated in this event. Additionally, Rebeca Aguilar Quevedo, Coordinator of the Education Programs from the Department of Community Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago, was the keynote speaker at this event. She addressed the importance of attaining a college degree and using that knowledge to foster leadership capabilities in the students’ communities and lives.

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