by Marie Whelan, Ed.D.
chief HR officer, Hillsborough County Public Schools & adjunct professor, National Louis University
The role of the school principal has evolved over the past century from school manager dealing with the status quo to innovative instructional leader. The role has shifted from following up on requirements and keeping order to demonstrating collaborative instructional practices that ensure all learners demonstrate mastery of rigorous learning benchmarks. 1
Today’s new leaders are expected to be equipped with a new skill set to ensure our new generation of learners will be competitive in a global society. 2 The adjectives to describe the effective principal is an exhaustive list that leaves only the fearless to meet the challenge.
Numerous studies have been conducted and millions of dollars spent studying these new leadership expectations and how to best support these evolutionary leaders to meet the daily challenges in the role as effective school principal.
by Susan Moxley, Ed.D.
adjunct professor, National Louis University
The new normal for a school district is to operate and progress in a world of constant change. In fact, it is coming at leaders at a rapid pace which makes it challenging to keep up and maneuver through the change process in a proactive way. Too many times, leaders find themselves in a spiraling circle of reaction after reaction, trying to get out of the reactive mode. Wrapping your arms around the change process is challenging as best. This deals with a management process that is critical to getting the right work done.
When Amanda Jamski-Jornd and hundreds of other students were left stranded in the wake of Argosy University’s shutdown in March, they never thought they’d be walking a Commencement stage in June.
But, Chicago Sun-Times reporter Cindy Hernandez wrote, Jamski-Jornd and 32 other students will be walking in National Louis University’s Commencement June 15 because NLU went to great lengths to welcome the Argosy students. About 444 Argosy students in total came to NLU, with about 200 of them in Chicago and the rest at NLU’s Tampa, Florida campus. Continue reading
KFC Corporation has named Monica Rothgery chief operating officer of KFC U.S. (PRNewsfoto/KFC)
Congratulations to National Louis University Alum Monica Rothgery, who earned her master’s degree in Written Communication in 1998. KFC Corporation has named her Chief Operating Officer of KFC US.
In her new role, Rothgery will oversee operations with an eye toward improving processes, integrating new technology and simplifying operations. She’ll be responsible for leading franchise and equity field operations for KFC’s 4,100-plus restaurants across the United States. Continue reading
WBBM Newsradio broadcast a segment that told the story of students who were stranded when Argosy University closed in March, how National Louis University welcomed them and how 33 of them will don caps and gowns to walk n NLU’s Commencement ceremony Saturday.
Reporter Nancy Harty of the CBS station interviewed two students. Kevin Davis, a Psy.D. student, explained that students have “made up the rest of that lost semester thanks to NLU administrators moving at lightning speed.” Continue reading
by Jonathan Grantham, Ed.D.
deputy superintendent of Marion County Public Schools and adjunct professor at National Louis University
A topic that has always fascinated me within leadership is power. I know that might sound a bit strange, but I always wanted to know how power was earned and how leaders can use their positions of power to truly make positive change.
I have witnessed people, throughout my 21-year career, misuse their power. I have watched it corrupt people. I have seen power destroy organizational culture. I have observed power destroy personal relationships. However, I have seen people use power beautifully as well.
I have worked for people who truly understood the significance of their position and enabled others to lead and think freely. I have been fortunate enough to closely witness district leaders honor their colleagues and share their power. I have watched superintendents trust in their people and empower others around them. This brief discussion is intended to define power, to identify where power comes from, to discuss the ugly terms of power, to embrace the appropriate ways to use power, and to use power to lead and guide others to positive success.
As the Illinois legislature wrapped up its session recently, it passed some bills intended to help the state alleviate its teacher shortage. The education news magazine Chalkbeat asked National Louis University’s National College of Education for its take on the legislature’s actions.
In the magazine’s article, “A good start: There could be some changes coming for Illinois teachers,” Chalkbeat reporter Yana Kunichoff quoted Pamela Jessee, director of accreditation for NCE and NLU. Jessee felt that while legislators made positive steps, they would not be enough to attract more people into the teaching field. She was particularly concerned about the lack of respect teachers receive. Continue reading
National Louis University is thrilled to welcome two distinguished speakers at Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, June 15, 2019.
U.S. Representative Lauren Underwood, who was elected to Congress last November, will speak at the 10 a.m. Commencement ceremony, which will celebrate students receiving graduate degrees.
Ambassador Ertharin Cousin will speak at the 2 p.m. Commencement ceremony for undergraduates. Continue reading
When Charles Orr Ryan returned in 1918 from serving in England during World War 1, his family stashed his wartime letters in the attic of their Minnesota farmhouse.
There they remained for about 100 years, until a relative sent them to Charles’ daughter Patricia Jane Ryan. Jane Ryan, as she calls herself, graduated from National College of Education in 1960 with a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as a teacher until her retirement. NCE continues to exist as the college of education within National Louis University. Continue reading
Many National Louis University students have found a way to unwind and relax that few of their fellow students or instructors know about. They have nurtured their artistic talents for the sake of their own creative expression.
The annual National Louis University student art expo, held at the Chicago and Wheeling campuses, offers an opportunity to showcase students’ artwork. Continue reading