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NLU Empowers, Educates Parent Leaders at CPS Elementary School Profs taught about education system, Common Core; parents created PTO

 

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Many parents don’t know how to help their children with schoolwork, interact with teachers and principals, or interpret their children’s test results. This uncertainty intensifies for immigrant parents, who may face language barriers and lack knowledge about the U.S. school system. In addition, cultural norms in the country of origin may have discouraged asking questions of teachers.

AcadParntLeader9Those uncertainties got blasted away this fall for 19 parents at Horace Greeley Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. National Louis University teamed with the Chicago Public Schools’ Community School Initiative to empower them as parent leaders.

NLU’s Monica Haydee Ramos, National Louis’ director of family and community engagement, led the effort, known as the Academy of Parents in Leadership.  The parents attended a 10-week series of interactive presentations, and executed a project: creating a Parent-Teacher Organization for the school. Continue reading »

Tribune Salutes NLU Prof in ‘Best of 2015 Visual Art’ Art columnist loved Nancy Lu Rosenheim's sculpture exhibit

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Nancy Lu Rosenheim’s installation “Swallow City” at Hyde Park Art Center, 2015. Photo by Paul Solomon.

Chicago Tribune art columnist Lori Waxman praised the work of Nancy Lu Rosenheim, an instructor at National Louis University, in her column, “The Best of 2015 in Chicago Visual Art.”

The columnist had kind words for Rosenheim’s installation Swallow City at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Huffington Post columnist Gail Vida Hamburg wrote more extensively about Rosenheim, explaining how Rosenheim had a revelation when she saw trees overtaking and wrapping themselves around the columns of a temple in Cambodia. That inspired her to explore, in her art, nature’s tendency to take over the manmade.

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Nancy Lu Rosenheim poses before one of her “Swallow City” sculptures at the Hyde Park Art Center. Photo by Paul Solomon.

ArtSlant Chicago also ran a review of Rosenheim’s installation by S. Nicole Lane, and Maria Girgenti wrote about Rosenheim’s work in New City.

Finally, Comp Art and Design magazine published an extensive interview with Rosenheim, along with many photos of her work.

 

Keneman, Winter, San Filippo, Bazik Win Faculty Awards NLU presents awards for teaching, service and adjunct faculty

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Jeffrey Winter, Ph.D., and Ayn Keneman, Ed.D. both won the 2015 National Louis University faculty award for teaching excellence.

NLU had two winners of its Excellence in Teaching Award in 2015: Ayn Keneman, Ed.D., and Jeffrey Winter, Ph.D., were both recipients.

The Excellence in Service and Engagement Award went to David SanFilippo, Ph.D., and the adjunct faculty Excellence in Service and Engagement Award went to Edna Bazik, Ph.D. Continue reading »

NLU, High School District 214 Agree to Provide College Credit, Streamline Path to 4-Year Degree Many students will be able to enter NLU as sophomores, complete college in 3 years

D214studentsDec2015As 21 fresh-faced high school students looked on, National Louis University’s president and the superintendent of Community High School District 214, in Chicago’s northwest suburbs, signed an agreement Thursday to provide NLU college credit for high school classes.

“National Louis is committed to working with us, and with the provisions of this agreement, our students will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in business or education within three years after high school,” said David Schuler, Ph.D., superintendent of D214. Continue reading »

NLU Heralds the ‘Every Student Succeeds Act’ Education Law NLU's statement on the new legislation, which replaces No Child Left Behind

By Rob Muller, Dean of National Louis University’s National College of Education, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Vocational and Adult Education, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Education at the U.S. Department of Education.

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President Barack Obama greets eighth-grader Sofia Rios and the other stage participants prior to a bill signing ceremony for S. 1177, Every Student Succeeds Act, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building Dec. 10, 2015. Official White House photo by Pete Souza.

We are pleased to note the December 10 enactment of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the long overdue successor to No Child Left Behind. After years of negotiations and political gridlock, this bill is the result of a bipartisan effort that was overwhelmingly approved by the Senate and House, and signed by the President.

The new law’s provisions regarding teacher evaluation, standards and accountability, investments in early childhood education, innovation and other priority initiatives are worthy of note.

The new law shifts primary implementation responsibility from the federal to state and local government, providing us with a significant opportunity to address some of the shortfalls of No Child Left behind, while simultaneously reaffirming our commitment to high standards and educational excellence for all learners, regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic or educational advantage. We hope that state and local leaders will take advantage of these changes to support what is best for our students, and effective educational practice.

For over 100 years, the National College of Education has been an innovator in preparing educators to help all students succeed. In coming months, we will be working with our colleagues in Illinois and nationally to ensure that the law’s enactment provides for the best educator and teacher preparation possible.

To help make that possible, we’ll be in communication with the more than 50,000 National Louis University education graduates across the state and nation. We’re looking forward to ESSA’s effective implementation in the best interest or America’s students, teachers and families.

Daily Herald Features Prof’s, Student’s ‘Diversity and Empathy’ They suggest giving kids diverse books as holiday gifts

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 11.53.50 AMSome of the children in Leslie Abbott’s classroom live with relatives or in shelters, having no regular home as their base. Recognizing these kids just want to “fit in,” Abbott, a National Louis University graduate student, uses children’s books with a motif of diversity to help them realize that one can differ from the norm and still be accepted.

Daily Herald columnist Burt Constable profiled Abbott and her professor Toby Rajput, assistant professor in NLU’s Reading, Language and Literacy program, in his Thursday column, “A Book with Diversity Gives Kids the Gift of Empathy.”

View the Daily Herald story and video. Continue reading »

‘Good Day Chicago’ Spotlights Prof’s Diverse Books Suggestions for Holiday Gifting Rajput explains diverse books help kids develop empathy, affirm own identities

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NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput appeared on FoxChicago’s “Good Day Chicago” television show Monday to offer holiday gift suggestions of diverse children’s books.

She explained to WFLD Channel 32 interviewer Corey McPherrin that diverse books, i.e., books that show the diversity of people, help children both see and affirm themselves while also developing empathy for others.

Watch the video here. 

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‘Tis the Season for Career Networking Continue your job search during the holidays

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

NetworkingHolidaysThe holidays are here and you decide to finally take a break from career searching to celebrate the festivities, because you have the notion that companies will not hire during the holiday, but this is in fact false. This is actually the time of year when employers have more free time since their colleagues take time off work. To make the best use of this time and kick your career search into high gear, here are some tips that will help you stay on top of your job search during the holidays. Also, continuing your search over the holidays shows employers you are hardworking and serious about finding a position and they will find this impressive. Continue reading »

Overcome Your Fear of Networking by Adopting a Host Mentality You're there to help others connect, not just for yourself

By Paula Rucci Voigt, National Louis University Career Development Office

networkingYou may have heard the phrase, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” Noting that studies have shown that networking is the most effective way to land a job, it is evident that networking is essential to the health of your personal brand, your career, and your job search strategy.

Dictionary.com defines networking as “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.” Sounds simple and straightforward, right? Continue reading »

Veterans Center Opens At NLU Will give military students a one-stop shop for services, study, lounge

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Veterans, National Louis University staff and others listen as student veteran Derrick Mitchell sings the national anthem a cappella on Veterans Day at the opening of NLU’s Robert R. McCormick Foundation Veterans Center and Lounge.

Great things, such as National Louis University’s Veterans Resource Center and Lounge, start with “aha!” ideas.

The Veterans Resource Center, which opened Nov. 11 at NLU’s Chicago campus at 122 S. Michigan Avenue, is one of those great things. Funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, it will give military students a one-stop shop for everything from their first visit, when they’ll meet staff and learn about benefits and financial aid, to subsequent visits, when they’ll enroll, get career guidance and receive academic help, to their all-purpose hangout during their student years.

They’ll be able to study, use computers and printers, grab a snack and chill with other veterans and military-connected students. Continue reading »