When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.
Wallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.
Here’s an entry in the “great minds think alike” department. School Library Journal printed NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput’s book review of Every Day is Malala Day, published by Second Story Press for second- to fourth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whom the Taliban shot in the head for championing girls’ right to go to school. Malala, who survived the shooting and attends school in the United Kingdom, shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who fights child labor.
NLU’s Rajput, who is full-time Library faculty and also the Children’s and Youth Literature librarian for the university, quoted from Malala’s July 2013 speech to the United Nations, which ended with the words, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” Rajput concludes the review by describing the book as, “an effective introduction to an important social justice issue.”
Rajput also teaches School Library courses in NLU’s National College of Education for teachers who are adding the school library credential to their teaching licenses.
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.
The Daily Herald profiled Laurie Mason, who earned her master’s degree from National Louis University, as a top teacher for her work with English Language Learners at Field School in Wheeling Township (Illinois) Elementary District 21.
Over her 19 years at the school, she has prepared hundreds of students for an English-speaking life, the newspaper said. Principal LaVonne Knapstein is quoted as saying Mason puts all of her passion, efforts and talents into everything she does.
Mason’s favorite moment as a teacher came last year, when the class was talking about a November tornado which devastated Washington, Ill. Students began discussing, in English, the idea of starting a relief effort, which they followed through on and organized.
Find out Mason’s “five tips from a top teacher.”
WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef interviewed Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. on her book, titled Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, and her recent field study work in the Departments of San Marcos and Quezaltenango in western Guatemala. Dr. Heidbrink is an anthropologist, Co-Director of the NLU Public Policy program, and teaches in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department.
Full story and interview available here.
John Paulette, an adjunct professor at NLU, contributed to the Chicago Sun-times “Summer School,” series in which area teachers weigh in on the big challenges facing education. As a mentor to young teachers, Paulette shares his insight on the need for teachers to find “their true teaching selves.” Read more.
With an unprecedented increase of Central American migrant children to the U.S., there is an urgent need to examine the realities of children beyond their initial apprehension by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. While the issue has recently garnered widespread attention, the following insights remain absent from the national conversation:
- Detailed accounts of conditions within Office of Refugee Resettlement facilities,
- Discussion of the long-term impacts of migration and detention on children, and
- Experiences of children and their families following deportation.
In her book, Migrant Youth, Transnational Families and the State: Care and Contested Interests, NLU Assistant Professor Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D. takes a timely look at how young migrants navigate the legal and emotional terrain beyond apprehension while examining essential areas surrounding this issue. Over a three-year period, she observed operations in 12 facilities, interviewed over 100 migrant youth from 19 countries both in detention and following release, and interviewed over 350 stakeholders in the U.S., El Salvador, and Guatemala.
On Thursday, May 29, 50 eighth-grade students from Burroughs Elementary School in Brighton Park on the southwest side of Chicago visited with the students in my LAP 202: Psychology of Middle Childhood and Adolescence class at NLU. The purpose of the visit was twofold: to provide the younger students with a chance to visit a college campus and talk with college students about post-secondary education and to provide my students the chance to talk with a group of young people from the population they are studying.
In April, NLU Associate Professor Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., was invited to share with Anne Marie DePaz’s third- and fourth-grade students at Prairie Crossing Charter School how he “invented” the “pop” in Pop Rocks.
Today, student recipients of Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) scholarships presented their community service experiences at NLU’s Chicago campus. Fifteen IME-Becas scholarships were awarded last fall by the Consul General of Mexico in Chicago to Harrison Fellows or Pioneer scholars in undergraduate programs as part of an effort to assist students of Mexican origin. Service comprises one important aspect in which awardees are expected to give back to the community.