When National Louis University doctoral student Rochelle Royster helped open an art exhibit of hand-created dolls meant to commemorate victims of Chicago gun violence on June 10, the Chicago Sun-Times was there to cover it.
The article “Dolls Commemorate Lives Lost to Gun Violence,” by Mitch Dudek, described the 1,409 dolls, so far, mounted on a wall of the Hyde Park Art Center. Royster, a Chicago Public Schools special education teacher and art therapist as well as student in NLU’s Community Psychology Ph.D. program, enlisted the help of people at 55 CPS schools and five universities to hand-make each one. She explained the process of making them was therapeutic for people living in violence-wracked communities. Continue reading »
In a ceremony Thursday, 110 High School District 214 students signed letters of intent to participate in Educator Prep, a partnership the high school district has with National Louis University, according to a Daily Herald article by reporter Doug Graham.
The letters indicate the students’ interest in entering the teaching profession. District 214, which has nine schools in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, will provide opportunities for them to take education classes and student teach, and some of those classes will count for college credit at National Louis University. Continue reading »
NLU’s David San Filippo, Ph.D., has a daughter who chose law enforcement as a career, and that inspired him to work with the Wounded Officers Initiative, which supports law enforcement officers who have been injured.
Azcoitia, distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Purinton, dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, drew readers’ attention to a type of school which has been quietly ringing up success after success: community schools. Continue reading »
Univision TV invited NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice, for an on-air interview to talk about community schools.
Azcoitia has released both English- and Spanish-language versions of his recent book, co-authored with Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership. The book is titled “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading »
WBBM-TV News Investigative Reporter Brad Edwards recently reported on a crime situation in which suspects holed up inside a South Side coachhouse after firing shots at a Chicago Police commander in his car.
Police stormed the house and arrested the suspects there. But they failed to find two suspects hiding in a crawl space before they cleared the scene. Continue reading »
Pitts, an associate professor of psychology, told Constable Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be limited to romantic love. She suggested other ways singles could spread love and kindness. Continue reading »
A screenshot from the ABC7 News feature shows NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer talking about how Chicago firefighters, police and paramedics will get training in how to deal with situations involving the mentally ill.
Often, police, paramedics and firefighters respond to 911 calls and find a person in crisis or a chaotic situation. Sometimes, the person at the center of the situation is not a criminal intent on malice, but a mentally ill person in a panic.
In order to de-escalate the level of tension, calm the situation and prevent harm, the Chicago police and fire departments are providing training to personnel on how to respond to the mentally ill. NLU alum Leslee Stein-Spencer, Director of Medical Administration and Regulatory Compliance for the Chicago Fire Department, is at the center of these efforts. Continue reading »