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NLU’s McCormick Center Launches Tool to Compare States on Early Childhood Standards See which states rank best

As states around the nation try to boost the quality of early childhood education so that that young children (birth through age 8) have the greatest chance to be successful in school and in life, the McCormick Center at National Louis University has just created a tool for measuring states’ efforts.

The McCormick Center developed the tool, called the  Leadership Education for Administrators and Directors (L.E.A.D.) Early Childhood™ Clearinghouse, as a source for information about early childhood program leaders. It is part of the L.E.A.D. Early Childhood™ Collaborative, which was launched in 2016 to identify and close the gap in  preparation for early childhood program leaders. Continue reading »

NLU Introduces Pathways Program on National Higher Ed Platform; Other Universities Can Replicate Dhupelia explained Pathways program; aimed at students who might not otherwise attend college

Aarti Dhupelia, shown here speaking to National Louis University’s Harrison Professional Pathways students, told the higher education community about the program on a national Academic Impressions webinar.

Less than two years after National Louis University developed the innovative Harrison Professional Pathways program, it received national attention.

Aarti Dhupelia, NLU’s vice president for strategic initiatives, explained the program’s goals and design to representatives from other universities on a webinar produced by Academic Impressions, which provides professional development resources to colleges and universities nationwide. Continue reading »

To Meet Employment Demand, NLU Launches Applied Behavior Analysis Program Will prepare behavior analysts to help people on autism spectrum and with other conditions

Jennifer Klapatch Totsch, Ph.D., has joined NLU as director of the Applied Behavior Analysis program.

Have you considered a rewarding career working with children on the autism spectrum and people with various other conditions which can be helped with applied behavior analysis?

National Louis University is launching Master of Science (M.S.) and Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) programs in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to meet growing employment demand for credentialed behavior analysts. Students may enroll now for the program’s Fall 2017 start.  Continue reading »

Help Students Learn EdTech; Get Learning Technologies Credential This Summer You can choose from face-to-face or online courses for this four-course credential

If you’re an educator or technology coach eager to become highly proficient in using up-to-the- minute technologies to help your students learn, this is for you.

This summer, National Louis University is offering the Learning Technologies Credential, which is designed for educators and technology coaches who want to build their capacity, teaching strategies, and teaching resources through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge learning technologies. Continue reading »

Daily Herald: Students Sign To Become Teachers, Enter NLU-District 214 Partnership D214 high school students can get college credit from NLU

In a ceremony Thursday, 110 High School District 214 students signed letters of intent to participate in Educator Prep, a partnership the high school district has with National Louis University, according to a Daily Herald article by reporter Doug Graham. 

The letters indicate the students’ interest in entering the teaching profession. District 214, which has nine schools in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, will provide opportunities for them to take education classes and student teach, and some of those classes will count for college credit at National Louis University. 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 »

Visionary Sees a Need, Partners With NLU To Create Human Services Management Program Vincent Pettinelli worked as a psychotherapist, started a $350 million company providing human services, found a persistent problem, proposed a solution

By Pam DeFiglio

When Vincent Pettinelli was building PeopleServe Inc., a business he had founded to provide human services to people with disabilities, the elderly and other clients in need, he faced a conundrum.  The enterprise, which eventually grew into a $350 million company, needed management talent.  He promoted competent psychologists and other specialists into management roles, but most of them failed because they lacked management knowledge.

Pettinelli, who had started his career as a psychotherapist and had worked with people with disabilities before he got into management, was explaining this challenge to his financial advisor, Joe Kunze, a couple of years ago. Continue reading »

‘Play Fest’ Puts Students’ Drama, Writing On Stage April 22 Come experience screenplays, plays and live literature

In a flourish of creativity at National Louis University, 10 students are seeing their writing shaped by actors and directors and expressed on the stage.

Three of them have written screenplays that touch on themes such as coping with adversity, struggles in relationships and trying to overcome the odds. Two others have written plays about how historical events touch people’s lives and finding strength amidst challenging circumstances. All will be presented as staged readings by actors on stage. Continue reading »

NLU To Offer Computer Information Systems, STEM Programming Through HSI Grant

NLU and Morton College stakeholders discuss the Computer Information Systems program the HSI STEM grant will make possible.

In the future, National Louis University students will design and build software,  thwart hackers, use a mobile-first approach to web design, create virtual worlds and smash barriers in the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

It’s all coming about as the HSI  STEM Program gears up to start its work at National Louis University. The U.S. Department of Education awarded HSI grant funds to NLU a few months ago, and NLU is hiring staff to direct the program. Its overall goal is to increase Latino students in STEM fields, and staff have begun creating a new undergraduate program in Computer Information Systems (CIS) at NLU. Continue reading »

NLU Launches Master’s in Human Services Management; Mark Doyle to Lead Doyle, with academia, government, nonprofit background, developing program to help human services pros move up

Mark Doyle will launch and lead NLU’s M.S. in Human Services Management program.

No matter which part of the growing human services field people work in — child welfare, aging, mental health, homelessness, intellectual disabilities or others — they have specific skill sets such as social worker or substance abuse counselor.

As the human services field expands, more  such  professionals are getting promoted into management. But they lack the skill set needed for administration, and consequently many get frustrated, and often fail.  For this reason, National Louis University is launching the Master of Science in Human Services Management program, slated to start in Fall 2017. Continue reading »