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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 »

Commencement Speakers Offer Inspiring Stories One survived a refugee camp to enter Harvard; one fights to help children

Two speakers with powerful stories will address NLU graduates at Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, June 12.

color72dpi2Mawi Asgedom, who survived war in Africa, a refugee camp and personal tragedy, persevered and graduated from Harvard University.  He is an author and inspirational speaker, motivating students to leadership and success. He will speak at NLU’s National College of Education Commencement.

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How do you develop Administrative Leadership skills? When promoted into administration, writer found two resources helpful

shutterstock_290031071Enjoy this blog post from NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Leadership blog. In a recent Whole Leadership post on the McCormick blog, Teri Talan introduced administrative leadership by considering its definition and importance. This led Tarah Kadzielawski to wonder, how do you improve administrative leadership skills? She reflects on her experience as a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. She shares her journey, the advice she’d give her younger self, and her favorite resources for developing administrative leadership.

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In last week’s Whole Leadership post, Teri Talan started us in a new direction, Administrative Leadership. My personal background is similar to many other program leaders in our field—I was a strong teacher who was promoted into administration. In my personal experience with administrative leadership, I felt I could handle pedagogical leadership and thought I had many leadership essentials; however, I knew I was in need of some support and resources to build up my administrative leadership skills. (In hindsight I’m sure I was in need of more resources for pedagogical leadership and leadership essentials as well, but that is a different blog post.)

To build up my administrative leadership skills, I turned to the resources at my disposal. There were director’s networks—I was involved in—related to different funding sources such as Head Start and state pre-K. However, these didn’t provide the administrative leadership skill development that I sought. Two professional learning opportunities that I participated in did help develop my administrative leadership skills: Continue reading »

NLU President Presents With Higher Ed Leaders Dr. Megahed Asked to Participate with Five Other Leading University Presidents

nivinemegahed4_webNational Louis University President Nivine Megahed Ph.D., participated in a high-level talk Jan. 15 in Washington, D.C. with presidents of five leading universities from around the nation.

Though diverse, the universities have one thing in common. Each of their presidents is leading the school through a period of change, whether that be a rebalancing of academic offerings, a repositioning in the marketing place or a successful turnaround. Continue reading »

How Volkswagen Could Have Saved $40 Billion, MBA Profs Say Company failed at authentic leadership, which NLU's MBA emphasizes

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Volkwagen exhibit at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. MBA professors and students at National Louis University said VW showed a failure of authentic leadership. Photo credit: Darren Brode / Shutterstock.com

The international Volkswagen scandal, which is generating daily headlines, was a failure on the part of the German automaker’s officials to practice integrity, transparency and similar values encapsulated in the concept of authentic leadership, according to a National Louis University MBA professor.

And far from just harming Germany, the scandal, nicknamed Dieselgate because the automaker installed devices on its diesel vehicles that would show emissions as lower than they actually were, is causing economic, social and environmental ills to people here in the Chicago area. Industry experts say the scandal may ultimately cost Volkswagen $40 billion.

Another MBA professor questioned whether regulators can keep up with the complex software algorithms which industries such as automakers and financial services are increasingly employing.

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Education Leaders Brainstorm Higher Ed at Gates Symposium at NLU They examine today's realities, opportunities, hear from experts

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Gates Symposium attendees at National Louis University listen to keynote speaker Mitchell Stevens of Stanford University.

Top educators, policy analysts, EdTech designers, foundations and other thought leaders from around the nation gathered Oct. 1 at National Louis University (NLU) for the “Higher Education on the Growing Edge: Uncommon Thinking Around the Common Core and New Models for Student Success” Symposium, generously funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As higher education grapples with a shift to digital learning, high costs, the need to prepare students for viable careers and bridging the high school-to-college divide, experts are challenged to uncover new solutions to enduring barriers that prevent access to and persistence through higher education for millions of American students. Continue reading »

NLU President Explores Tech Learning at Educelerate Megahed moderates keynote panel at conference

 

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Dr. Nivlne Megahed, NLU President, from left, Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and Phil Komarny, CEO of Robots and Pencils speak during the Educelerate keynote.

How can personalization in learning technology aid students? How can developers help instructors become comfortable with personalization technology? And can personalization help higher education attract more students and see them through to their degrees?

National Louis University President Nivine Megahed moderated the keynote panel at the Educelerate conference Sept. 24, guiding a discussion featuring presenters Raghu Krishnaiah, COO of Western Governors University and soon-to-be COO of the University of Phoenix, and Phil Komarny, CEO of app developer Robots and Pencils, which developed TEx, the University of Texas system learning app which debuted in early September 2015. Continue reading »

When One Leader Exits and Another Emerges: How NLU’s McCormick Center Spent 4 Years Planning For Succession

 

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Paula Jorde Bloom, left, and Sue Offutt pose at an NLU reception in honor of Bloom’s 30 years of service and retirement.

 

Paula Jorde Bloom founded NLU’s McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership in 1985, and led it for its entire existence until now. So what happens when a founder decides to retire? She follows her own advice, as outlined in her books and thought leadership, and brings in her successor for thorough training (four years’ worth) before she takes the reins.

In their own words, here are what both women had to say about that experience.

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Celebrating Paula Bloom’s 30 Years As A Leader In Early Childhood Education

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As Paula Bloom, Ph.D., left, retires, Sue Offutt, Ph.D., will take over the helm of the McCormick Center. The two spent four years mapping out the transition.

 

There were lots of hugs, laughter and even a few tears as the NLU and McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership communities celebrated Paula Jorde Bloom’s  (Ph.D.) 30 years at NLU and her retirement.

“She’s an icon and a rock star,” said Chip Donahue, Ph.D., dean of distance learning and technology at Erikson Institute. “You just need to say ‘Paula’ and everyone in the field knows who you mean.”

Bloom has been a national leader in the effort to professionalize the field of Early Childhood Education, both through her own teaching and mentoring and her leadership at the McCormick Center, which trains and coaches early childhood administrators, evaluates early childhood centers, performs research and advocates for quality early childhood education.

Much of the work is in creating standards for quality early childhood programming, and supporting the teachers and administrators who deliver it to children and families.

Bloom, who has written many books on Early Childhood Education and served on boards of national associations in the field, is retiring, but will still be available for advisement, and will continue to serve on some association boards.

The celebration was held Sept. 12 at the University Club in Chicago.

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Bloom poses with Safiyah Jackson, director of training for NCE grants, at Bloom’s retirement celebration.

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A luncheon honoring Paula Jorde Bloom, Ph.D., on her 30th anniversary at NLU and retirement was held at the University Club.

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Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president, welcomed guests to Paula Jorde Bloom’s anniversary and retirement celebration.

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Paula Jorde Bloom told attendees that it took her eight weeks to pack up her office, and she savored memories brought back by old photos, books and even a microfiche.

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NLU and McCormick Center faculty and staff, and other Early Childhood Education experts, greeted each other at Bloom’s celebration.

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Sue Offutt, Ph.D., director of the McCormick Center, welcomed McCormick faculty to the front area at the luncheon.

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Bloom reminisces with McCormick Center faculty at her celebration luncheon. (Photos by Nick Love.)

Watch the NLU Alumni Magazine for an in-depth story on how she created her life’s work.

A new chapter for online learning at NLU

shutterstock_97376669The power of online learning in higher education is undeniable. Classes hosted via the Web grant more flexibility to students — particularly working adults, who are trying to juggle their studies with busy lives. They give faculty the chance to bring in other media — video, audio and message boards — to better engage students. And institutions may benefit by increasing their reach beyond campus without paying for new buildings in other locations.

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