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
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.
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.
Why 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.
“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.
When 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
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.
When 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.
NationSwell.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.
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