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
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
U.S. Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, left, poses with NLU alum Lianne Paterson as she advocated for residential choices for individuals with disabilities.
After Lianne Paterson ’17 became a mother to three children—two of whom have disabilities—she started testing her wings in advocacy. Paterson earned her M.Ed. in Educational Psychology in 2016 and her Ed.S. in School Psychology at National Louis University in the spring. This month, she leveraged her knowledge as a school psychologist and her advocacy experience to meet with senators and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. Continue reading
NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., was honored with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois Award and featured in a gallery of award winners in Crain’s Chicago Business on Nov. 6.
AARP called Megahed and the other recipients “champions of leadership” and hailed the fact they are breaking perceptions and building possibilities.
NLU President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., has been honored in Crain’s Chicago Business with the AARP 50@50+ Illinois award.
The magazine noted that Dr. Megahed has launched the New Urban University Coalition, which uses shared knowledge and findings to improve higher education for urban students. It also noted that NLU welcomes older adults and retirees, which has resulted in a student population in which 12 percent are over the age of 50, three times the average at colleges statewide.
The other 49 honorees included leading business people, CEOs, doctors, writers, tech entrepreneurs, nonprofit executives, artists and musicians.
View the 50@50+ Award winners, including President Megahed, in Crain’s Chicago Business.
View Dr. Megahed’s biography here.
Rebeca Mendoza ’17, M.A. in Psychology, is a community activist who is devoted to the well-being of her hometown. She was recently appointed to the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Board of Education.
“After graduating from college, I returned home to see that many of the disparities in my own community had not changed. Specifically, the ongoing achievement gap for our students of color,” she said. “This is my community, and I care deeply about it. I am a product of the District 65 school system.”
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
Todd Beadle ’11 received a double jump in his professional life thanks to encouragement from the NLU community. First it was his doctoral degree. Most recently it was his run for school board.
Beadle, who received an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership in 2016, was recently elected to the school board of the Brown Deer School District, a public school district serving four-year-old kindergarten through 12th grade students in Brown Deer, Wis.
Beadle is also the President/CEO of Saint Joseph Academy, a private Catholic elementary school and early childhood education center on the southside of Milwaukee, and a senior ministry advisor for Felician Services in Chicago, providing support to lay leaders working in Felician Sisters’ sponsored ministries across North America.
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
Growing up, Susan V. Schaefer ’02 didn’t believe she was smart enough to become a teacher. Now, with a little help from an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from National Louis University, she’s providing specialized education support to young students — helping them find confidence in their own academic abilities.
While she didn’t receive the encouragement and support she needed to pursue her dream of teaching, Schaefer still persisted into higher education. On the way, she discovered an aptitude for business. “In college I started a singing telegram company with my roommate that was pretty successful until the card shop in town bought a gorilla suit and started doing gorilla-grams and put us out of business,” she recalled.