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Rita Weinberg, 35-Year NLU Prof, Passes Away at 91 She taught psychology, did research, worked with children in private practice



Rita Weinberg, Ph.D., a longtime NLU professor of psychology, passed away Jan. 28, 2016.

Rita Mohr Weinberg, Ph.D., who taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes at NLU from 1976 until her 2011 retirement, passed away on Jan. 28, according to a Chicago Tribune obituary.

“Dr. Weinberg graced the classrooms and hallways of National Louis University for decades,” NLU’s Cynthia Mee, Ph.D., fondly recalled.

“She wove together and role-modeled how the mind, body, and spirit are balanced and interconnected. Dr. Weinberg’s essence is present in schools around the country via her students and all others who heard her speak at conferences, who read her academic work, or who had a casual conversation with her. The twinkle in Dr. Weinberg’s eyes is omnipresent and shines within each of us.” Continue reading »

Catalyst: NLU Partner AUSL Leads In Teacher Prep Article describes how NLU helped design the Academy of Urban School Leadership

preschoolclassroomA Catalyst Chicago article on the Academy of Urban School Leadership, which expects to graduate its 1,000th teacher resident in June 2017, described National Louis University’s key role in helping create the non-profit teacher incubator.

The origins go back to 2001, when Martin “Mike” Koldyke, a venture capitalist, founded AUSL.

Koldyke, who was interested in focusing on teachers, had founded the Golden Apple Foundation to recognize teacher quality six years earlier. He intended AUSL to supply the teacher pipeline of the Chicago Public Schools with excellent teachers. Continue reading »

NLU Prof in EdWeek: To Help Struggling Students, Use these 4 RtI Strategies Mark Shinn's EdWeek article tips to get Response to Intervention back on track in schools


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NLU’s Mark Shinn, Ph.D., professor of school psychology, and colleagues authored an article on Response to Intervention in Education Week.

To see whether students are learning their mathematics or language arts, school teachers and administrators have to make decisions about how extensively to test them–including which tests, how much they cost, and how much time all this testing takes away from instruction.

And if the testing shows some students are struggling with the material, teachers and administrators then have more decisions to make–about whether to dive in with intensive instruction for a few students, review with the whole class, how extensively to review, etc. Continue reading »

Chicago Tribune: NLU Leading Way Into Careers Via Tech The Tribune quotes NLU's Aarti Dhupelia on bridging the college-to-career gap


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NLU’s Harrison Professional Pathways students listen to a presentation. The Chicago Tribune cited the program as one which attempts to bridge the school-to-career gap.

In just four years, 47 percent of all Chicago-area jobs are projected to require an associate degree or higher, according to the National Equity Atlas. A Chicago Tribune analysis observed that Chicago high school students and young adults are ill-prepared for the job market.

Chicago’s future hinges on retooling schools for the digital age, the article said, and heralded National Louis University, along with a handful of high schools and community colleges, for “efforts to link education to the increasingly digital work world.”

Employers are struggling to find employees with the increasingly complex skills they need, the article observed. It quoted an expert saying that the Chicago region’s economy has completely changed from the days when a high school dropout could land a decent  job, and schools are just beginning to catch up to the reality of this new economic and employment landscape.

National Louis’ Harrison Professional Pathways program gives about 75 undergraduates a $10,000 annual tuition (which can be further reduced by grants)  and opportunities to blend classwork with real-world job experience in the fields of business, education, human services, criminal justice, health care and communications, the article said.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s director of strategic initiatives, is quoted, discussing the challenge of enlisting employers in school-to-career pathway programs.

To see the Tribune’s story by Kathy Bergen and Mark Caro, click here.

To see the related story,”Career-oriented educational programs sprout in Chicago area but scale small,” which discusses NLU, click here. 

The stories are part of the Tribune’s Global City Chicago series, which examine’s Chicago’s ties to the world on economic, demographic, cultural and other fronts.

Tribune Salutes NLU Prof in ‘Best of 2015 Visual Art’ Art columnist loved Nancy Lu Rosenheim's sculpture exhibit

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Nancy Lu Rosenheim’s installation “Swallow City” at Hyde Park Art Center, 2015. Photo by Paul Solomon.

Chicago Tribune art columnist Lori Waxman praised the work of Nancy Lu Rosenheim, an instructor at National Louis University, in her column, “The Best of 2015 in Chicago Visual Art.”

The columnist had kind words for Rosenheim’s installation Swallow City at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Huffington Post columnist Gail Vida Hamburg wrote more extensively about Rosenheim, explaining how Rosenheim had a revelation when she saw trees overtaking and wrapping themselves around the columns of a temple in Cambodia. That inspired her to explore, in her art, nature’s tendency to take over the manmade.


Nancy Lu Rosenheim poses before one of her “Swallow City” sculptures at the Hyde Park Art Center. Photo by Paul Solomon.

ArtSlant Chicago also ran a review of Rosenheim’s installation by S. Nicole Lane, and Maria Girgenti wrote about Rosenheim’s work in New City.

Finally, Comp Art and Design magazine published an extensive interview with Rosenheim, along with many photos of her work.


Daily Herald Features Prof’s, Student’s ‘Diversity and Empathy’ They suggest giving kids diverse books as holiday gifts

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 11.53.50 AMSome of the children in Leslie Abbott’s classroom live with relatives or in shelters, having no regular home as their base. Recognizing these kids just want to “fit in,” Abbott, a National Louis University graduate student, uses children’s books with a motif of diversity to help them realize that one can differ from the norm and still be accepted.

Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable profiled Abbott and her professor Toby Rajput, assistant professor in NLU’s Reading, Language and Literacy program, in his Thursday column, “A Book with Diversity Gives Kids the Gift of Empathy.”

View the Daily Herald story and video. Continue reading »

‘Good Day Chicago’ Spotlights Prof’s Diverse Books Suggestions for Holiday Gifting Rajput explains diverse books help kids develop empathy, affirm own identities

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NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput appeared on FoxChicago’s “Good Day Chicago” television show Monday to offer holiday gift suggestions of diverse children’s books.

She explained to WFLD Channel 32 interviewer Corey McPherrin that diverse books, i.e., books that show the diversity of people, help children both see and affirm themselves while also developing empathy for others.

Watch the video here. 

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When Dad Spoke To Alum In a Dream, She Listened Writer Beth Schaefer teaches at NLU, founded a publisher and even a fake university

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.16.21 PMWhat does it mean when a deceased parent appears to you in a dream, but you can’t hear the words they’re saying?

NLU alum Beth Schaefer divined the meaning right away. Her dad was telling her that even though she had a career going in corporate writing, she could no longer silence her creativity, which was trying to emerge, writes Rick Kogan in the Chicago Tribune.

Schaefer, who earned her M.S. in Written Communication degree from National Louis last year and now teaches in the program,  grew up in a gifted family. With her mother an actress and a vocalist on Chicago’s club scene and her dad a fiction and poetry writer, the arts and creativity colored her universe. Schaefer herself had taken to the stage as an award-winning singer-songwriter earlier in her career. Continue reading »

Take Action to Keep Teachers from Quitting, Suggests Prof to UNESCO Dr. James O'Meara outlines a solution to teachers' high attrition rates

Teacher_ShortageWhile 150,000 teachers are trained each year in the U.S., half of them quit within the first five years, write NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., in the Education for All section of The figure comes from Education International.

Educators blame the usual suspects–heavy workloads, long hours, a lack of training and support. O’Meara points out that “we must pay attention to retention.” One way to do so is through deploying Teacher Leaders to support beginning teachers. Continue reading »

Alum Will Lead Sherwin-Williams, An $11 Billion Company John Morikis will become CEO of the paint company on Jan. 1

-fca6d470ec7e5265Sherwin-Williams Co., a Cleveland-based paint manufacturer and retailer, has named John G. Morikis, 52, its ninth CEO, according to  Morikis, a native of Lake Station, Indiana, attained his M.S. in Management and Development of Human Resources from National Louis University in 1989.

Morikis started as a management trainee in the company’s Paint Stores division in 1984, and worked his way up. He has been president and COO since 2006 at Sherwin-Williams, which was founded in 1866–exactly 20 years before NLU’s founding in 1886.

Of the fact he rose through the ranks, Morikis said, “I think that gives me terrific perspective. I’m not asking anyone in the company to do anything I haven’t done.”

During Morikis’ nine years as president and COO,  the company grew from $7.8 billion to more than $11 billion in revenues last year. The company has 4,100 stores in North America and 5,000 employees.

For details, see reporter Janet H. Cho’s article for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

To learn more about NLU’s M.S. in Human Resources Management and Development, click here.