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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.

 

Crain’s Proclaims Hilsabeck’s Promotion to Provost NLU's administrator featured in 'People on the Move'

 

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Its “People on the Move” column for Jan. 29 announced the promotion of Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., to provost.

National Louis University’s announcement of the move said Hilsabeck came to NLU in 2003 as Associate Dean for NLU’s National College of Education.  She served as NCE Dean and then Executive Dean from August, 2004 through June, 2014 when she accepted the position of Vice Provost for Academic Programs, Faculty Development and Research.

In September, Hilsabeck agreed to serve as Interim Provost.

Hilsabeck brings a history of rich experiences and roles prior to joining NLU.  She served in various positions at Northwestern University for 18 years, including Associate Director for the Master of Science in Education Program and as Assistant Dean in the School of Education and Social Policy.  In 1992, she took a leave from Northwestern to serve as a research consultant for the Third International Math and Science Study with Dr. David Wiley, chief psychometric advisor for that study.

She is the 2012 recipient of a Luminary Leadership Award for her work as board chair for the Eleanor Women’s Foundation, a hundred plus-year-old non-profit organization which provided career and housing support services for low-income women (it has since merged with the Chicago Foundation for Women).  She has served on various external committees and task forces including serving as the co-chair of the Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education, serving on the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education’s committee on 21st Century Schools of Education, and serving on AACTE’s national task force on teacher retention.

Hilsabeck holds an undergraduate degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Ph.D. in Educational Processes from Northwestern University.   Her doctoral work focused on the stratification of collegiate attainment.

In announcing to faculty and staff Hilsabeck’s being named as provost, NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., wrote, “Over the last few months (as interim provost), Alison has demonstrated her continued passion, commitment, and skill as a leader.  Coupled with her deep knowledge about NLU and our culture, her focus on collaboration and striving for excellence, it quickly became obvious that Alison is the right Provost for NLU.   Accordingly, I am thrilled to appoint her to this well-deserved role.”

Carnegie Foundation Honors NLU’s Community Engagement NLU's community partnerships, service learning get national recognition

 

Carnegie CEC digital sealNational Louis University is proud to announce it has been recognized with the Carnegie Foundation’s Classification for Community Engagement.

This honor recognizes NLU’s support of community partnerships and service learning, as well as the university’s collaboration with local, regional, state, national and global communities to exchange knowledge and resources. Continue reading »

Catalyst: NLU Will Use $8.3 Million TQP Grant to Prep Teachers In STEM

 

Having students solve math equations or do science homework is one thing, but letting them tackle real-world problems allows them to think and analyze in a different way. Catalyst Chicago profiled a Chicago Public School which gives students a real-world-type of conundrum--for example,  whether to site a garbage dump in a neighborhood–and lets them approach it from many angles to weigh the costs and benefits.

Catalyst suggested National Louis University, which was awarded an $8.3 million Total Quality Partnership federal grant in September to figure out how to improve STEM teacher preparation for schools in high-poverty areas, may consider such an approach.

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Racing To Retain Teachers To Meet UN Global Literacy Goals

 

TeacherReadingIs it still possible to meet the UN’s goal of having every child worldwide learn to read by 2015? NLU Professor James O’Meara points out in this University World News commentary that the high teacher attrition rate in many nations, including the U.S., has led to a shortage of 4 million teachers. That makes it likely the UN will push the goal to 2030; however, there could be a worldwide shortage of 23.7 million teachers by then.

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NLU Student, Alum Tell WBEZ Military Led Them To Teaching

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For Andrew Cline, joining the military to “do something bigger than yourself” is the same reason he chose to go into teaching. He’s an NLU student veteran.

For Anthony Clark, an NLU graduate who’s teaching special education at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the responsibility and leadership he learned in the military made for a “natural transition” into teaching.

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Naperville Magazine Profiles Alum Who Helps Homeless Get Back On Feet

 

Michael CobbMichael Cobb sees his job as providing much  more than a bed for the homeless–although his position as executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, the largest shelter in Illinois outside Chicago, encompasses that.

Cobb, who is president of National Louis University’s Alumni Board, also oversees a full range of services to help people take back their lives, according to a profile of him this month in Naperville Magazine.

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NLU and College of DuPage Partner To Offer 4-Year B.A.

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Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., president of National Louis University, and Robert Breuder, Ph.D., president of College of DuPage, both seated, signed a partnership agreement between the schools Oct. 30. Joining them were, from left, Ruth Davis, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Outreach Strategy at NLU; Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D.,  provost at NLU; Marty Mickey, VP Finance at NLU;  Emmanuel Awuah, Ph.D., COD AVP for Academic Affairs;  Andrea Polites, M.S.W., COD Human Services instructor; Jean Kartje, Ph.D., COD VP Academic Affairs; Jason Florin, M.H.S., COD Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Human Services program, and Julie Trytek, M.A., COD Human Services instructor.

 

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NLU and COD officials announced Oct. 30, 2014, that the schools are partnering in a 3+1 program to offer a B.A. in Human Services.

National Louis University and College of DuPage announced Oct. 30 they are partnering in a 3+1 program that enables students to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services from NLU with all courses completed at COD’s Glen Ellyn, Ill. campus.

The new degree is designed for students who are working toward either an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Human Services Generalist or A.A.S. Addictions Counseling degree at College of DuPage.

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Daily Herald: NLU Alum Shows Teachers Creative Ways To Incorporate Technology

 

When a Glenbard South High School Spanish teacher came to National Louis University alum Stephanie Wallace for help in making a video, Wallace came up with an unexpected solution: have the students make their own mini-videos, speaking in Spanish, instead.

StudentsWithLaptopsWallace, who was profiled in the Daily Herald Oct. 13, works as an instructional technology specialist at the school, and her goal is to use technology as a tool to help students learn, rather than just learn technology for its own sake.

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