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NLU Donates School Supplies to School District 21 in Wheeling Area


Arlene Rodriguez, an NLU Student Ambassador, left, and Pauline DeGrazia, Wheeling Campus Manager, pack donated school supplies for District 21. Rodriguez graduated from Elk Grove High School and is a sophomore studying Criminal Justice at NLU.

Children in Community School District 21 whose parents struggled with the cost of school supplies are off to a great start this school year, thanks to National Louis University employees and students.

They collected two large boxes of pens, paper, folders, erasers, pencils, markers, scissors and other supplies.

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After Standoff, American Psychological Association Honors Dr. Brad Olson In an about-face, two APA divisions will reward his anti-torture work


BradOlson2016For years, NLU’s Brad Olson, Ph.D., and a few other hardy souls were dissenters–the lone voices protesting the American Psychological Association’s close relationship with U.S. military officials who were practicing torture on terrorism suspects.

Last year, the APA did an about-face, with its membership voting overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.

Now, to complete the 180-degree change in its position on torture,  APA is honoring Olson, whom  the association once criticized for his stance against the association’s close ties to the torture process. Actually, Olson is receiving two separate awards from two different APA divisions. Continue reading »

Dr. Lems, Twice a Fulbright Scholar, Gives Global Lesson She sang, performed on webinar seen by 1,986 English teachers around world

160719-kristin-lems-014Kristin Lems, Ed.D., who performs and records songs in addition to teaching at National Louis University, recently “starred” in two live webinars for the U.S. State Department’s “American English” project.

Nearly 2,000 teachers of English as a Second Language around the world watched live as Lems, an NLU professor of ESL and Bilingual Education,  presented “Using Songs and Music to Teach English.” Continue reading »

Dr. McGuire Receives Mentoring Award for Police Explorers He's giving back to non-profit organization where he got his own start


NLU’s Danny McGuire, Ed.D., at right, accepts the Spurgeon Award for volunteer leadership in the Police Explorers.

An NLU professor who learned about law enforcement through the Police Explorers back when he was a youth has received a top award from that non-profit organization, which acquaints teens with various career fields.

Danny L. McGuire Jr., Ed.D., assistant director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, has received the William H. Spurgeon III award for his work with the Police Explorer program during the past three years. It is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program. Continue reading »

NLU Partners To Prepare High Schoolers For Teaching Careers High School District 214 in Northwest Suburbs, NLU launch Educator Prep program

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NLU educators and administrators were at Rolling Meadows High School for High School District 214’s launch of the Educator Prep program. They witnessed two dozen students indicate their interest in teaching by joining the program.

National Louis University and High School District 214 in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind in the nation program called Educator Prep.

It allows high school students, as early as freshman year, to declare their intention to become teachers, and supports them through high school and then college, through to employment as an educator in a primary or secondary school. Continue reading »

Pioneer, Reach Awards Presented at Elegant NLU Event Speakers inspired attendees at gala fundraiser



Jacqueline Samuel, from left, Amanda Leftwich, Arne Duncan and Matthew King posed for a photo at the Reach Awards. Duncan received the Pioneer Award, while the others received the Reach Award.

NLU alumni, donors and friends arrived at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower Hotel Tuesday to honor one of the United States’ most influential education leaders and three NLU alumni who are exercising their knowledge and leadership in ways that bring positive change to communities.

As guests arrived, they greeted classmates and friends during a cocktail hour dramatized by the Sofitel’s sleek architecture. After they took their seats in a huge ballroom beautified by pink orchid sprays on the tables, Emcee Karen Jordan, an anchor at ABC7 News, introduced NLU President Nivine Megahed.


Mike Koldyke, founder of the Golden Apple Foundation, Patricia Koldyke, Illinois First Lady Diana Rauner and NLU President Nivine Megahed celebrated NLU’s successes at the Reach Awards.

“Education, more than ever, is our strongest vehicle for economic opportunity. It is our strongest hope for social equity,” Megahed said, explaining how NLU has created the Harrison Professional Pathways as a quality program, at an affordable price point, to help students from modest-income homes attain their bachelor’s degrees. Continue reading »

NLU Donates Dresses to Realize Prom Dreams for Girls in Pilsen Partnering with Project Embrace, NLU gathered dresses, shoes, accessories

IMG_8120Students in NLU’s Association of Latino Scholars gratefully accepted shimmering satin gowns and dresses with yards of tulle throughout April, in an effort to help girls with limited financial resources attend their high school proms.

The Association of Latino Scholars partnered with Juana Ballesteros and Project Embrace, which have been helping girls in the South side Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago to attend prom since 2011. Continue reading »

NLU Apoya, fomenta el liderazgo entre padres de escuela primaria de CPS Profesores enseñaron sobre el sistema educativo, Estándares Comunes Estatales; Padres crean un PTO

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Muchos padres no saben cómo ayudar a sus hijos con tareas escolares, interactuar con maestros y directores o interpretar los resultados de las pruebas de sus hijos. Esta incertidumbre se intensifica para los padres inmigrantes, quienes pueden enfrentar las barreras del idioma y falta de conocimiento sobre el sistema escolar de los Estados Unidos. Además, las normas culturales del país de origen pueden haber desalentado el hacer preguntas o tener conversaciones con los profesores.

AcadParntLeader9Esas incertidumbres fueron derribadas este otoño para 19 padres en la escuela primaria Horace Greeley en el barrio de Lakeview de Chicago. La Universidad Nacional de Louis en colaboración con Chicago Public Schools’ Community School Initiative apoyan a los padres a desarrollarse como líderes y guiar a sus hijos en su camino al éxito académico. Continue reading »

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 »