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To Defend Students, Here’s What Educators Should Gun For  Robert D. Muller, Ed.D., dean of NLU's National College of Education, responds to the national debate over whether to equip classroom teachers with guns

 

 

By Robert D. Muller, Ed.D. 

Arm Teachers?  Absolutely.

With the tools and supports they need to help all students learn to their potential.

As we reflect on the sickening, senseless loss of life in the Parkland, Florida school shooting, there is no question that we extend our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved. And then we go on to another day of precarious normalcy with talk, prognostication and dubious assumptions. Continue reading »

Building Better LGBT Acceptance in Schools Alum Outlines Need for LGBT School District Employee Affinity Groups

By NLU Alum Kevin O’Connor ’98

10362858_766626973382288_1854493922962478078_nThe tables and seating areas were arranged in the elementary school cafeteria. Forty-five minutes later, as members of our founding organizing committee were greeting each incoming attendee, we were also setting up extra tables. By the start of the meeting, there were 150 people in attendance  more than we had expected.

Participants from the meeting left energized, eager to tell others and ready to move forward with GLASEN: Gay, Lesbian, and Ally School Employee Network for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. Continue reading »

Dear Congress: Spend Less on ‘No Child’ Tests, More On Helping All Students As lawmakers squabble over reforming 'No Child Left Behind,' don't forget underserved kids

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By Sophie Degener, Ed.D., Assistant Professor of Reading and Language

The fate of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is in the hands of our congressmen. Members of the House of Representatives will have to decide whether or not to renew the legislation, and what form that legislation will take. A scheduled vote on Friday, Feb. 27 was postponed, but Congress will have to vote soon.

There are many educators, including professors and researchers at National Louis University, who are hoping to influence our lawmakers as they consider NCLB’s future. Continue reading »