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Dr. O’Meara Speaks at London’s House of Lords on Growing the Teacher Workforce International summit considers how to address the worldwide teacher shortage

omearahouseoflordsNLU’s Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., recently spoke on education in London at the House of Lords, which forms part of the United Kingdom’s Parliament. O’Meara, who is president of the International Council on Education for Teaching, stressed the need to increase the numbers of quality teachers to end the current worldwide shortage.

He was taking part in a high-level international education summit aimed at  improving the lives of young people globally through education.

Teachers, researchers, academics and policy makers from around the world attended the conference, titled the Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit. Continue reading »

Five Ways to Boost Your Career Over Summer Break By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor, NLU Career Development Office

StockBoostYourCareerSummer is a great time to relax and reflect on all you have achieved academically and professionally over the year. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra downtime to accomplish some valuable professional milestones. Below we’ll discuss five ways you can use summer break to advance towards your future career.

Internships

Completing an internship is one of the most beneficial ways of gaining valuable professional experience in your field prior to obtaining your degree. Internships can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple years if you build a successful partnership with your employer. As an intern, your employer will understand that you’re new to the field and will treat your time with them as a learning opportunity. They will train you on the ins and outs of the position and guide you in honing your professional skills. Continue reading »

CPSA Graduates Challenged to Become Leaders at Commencement Marian Wright Edelman, Brenda Castile-Munoz offer inspiring words

Commence2016entranceCPSAWhen NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement graduates filed into the Arie Crown Theater June 12, they celebrated a joyous and distinguished commencement ceremony punctuated by inspiring moments.

The 510 graduates who participated in the ceremony received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as business, psychology, human services, public policy, health administration, communications, counseling, criminal justice, social science and others. A total of 1,671 students in both of NLU’s colleges graduated this year. Continue reading »

At Commencement, National College of Education Grads Challenged to Tap Into ‘Turbo Power’ Asgedom, Lopez are featured speakers

2016CommenceNCELooking dignified in black gowns and mortar boards, graduates of NLU’s National College of Education streamed into Chicago’s Arie Crown Theater on June 12 under a marquee which read, “National Louis University 130th Annual Commencement Ceremony.” Most had big smiles on their faces, and several had carefully decorated the tops of their mortar boards with elaborate designs.

Hundreds of students, who had earned doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, marched in the processional. Continue reading »

Veterans Leader To Receive Honorary Degree at Commencement Steve Goodwin serves as Chair of NLU Veterans Advisory Council

 

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Steve Goodwin will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12 for his extraordinary service to veterans.

An inspiring veteran and business leader who has played a key role in leading National Louis University’s veterans program will receive an honorary degree at Commencement on June 12.

Steven R. Goodwin, senior vice president and portfolio management director at Morgan Stanley, has exemplified service and dedication to veterans and military members. Continue reading »

Wisconsin Commencement Featured Bales, Lawrence Ceremony was held June 3 at Grand Geneva

By Carolyn Davis, NLU Wisconsin Campus

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Dr. Jon Bales delivered the keynote.

The gorgeous Grand Geneva Resort Ballroom set the stage for an elegant National Louis University (NLU) Wisconsin Commencement on Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Sixty-three graduates were conferred with degrees representing each level of scholarship offered by the university—doctorate, educational specialist, master’s and bachelor’s, from both the National College of Education and the College of Professional Studies and Advancement.

More than 650 family members and friends filled the ballroom to capacity, generating a palpable energy of excitement, joy, pride and satisfaction. Continue reading »

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 »

‘My Friend Fell Down the Stairs’: Dispelling Myths About Alcohol By Melissa Simmons, Graduate Assistant, NLU Office of Student Experience

One of the most common misconceptions about alcohol consumption among college students is thinking they can still be in charge of their actions once intoxicated.

SparkingWineA few years ago Beyonce and Jay Z visited Soldier Field during the summer for a stop on their “On the Run” tour.  A friend and I scored awesome seats and planned to have a couple pre-concert cocktails before heading to the show. When I arrived she was still getting dressed and never got the chance to make a drink before the Uber driver arrived. Instead, she decided to fill up a water bottle with vodka and take it in the cab with us. After downing about three quarters of the standard 12-ounce bottle during the 20-minute ride, we arrived at Soldier Field and got our tickets scanned into the venue.

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NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »

Avoid Fragrances; Make Universities Safe for Chemically Sensitive May is Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Month

By Peter Ploegmann, NLU Library and Learning Support Specialist and ADA Specialist

One Sunday last August, my wife and I were looking for a new place to live. Scents from the other apartments and laundry facilities in the building where we lived were making my wife ill. As a result, she was no longer able to be in the building for extended periods of time.

At one open house, within about two minutes of entering, we had to leave due to the aroma of air freshener. Even this limited exposure caused my wife to have a severe reaction. She had to recuperate outside for a while before we could get in the car and leave. She remained symptomatic throughout the rest of the day and week. Continue reading »