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Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start

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NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dhupelia at White House to Judge Educational App Contest Competition was part of First Lady Michelle Obama's Reach Higher Initiative

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Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s VP of Strategic Initiatives, poses with the White House in the background. She participated there as a judge in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative Career App Challenge.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate at the White House as a judge in the Reach Higher Career App Challenge, a competition launched by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative and the U.S. Department of Education.

The Reach Higher Career App Challenge is a prize competition for mobile app developers, educators, and data mavens to create apps designed to help middle school and high school students navigate education and career pathways.

“The Challenge has created an opportunity for true innovation and advancement in the types of career development tools available to students starting from a young age,” Dhupelia said. Continue reading »

Prepare for a Career in Growing Long-Term Care Field With New Concentration Demand for long-term care administrators is growing steadily

LongTermCare1Do you know someone, perhaps yourself, who has a good head for business, yet also enjoys being with people?

Such aptitudes make for excellent administrators in Long-Term Care, a dramatically growing field with excellent prospects for well-paying employment. National Louis University is launching a concentration in Long-Term Care, starting in Fall 2016, that will prepare students to sit for accreditation exams and pursue career opportunities as administrators of assisted living, nursing care and rehabilitation facilities. Continue reading »

Media Feature Profs’ ‘Avoid Summer Brain Drain’ Advice Education profs provide 'no tech to high tech' ways to keep kids learning over summer

LeavesStockPhotoSix newspapers, one television station and a news website have featured National Louis University’s “10 Ways to Prevent Summer Brain Drain” advice. It offers parents suggestions on how to prevent their children from experiencing summer learning loss. Research shows elementary-age students lose one month overall of learning during summer break.

The Herald-Times, the Deseret News, the Reporter-Times, the Daily American, HeraldMailMedia.comWRAL-TV, NewsOK.com and Patch.com all featured NLU’s advice, which included the ideas of Seema Imam, Ed.D., associate professor in NLU’s National College of Education. She suggested many no-tech, low-tech and high-tech activities parents could employ to keep kids learning while having fun over the summer. For example, a no-tech activity could be going on a nature hike, and a high-tech dimension to that activity would be to use an app to identify trees by their leaves. Continue reading »

Learn From Famous Writers at Writers’ Week Attend July 16 or 23 events or both; you can earn NLU credit

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James Sherman, from left, Rick Kogan, Dawn Turner Trice and Fern Schumer Chapman.

Wouldn’t it be great to engage with notable authors, playwrights and journalists and reap their advice on how to improve your writing?

Writers can take part in this rare opportunity on Saturday July 16 and/or Saturday July 23, as National Louis University presents its Writers’ Week workshops, sponsored by the M.S. in Written Communications program. Rick Kogan, famed Chicago Tribune entertainment writer and radio personality, and James Sherman, one of Chicago’s most successful playwrights who teaches playwrighting at Second City, will work with writer-participants on July 16.

The following week, Dawn Turner Trice, an author, former Chicago Tribune columnist and Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University, as well as Fern Schumer Chapman, journalist for Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and the Wall Street Journal and author of “Motherland,” chosen as a Barnes & Noble selection, will present and engage writers about their writing. Continue reading »

Dr. Azcoitia Invited To Spain to Share Leadership Expertise He taught an educational leadership seminar to graduate students

 

 

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Carlos Azcoitia, standing, poses with the students to whom he taught a two-day Educational Leadership seminar. It took place at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. recently traded his NLU classroom for one at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.

Officials there invited him to teach a two-day seminar on educational leadership to students who aspire to be teacher leaders or principals. They are pursuing their master’s degrees in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence, in partnership with the Botin Foundation. Continue reading »

Dr. O’Meara Speaks at London’s House of Lords on Growing the Teacher Workforce International summit considers how to address the worldwide teacher shortage

omearahouseoflordsNLU’s Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., recently spoke on education in London at the House of Lords, which forms part of the United Kingdom’s Parliament. O’Meara, who is president of the International Council on Education for Teaching, stressed the need to increase the numbers of quality teachers to end the current worldwide shortage.

He was taking part in a high-level international education summit aimed at  improving the lives of young people globally through education.

Teachers, researchers, academics and policy makers from around the world attended the conference, titled the Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit. Continue reading »

Five Ways to Boost Your Career Over Summer Break By Christine Andrelczyk, Career Services Advisor, NLU Career Development Office

StockBoostYourCareerSummer is a great time to relax and reflect on all you have achieved academically and professionally over the year. It’s also a perfect opportunity to take advantage of that extra downtime to accomplish some valuable professional milestones. Below we’ll discuss five ways you can use summer break to advance towards your future career.

Internships

Completing an internship is one of the most beneficial ways of gaining valuable professional experience in your field prior to obtaining your degree. Internships can be paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time, and can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to multiple years if you build a successful partnership with your employer. As an intern, your employer will understand that you’re new to the field and will treat your time with them as a learning opportunity. They will train you on the ins and outs of the position and guide you in honing your professional skills. Continue reading »

CPSA Graduates Challenged to Become Leaders at Commencement Marian Wright Edelman, Brenda Castile-Munoz offer inspiring words

Commence2016entranceCPSAWhen NLU’s College of Professional Studies and Advancement graduates filed into the Arie Crown Theater June 12, they celebrated a joyous and distinguished commencement ceremony punctuated by inspiring moments.

The 510 graduates who participated in the ceremony received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in fields such as business, psychology, human services, public policy, health administration, communications, counseling, criminal justice, social science and others. A total of 1,671 students in both of NLU’s colleges graduated this year. Continue reading »