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Columnist Spotlights NLU Veterans Program’s Successes Extols benefits of the 'wraparound services' approach


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

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Kids Need International Picture Books, NLU Prof Says Junko Yakota tells conference kids benefit from other countries' ideas


Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 4.21.03 PMWhy 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.


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 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.