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NLU Alum Surprised With Golden Apple Award for Teaching Officials bring award, reporters to fourth-grade teacher Andrea Beaty's classroom

NLU alum Andrea Beaty was teaching in her fourth-grade classroom recently when officials from the Golden Apple  Foundation arrived to present her with the  prestigious 2017 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Beaty, who was surprised and emotional upon receiving the award, teaches fourth grade English and Language Arts, science, social studies, math, and social emotional learning at Serena Hills Elementary School in Chicago Heights, Ill. in the South suburbs. She earned her Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education at National Louis University.  Continue reading »

Alum Finds His Teaching Paradise Teacher, cut loose from rural school district, lands new job at small island school

Rob Groesbeck at a beach just down the hill from his school.

Imagine spending the last years of your teaching career on a remote island. Rob Groesbeck ’84, M.A.T. in Elementary Education, doesn’t have to.

Groesbeck found himself the victim of downsizing at his rural Michigan school district after 32 years of teaching mostly middle school science. While he was still too young to retire, Groesbeck wasn’t sure he would be able to find another teaching position. “…my prospects seemed bleak,” he recalled.

That was before Groesbeck found Beaver Island Community School (BICS). Located on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan, BICS is a pre-K, K-12 public school with a focus on customized learning.

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NLU To Offer Computer Information Systems, STEM Programming Through HSI Grant

NLU and Morton College stakeholders discuss the Computer Information Systems program the HSI STEM grant will make possible.

In the future, National Louis University students will design and build software,  thwart hackers, use a mobile-first approach to web design, create virtual worlds and smash barriers in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

It’s all coming about as the HSI  STEM Program gears up to start its work at National Louis University. The U.S. Department of Education awarded HSI grant funds to NLU a few months ago, and NLU is hiring staff to direct the program. Its overall goal is to increase Latino students in STEM fields, and staff have begun creating a new undergraduate program in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at NLU. Continue reading »

Career Changers, Make These Five Updates To Your Resume

By Christine Andrelczyk, NLU Career Services Advisor

So you’ve decided to take the plunge and make a career change! Perhaps you’ve gone back to school to get a degree. Or maybe your life circumstances have changed—your kids are a bit older, you’ve moved to a new city, or you’re ready to start a new chapter.

Career changing is not uncommon; the average professional can expect to change careers three times during their work years. Yet it can still be a challenging and frustrating process. Continue reading »

NLU Launches Master’s in Human Services Management; Mark Doyle to Lead Doyle, with academia, government, nonprofit background, developing program to help human services pros move up

Mark Doyle will launch and lead NLU’s M.S. in Human Services Management program.

No matter which part of the growing human services field people work in — child welfare, aging, mental health, homelessness, intellectual disabilities or others — they have specific skill sets such as social worker or substance abuse counselor.

As the human services field expands, more  such  professionals are getting promoted into management. But they lack the skill set needed for administration, and consequently many get frustrated, and often fail.  For this reason, National Louis University is launching the Master of Science in Human Services Management program, slated to start in Fall 2017. Continue reading »

Univision Hosts NLU’s Azcoitia Discussing Schools Connected to Communities

Univision TV invited NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice, for an on-air interview to talk about community schools.

Azcoitia has released both English- and Spanish-language versions of his recent book, co-authored with Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership. The book is titled “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading »

WBBM News Features Prof Schak’s Analysis of Barricade Scene Investigative Reporter Brad Edwards Seeks Schak's Comments On Police Action

WBBM-TV News Investigative Reporter Brad Edwards recently reported on a crime situation in which suspects holed up inside a South Side coachhouse after firing shots at a Chicago Police commander in his car.

Police stormed the house and arrested the suspects there. But they failed to find two suspects hiding in a crawl space before they cleared the scene. Continue reading »

Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson, Sheriff Tom Dart, Fr. Pfleger Talk Justice, Reducing Crime by Healing Communities at NLU Event

 

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, from left, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Rev. Michael Pfleger pose for a photo after greeting each other at the National Louis University panel (photo credit: James Richards IV)

By Pam DeFiglio

More jobs and fewer guns. More parenting classes and less blaming. More restorative justice and less fear and misunderstanding.

Chicagoans need to work on these and similar issues to heal the city, agreed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Rev. Michael Pfleger when they appeared on a “Restoring and Healing Communities: A Time for Peace” event panel at National Louis University Feb. 28. The event, which attracted hundreds, was part of the Applied Behavioral Sciences lecture series.

In their compelling presentations and the passionate audience discussion afterwards, the three speakers agreed that policing can somewhat reduce crime and jail programs can somewhat help inmates.  But more help is needed to end the vicious cycle frequently found in the city’s high-crime neighborhoods: limited parenting skills, bare-bones schools, lack of jobs, easy access to drugs, criminal convictions and the barrier to getting hired that  criminal backgrounds create.  Continue reading »

NLU To Host First-Ever Panel Featuring Chicago Police Chief, Cook County Sheriff and Fr. Pfleger

 

Three of Chicago’s top leaders, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, and social justice champion Father Michael Pfleger, will join a panel discussion at National Louis University on Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m.

They will address their experiences using restorative justice to pursue peace and civil behavior in Chicago. NLU’s Social and Behavioral Sciences, Community Psychology and Education faculty hope to raise awareness of restorative justice practices, such as peace circles, and their potential to help mitigate the effects of criminal behavior. Continue reading »

Stand Out at a Career Fair and Get Hired NLU is holding its Educator Career Fair on Tuesday March 7

 

If you’re searching for a job in your field, plan to participate in career fairs. They help you get maximum return for your time spent on the job search. Instead of typical career-seeking activities such as filling out applications and emailing resumes, career fairs allow you to meet face-to-face with company recruiters. However, you do need to prepare for career fairs in order to make a good impression. Follow the eight tips below, and  you’re on your way to connecting with recruiters about the position you desire. Continue reading »