Students, Prof Visit D.C., Brief Congress on Children Crossing U.S. Border Alone They presented data on surprising reasons children come, comment on U.S. policy

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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.

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GED to Ph.D. Alum Honored For Work with Homeless Geri Palmer, Ph.D., received African American Treasure Award

 

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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.”

Grad Student Argues In Huff Post Ed Blog For Assessments Micah J. Miner says they've helped his incarcerated students learn

 

2015-03-03-1425403893-3298990-micah_miner-thumbWhen 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.

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Rashid Wins Fulbright, Will Research in Africa 2015-16 School Year Will examine society, economy, educational system of Ghana since independence

 

 

KRashidCroppedCongratulations 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.

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NLU Joins Pilot Program to Accept Online Credits, Create Quality Standards NationSwell reported NLU is helping students enter, and complete, bachelor's degree programs

 

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 1.00.04 PMNationSwell.com reported National Louis University is one of 25 universities participating in a pilot program to accept all or most transfer credits students earn from a select number of online educational institutions.

The 25 universities will focus on roughly 100 intro courses in up to 30 subject areas that are offered either at a low cost or for free, NationSwell reported. It’s already received the stamp of approval from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with a $1.89 million grant.

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Dear Congress: Spend Less on ‘No Child’ Tests, More On Helping All Students As lawmakers squabble over reforming 'No Child Left Behind,' don't forget underserved kids

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By Sophie Degener, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Reading and Language

The fate of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is in the hands of our congressmen. Members of the House of Representatives will have to decide whether or not to renew the legislation, and what form that legislation will take. A scheduled vote on Friday, Feb. 27 was postponed, but Congress will have to vote soon.

There are many educators, including professors and researchers at National Louis University, who are hoping to influence our lawmakers as they consider NCLB’s future. Continue reading »

NLU Prof: I’m Here to Listen, See World Through Your Eyes Oxford Blog describes NLU Prof Mark Larson's conversational approach to oral histories

 

Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 11.47.48 AMMark Larson was interviewed twice by the noted Chicago-based interviewer Studs Terkel.

“I know what it is like to be listened to for an extended session and with intense curiosity,” Larson wrote in the Oxford University Press blog. ” I believe everyone deserves a chance to be heard that way.”

Thus Larson, an assistant professor of education in National Louis University’s National College of Education, has started his own blog, American Stories Continuum, to showcase the oral history interviews he conducts–about 200 so far. Continue reading »

Taking Stock During Black History Month Higher Education Plays a Role in Realizing Two Families' Dreams

 

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Akilah Bradford explores life possibilities with her high-school-aged daughter, and tells her not to limit herself.

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Kimberly Michaelson, from left, Kathy Broome, Michael Cobb and Georgia Bozeday.

History isn’t shaped only by wars and political leaders. It’s also about the choices individuals make to change life for themselves and their families.

Each of us, by choosing to get a bachelor’s or advanced degree and pursue a career in our chosen field, is staking a claim for a life we want. We to set higher possibilities for our children’s generation. And taken together, we are a force that shapes societies, cities and economies.

In honor of Black History Month, we asked two African-American National Louis University alumnae to reflect on how the past and present, and their experiences at NLU, shaped their lives and those of their families. Continue reading »

Prof Tells BuzzFeed Autism Group Went Too Far She joined others saying Autism Speaks' rhetoric was controversial

Autism Speaks, an advocacy organization for people with autism, recently marked its 10th anniversary by asking its social media followers to comment on what the organization has done in its decade of existence.

While it got some praise, according to BuzzFeed News, it largely got backlash for its statements to parents of autistic children that autism is a severe condition that can cause bankruptcy, cause parents’ marriages to fail and “can rob you of your children and your dreams.” Continue reading »

NLU Alum To Head DuPage County NAACP Veretta Rice Yancey got her Master's Degree in Education

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 5.15.32 PMNLU alum Veretta Rice Yancey, whom a colleague described as having “a passion for social justice and serving youth,” has been elected president of the DuPage County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. It serves DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, according to the Naperville Sun.

Yancey,  a Naperville resident, got her bachelor’s degree from North Central College and her master’s degree in adult education from National Louis University. Continue reading »