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Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant
Reading Recovery Scaling up What Works Project

NLU has received a $2.5 million innovation teacher training grant through the U.S. Department of Education.  Click here for more information.

Reading Recovery®/Descubriendo La Lectura
Part of a Comprehensive Literacy Model

The Reading Recovery Center for Literacy at National Louis University partners with a growing national network of university centers. This partnership supports school districts in achieving shared goals related to school-wide renewal. Collaborative university research projects are being designed to improve educational practices and policies most likely to influence student achievement.

Reading Recovery®/Descubriendo La Lectura (DLL) is professional development design within a comprehensive approach to whole school improvement which includes effective classroom, small group individual literacy instruction. Research has shown that the lowest achieving first grade children need individually designed literacy lessons. Some need continued supplemental help in the form of small group intervention.

Systematically aligning classroom instruction with evidence based interventions, results in the greatest possible student achievement gains. The results of the Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy (PCL) model has had dramatic results in high-poverty, low achieving schools, as well as schools with average and above average socioeconomic status. The results have been observed in districts across the United States.

Research supports
   Reading Recovery's effectiveness

       Promising Practices Network

  • Promising Practices Network (PPN) has awarded Reading Recovery a “proven” rating. PPN reviewed research evidence of programs and practices that are proven to improve outcomes for children. All programs rated are reviewed to ensure evidence of positive effects. Click here for additional information.

    professional development that is:

  • Embedded into a school reform effort that links curriculum, assessment, and standards to professional learning
  • Collaborative and collegial
  • Intensive and sustained over time
    Darling-Hammond, L. and Richardson, N. (2009). Teacher learning: What matters? Educational Leadership, Vol.66, No. 5

Click here for additional information about the research on Reading Recovery.




    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    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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