After a campaign championing education and an election night full of drama, National Louis University alum Mary Edly-Allen ’16 has taken her seat in the Illinois House of Representatives. Continue reading
National Louis University alum Lamont Robinson Jr., who earned his MBA in 2012, won election to the Illinois House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election. He’ll represent Illinois’ 5th District, a long, narrow swath that runs from the Near North Side south to 79th Street on the South Side, largely centered around State Street and Michigan Avenue (see map). The seat became vacant when Rep. Juliana Stratton agreed to run for lieutenant governor on gubernatorial hopeful JB Pritzker’s ticket, a gamble that paid off when they won last Tuesday. Continue reading
Five deans of Illinois colleges of education, including Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., of National Louis University’s National College of Education, have formed the Illinois Ed Prep Impact Network to ensure that every child has access to quality teachers.
The colleges will collaborate to elevate the teaching profession and improve teacher readiness. They collectively prepare 18 percent of the state’s new teachers, and they plan to invite more colleges of education to join them. Continue reading
As colleges of education prepare the next generation of teachers, they incorporate both classroom learning and opportunities for the teacher candidates to get out in front of their own classrooms and practice.
National Louis University’s National College of Education has been exploring methods of field-centered preparation of new teachers. To advance the discussion, NCE is hosting Pam Grossman, Ph.D., dean of the UPenn Graduate School of Education, to give a talk entitled “Moving Towards Practice in Practice-Based Teacher Education” on Friday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Atrium at NLU’s Chicago campus, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. All are welcome, but you must RSVP here for the free program. Continue reading
(This story was submitted by Darrell Williams and written by Marcus Johnson, public affairs specialist at Defense Information Systems Agency)
Darrell Williams, chief of military personnel in the DISA Operations Center, received the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award during the 109th National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) National Convention in San Antonio July 17.
The award recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves by promoting the tenets of civil and human rights, equal opportunity, human relations and public service.
Williams earned the prestigious award for promoting civil rights, and was honored alongside fellow recipients from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau.
Caletha White ’17 is the new superintendent of schools for Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 in Park Forest, Ill. beginning July 1, 2018. Well before this new position or even her career in education, White was just a mother volunteering in a preschooler classroom.
The energy of 3- and 4-year-old students and their eagerness to learn was contagious, and it led to White’s career change away from human resources and into education. “The imagination, creativity and excitement of early learners was amazing and I wanted to nurture that passion in children by creating classroom environments that are windows to the world,” she explained. Continue reading
A jury of higher education leaders and advisors selected National Louis University as a winner of the 2018 Eduventures Innovation Award. NLU’s Aarti Dhupelia, vice president for strategic initiatives, and Stephanie Poczos, associate dean of general education and Pathways, accepted the award in Boston at the Eduventures Summit June 14. Eduventures is a research and advisory firm focused on higher education. Continue reading
National Louis University students who took classes from Associate Professor Stephen K. Curda, Ph.D., might not have known from his welcoming demeanor that he has held a very distinguished career in the U.S. Army, or that he rose to the rank of Brigadier General before retiring recently.
Instead, students knew the tenured associate professor as a caring instructor devoted to his students, and also as the leader of National Louis University’s veterans program through his position as Special Assistant to the President for Veterans Education. Continue reading
Janice Nilsen, Ph.D., has used her natural “people person” abilities to grow in a human resources career that has evolved over time.
She has spent years in the business world, including high-level training and human resources roles at Sears and Office Max. She has also valued education by earning her MBA at the University of Notre Dame and her Ph.D. in Organizational Development at Benedictine University (in 2016). 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