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10 Steps To Give Employers A Positive First Impression Stand out in your job search, and advance your career

By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services

First impressions are critical in a job search. They can either jumpstart your search or bring it to a halt.

You make your first impression on the employer with the documents you send, especially the resume. Your resume’s format, presentation, content and grammar will give the employer a strong sense of the soft skills you have and ones you need to further develop. Continue reading »

NLU Offers A Google Certified Educator Course Will help teacher candidates boost their resumes, apply techniques when they student teach

 

Knowing the latest education technology (edtech) can help future teachers better manage their classrooms when they start student teaching. It also makes their resumes stand out to potential employers.

That’s why National Louis University’s National College of Education is offering a Google Certified Educator professional development course this winter and spring. Pre-service teacher prep candidates are flocking to sign up for the course, which will prepare them to incorporate the “G Suite,” a range of Google apps formerly called Google Apps for Education, into their student teaching field placements. Continue reading »

National Louis University and Laureate Education, Inc. Announce Transfer Agreement of Kendall College’s Programs and Other Assets

National Louis University (NLU), Laureate Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAUR) and Kendall College, LLC announced Jan. 9 they have entered into an agreement whereby Kendall College’s current programs and other assets will transfer to NLU. The boards of NLU and Kendall approved this arrangement, with the additional agreement of Kendall’s parent company, Laureate Education, Inc.

This transfer of programs is contingent on regulatory approvals, including that of the U.S. Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, whose decision is expected the latter half of this year, but possibly as soon as the summer.

Under this agreement, NLU will offer all five of Kendall College’s degree programs – baking & pastry, business, culinary arts, early childhood education, and hospitality management – plus Kendall College’s general education programs.

Currently, both NLU and Kendall offer early childhood education and business, as well as general education programs. Kendall’s other three degree offerings represent new programs at NLU. As part of this agreement, Kendall and Laureate will provide financial support for NLU to create state-of-the-art facilities including kitchens, a dining room, and hospitality and culinary innovation space and classrooms on its flagship Michigan Avenue campus. NLU will create a third college within the University that will be known as the Kendall College of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management at NLU.

“NLU and Kendall College share many important core values and a similar mission of providing access to quality higher education that prepares students for career success,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., NLU president. “After careful consideration, the NLU Board of Trustees has determined that this is an excellent opportunity to grow our institution’s ability to offer additional professional pathways through established programs, serving more students and building stronger communities.”

Paul Lussow, Kendall president, said “The Kendall College board and leadership want to ensure the best future for the college and its students. We believe this agreement with NLU represents a thoughtful solution for our current students to continue their education in Chicago at a long-standing institution with a strong mission and academic history, and we are also pleased that the Kendall name will continue.”

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Daily Herald, WCIU-TV Feature Prof Dipinto’s ‘Frozen Fun’ Winter Science He offered frozen bubbles, forensic mystery, snowflake fossils for kids on Winter Break

 

Who says winter is no fun? National Louis University’s Vito Dipinto, Ed.D., has been featured on WCIU-TV Channel 26.1’s “The Jam” television show on Jan. 3, and in the Daily Herald Newspaper on Dec. 22, for his Frozen Fun Winter Science Activities.

Dipinto, an associate professor in National Louis University’s National College of Education who prepares graduate students in education to become science teachers, offered the tips to families with children who are home from school on Winter Break. Continue reading »

Taking Children to Holiday Parties? Make Magic, Not Meltdowns NLU Faculty Offer Tips to Help Parents, Hosts

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., offers suggestions to keep kids, parents and hosts happy at holiday parties.

Seeing babies, toddlers and children at holiday gatherings and family parties can be delightful—until they start crying or acting out, which can deflate holiday cheer quicker than the Grinch.

With a little planning and resourcefulness, National Louis University faculty Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., says you can help the little ones, as well as the grandparents and uncles, enjoy the party and make wonderful memories. Continue reading »

In These Divisive Times, Give Holiday Gifts That Inspire ‘Kindness, Empathy and Joy’ National Louis University prof compiles suggestions to give children and teens this holiday

 

Polls suggest Americans are more divided than they have been at any time since the Vietnam War. A National Louis University professor suggests that individuals can put positive energy toward healing that divide, even in something as simple as the gifts they give this holiday.

Toby Rajput, assistant professor and Children’s and Young Adult Literature Librarian at National Louis University, believes in the power of ideas­ to plant the seeds of kindness, empathy and joy in young minds.

Her list of suggested books to give children this holiday range from moral tales to friendship stories, appreciations of joy and gratitude, and examinations of what’s really important in life, positive growth and accepting ourselves and others for who we really are.

These books are perfect for anyone who wishes to give a gift this holiday season that will inspire a child or teen to find kindness, empathy and joy even in this divisive atmosphere, and be a source for radiating those qualities out to the world.

Please find a partial list below. The entire list is available by clicking here.

 

FOR YOUNG CHILDREN:

Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley

Every Little Thing brings Bob Marley’s song to life for a new generation. Every family will relate to this universal story of a boy who won’t let anything get him down, as long as he has the help of three little birds. Includes all the lyrics of the original song plus new verses.

The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
Willems’ beloved odd couple returns in this giggle-inducing conclusion to the Elephant and Piggie series. This time, Piggie is struck by the need to say thank you to everyone important to her. From the start, readers will pick up that Gerald suspects Piggie will forget him. Kids will get a kick out of seeing Gerald appear as the unthanked “elephant in the living room,” until Piggie realizes she has forgotten her best friend. This sweetly silly introduction to expressing gratitude is a fitting send-off to one of children’s literature’s favorite duos.

 

CHILDREN AGES 5-8:

After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat

Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat’s poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? (This) masterful picture book will remind readers that life begins when you get back up.

 

Rude Cakes by Rowboat Watkins
2016 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award – New Illustrator Honor
Who knew that cakes were so rude?! In this deliciously entertaining book, a not-so-sweet cake–who never says please or thank you or listens to its parents–gets its just desserts. Mixing hilarious text and pictures, Watkins has cooked up a laugh-out- loud story that can also be served up as a delectable discussion starter about manners or bullying.

 

CHILDREN AGES 9-11

 

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
Amina has never been comfortable in the spotlight. She is happy just hanging out with her best friend, Soojin. Except now that she’s in middle school everything feels different. Soojin is suddenly hanging out with Emily, one of the “cool” girls in the class. Does Amina need to start changing too? Or hiding who she is to fit in? While Amina grapples with these questions, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized.
Amina’s Voice brings to life the joys and challenges of a young Pakistani-American and highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together.

 

Ban This Book by Alan Gratz
In Ban This Book, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy, but she and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship.

 

UPPER ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

 

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Counting by 7s is an intensely moving middle grade novel about being an outsider, coping with loss, and discovering the true meaning of family.
Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents. Suddenly Willow’s world is tragically changed when her parents both die in a car crash. The triumph of this book is that it is not a tragedy. Her journey to find a fully believable surrogate family is a joy and a revelation to read.

 

First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Perez
Twelve-year-old Maria Luisa O’Neill-Morales (who really prefers to be called Malu) reluctantly moves with her Mexican-American mother to Chicago and starts seventh grade with a bang–violating the dress code with her punk rock aesthetic and spurning the middle school’s most popular girl in favor of starting a band with a group of like-minded weirdos.

 

YOUNG ADULT 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

National Book Award Finalist for Young People’s Literature.
Ghost. Lu. Patina. Sunny. Four kids from wildly different backgrounds with personalities that are explosive when they clash. But they are also four kids chosen for an elite middle school track team—a team that could qualify them for the Junior Olympics if they can get their acts together. Ghost has a crazy natural talent. If he can stay on track, he could be the best sprinter in the city. But Ghost has been running for the wrong reasons. it all started with running away from his father, who chased him and his mother down the street with a loaded gun. Since then, Ghost has been the one causing problems—until he meets Coach.

 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

2017 Boston Globe Horn Book Award

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does – or does not – say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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Joy to the Networking World: Meet Career Contacts at Holiday Parties By Mariana Ortiz, Career Advisor at National Louis University

Does the holiday season have you feeling pensive about your current work situation? Are you tired of applying for jobs and getting few results? Perhaps you should try a different job search strategy. Eighty-five percent of career positions are attained through networking – so grant yourself the gift of gab and exercise it during the holiday season. Continue reading »

Congress Candidate, Senate Official To Highlight Immigration Forum Dec. 7

Congressional candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Clarisol Duque, director of U.S. Senator Richard Durbin’s Chicago office, will be among the community leaders speaking at National Louis University’s Immigration Policy Forum on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. in the atrium on NLU’s Chicago Campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Illinois.

Garcia, who is also a Cook County commissioner, has been endorsed by U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez for the Congressional seat Gutierrez is vacating. Continue reading »

Inside Higher Ed Notes NLU’s Digital Learning Award

Inside Higher Ed has written about the Online Learning Consortium bestowing its award on National Louis University. Reporter Mark Lieberman noted the organization had singled out NLU’s Pathways program for its Digital Learning Innovation award.

The award recognizes “innovative approaches in addressing important challenges and barriers,” such as improving outcomes, minimizing textbook costs, targeting “bottleneck” courses and improving learning efficiency. Continue reading »