Special Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Concerning the Online Competency Appraisal

The "SPE Tools" website... ( http://www.nl.edu/spetools )
provides all CTs, USs, and students an easy to remember site for submitting their Competency Appraisals and Student Teaching Experience Survey. Moving this process to an electronic form means that we have a legal, safe method of collecting all of this data. Here are some concerns and some explanations that have helped other programs going through this same process:

1. "I like recording Competency Appraisals on paper while I'm observing my teaching candidate": Supervisors can still fill out the paper version, but they are now required to transfer that to the electronic online form afterward.

2. "I don't have access to a computer": Computer labs are available for your use on all campuses.

3. "Do I have to print out the Competency Appraisal and use it for the Exit Interview?" No, you can still use the original form that you are familiar with, but at some point that information needs to be entered into the Competency Appraisal found on the SPE Tools site .

4. "Can I simply submit the Competency Appraisal online and print out the results for the Exit Interview?" Yes, you can print the Printable Version immediately after submitting it online. Please be aware that it does print out on double the number of pages due to the way it is formatted online. As for any signatures that are required, there is still an empty space provided in the electronic form that is designated for students and others to sign off during the exit interview.

5. "Is there a method for sharing this form to others or saving it for my own records?" Yes, you are able to copy the URL of the Printable Version of the submitted form and paste it into an email or into any other document for later use. To share these results with others, follow these steps before submitting this Competency Appraisal:

  1. Click on Submit Form
  2. Click on Printable Version in the upper corner of the resulting page
  3. Highlight and Copy the URL (web address at the top of the page)
  4. Paste URL into an email to your supervisee.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603

    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123

    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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