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NLU Apoya, fomenta el liderazgo entre padres de escuela primaria de CPS Profesores enseñaron sobre el sistema educativo, Estándares Comunes Estatales; Padres crean un PTO

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Muchos padres no saben cómo ayudar a sus hijos con tareas escolares, interactuar con maestros y directores o interpretar los resultados de las pruebas de sus hijos. Esta incertidumbre se intensifica para los padres inmigrantes, quienes pueden enfrentar las barreras del idioma y falta de conocimiento sobre el sistema escolar de los Estados Unidos. Además, las normas culturales del país de origen pueden haber desalentado el hacer preguntas o tener conversaciones con los profesores.

AcadParntLeader9Esas incertidumbres fueron derribadas este otoño para 19 padres en la escuela primaria Horace Greeley en el barrio de Lakeview de Chicago. La Universidad Nacional de Louis en colaboración con Chicago Public Schools’ Community School Initiative apoyan a los padres a desarrollarse como líderes y guiar a sus hijos en su camino al éxito académico. 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.

NLU Empowers, Educates Parent Leaders at CPS Elementary School Profs taught about education system, Common Core; parents created PTO



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Many parents don’t know how to help their children with schoolwork, interact with teachers and principals, or interpret their children’s test results. This uncertainty intensifies for immigrant parents, who may face language barriers and lack knowledge about the U.S. school system. In addition, cultural norms in the country of origin may have discouraged asking questions of teachers.

AcadParntLeader9Those uncertainties got blasted away this fall for 19 parents at Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. National Louis University teamed with the Chicago Public Schools’ Community School Initiative to empower them as parent leaders.

NLU’s Monica Haydee Ramos, National Louis’ director of family and community engagement, led the effort, known as the Academy of Parents in Leadership.  The parents attended a 10-week series of interactive presentations, and executed a project: creating a Parent-Teacher Organization for the school. Continue reading »

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.


Keneman, Winter, San Filippo, Bazik Win Faculty Awards NLU presents awards for teaching, service and adjunct faculty


Jeffrey Winter, Ph.D., and Ayn Keneman, Ed.D. both won the 2015 National Louis University faculty award for teaching excellence.

NLU had two winners of its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015: Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Winter, Ph.D., were both recipients.

The Excellence in Service and Engagement Award went to David SanFilippo, Ph.D., and the adjunct faculty Excellence in Service and Engagement Award went to Edna Bazik, Ph.D. Continue reading »

NLU, High School District 214 Agree to Provide College Credit, Streamline Path to 4-Year Degree Many students will be able to enter NLU as sophomores, complete college in 3 years

D214studentsDec2015As 21 fresh-faced high school students looked on, National Louis University’s president and the superintendent of Community High School District 214, in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, signed an agreement Thursday to provide NLU college credit for high school classes.

“National Louis is committed to working with us, and with the provisions of this agreement, our students will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in business or education within three years after high school,” said David Schuler, Ph.D., superintendent of D214. Continue reading »

NLU Heralds the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ Education Law NLU's statement on the new legislation, which replaces No Child Left Behind

By Rob Muller, Dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.


President Barack Obama greets eighth-grader Sofia Rios and the other stage participants prior to a bill signing ceremony for S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Dec. 10, 2015. Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

We are pleased to note the December 10 enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the long overdue successor to No Child Left Behind. After years of negotiations and political gridlock, this bill is the result of a bipartisan effort that was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and House, and signed by the President.

The new law’s provisions regarding teacher evaluation, standards and accountability, investments in early childhood education, innovation and other priority initiatives are worthy of note.

The new law shifts primary implementation responsibility from the federal to state and local government, providing us with a significant opportunity to address some of the shortfalls of No Child Left behind, while simultaneously reaffirming our commitment to high standards and educational excellence for all learners, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic or educational advantage. We hope that state and local leaders will take advantage of these changes to support what is best for our students, and effective educational practice.

For over 100 years, the National College of Education has been an innovator in preparing educators to help all students succeed. In coming months, we will be working with our colleagues in Illinois and nationally to ensure that the law’s enactment provides for the best educator and teacher preparation possible.

To help make that possible, we’ll be in communication with the more than 50,000 National Louis University education graduates across the state and nation. We’re looking forward to ESSA’s effective implementation in the best interest or America’s students, teachers and families.

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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