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Daily Journal: NLU Prepares Career Changers for Teaching, Easing Teacher Shortages Columnist interviewed Prof Sherri Bressman on NLU's M.A.T. program

screen-shot-2016-12-15-at-9-58-08-amChicago-area school districts pay teachers pretty well, newspaper columnist Jim Nowlan wrote in the Daily Journal on Dec. 10, and consequently they haven’t been hit by the teacher shortage that’s spreading in the rest of Illinois.

A recent survey by the Illinois association of regional education superintendents found 60 percent of schools in the state are having difficulty filling teacher positions. Continue reading »

WBBM, WBEZ, WTTW: NLU Prof Partners with Sheriff to Prevent Hate Crimes Seema Imam, Ed.D., Is Member of Cook County Sheriff's Advisory Council

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NLU Associate Professor Seema Imam serves on the Cook County Sheriff’s Muslim Advisory Council and is speaking out to prevent hate crimes.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is concerned about statistics showing hate crimes are on the rise. His office recently started a phone hotline –(773)- 674-HELP (4357)–for anyone who is fearful or feels they may be attacked or harmed due to their race, religion, LGBT status, ethnic group or other identifying factor.

NLU’s Seema Imam Ed.D., associate professor of education, was featured on  WBBM Radio, a CBS affiliate, WBEZ Radio, a National Public Radio station, and ChicagoTonight.wttw.com, during news reports about the launching of the hotline. Continue reading »

Unplug With Children’s Books, Says NLU’s Rajput on Fox32’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ See the list of 30 recommended holiday gift books for children of all ages

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-39-21-amInstead of giving children and teens new electronics this holiday, NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers that they consider giving books.

As Rajput was interviewed Dec. 6 by Fox32 anchor Kristen Nicole, she demonstrated a half-dozen books to appeal to various age groups, from young child to teen. She even recommended two audiobooks for adolescent boys, saying that with audiobooks, “the whole family can read with their ears.” Continue reading »

CBS 2 News Interviews NLU’s Schak as Expert in Report on Possible Terrorist Casing

schakonwbbmCBS’ WBBM Channel 2 TV News‘ Brad Edwards turned to the director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, Professor Richard Schak, for his expertise on criminal matters.

Schak, who worked as a Chicago Police Department homicide detective and achieved the rank of sergeant, also worked in private investigations before founding NLU’s Criminal Justice program. Continue reading »

Prof in Tribune On Keeping Thanksgiving Peace: ‘Relationships Outlast a Presidency’ Dr. Claudia Pitts gives tips to preserve family ties when opinions differ at Thanksgiving

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-4-13-11-pmThe Chicago Tribune turned to NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ed.D., for its Nov. 19 article, “This Thanksgiving, Should You Go Cold Turkey On Political Talk?”

In the article, reporter Kate Thayer gave an example of an individual who was wary of gathering with extended family at the Thanksgiving table because he normally votes blue, while the rest of his family votes red. He was anticipating a lot of tension.

Pitts, associate professor in NLU’s Psychology program, cautioned that while feelings are running very high these days, it’s important to take the long view and remember that kinship bonds unite you.

“These are relationships that I hope outlast a presidency,” Pitts said. “Remind yourself that even though you disagree with these people, these are your people.”

She recommended a “diffuse, distract and decline” strategy. If someone is spouting political statements you don’t agree with, you can try to soften or “diffuse” the meaning; you could also distract by changing the subject. If there’s no escaping it, however, you can flat out decline: “I’d prefer not to talk about this at a holiday gathering.” Then before anyone else can take a breath, be prepared to launch neutral topics of conversation.

Find more tips to navigate the holiday conversation in the Chicago Tribune article. 

Also, see “15 Ways To Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving,” which includes tips from both Pitts and NLU’s Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, assistant professor of Counseling.

Prof on ‘Chicago Tonight’: Keep Post-Election Peace at Family Thanksgiving Table Susan Thorne-Devin gives WTTW viewers tips on how not to let political bitterness spoil family get-togethers

susantdAs families prepare to come together for Thanksgiving dinner, many are worrying that relatives’ strong–and opposing–views about the presidential election may cause unappetizing arguments.

NLU’s Claudia Pitts, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology, and Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, assistant professor in Counseling, have prepared a list of 15 “Tips to Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving.” 

The Chicago Tribune interviewed Pitts, and Thorne-Devin appeared on WTTW Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight” show.  She talked about strategies for keeping peace in the family with host Phil Ponce and fellow guest Mark Reinecke, chief of psychology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.

She suggested inviting a buffer person, dialing down the intensity of the conversation, providing a segue to a neutral topic, having the hostess set a “no political talk” rule and other strategies.

Click here to view the 10-minute segment. 

Click here to view “Tips to Keep the Election Results From Spoiling Your Family’s Thanksgiving”

 

 

Tribune: NLU Student Went From 320 Pounds to Running Marathon The Trib's Heidi Stevens chronicled Gaylon Alcatraz' inner and outer journeys

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-58-51-amThe Chicago Tribune’s Heidi Stevens wrote a column about NLU student Gaylon Alcaraz, who was tipping the scales at 320 pounds when she decided to join Weight Watchers in 2012.

She started walking a little bit, too, to get some exercise. A friend who was involved with an African-American women’s running group asked her to do a 5K, running when she could and walking when she could not.  Continue reading »

Talan, Keneman in Daily Herald: Give Teachers Cultural Competence Two profs explain importance of helping teachers become self-aware, inclusive

 

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.39.45 AMThe news broke last Wednesday morning about a Yale University study which detected that preschool teachers expected more misbehavior from young African-American male students than from other students.

By Wednesday afternoon, faculty members Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., and Teri Talan, Ed.D., J.D., had written a letter to the editor explaining that NLU’s early education programs  stress the importance of making budding teachers aware of their young students’ cultures. Keneman is NLU’s Early Childhood Program Coordinator and Talan is the Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Continue reading »

WFLD-TV, Daily Herald Feature Dr. Richardson Discussing Cliques She shared 'Five Signs a Clique is Making Your Girl Miserable' for National Bullying Prevention Month

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-1-19-38-pm“Mean girls” in schools can make life deeply painful for other girls, starting at about the fifth-grade level and often continuing through high school.

Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., a behavioral scientist and associate professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at National Louis University, has been featured on WFLD-TV Fox 32’s “Good Day Chicago” show speaking about “Five Signs A Clique Is Making Your Daughter Miserable.” She told “Good Day Chicago” interviewer Corey McPherrin how parents can help their daughters get through the rejection, anxiety and depression cliques sometimes inflict on girls. Continue reading »