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Sun-Times Highlights Ph.D. Student’s Art Therapy: Dolls4Peace Addresses Grief Rochele Royster helped students at 55 CPS schools process violence by making 1,409 dolls to honor gun victims

 

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 »

Daily Herald: Students Sign To Become Teachers, Enter NLU-District 214 Partnership D214 high school students can get college credit from NLU

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 San Filippo on ‘Law Enforcement Today’ Show Speaks about support for Wounded Officers

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.

San Filippo, chair of the Health Studies Programs in NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement and a licensed mental health counselor, volunteers as clinical director of the Wounded Officers Initiative’s Blue Line Support program. Continue reading »

Huffington Post Publishes NLU Prof’s Blog on Community Schools

As the U.S. enters into a discussion over charter schools, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., and former NLU prof Ted Purinton, Ed.D., wrote an important commentary when they guest blogged in the Huffington Post April 19.

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 »

Tribune’s Rick Kogan Highlights NLU Author’s Poignant Book Fern Schumer Chapman wrote about her mother's historic separation and reunion

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan has written about National Louis University instructor Fern Schumer Chapman and her fourth book, “Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past.”

Chapman teaches in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program.  Continue reading »

Univision Hosts NLU’s Azcoitia Discussing Schools Connected to Communities

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 News Features Prof Schak’s Analysis of Barricade Scene Investigative Reporter Brad Edwards Seeks Schak's Comments On Police Action

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 »

Daily Herald Quotes NLU’s Claudia Pitts on Love, Being Single She suggested ways singles can spend Valentine's Day

While Valentine’s Day may give lovey-dovey couples a reason to go out to dinner, it can leave the un-coupled among us feeling a bit left out.

Daily Herald newspaper columnist Burt Constable quoted NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ph.D., in his Feb. 14 column tackling that topic.

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 »

On ‘Good Day Chicago,’ NLU’s Talan Explains How to Choose Child Care She tells what to look for when choosing the best place for your baby or young child

Most new parents eagerly seek a great child care center or preschool where their baby or young child will thrive. But how do you know whether a center offers high-quality care?

NLU’s Teri Talan appeared on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show recently to give insider tips on how to choose good child care. Talan, Ed.D., JD, is the Michael W. Louis Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University. Continue reading »

NLU Alum Helping Chicago Police, Fire, Respond to Mentally Ill The advanced training should help to prevent harm to mentally ill or others

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 »