Students will be able to pitch business ideas, just like on ABC-TV’s ‘Shark Tank’
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.
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.
Is 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.
NLU Early Childhood undergrad Hortencia Rodriguez, wearing medallion with red ribbon, was given the honor of Student Laureate by Illinois’ Lincoln Academy, a non-profit. A ceremony took place Nov. 1 in Springfield. Also pictured are Hortencia’s daughter at left, NLU’s Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., right, and Hortencia’s mother.
Hortencia Rodriguez, an NLU early childhood undergraduate, was recognized as a Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois during a ceremony Nov. 1st at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield. Hortencia was one of 52 students in Illinois to receive this honor. This is the 40th year Lincoln Academy, a non-profit organization, celebrated students’ excellence in Illinois.
The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois. At the Student Laureate Convocation, Hortencia received a Student Laureate Medallion, along with a certificate of achievement and an educational grant of $1,000.
When people work and put forth effort, they want to know that it actually accomplished something. The discipline of evaluation has arisen to measure whether almost any endeavor—a class, a non-profit organization, a university degree program, a policy, a product, business, etc.—is being effective and getting the hoped-for results.
NLU Alum Sandra Mattison retired early from teaching fifth grade and will volunteer with the Peace Corps in Uganda for about two years. She will support primary education.
After 22 years of teaching in an elementary school, Sandra Mattison, 54, of Wheaton, Ill., retired early and embarked on another adventure. She left recently for Uganda, where she will serve as a Peace Corps volunteer for about two years.
Mattison, B.A. in Elementary Education ’92 and M.Ed in Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum and Instruction ’04, will use her professional experience and National Louis University education to support primary education in Uganda.
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NLU Student veteran Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, right. stands with her brother Jesus Arteaga.
Carida “Pilar” Arteaga, National Louis University student and veteran of the U.S. Navy, was invited to participate in the pre-game coin toss for the Northern Illinois University (NIU) vs. University of Toledo football game on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Arteaga, a Chicago native, entered the Navy in 1994 and after six deployments she retired as Petty Officer 1st Class in July 2014. Arteaga is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Management.
Joining Arteaga is her brother Jesus Arteaga, a student at NIU. Mr. Arteaga served a total of eight years in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman.
(Image courtesy of Mike Purgatori)
Players from NIU and Toledo huddle around the coin toss during the pre-game ceremony.
For Andrew Cline, joining the military to “do something bigger than yourself” is the same reason he chose to go into teaching. He’s an NLU student veteran.
For Anthony Clark, an NLU graduate who’s teaching special education at Oak Park and River Forest High School, the responsibility and leadership he learned in the military made for a “natural transition” into teaching.
Everyone is invited to contribute non-perishable food to NLU’s Annual Holiday Food Drive. Now through Dec. 11, you can place canned goods, boxed foods and dry goods in boxes near the reception desks at all Illinois campuses.
Michael Cobb sees his job as providing much more than a bed for the homeless–although his position as executive director of Hesed House in Aurora, the largest shelter in Illinois outside Chicago, encompasses that.
Cobb, who is president of National Louis University’s Alumni Board, also oversees a full range of services to help people take back their lives, according to a profile of him this month in Naperville Magazine.