Program Big Ideas

The School Psychology Program courses are all guided by Big Ideas. These Big Ideas are interwoven throughout the Program sequence and inform both what is taught (i.e., content), and how it is taught (i.e., a developmental approach to instruction and supervision). We will update this page with all of our Program's Big Ideas shortly, but for now, here are a few examples:

Introductory Seminar in School Psychology (EPS 540): Big Ideas

  1. As schools are changing, so too is the role of the school psychologist.
  2. Too many educators think that school psychology and school psychologists “just” test students for special education eligibility, serving as gate keepers.
  3. School psychologists have major roles in prevention and promotion, especially around positive behavior support and school climate, including a variety of mental health issues.
  4. Schools lag behind in implementing evidence-based practices. School psychologists are integral to reducing that gap.

Theory and Practice of School-Based Consultation (EPS 561A): Big Ideas

  1. Indirect service delivery (helping students by working with adults), is a critical role of the school psychologist which promotes positive outcomes for children, adults, and systems.
  2. Consultation is a complex skill that needs to be systematically learned. Like all complex skills, consultation should not be learned on the job but rather through a strategic training process, including supervision.
  3. Consultee-Centered Consultation (CCC) models are distinguished from other models of consultation given emphases on: (a) the power of communication in consultation; (b) the complexity of consultant-consultee interchanges; and (c) the potential to empower consultees and systems through the consultation process.
  4. The focus of problem solving should be the instructional match between a child’s prior knowledge and the learning environment rather than perceived within-child deficits.

 

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
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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
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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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