Schools invest a lot of time and energy in supporting teacher candidates during student teaching. They provide mentor teachers who prepare the student teachers to lead their own classrooms. Though this practice is common, we know little about where student teachers get placed, which teachers serve as mentors, and what features of student teaching help the candidates feel prepared, as well as lead to teaching effectiveness in their first year as an in-service teacher. Continue reading
Congratulations are in order to Rob Morrison, Ph.D., Dean of Library and Learning Support at National Louis University. The Illinois Library Association has given him its Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year award.
“Rob and our library faculty and staff are pretty modest, but they are very innovative and engaged in professional arenas within and well beyond NLU,” said Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Provost. “This is one indicator that others are appreciative of the leadership they demonstrate under Rob’s leadership.” Continue reading
Many people are attracted to the idea of community schools, but starting one is not as simple as opening a health clinic and instituting partnerships with local businesses, civic groups and seniors, cautioned NLU’s Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice within the National College of Education, in an article in Phi Delta Kappan’s February issue.
It takes a battery of leadership skills and abilities to helm a community school, wrote Azcoitia, along with co-authors Ted Purinton, Ed.D., former director of NLU’s National College of Education’s department of educational leadership, and alum Karen Carlson, Ph.D. Phi Delta Kappa is a professional association for educators, and the Kappan is its magazine. Continue reading
The sepia-toned photo shows a young woman with the characteristic bobbed, wavy hair of the 1920s holding a baby. Look closely, and you’ll see the baby is wearing a sweater.
Kristin Lems, Ed.D., professor of ESL and bilingual education at National Louis University, notes with awe that legendary Chicago social reform pioneer Jane Addams knitted the sweater for the baby, who is Lems’ mother, Carol Lems-Dworkin, now 93. Continue reading
Dominic Belmonte, the highly-respected CEO Emeritus of the Golden Apple Foundation, is joining National Louis University as a Distinguished Professor of Practice. Continue reading
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
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. Continue reading
Instead of giving children and teens new electronics this holiday, NLU’s Toby Rajput suggested to Fox 32-TV’s ‘Good Day Chicago’ show viewers that they consider giving books.
As Rajput was interviewed Dec. 6 by Fox32 anchor Kristen Nicole, she demonstrated a half-dozen books to appeal to various age groups, from young child to teen. She even recommended two audiobooks for adolescent boys, saying that with audiobooks, “the whole family can read with their ears.” Continue reading
The vision of schools as thriving community centers, enjoying camaraderie and bustling with activities for students, parents and other community members, took center stage at an NLU book release party Nov. 4.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D., distinguished professor of practice at NLU, and Ted Purinton, Ed.D., dean of the graduate school of education at American University in Cairo, and former chair of NLU’s Department of Educational Leadership, led a panel discussion on the book they co-edited, “Creating Engagement Between Schools and Their Communities: Lessons from Educational Leaders” (Lexington Books). Continue reading
Hundreds of National Louis University faculty and staff waited with anticipation on Sept. 8 to learn who would win this year’s awards for faculty and staff excellence.
Prof. Dan Buckman, Ed.D., a past winner of the Teaching Award of Excellence, announced the winners at the Fall Connections gathering, a kickoff to the fall quarter.
The Faculty Awards of Excellence recognize NLU full-time and adjunct faculty in the areas of teaching, service, and research. Continue reading