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NLU alumna named Prince George’s County (MD) Teacher of the Year

AR-140509343.jpg&maxw=290Laura Shelton, an eighth-grade science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland, MD, has been named the Prince George’s County, MD, Teacher of the Year. An NLU grad, Shelton was a former correctional officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections before becoming a teacher. She will compete with Teachers of the Year throughout Maryland for the state title, with the winner being announced in October.

Employee assistance programs: Are you taking advantage?

shutterstock_87347417shutterstock_87347396Counseling is the first thing I think of when I hear the words “employee assistance program,” and I am only half right. An employee assistance program (EAP) is so much more. There are a wide range of services provided through the EAP one might want to consider, for example, wellness programs or weight management and relaxation, even financial counseling.

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NLU professor looks at the role of play in learning

Vito_DipintoNLU Associate Professor Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., has co-authored an article that was recently published in the March issue of the International Journal of Liberal Arts and Social Science. Co-written with Deanna Murphy — Science Coordinator at Beach Park District 3, an NLU adjunct professor,  and a graduate of the M.Ed. in Science Education program — and Anna Dipinto — a sixth grade ELA teacher in North Chicago, NLU adjunct and MAT graduate — the article, “Messin’ Around: The Role of Play in  Middle Level Science Education,” looks at how play in the classroom setting can help students learn. You can read it here.

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A code of support for service men and women

shutterstock_143100571When service members enroll in the armed forces, they sign a code of conduct in which they pledge to give their lives in defense of the country if called upon to do so. As U.S. citizens who benefit from the sacrifice our service members make every day, it is important to ask ourselves what we can do to support them — especially as more troops return from active duty. It is critical not only to identify advocates for them, but to be an advocate who helps them transition to civilian life. What is our code of support for military troops and veterans?

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In the Spotlight: Monica Haydee Ramos, Student Success Coach

Monica Ramos“I came to the U.S. with the dream of providing my family with a better quality of life and the ability to help others through education and empowerment.”

Those are the words of Monica Haydee Ramos, Student Success Coach at NLU — a native of Guadalajara, Mexico, and a first-generation college student who earned her B.A. in Education and Human Development from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac (UNIVA) before coming to Illinois eight years ago.

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Meet Chuck Major, a student in the NLU Veterans Program

NLU Major-page-001Tell us about yourself.

I grew up on the South Side of Chicago. After high school, I went to college but had to take a break to care for my mom, who was ill at the time. During that period, I had a lot of student debt to pay back, and I saw an ad on TV about how the Army could help with student loans, so I decided to pursue it. I loved the Army and the structure of it. Most people don’t love boot camp, but I did. While in the service, I spent most of my days in a giant vault, dismantling weapons. I also was able to travel a lot while in the Army and spent my last tour of duty in Egypt. I was in the military for a total of eight years and am 49 now.

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Improving sexual health awareness in schools

shutterstock_141890479Little did I know seven years ago when I was finishing a full-time career and retiring as an elementary school principal in Cary, IL, that I would be now working on a project in Broward County, FL, that focuses on the sexual health and safety of 13- to 21-year-olds in our community. Our schools are now facing major decisions in regard to the health and sexual education of our students.

In my role as a research technician for the ICFI/Center for Disease Control project with Broward County Public Schools called DASH — Division of Adolescent and School Health Enhanced Evaluation Survey — the following information comes to the surface:

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Step 2 in any career search: Take action!

shutterstock_65840998We already learned from Emily Drake that the first step to any job search is getting to know yourself. What do I do next? Take action! Communicate, communicate, communicate. Now is the time to put your money where your mouth is to effectively share who you are, why you are credible, and why you are interesting.

Here are 3 ways to Take Action:

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NLU student details numeracy challenges for Arabic-speaking students

arabicMichael Bahi, a member of the ESL STEM Success Grant cohort B and a teacher in Niles Township High School District 219, was recently published in the latest issue of “ITBE Link,” the quarterly newsletter of Illinois TESOL-BE. His article, “A Deceiving Counting System,” deals with the numbering system used in Arabic and the difficulties for those from Arabic language backgrounds in mastering the “Arabic numerals” used with English. You can read it here.