Virginia M. Jagla, PhD


Associate Professor
Middle Level Education Program
National College of Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

M.Ed. in Middle Level Education

Middle Level Overview
Middle Level Curriculum
Integrating the Arts at the Middle Level
Methods for Teaching Arts Education

Areas of Expertise:

Middle Level Education
Service-learning P-12 and higher education
Urban Education
Integrating the curriculum
Arts integration in the basic curriculum
Teacher’s use of imagination and intuition
Creative drama in the classroom across disciplines
Professional Development Schools


Dr. Virginia Jagla is an Associate Professor at National-Louis University in the Chicago area. She received her PhD in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Curriculum and Instruction, her MS from the University of Chicago, and her BS from DePaul University. She has been a teacher and administrator in urban schools, museums and arts organizations. She has taught for various colleges and universities. Currently Dr. Jagla leads the NLU Civic Engagement Team. She is an editor of the online journal i.e.: inquiry in education, She is the chair of the Middle Level Educators SIG of the Association of Teacher Educators and the chair of the Service-Learning & Experiential Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Jagla has a published book, Teachers’ Everyday Use of Imagination and Intuition: In Pursuit of the Elusive Image, and numerous published chapters and articles in various juried journals. She is a frequent presenter at local, national, and international conferences and symposia. Her research interests include imagination and intuition in education, the use of the visual and creative arts in education, with particular emphasis on creative drama; urban education and service-learning, particularly as it applies to middle level education.


PhD University of Illinois at Chicago (Curriculum & Instruction) 1989
MS University of Chicago (Reading) 1976
BS DePaul University (Elementary Education) 1970

Research and Interests:

Middle Level Education Service-learning Urban Education

Contact Information:

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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