National Louis University students who aspire to become school principals have an exceptional opportunity to be mentored by a high-performing principal in a Chicago Public School.
Through CPS’ Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), aspiring principals participate in a year-long internship. It is designed to train and support effective principals-to-be, and prepare them to lead a school from day one on the job in a principal position. Continue reading
When 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
Dr. Danny McGuire Jr., standing, reflects to his NLU students many of the values ingrained in him by his father, Danny McGuire Sr., a veteran. Both men served on the Chicago police force.
By Darlene Cook
For many student veterans students studying Criminal Justice, Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., has become an ally, mentor, and life coach as he applies his experience as a police officer and the lessons of his father, a Vietnam veteran, to his daily interactions with his students. Dr. Danny, as his students affectionately call him, played a key role in launching the Criminal Justice program at National Louis University in 2012, but it is his more than 20 years of service in law enforcement, following closely in his father’s footsteps, which shaped his role and commitment to his students in the classroom.
By Monica Haydee Ramos
Six National Louis University students earned recognition, and scholarships, from the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago on March 20. They also learned about the programs and projects where they will be providing community service, which is required in order to receive the scholarships, earlier in the week.
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.
By Wytress Richardson, Ed.D., and Mary Kelly, M.A., CAS
All are welcome to participate in the first in a series of PEACE CIRCLE events, which will take place at the Chicago Campus on Tuesday, March 24th from 6-8 pm.
The purpose of this series is to convene a diverse group of people (NLU students, alumni, and our community) for honest and respectful dialog about the Black Lives Matter Movement (racial understanding) . Trained circle-keepers will facilitate several intimate, interracial and inter-generational peace circle style conversations to foster deeper listening, understanding and respect, all precursors to real justice.
Peace Circles were inspired by both Native American and African Traditions of sharing dialogue in a circle to build unity. Continue reading
Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., to brief Congressional representatives on the issue of unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S.
By Jasmina Nuhanovic and Sonianne Lozada
We recently had the opportunity to take our classroom knowledge to the national stage.
We are both graduate students in the M.A. in Public Policy and Administration program, and have been working for months with our professor, Lauren Heidbrink, Ph.D., on the issue of unaccompanied minors crossing borders into the U.S.
In February, we traveled with Dr. Heidbrink to Washington, D.C. to inform members of Congress and their staffs on her research with young migrants in Central America and her assessments of U.S. foreign policies on development and migration in the region.
By Nicholas A. Love
National Louis University alumna Geraldine Palmer ‘12, Ph.D. in Community Psychology, was recognized as an African-American Community Treasure at the 16th Annual African American History Month Celebration, presented by Dorothy A. Brown, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County.
Palmer is the Executive Director of South Suburban PADS, an overnight, emergency shelter network in Chicago’s south suburbs. A woman who defied the odds and went from GED to Ph.D., she brings life experience to her leadership at PADS, in addition to her 21 years of professional nonprofit experience.
She leverages the same wealth of experience for Chicagoland and left her mark at a number of housing and supportive service organizations. Not only at work in the trenches, she is an adjunct faculty member at Adler University in Chicago and has authored articles on housing policy and homelessness.
Palmer works tirelessly to alleviate problems related to homelessness because she knows what it’s like to struggle. A determined worker with a mind far from accolades, she accepted her award with humble dignity.
“I just do what I do, so it’s always a surprise when I receive an award for it.”
When 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.
Congratulations to Kamau Rashid, Ph.D., NLU Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Inquiry, for being awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship.
Rashid plans to spend his Fulbright year, 2015-2016, in Ghana at the University of Education, Winneba. He’ll focus on studying how Ghana, in the wake of its 1957 independence from Britain, attempted, and is still attempting, to remake its economy and social and educational systems to benefit its own citizens.