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NLU Centers and Institutes


The Reading Center (RC) at National Louis University includes student instruction, professional development, district, school and classroom consultation and research. A training site for graduate students in the NLU Reading Specialist program as well as for a select group of undergraduate trainees, the RC also houses a reading curriculum center as well as a collection of children's literature used for instruction.

Institutes, Grants and Projects: Click through for more information.

Recent Research and Publications:

    • Barr, R., Blachowicz, C.L.Z., Bates, A., Katz, C. & Kaufman, B. (2007). Reading diagnosis for teachers: An instructional approach.; New York: Allyn and Bacon.;;
    • Berne, J. I & Clark, K.F. (2006).; Comprehension strategy use during peer-led discussions of text:; Ninth-graders tackle “The Lottery”. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy,49(8), 674-686.
    • Blachowicz, C., Buhle, R., Frost, S., & Bates, A. (2007). Formative uses of assessment: Cases from the primary grades.; In J. Paratore & R. McCormack (Eds.), Classroom literacy assessment:; Making sense of what students know and do, (pp. 246-251).; New York: Guilford Press.
    • Blachowicz, C.L.Z. & Fisher, P. (2007).; Developing young children's vocabularies through read-alouds.; In R.S. New and M. Cochran (Eds.),; Early childhood education: An international encyclopedia.; New York: Greenwood Publishing Group.
    • Blachowicz, C. L. Z. & Fisher, P. (2007).Best practices in teaching vocabulary.; In L. Gambrell,; L. Morrow, and M. Pressley.; Best practices in literacy instruction, (3rd Edition), (pp. 178-203).;; New York: Guilford Press.
    • Blachowicz, C. l. Z., Fisher, P. J. L., Ogle, D., & Watts-Taffe, S. (2006). Vocabulary: Questions from the classroom. Reading Research Quarterly, 41, 524-539.
    • Blachowicz, C.L.Z., Beyersdorfer, J., & Fisher, P. (2006).; Vocabulary development and technology: Teaching and transformation. In M.C. McKenna, L.D. Labbo, R. Kieffer, & D. Reinking (Eds.), International handbook of literacy and
    • technology, Vol. 2 (pp. 341-348). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 18.
    • Moskal, M.K. and; Blachowicz, C. (2006).; Partnering for fluency. New York: Guilford Press.
    • Blachowicz, C. & Fisher, P.; (2006). Teaching vocabulary in all classrooms (3rd Ed.).; Columbus, OH:; Merrill-Prentice Hall.
    • Blachowicz, C.L.Z., Watts-Taffe, S. & Fisher, P.; (2006). Integrated vocabulary instruction:; Meeting the needs of diverse learners in grades 1-5.; Naperville, IL: Learning Point Associates.
    • Bush, G. (2006). Creativity Literacy in the School Library: Tapping Our Inner Resources. In M. Orey, J. McClendon, & R. M. Branch, (Eds.). Educational media and technology yearbook (31) (pp.225-233). Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited.
    • Bush, G. (2006). The changing role of the school librarian. Principal, 85(4), 56- 58.
    • Bush, G. (2006). Learning about learning: From theories to trends. Teacher Librarian,34(2), 14-18.
    • Bush, G. (2006). The fierce power of narrative: An interview with Alex Kotlowitz. Knowledge Quest, 34(5), 28-30.
    • Bush, G. (2006). Social action learning: Key word in instruction. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 22(7), 38-41.
    • Bush, G. (2006). Walking the road between libraries: Best practices in school and public; library cooperative activities. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 22(6),25-28.
    • Bush, G. (2006). Thinkers without borders: Information literate students in Illinois. Illinois Libraries, 86(3), 38-41.
    • Fiene, J. & McMahon, S. (2007). Assessing comprehension: A; Classroom based process. The Reading Teacher, 60(5), 406-417.
    • Fisher, P. J. & Blachowicz, C. L. Z. (In press). Teaching how to think about words. Voices in the Middle.
    • Fisher, P. J. (In press). Learning about literacy: From theories to trends. School Librarian.
    • Fisher, P. J. (2007). Teaching storytelling for literacy. The Adjunct; Connection.
    • Gurvitz, D. (In press). Meeting the challenge to provide high-quality literacy instruction: Using ISEL (Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy) data to inform instruction in K-2 classrooms.; Oxford, England: Oxford Press.
    • Katz, C., & Bohman, S. (2007). Partner reading: Building confidence, releasing responsibility. Book Links, 16(6), 38-40.
    • Katz, C., with Gurvitz, D., Polkoff, L. (2005). “Shhh... I’m reading”: Scaffolded independent-level reading. School Talk, 10 (2), 1.
    • McMahon, S. I. (in press).; “Adapting Instruction to Align Strategy Use with Different Facets of Comprehension:; Expanding Students’ Thinking to Promote Meaningful Transfer.”; Voices.
    • McMahon, S. I. & Wells, J. (2007). Teaching literacy in fifth grade. New York: Guilford Press.
    • Ogle, D. (in press). "Best Practices in Adolescent Literacy Instruction: A Team Effort" in L. Gambrell,; L. Morrow & M. Pressley;
    • (Eds.), Best practices in literacy instruction.; New York: Guilford Press.
    • Ogle, D. (in press).; Study techniques for content learning" in Lapp, Flood and Farnam (Eds),; Content area reading.; Hillsdale, NJ:; Lawrence Erlbaum; Publishers.;;
    • Rasinski, T, Blachowicz, C.L.Z., & Lems, K. Eds. (2006),; Fluency; development.; New York: Guilford Press.
    • Teale, W. H., Yokota, J. & Martinez, M.; (In press).; The book matters:;; Evaluating and selecting what to read aloud to young children. In A. DeBruin-Parecki; (Ed.), Here’s how, here’s why: Developing early literacy skills.; Ypsilanti, MI: High/Scope Press.
    • Teale, W. H., Zolt, N., Yokota, J., Glaswell, K., & Gambrell, L.; (2007).; Getting children In2Books:; Engagement in authentic reading, writing, and thinking.; Phi Delta Kappan, 88 (7) 498 - 502.
    • Temple, C., Martinez, M., & Yokota, J.; (2006).; Children’s books in children’s; hands:; An introduction to their literature.; (3rd ed.). Needham Heights, MA:; Allyn & Bacon.
    • Yokota, J. (2006).; Cultural relevance in the library.; Children & Libraries, 4 (2) 57 - 59.
    • Yokota, J., & Miller, K. (2006).; Library management.; Children & Libraries, 4 (1) 47-48.
    • Yokota, J., Teale, W. H. & Quiroa, R.; (in press, 2007).; Literacy development for culturally diverse populations..; In S. B. Wepner, D. S. Strickland & J. T. Feeley (Eds.), The administration and supervision of reading programs.; (4th ed.).; New York:; Teachers College Press.
    • Yokota, J.; (in press, 2007).; International literature. In S. Lehr (Ed.), Issues, Trends and controversy in children’s literature.; Christopher-Gordon.



    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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    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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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

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