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CPS’ Aarti Dhupelia Joins NLU, Will Lead Professional Pathways Program Tells WBEZ it's an extension of the work she's done at CPS

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Aarti Dhupelia will join NLU Sept. 28 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.

Aarti Dhupelia, a high-level Chicago Public Schools official charged with motivating high school students to enroll in college, graduate and achieve career success, is joining NLU as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. She will lead the Harrison Professional Pathways Program, NLU’s reinvention of college into an innovative high-tech, high-touch approach to make a quality four-year undergraduate education affordable to almost everyone.

Dhupelia told WBEZ Radio’s Becky Vevea the job is a natural transition from her position as  Chief Officer of the Office of College and Career Success.

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Prof: Four Questions Chicago Schools Must Always Ask Catalyst-Chicago features opinion piece by NLU's Dr. Azcoitia, until recently a CPS board member

 

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Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. a distinguished professor of practice at National Louis University, served on the Chicago Board of Education and recently offered his perspective to Catalyst-Chicago.

After serving on the Chicago Board of Education for two and a half years, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., has an expert perspective on the Chicago Public Schools’ situation.  As a longtime educator who has served as a school principal, Azcoitia brought rich experience and championed excellence for the huge and diverse school district.

This week, he penned an opinion column for Catalyst-Chicago, a non-profit publication which chronicles Chicago school reform, to share his perspective.

In it, he shares his analysis of the principles that must guide school board members in decision-making.

“As board members, we need to always ask — before any action is taken – are we improving quality? Are we getting the best results for our investment? Are we communicating with the people most affected by our decisions? Does it promote equity?” he wrote.

Azcoitia made a number of other points, some of which include:

  • The system needs to pay more attention to quality school options, especially neighborhood and community schools.
  • Successful practices at charter schools should be shared.
  • CPS must support early childhood education in high-need areas.
  • Partnerships with families, communities, businesses and government can help re-engage disengaged youth who might be on a path toward undesirable behaviors.
  • There must be a focus on equity and excellence with new revenue channels.

See the entire post here. 

Robert Muller Joins NLU As New Dean of National College of Education He brings expertise in management, education policy and innovation

 


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Robert Muller, Ed.D. has been appointed as new dean of the National College of Education (NCE). Muller will drive the overall strategic direction of NCE’s curriculum, staffing, student academic affairs, budget and fundraising. As state and federal education policies continue to evolve in the K-12 arena, Muller’s expertise in education policy and institutional management will be a tremendous asset to NCE faculty and students. Muller assumed his full-time responsibilities on August 10.

Muller most recently was the director of Strategy and Business Development at SRI Education, a division of SRI International. Prior to that, he was vice president and director at CNA Education. He is former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education. He has consulted on education policy, program development, change management and leadership. Muller has been an adjunct professor at the College of Education at the University of Maryland where he taught leadership and innovation in a newly launched executive doctorate program. His additional adjunct roles were with R.H. Smith School of Business and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Continue reading »

NLU’s Yokota Heralded as Kid Lit Expert at International Festival Yokota Helps Guide Jury in Selecting Books With 'Soul'

 

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A Nami Island Children’s Book Festival exhibit. Photo by Korea Joongang newspaper.

People came from all over the world recently to visit Nami Island in South Korea for its well-known International Children’s Book Festival. It features exhibitions of art from childrens’ literature, classes, exhibitions and lots of fun, creative, colorful things for kids to do.

NLU’s Junko Yokota, Ph.D., professor of Reading and Language and director of NLU’s Center for Teaching through Children’s Books, served on the jury this year. The Korean newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily quotes her as saying they selected books with “soul” that children would want to keep coming back to.  Continue reading »

HuffPo Cites NLU As A Top ‘Value-Added’ University in Illinois Alums' Mid-Career Salaries Are Higher Than Expected, Research Finds

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Rebootillinois.com’s illustration shows the factors Brookings Institution researchers calculated to determine “value-added.”

National Louis University has an elusive combination of factors–including academic quality, professors’  connections to their fields, professional reputation, graduation rates and more–which make it one of Illinois top “value-added” universities, according to Brookings Institution research published in the Huffington Post.

The typical NLU graduate was predicted to earn $61,556, according to factors such as students’ academic preparation and income level, but in actuality earned $71,300. Thats 14.7% higher than expectations based on the researchers’ data.

The researchers said the “value-added” factor that a university such as NLU provides comes from graduation rates, the market value of the skills the university teaches, and other factors, such as professors’ connections to their fields, the location of the university, the availability of internships, name recognition and possibly some factors which are unknowable.

NLU ranked 13th of all colleges and universities in Illinois for the “value-added” factor.

See the post here.

Columnist Spotlights NLU Veterans Program’s Successes Extols benefits of the 'wraparound services' approach

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News is getting out around the nation about how National Louis University’s Veterans Program provides holistic support for military-connected students.

Seattle-area news columnist Mike Schindler, who is also CEO of Operation Military Family, a veteran-centric consulting firm, praised NLU’s wraparound model of support in his April 26 post in MyEdmondsNews.com.

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Kids Need International Picture Books, NLU Prof Says Junko Yakota tells conference kids benefit from other countries' ideas

 

Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 4.21.03 PMWhy are American children presented with mostly American picture books? Why do children’s books from other countries, whose different ideas and styles of illustration might benefit young Americans’ minds, seldom make it into their hands?

Junko Yakota, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Reading and Language at National Louis University and director of its Center for the Teaching of Children’s Books, told a recent conference, “Where the Wild Books Are,” at New York City’s New School,  that diversity is about embracing  different modes of storytelling, not just including foreign books on the reading list.

Learn more from a School Library Journal article.

 

NLU Alum Sally Keith Named Top Teacher by Daily Herald She teaches behavior, builds community for first-graders in Winfield school

 

district“Eyes looking.” “Ears listening.” “Voices quiet.” Those are some of the words NLU alum Sally Keith uses to help teach behavior to her first-grade class at Pleasant Hill School in west suburban Winfield, Ill., according to the Daily Herald newspaper.

Keith’s colleagues and principal say she can quiet the first-graders and maintain order in a way that commands respect for both teacher and students, and also stays present and fun.   The principal, Christine Frederick, says Keith creates a high level of engagement with her students.

For these reasons and more, the Daily Herald chose Keith for its monthly Top Teacher award.

Keith earned her master’s in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and also obtained a master’s in administration and leadership from Aurora University.

Want to know her six teaching tips for new teachers? The Daily Herald gives them here.

 

 

Three Rockford-area National Louis Alums Win Golden Apples Laurie Mayer, Amy Orvis and James Schoepski win prestigious teaching awards

 

goldenapplerockfordlogoWhen the Golden Apple Foundation of Rockford handed out its 2015 Golden Apple awards on March 12, three National Louis University alums got surprises when foundation officials walked into their classrooms to present them with the coveted teaching awards. They were followed by reporters and the teachers’ family members.

The three alums are:

  • Laurie Meyer, a sixth-grade English literature and sixth- through eighth-grade Spanish teacher at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit. She has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and teaching and learning assessment from National Louis University. Read news story
  • Amy Orvis, a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies and language arts teacher at Rockford School District’s Maria Montessori School at Thurgood Marshall. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University. Read news story
  • James Schoepski, a ninth- through 12-grade social studies at Belvidere High School.
    He has a master’s degree in education from National Louis University. Read news story

 

NLU Named to Next Gen’s Breakthrough Models Incubator The award encourages NLU to move forward as a leader in tech and learning

 

National Louis University has received an honor that furthers its growth as a leader in using technology in innovative ways to improve teaching and foster learning.

Next Generation Learning Challenges has named NLU to its list of 10 universities which make up the Breakthrough Models Incubator 2015 Cohort.

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