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From Wall Street to the West Side: Ohannes Wins ‘Outstanding Beginning Teacher’ Award Carrie Ohannes, who left high finance to teach middle grades in North Lawndale, will receive award June 12

Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.

Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path  to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading »

NLU’s Community Psychology Program Gets Highest Honor for Excellence APA's Society for Community Research and Action bestows Excellence in Education award

Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.

A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been  lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.

That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.

Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. Continue reading »

Tips to Becoming a School Principal in Illinois Here's how to become an administrator, earn the Illinois principal endorsement

Some educators love teaching in the classroom, and others find themselves interested in the bigger picture of how their schools run, how well curriculum meets students’ needs and how the school fits into the district and community.

If you find yourself drawn to administration, consider becoming a school principal in Illinois. Principals provide critically important leadership and support that allows teachers to do their best work and maximizes opportunities for students to learn. Continue reading »

Visionary Sees a Need, Partners With NLU To Create Human Services Management Program Vincent Pettinelli worked as a psychotherapist, started a $350 million company providing human services, found a persistent problem, proposed a solution

By Pam DeFiglio

When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum.  The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent.  He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.

Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading »

Job-Seekers, Follow 7 Rules To Get the Perfect References The employer wants to hire you, but has to check your references first

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University

You just blew the employers away with your expertise and skills from your final interview. You are offered the position, just as long as the employer can contact and speak with your references. References are an important piece in the interview process because they can validate what candidates have placed on their resumes. To ensure this step doesn’t interfere with your offer, follow these seven rules regarding your references. Continue reading »

Huffington Post Publishes NLU Prof’s Blog on Community Schools

As the U.S. enters into a discussion over charter schools, NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., and former NLU prof Ted Purinton, Ed.D., wrote an important commentary when they guest blogged in the Huffington Post April 19.

Azcoitia, distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Purinton, dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, drew readers’ attention to a type of school which has been quietly ringing up success after success: community schools. Continue reading »

‘Play Fest’ Puts Students’ Drama, Writing On Stage April 22 Come experience screenplays, plays and live literature

In a flourish of creativity at National Louis University, 10 students are seeing their writing shaped by actors and directors and expressed on the stage.

Three of them have written screenplays that touch on themes such as coping with adversity, struggles in relationships and trying to overcome the odds. Two others have written plays about how historical events touch people’s lives and finding strength amidst challenging circumstances. All will be presented as staged readings by actors on stage. Continue reading »

Dazzling in Sunshine State, Alum Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ William 'BJ' Ivey, who earned two NLU degrees, receives the award

Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year William “BJ” Ivey, a double NLU alum, is shown at the awards banquet with his mother Jo, left, and wife Samantha, both also teachers.

With 52 schools and nearly 4,800 teachers, competition to win the Teacher of the Year award in the Sarasota County (Florida) School District is tremendous.

In February, National Louis University alum  William “BJ” Ivey was named one of three finalists, and at an April 5 school district banquet, he topped the competition to become Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Continue reading »

NLU Student Named Teacher of the Year by Illinois Education Association Stephanie Hortsman Teaches at Thornridge High School; Pursuing NLU Degree

What’s the proper response when a French teacher, and NLU student, wins the Illinois Education Association’s Bob Haisman Teacher of the Year Award?  “Toute nos felicitations,” (congratulations),  or even a simple “tres bien” (very good) will do.

Stephanie Hortsman, who is pursuing her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at National Louis University, received the award on March 30  at an annual IEA event in front of 1,200 people at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Continue reading »

Tribune’s Rick Kogan Highlights NLU Author’s Poignant Book Fern Schumer Chapman wrote about her mother's historic separation and reunion

Chicago Tribune columnist Rick Kogan has written about National Louis University instructor Fern Schumer Chapman and her fourth book, “Stumbling on History: An Art Project Compels a Small German Town to Face Its Past.”

Chapman teaches in NLU’s M.S. in Written Communication program.  Continue reading »