NLU in the News

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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Grad Student Argues In Huff Post Ed Blog For Assessments Micah J. Miner says they've helped his incarcerated students learn

 

2015-03-03-1425403893-3298990-micah_miner-thumbWhen NLU doctoral student Micah J. Miner went to talk to Congressional staff in Washington on Feb. 9, he told of his experiences teaching in a real-world Chicago Public Schools alternative classroom with incarcerated students.

Miner, a doctoral student in Curriculum, Advocacy and Policy, wrote in the Huffington Post Education Blog that because  the students stay in the program from a few days to a couple of years, a computer-adapted assessment gives him key information about them, such as academic strengths and weaknesses and reading level.

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NLU Joins Pilot Program to Accept Online Credits, Create Quality Standards NationSwell reported NLU is helping students enter, and complete, bachelor's degree programs

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 1.00.04 PMNationSwell.com reported National Louis University is one of 25 universities participating in a pilot program to accept all or most transfer credits students earn from a select number of online educational institutions.

The 25 universities will focus on roughly 100 intro courses in up to 30 subject areas that are offered either at a low cost or for free, NationSwell reported. It’s already received the stamp of approval from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with a $1.89 million grant.

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Prof Tells BuzzFeed Autism Group Went Too Far She joined others saying Autism Speaks' rhetoric was controversial

Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization for people with autism, recently marked its 10th anniversary by asking its social media followers to comment on what the organization has done in its decade of existence.

While it got some praise, according to BuzzFeed News, it largely got backlash for its statements to parents of autistic children that autism is a severe condition that can cause bankruptcy, cause parents’ marriages to fail and “can rob you of your children and your dreams.” Continue reading »

NLU Alum To Head DuPage County NAACP Veretta Rice Yancey got her Master's Degree in Education

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 5.15.32 PMNLU alum Veretta Rice Yancey, whom a colleague described as having “a passion for social justice and serving youth,” has been elected president of the DuPage County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It serves DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, according to the Naperville Sun.

Yancey,  a Naperville resident, got her bachelor’s degree from North Central College and her master’s degree in adult education from National Louis University. Continue reading »

Viola Posts Tips To National Association Blog

Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.07.16 PMJudah Viola, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences within NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement, recently published a post on the American Evaluators Association blog.

Viola provided tips to build an independent consulting practice specializing in program evaluation and collaborative community research.

You can see the post by clicking here.

 

Crain’s Proclaims Hilsabeck’s Promotion to Provost NLU's administrator featured in 'People on the Move'

 

Hilsabeck, Alison_lowres.JPGCrain’s Chicago Business magazine has taken note of one of National Louis University’s new leaders.

Its “People on the Move” column for Jan. 29 announced the promotion of Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., to provost.

National Louis University’s announcement of the move said Hilsabeck came to NLU in 2003 as Associate Dean for NLU’s National College of Education.  She served as NCE Dean and then Executive Dean from August, 2004 through June, 2014 when she accepted the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Faculty Development and Research.

In September, Hilsabeck agreed to serve as Interim Provost.

Hilsabeck brings a history of rich experiences and roles prior to joining NLU.  She served in various positions at Northwestern University for 18 years, including Associate Director for the Master of Science in Education Program and as Assistant Dean in the School of Education and Social Policy.  In 1992, she took a leave from Northwestern to serve as a research consultant for the Third International Math and Science Study with Dr. David Wiley, chief psychometric advisor for that study.

She is the 2012 recipient of a Luminary Leadership Award for her work as board chair for the Eleanor Women’s Foundation, a hundred plus-year-old non-profit organization which provided career and housing support services for low-income women (it has since merged with the Chicago Foundation for Women).  She has served on various external committees and task forces including serving as the co-chair of the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education, serving on the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s committee on 21st Century Schools of Education, and serving on AACTE’s national task force on teacher retention.

Hilsabeck holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Processes from Northwestern University.   Her doctoral work focused on the stratification of collegiate attainment.

In announcing to faculty and staff Hilsabeck’s being named as provost, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., wrote, “Over the last few months (as interim provost), Alison has demonstrated her continued passion, commitment, and skill as a leader.  Coupled with her deep knowledge about NLU and our culture, her focus on collaboration and striving for excellence, it quickly became obvious that Alison is the right Provost for NLU.   Accordingly, I am thrilled to appoint her to this well-deserved role.”

Carnegie Foundation Honors NLU’s Community Engagement NLU's community partnerships, service learning get national recognition

 

Carnegie CEC digital sealNational Louis University is proud to announce it has been recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

This honor recognizes NLU’s support of community partnerships and service learning, as well as the university’s collaboration with local, regional, state, national and global communities to exchange knowledge and resources. Continue reading »