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National Louis University Receives $1.1 Million Grant Gates Foundation grant supports data-tested program for vulnerable students attaining college degrees

 

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant will benefit National Louis University’s Pathways students, such as these three.

Thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Louis University will be able to strengthen its affordable and rigorous college education program for high-potential students who have economic, cultural and academic vulnerabilities. The Pathways program continuously tests and improves its curriculum and wraparound (practical) support strategies to keep students on-track for college, career and life success.

The Gates grant will enable NLU to expand two key areas of the Pathways program at a time when it must build infrastructure for the long term. Continue reading »

Surge Institute, Empowering Leaders of Color, Names NLU’s Garcia a Fellow Aurora Flores Garcia works in the Pathways program

Aurora Flores Garcia, a student success coach in National Louis University’s Pathways program, has been named a 2018 Fellow by the Surge Institute, whose mission is to educate, develop and prepare leaders of color in the field of education.

The Chicago-based Surge Institute selected 25 young leaders, including Flores Garcia, for its yearlong program, which includes executive skill training, leadership development and exposure to respected leaders and policymakers in education. Fellows will develop their own leadership and advocacy skills. They will also complete individual capstone projects. Continue reading »

NLU’s Dhupelia Named to Top 30 By Center for Digital Education She leads the Pathways program, which uses personalized technology

Aarti Dhupelia, National Louis University’s vice president for strategic initiatives, was named to the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30.

The Center for Digital Education, a national research institute specializing in education technology trends, has named National Louis University’s Aarti Dhupelia to its Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers across America.

Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, won because NLU’s Pathways program, which she oversees, uses adaptive courseware and extensive data collection and analysis to support learners through the program. Continue reading »

NLU Ranked In Top 20 Colleges Nationally for Non-Traditional Students by College Factual College Factual, which analyzes national college statistics, named NLU superior in category

Recognizing that students aged 24 and older fall outside the profile of the typical 18- to-24-year-old college student, rankings website College Factual has compiled a list of 988 colleges and universities nationally which are best for these returning students. College Factual ranked National Louis University in 19th place in the nation, behind Stanford University and just ahead of Cornell University.

According to the Fiscal Times, which reported on College Factual’s findings, the rankings website’s analysis considers factors such as demonstrable success after graduation, the percentage of students over age 24 and the availability of flexible learning. Continue reading »

Learn Who Received NLU Faculty, Staff Awards National Louis University handed out six awards

Congratulations are in order for several National Louis University faculty and staff members who received annual awards at Fall Connection, a two-day back-to-school kickoff event featuring conferences, meetings and a festive awards ceremony.

During the Sept. 6-7 event, faculty and staff heard addresses by Provost Alison Hilsabeck, Ph.D., Board Chairman Scott Smith and President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D. They also attended Impact sessions on topics such as community engagement and philanthropy. They had plenty of time to discuss ideas about NLU’s goals and how to best serve students. Continue reading »

Alum Linda Julian Wins Rockford Golden Apple Award She emerged from pack of 20 outstanding teachers

 

Golden Apple Foundation, which advocates for excellence in teaching, has chosen National Louis University alum Linda Julian as one of its five Golden Apple recipients for 2017. Julian earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at NLU in 2003. She has 39 years of teaching experience.

She teaches grades 5-8, as well as seventh-grade Speech and General Music, at Willowbrook Middle School, South Beloit. Continue reading »

Champion of Teachers Dom Belmonte To Receive NLU Pioneer Award Has worked to recruit excellent teachers, help them blossom in teaching

When Dom Belmonte was teaching American literature at York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, he kept an eye out for students he thought would make good teachers someday. He nudged them to go into education.

That passion for cultivating educators started in 1976, when he first got the job at York. It got stronger when he won the Golden Apple award for teaching in 1987, in only the awards’ second year. It went into overdrive in 1996 when the Golden Apple Foundation hired him as CEO, and he generated ideas for incubating potential young teachers and helping mid-career adults transfer their expertise into teaching.

Honoring Belmonte with Pioneer Award

Over the years, his drive to grow teachers and nurture them to excellence in the profession has influenced thousands of teachers and even more of their students. National Louis University is honoring him with its Pioneer Award for his enormous success in bringing excellent teaching to Illinois students. The award will be presented at NLU’s annual Reach Awards gala June 6 at the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower. Continue reading »

From Wall Street to the West Side: Ohannes Wins ‘Outstanding Beginning Teacher’ Award Carrie Ohannes, who left high finance to teach middle grades in North Lawndale, will receive award June 12

Carrie Ohannes started her career in investments and later changed to teaching, earning her M.A.T. from NLU in 2014.

Working on Wall Street in the demanding world of high finance is not the usual path  to becoming a teacher in low-income, high-need urban schools. But it sure worked for Carrie Ohannes, who received one of the 2017 Outstanding Beginning Teacher Awards from the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Ohannes, who completed her NLU Master of Arts in Teaching in 2014, has racked up a list of accomplishments in her three years teaching middle-grades English and Language Arts at Dvorak School of Excellence on Chicago’s West Side. One such accomplishment is that over two years, 90% of her students improved their NWEA scores. Continue reading »

NLU’s Community Psychology Program Gets Highest Honor for Excellence APA's Society for Community Research and Action bestows Excellence in Education award

Members of National Louis University’s 2016 cohort in the Community Psychology Ph.D. program pose at the beginning of term.

A quick glance around NLU’s Ph.D. program in Community Psychology begins to explain why it was singled out for praise among similar programs around the nation. It has been  lauded with the 2017 Excellence in Education Award by the Society for Community Research and Action, the American Psychological Association’s division governing community psychology.

That’s the highest honor a community psychology doctoral program can receive.

Within the program, one student reinterpreted perceptions of how girls become victims of human trafficking, subjugated by pimps at a young age. Another student worked with financial literacy, trying to move low-income minority residents from a “pay fees but get money today” mindset to a “save for tomorrow” approach. Continue reading »

Dazzling in Sunshine State, Alum Named ‘Teacher of the Year’ William 'BJ' Ivey, who earned two NLU degrees, receives the award

Sarasota County School District Teacher of the Year William “BJ” Ivey, a double NLU alum, is shown at the awards banquet with his mother Jo, left, and wife Samantha, both also teachers.

With 52 schools and nearly 4,800 teachers, competition to win the Teacher of the Year award in the Sarasota County (Florida) School District is tremendous.

In February, National Louis University alum  William “BJ” Ivey was named one of three finalists, and at an April 5 school district banquet, he topped the competition to become Teacher of the Year for 2017-18. Continue reading »