Community College Undergrads Visit, Learn Early Childhood Education Options Profs brief them kindergarten teachers will need early childhood endorsement in Illinois

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About 35 Triton College students sang multicultural songs, critically examined children’s books and contemplated getting an Early Childhood Education degree at National Louis University when they visited the Chicago Campus for an Institute Day on December 1.

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Student Spotlight: Why Elizabeth Kearney Has The Best of Both Worlds She loves teaching kids during the day and adult graduate students at night. Here's what keeps her motivated, and what reading teachers do for fun

 

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NLU student Elizabeth Kearney is working towards her doctorate in Reading, Language and Literacy.

When NLU student Elizabeth Kearney finishes her dissertation in the Ed.D. in Reading, Language and Literacy program, she will have two masters degrees and a doctorate in education.  What does one do with that kind of firepower? In this Q and A, she told us what makes her get up in the morning, which NLU professors inspired her and where her passion lies.

NLU:  Elizabeth, could you tell us where you work now, and what you’re doing?

Elizabeth Kearney:  I work for the Chicago Public Schools as a part-time second grade teacher.  I also work for Concordia University as an adjunct faculty member, teaching in their Master of Arts in Teaching program. I teach literacy courses.

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Carnegie Foundation Honors NLU’s Community Engagement NLU's community partnerships, service learning get national recognition

 

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This honor recognizes NLU’s support of community partnerships and service learning, as well as the university’s collaboration with local, regional, state, national and global communities to exchange knowledge and resources. Continue reading »

Student Honor Society Grows, Thrives–Apply Before Deadline

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By Amanda DaSilva

Last fall, NLU launched its inaugural chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success and has attracted nearly 550 undergraduate and graduate student members to date. This January, the Society invites its next round of eligible students to attend leadership workshops, network with fellow members and enjoy benefits that include success coaching and exclusive access to job banks, recommendation letters and scholarship funds. Invitees were again selected using GPA and credit hours criteria, and students who decide to join earn lifetime membership in the Society through the following induction events at the Chicago, Wheeling or Lisle campuses: Continue reading »

How to be Merry & Bright During the Holidays Valuable Advice from the NLU Counseling Center

snowmansandThe holiday season is filled with expectations of cheer and bliss.  From decorations and carols to gift-giving and time with family, the messages we receive are that we should be jolly during this time of year.  For many people, however, the holidays can bring about a great amount of stress and anxiety. Oftentimes there is an unspoken pressure to buy just the right gift to make your loved one happy.  Other times it’s reconnecting with family that brings up difficult feelings, unhealed wounds.  Just beneath the surface of society’s messages of abundant bliss and good cheer is the reality that with joy comes sorrow.

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Mexican Government Grants NLU $15,000 in Scholarships More than 25 students have received scholarships since 2010

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NLU staff, students and friends attended the scholarship presentation at the Mexican consulate. They included, from left, Margaret Stemler, Ed.D., Dulce Coronado, Juliana Alejandre, Maria del Socorro Ramirez, Monica Ramos, M.A., Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., and Ignacio Lopez, Ed.D.

Students from Mexico or of Mexican descent will be able to apply for $15,000 in new scholarship money from a grant awarded to National Louis University by the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (Instituto Mexicano para l’Externo or IME in Spanish).

Last year, 15 NLU students received scholarships provided by a grant from the Institute. On Dec. 4, one of them, Dulce Coronado, a sophomore pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, told an audience of diplomats and educators how much it meant to her during a press conference at the Mexican consulate.

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Dulce Coronado, an early childhood education student at NLU, told consular officials how much it meant to her to receive an IME BECA scholarship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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California Alum Presents Early Literacy Program To Students

 

By Ayn Keneman, Ed.D.

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Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., an NLU alum, returned to present a talk on early literacy to students.

Early Childhood students of NLU’s Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., were treated to a session with  Mary Kay Moskal, Ph.D., on early literacy assessment. Moskal is from the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary’s College of California. NLU’s Early Childhood students are all in schools as part of the practicum undergraduate course.

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Want an Edge Getting Hired or Starting a Biz? NLU Launches Entrepreneurship Concentration

 

Students will be able to pitch business ideas, just like on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’ 

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Almost everything people do on the job starts with an idea, and with the skills to sell that idea.  Whether it’s a counselor offering her professional services, a company looking to diversify into new product lines, a person starting a small business or a human services grad setting up a non-profit, all of them needed to brainstorm an idea, refine it, bring it to market and sell it to customers.

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Catalyst: NLU Will Use $8.3 Million TQP Grant to Prep Teachers In STEM

 

Having students solve math equations or do science homework is one thing, but letting them tackle real-world problems allows them to think and analyze in a different way. Catalyst Chicago profiled a Chicago Public School which gives students a real-world-type of conundrum--for example,  whether to site a garbage dump in a neighborhood–and lets them approach it from many angles to weigh the costs and benefits.

Catalyst suggested National Louis University, which was awarded an $8.3 million Total Quality Partnership federal grant in September to figure out how to improve STEM teacher preparation for schools in high-poverty areas, may consider such an approach.

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Racing To Retain Teachers To Meet UN Global Literacy Goals

 

TeacherReadingIs it still possible to meet the UN’s goal of having every child worldwide learn to read by 2015? NLU Professor James O’Meara points out in this University World News commentary that the high teacher attrition rate in many nations, including the U.S., has led to a shortage of 4 million teachers. That makes it likely the UN will push the goal to 2030; however, there could be a worldwide shortage of 23.7 million teachers by then.

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