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Star Alums On TV to Tackle Chicago’s Violence Issues Liz Dozier appeared on CNN; Jackie Samuel on WCIU Issues Show

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CNN’s Amara Walker, left, interviewed NLU alum Liz Dozier, former principal of Fenger High School and current director of Chicago Beyond, an advocacy organization.

Two of NLU’s star alumni, Liz Dozier and Jackie Samuel, Ph.D., appeared recently on television interviews about how to address the violence plaguing several Chicago communities. Dozier received NLU’s Reach Award, given to outstanding alumni, in 2015, and Samuels received it in 2016.

CNN’s Amara Walker interviewed Liz Dozier ’08, M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration, on Aug. 29 to gain a better understanding of what can be done to reduce gun violence.  Dozier spent six years as principal of Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side before becoming managing director of Chicago Beyond, an action and advocacy organization. Continue reading »

White House Honors O’Malley With Presidential Award, Tribune Writes Alum won prestigious award and will visit White House

128px-US-WhiteHouse-LogoThe ink was barely dry on James O’Malley’s Ed.D. in Educational Leadership 2016 degree from National Louis University when he won the nation’s most prestigious teaching award.

The White House has named O’Malley, 51, as winner of a Presidential  Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. He is among four Presidential Award winners for teaching math and science in Illinois, and 213 in the nation. Continue reading »

65 Media Outlets Feature NLU Profs’ ‘Back-to-School’ Tips In addition, a radio station tweeted the tips

Screen Shot 2016-08-30 at 9.46.10 AMSixty-three newspapers and two television stations around the country have published “Back-to-School Tips” from National Louis University faculty members. They include research-based, practical information parents can use to get the school year off to a smooth start.

In the tips, Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D., advised parents on how to head off children’s anxiety as school begins. Seema Imam, Ed.D., told parents how to set the stage for good communication with teachers throughout the year.  If a child doesn’t want to go to school, Leslie Katch, Ph.D., provided methods for finding out what’s really going on. And Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., emphasized the importance of having children get enough sleep so their brains can absorb all the material they learn in school. Continue reading »

Crain’s: NLU’s MBA Program Innovating To Provide Online and Networking Crain's Chicago Business wrote about NLU's hybrid techniques

Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 4.41.31 PMCrain’s Chicago Business led an article about the balance between online flexibility and in-person networking in MBA programs by describing NLU’s program and quoting Catherine Honig, Ph.D., director of the MBA program.

The article described how Honig recorded a class lecture and put it on the cloud, but gathered all students virtually in real time for a live chat forum. Such an approach meets students’ needs for flexibility because the class was offered online, but it also fulfills their desire to network by letting them engage with each other. Some of the value of an MBA comes from networking, the magazine pointed out.

Writer Judith Ruiz-Branch also wrapped up the article quoting Honig saying that NLU’s goal is to meet MBA students’ needs.

See the article here.

Newspapers Applaud Commencement Speaker Brenda Castile-Munoz Her powerful story and upcoming play made the news

BrendaCastileMunozQuarterProfileShe had us at “Mr. Alexander.”

When Brenda Castile-Munoz stepped to the podium at National Louis University’s June CPSA Commencement to give the student address, she related how her high school teacher, Mr. Alexander, told her way back in 1979 she and her friends would never amount to anything.

Despite setback after setback, decade after decade, that remark spurred Castile-Munoz as she kept on moving forward, until she got her bachelor’s degree, and now her M.S. in Written Communication, from National Louis University. Her story left many in tears, and her play, written as part of the M.S. in Written Communication program, will be produced Aug. 6 at NLU’s Summer Playfest. Continue reading »

Media Feature Profs’ ‘Avoid Summer Brain Drain’ Advice Education profs provide 'no tech to high tech' ways to keep kids learning over summer

LeavesStockPhotoSix newspapers, one television station and a news website have featured National Louis University’s “10 Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain” advice. It offers parents suggestions on how to prevent their children from experiencing summer learning loss. Research shows elementary-age students lose one month overall of learning during summer break.

The Herald-Times, the Deseret News, the Reporter-Times, the Daily American, HeraldMailMedia.comWRAL-TV, NewsOK.com and Patch.com all featured NLU’s advice, which included the ideas of Seema Imam, Ed.D., associate professor in NLU’s National College of Education. She suggested many no-tech, low-tech and high-tech activities parents could employ to keep kids learning while having fun over the summer. For example, a no-tech activity could be going on a nature hike, and a high-tech dimension to that activity would be to use an app to identify trees by their leaves. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Spotlights NLU-D214 Pact to Grow More Teachers High school students will be able to student-teach, take education classes

D214EducatorPrepTwenty-five students in Northwest suburban District 214 high schools recently signed a commitment to become teachers, and National Louis University is playing a role in their preparation, the Daily Herald wrote.

In “District 214’s Educator Prep Program Aims To Identify Future Teachers,” reporter Melissa Silverberg said District 214, all of its feeder elementary schools, a national organization called Educators Rising and National Louis and Northeastern Illinois universities are partnering to produce future teachers.

The Educator Prep program will act as an incubator of teachers. Students in the program will take a sequential program of high school classes to prepare them to someday teach. They will then get dual-credit course opportunities from NLU, as well as opportunities for classroom observations and internships.

Students who attend NLU after high school are guaranteed a student-teaching experience at a D214 high school or one of its feeder elementary schools. They are also guaranteed a job interview in those schools if a position is open.

See the entire article here.

From Teen to Teacher: Chicago Tribune Features NLU-D214 Partnership Teens in District 214 high schools can enter teaching profession through NLU

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High School District 214 students sign up for the district’s new partnership with NLU, called the Educator Prep program.

NLU’s partnership with High School District 214 to support high school students in becoming teachers made news in the Chicago Tribune.

The article “District 214 to recruit and support next generation in becoming teachers,” by Karen Ann Cullotta, explained that teens attending District 214 high schools in the Northwest suburbs now have an opportunity to nurture their interest in a future teaching career.  Continue reading »

Prof Develops Domestic Violence Prevention for Hotel Industry Former Chicago Police Department sergeant Cynthia Schumann addressing problem

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Cynthia Schumann, Ed.D., community policing sergeant for the Chicago Police Department and adjunct professor at NLU, is an expert in domestic violence prevention.

Travel blogger Nancy D. Brown couldn’t sleep because the screaming voices of a man and woman came right through the wall of her hotel room. The couple, who were in the next room, were engaging in a heated fight, which threatened to turn violent.

Brown called the hotel’s front desk when she heard a baby cry, but the hotel receptionist didn’t quite know how to handle the situation. Eventually, Brown learned that Cynthia Schumann, Ed.D., an NLU adjunct professor as well as a community policing sergeant at the Chicago Police Department,  developed a learnwithluma.com online training course on domestic violence prevention for managers and front-line workers in the hospitality industry, which has unique risk factors for domestic violence.

“Domestic Violence no longer remains behind closed doors,” said Schumann, as quoted in Brown’s blog. “That is why it is important to realize, recognize, respond and refer to acts of domestic violence, their victims and their abusers appropriately, safely and knowledgeably.”

 

NLU Ranked Among Safest Universities in Illinois Niche.com crunched student and public data, ranked NLU 6th in state

140512-nlu-chicago-campas-michigan-ave-3The issue of campus safety has made headlines in the past year, but a recent ranking confirms that National Louis University is one of the safest schools in Illinois.

Reboot Illinois reported that Niche.com, a rankings website which factors both student surveys and publicly-available data into its rankings, has listed NLU as 6th in the state for campus safety, with a possible score of 4.2 out of 5.

The 4.2 score was higher than many of the other universities, large and small, public and private, urban and suburban, on the list. There are 148 colleges and schools of higher education in the state, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education. 

See full information here.