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In Quest To Reinvent Urban Universities, Philly, NC Educators Visit NLU The Gates Foundation is challenging the three universities to innovate, help urban students graduate college



Visiting educators from Drexel and Johnson C. Smith Universities listen to a presentation during an NLU-led tour of elementary schools in which NLU education students are teaching.

The presidents of Drexel University in Philadelphia and Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C., along with their leadership teams, visited National Louis University’s Chicago campus March 7-8 as part of formulating their vision for a “mission-driven, new urban university.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to the three universities, dubbing them the New Urban University Coalition and asking them to consider how the New Urban University can serve diverse, first-generation and non-traditional students. Goals include increasing retention and graduation rates and advancing the quality of life for neighboring schools and communities. Continue reading »

NLU Hosts Pakistan Education Minister Khalid Khan tells of progress in Malala Yousafzai's province

KhalidKhanNational Louis University is welcoming an education minister from Malala Yousafzai’s province in Pakistan, Dr. Khalid Khan, to its International Women’s Day event March 8. He will participate by Zoom teleconferencing technology.

Khan is an assistant education minister in Kashmir Patunkhwa province, where a young Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban in her rural village for standing firm on her belief that girls have a right to an education. Malala survived, was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize and has become an advocate for girls’ rights and education throughout the world. Continue reading »

Daily Herald Features International Women’s Day Event Newspaper interviewed NLU's James O'Meara, Ed.D.

Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 10.39.45 AMThe Daily Herald highlighted both local speakers and the international speakers who will be teleconferenced in by Zoom in a preview article of NLU’s International Women’s Day event March 8. The article, by Eileen O. Daday, is headlined, “Global lineup comes to Wheeling for International Women’s Day conference.”

NLU Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., told the newspaper that with the United Nations’ Education 2030 agenda, educators need to take the lead on fostering global citizenship among individuals.

“Achieving this goal depends on the capacity of the educators to develop global citizens,” O’Meara said, as quoted in the Daily Herald. “Consequently, increasing access to international perspectives should increase the chances of all learners becoming effective global citizens — both locally and abroad.”

See the full Daily Herald story here.


Green Slime, NLU Prof Help Alum Win Science Teacher Award Andrew Bean won grant to install solar panels at his CPS School

Andrew Bean ’12 Congratulations to NLU alum Andrew Bean ’12, who recently received a national award for new science teachers. He had the strong backing of his mentor and NLU prof, Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., who frequently visits Bean’s classroom to whip up green slime, and other science oddities, to attract 13-year-olds’ interest in science.

Bean, who earned an M.A.T. in Elementary Education, is an eighth grade science and social studies teacher at William E. Dever Elementary School in the Belmont Heights on the Northwest side of Chicago.

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International Women’s Day Event To Feature Experts From Around Globe NLU celebrates In conjunction with United Nations Women’s ‘Planet 50-50 by 2030, Step It Up for Gender Equality’ campaign


UNWB20logoen gifWomen’s advocates from Australia, Africa, Pakistan and various U.S. locations will participate in an event heralding International Women’s Day, and encouraging women’s further progress on gender equality, on March 8 at National Louis University.

The event, which organizers are excited to initiate in Chicago and hope to make an annual observance, aligns with the United Nations’ urging of women’s equality first declared at the historic Beijing Women’s Conference in 1995.

Reflecting UN Women’s 2016 tagline of “Planet 50-50 by 2013, Step It Up for Gender Equality,” speakers will touch on three areas in which UN findings say more work is needed to get women to 50-50 equality: education, business/career and decision-making. Continue reading »

Dr. Fromm Reed Gets APA Honor, Hopes To Sway Congress to Prevent Trauma As part of Leadership Institute, she will lobby Congress, stress self-healing communities


Suzette Fromm Reed, Ph.D., who directs NLU’s Community Psychology program, will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next month to brief members of Congress on community-based strategies to prevent childhood trauma–such as surviving abuse, having a drug-using parent, living in poverty and being exposed to violence in the home or community.

The opportunity arose after Fromm Reed received a national honor from the American Psychological Association. It selected her for its 2015-16 Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, which provides leadership training to the nation’s top mid-career women in the psychology field, to empower them to lead positive changes and boost women’s influence in psychology. Continue reading »

Triple-Threat Alum Returned Again and Again She holds three advanced degrees from NLU

Theodorea.Berry_BlogTheodorea Regina Berry ’95 believes in the power of three.

Berry is an associate professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She’s the director of the African American Studies Program, with expertise in the lived experiences of women educators of color. She has held leadership roles at a number of education foundations and associations and is the editor of two journals of curriculum theory.

She’s also a triple alum of National Louis University. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (’95), an Ed.S. in Leadership in Curriculum and Teaching (’98), and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Social Inquiry (’02).

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Teri Talan Named Endowed Chair for NLU’s McCormick Center A scholar, author and advisor to policymakers, she will provide strategic direction


Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 5.04.44 PMNational Louis University has appointed Teri Talan, Ed.D. as the new Michael W. Louis Endowed Chair of the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership, which is part of the University. The McCormick Center empowers individuals to build the leadership skills they need to create and sustain exemplary programs for young children. Talan currently serves as the McCormick Center’s interim executive director and director of Policy Initiatives.

Talan joined the McCormick Center in 2002, and in 2004 she became faculty of NLU’s National College of Education. She is a nationally recognized advocate for the early childhood workforce and the children and families it serves. In recognition of her scholarship, Dr. Talan was promoted to professor of Early Childhood Education in 2014. Continue reading »

Rita Weinberg, 35-Year NLU Prof, Passes Away at 91 She taught psychology, did research, worked with children in private practice



Rita Weinberg, Ph.D., a longtime NLU professor of psychology, passed away Jan. 28, 2016.

Rita Mohr Weinberg, Ph.D., who taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes at NLU from 1976 until her 2011 retirement, passed away on Jan. 28, according to a Chicago Tribune obituary.

“Dr. Weinberg graced the classrooms and hallways of National Louis University for decades,” NLU’s Cynthia Mee, Ph.D., fondly recalled.

“She wove together and role-modeled how the mind, body, and spirit are balanced and interconnected. Dr. Weinberg’s essence is present in schools around the country via her students and all others who heard her speak at conferences, who read her academic work, or who had a casual conversation with her. The twinkle in Dr. Weinberg’s eyes is omnipresent and shines within each of us.” Continue reading »

14 Ways To Engage Online Learners, per Dr. Curt Bonk Champion of online engagement speaks to NLU profs

160204-Curt-Bonk-21 Curt Bonk, Ph.D., is on a crusade against boredom, for both students and instructors, in online and blended courses. He brought that crusade to NLU Thursday to share with professors, offering them lots of practical techniques they can use right away in online instruction.

After getting fed up with poorly-designed courses that lulled students to sleep, Bonk, a professor at Indiana University, put his background at the intersection of business, education, technology and psychology to work to design better online learning techniques.

160204-Curt-Bonk-36As an advocate of blended learning, he cited the Stanford University study which concluded that students in online courses learned more than students in face to face courses, with those online courses having a face to face element (i.e., blended learning) creating the greatest learning of all. Continue reading »