Is there a place for personal wearable technologies, such as smart watches, Google Glass, Fitbit and Muse (which tracks brain activity) in the classroom?
Yes, but there are concerns too, according to Arlene Borthwick, associate dean of NLU’s National College of Education, and her co-authors. They just learned at the recent International Society for Technology in Education conference that their article, “Personal Wearable Technologies in Education: Value or Villain?” was the most-downloaded article from the Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education so far in 2016. Continue reading
For 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
Kristin 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
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
Carlos Azcoitia, standing, poses with the students to whom he taught a two-day Educational Leadership seminar. It took place at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Carlos Azcoitia, Ed.D. recently traded his NLU classroom for one at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain.
Officials there invited him to teach a two-day seminar on educational leadership to students who aspire to be teacher leaders or principals. They are pursuing their master’s degrees in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on social and emotional intelligence, in partnership with the Botin Foundation. Continue reading
NLU’s Professor James O’Meara, Ed.D., recently spoke on education in London at the House of Lords, which forms part of the United Kingdom’s Parliament. O’Meara, who is president of the International Council on Education for Teaching, stressed the need to increase the numbers of quality teachers to end the current worldwide shortage.
He was taking part in a high-level international education summit aimed at improving the lives of young people globally through education.
Teachers, researchers, academics and policy makers from around the world attended the conference, titled the Teacher Education Knowledge Mobilisation Summit. Continue reading
When police beat people of color to obtain a confession, or when prison guards isolate them in solitary confinement, sexually abuse them, refuse them medical treatment or otherwise inflict cruel and inhuman punishment on them, that constitutes torture, says NLU’s Dr. Brad Olson, along with Psychologists for Social Responsibility.
Olson, who recently won a national award from the Society for Community Research and Action for his crusading anti-torture work over the past eight years, is helping to organize a Racial Justice Conference April 8-9. Other faculty in NLU’s doctoral program in Community Psychology will also participate in the event, to be held with the Racial Justice Action Group at NLU’s Chicago campus.
They will discuss a statement just released from Psychologists for Social Responsibility, which says that cruel, inhuman and/or violent acts committed by public officials against individuals and communities of color within the United States constitute torture when they cause severe mental or physical pain and suffering. Continue reading
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
Bradley Olson, Ph.D., was one of six American Psychology Association members who won a victory recently when the APA’s leaders voted overwhelmingly to ban psychologists from assisting the U.S. military with interrogations and subsequent torture of terrorism suspects.
“This vote represents the American Psychological Association’s movement from treating powerful sections of the government as the client to a state where the person’s well-being and human rights stand foremost,” said Olson, an associate professor at National Louis University, is co-director of the Community Psychology doctoral program.
Mark Shinn, Ph.D.
When children struggle in school, the trend for about the past 35 years has been to test them and give them a diagnosis, such as a learning disorder, a behavior disorder or a special needs student.
That hasn’t been effective in helping these students, NLU’s Mark Shinn, Ph.D., told many of the nation’s premier researchers and policymakers in the special education field this week. Continue reading