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ul 2.12.13 Partnership is deeply rooted in National Louis University’s history: from its founding in 1886, which launched the modern American kindergarten movement; to the 1897 birth of the PTA; the 1925 founding of Mary Crane Nursery School; and countless collaboration with hospitals, corporations, schools and not-for-profit organizations since then. NLU’s partnership goals include a commitment to bringing together communities of practice and advocacy around important educational and societal issues.

NLU’s outreach and partnership outcomes:

  • Inform current programs
  • Partners’ needs are met
  • Research and grant work increases
  • We become leaders in establishing models and garnering broad support effecting real change


Learn more about NLU's partners ...

Education Program Partnerships

  • Illinois Resource Center (IRC): Since 1972 the IRC has provided assistance to educators serving linguistically and culturally diverse students. NLU partners with the IRC to provide quality endorsement and development programs that have helped thousands of educators in Illinois and beyond to develop effective learning environments for English language learners.
  • Golden Apple FoundationThis long-standing organization prepares and mentors teachers through their college preparation program and into their career. NLU has not only provided quality programs and advancement opportunities specifically for Golden Apple Scholars, but also we are proud that over 70 NLU graduates have been honored as a Golden Apple Fellow—one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in Illinois.
  • Shedd Aquarium: Since 1995 NLU and the Shedd Aquarium have had a long standing partnership assisting in the credentialing of Shedd Aquarium science educator professional development and course work. In 2013 NLU and the Shedd have taken their partnership further. Together NLU and the Shedd Aquarium provide a unique online teacher badging program that combines game-like elements and professional development for teachers. For more information click here.

Community Impact Partnerships

  • Academy of Parents in Leadership (APL): The APL program is guided by a distinctive parent-school-community engagement curriculum, which focuses on supporting minority parents actively engaged with schools in their communities. Parents who participate in this program will engage in interactive sessions and a hands-on mini-project with their school and community. The Academy of Parents in Leadership is a 10-week program held once a week for three hours and taught by content area experts. Areas of focus include; literacy strategies, social emotional child development, family-school community engagement and civic leadership. Parents receive a certificate of participation or college credit with successful completion of the program. The APL program is now being offered in partnership with several community-based organizations in Melrose Park, Chicago’s southeast side, and Elgin.
  • El Valor: National Louis University and El Valor have partnered over the last five years to bring MBA and community psychology programming to the Pilsen community in Chicago. The mission of El Valor’s Leadership through Education programs is to address the demand for culturally and linguistically skilled personnel in the areas of education, rehabilitation, human services and business. A goal of our partnership is to develop skilled individuals from the Latino community and assist in preparing them to take on leadership roles in corporations, government, community-based organizations and any field finding itself with an increasingly diverse customer or constituent base.
  • The Life Long Learning Institute (LLI): Located out of NLU's North Shore campus in Skokie, LLI offers both a learning and social community to adults age 55 and older.  No tests, no papers and no judgment—people come to LLI simply for the love of learning, and to meet and share friendship with other interesting and interested peers. For more information visit our LLI website or contact Beth Epstein-Rosenthal at 224.233.2366 or email

Field Experience Host-Site School Partnerships

  • NCE Office of Field Experience: NLU's National College of Education values providing our teacher candidates with quality 'field' or 'clinical' experiences in classrooms, a critical component to their development. This is made possible through the generous commitment of our host-site school partners, for which NLU provides value-added benefits including tuition waivers and other supports. For more information on becoming a host-site school partner, please email

For more information about our partnerships or to become an NLU partner, contact Elizabeth "Liz" Allen, NCE partnerships support manager at 312-261-3509 or email


    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 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.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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