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Ruth Freedman

Title:

Associate Professor
Elementary Education, BA

Programs/Classes Taught:

ELE 300 Practicum I
ELE 345 Methods of Arts
ELE 350 Theories and Practices of Curriculum and Assessment
ELE 410 Practicum II Seminar
ELE 415 Practicum II – Field Experience
ELE 420 Practicum III Seminar
ELE 425 Practicum III – Field Experience
ELE 470 Student Teaching Seminar

All of my courses are taught with a practice based framework in mind.

Areas of Expertise:

Practiced Based theories, The Adaptive Cycles of Teaching, Integrated Curriculum, Differentiated Curriculum

Biography:

Ruth Freedman has been teaching at NLU for more than 25 years.   Dr. Ruth Freedman joined the faculty of National Louis University in 1989 where she taught at the Baker Demonstration School then joining the Elementary Education department in 1997 where she teaches pre service teacher candidates. She is one of the co-creators of the Adaptive Cycles of Teaching Curriculum (ACT), a practice based curriculum using innovative, cloud based technology.  Her work with the ACT has revitalized her interest and motivation for training preservice educators. 

She was one of the early pioneers in Illinois to receive NBPTS, national board certification.  Dr. Freedman is the co- author of Facilitating Interpersonal Relationships in the Classroom: The Relational Literacy Curriculum.  For the past five years, she has been engaged in research related the ACT development and redesign which has provided her many writing and scholarship opportunities. 

Ruth is a national leader in Hadassah and locally works with other communal Jewish Organizations.  She is an avid swimmer, skier and golfer. 

Education:

1995 National-Louis University, Reading and Language Education, Ed.D.
1989 National-Louis University, Reading and Language Education, M.Ed.
1982 University of Colorado, Elementary Education, B.S.

Research and Interests:

I am interested in research related to practice based theory.  Through this work, I have co-developed the NCE Adaptive Cycles of Teaching (ACT) with Dr. Diane Salmon, Dr. Sophie Degener, Dr. Madi Phillips, Dr. Alan Rossman, Dr. Eun Ko, Dr. George Litman, Dr. Mark Newman and Dr. Debbie O’Connor.  All of my research agendas tie directly back to the ACT work.  Over the past five years, I have spoken professional and engaged in extensive research on this topic. 

Publications:

Freedman, R., Salmon, D., Degener, S. & Phillips, M.  (2016).  A Study of the Graduates of the Adaptive Cycles of Teaching Model and its Impact on the AC,  National Louis University Faculty Research Residency Report.

Phillips, M., Salmon, D. &Freedman, R. (2016).  The Effects of Using Adaptive Cycles of Teaching (NCE ACT) with In-service General and Special Education Teachers on Student Outcomes, National Louis University Faculty Research Residency Report.

Freedman, R., Phillips, M. & Salmon, D. (2015) The Role of Mentor Teachers in the National College of Education, Adaptive Cycles of Teaching ( ACT) and the Improvement of the ACT, National Louis University Faculty Residency Report. 

Freedman, R., Salmon, D., Degener, S., & Phillips, M. (2015). Using teaching videos in the adaptive cycles of teaching (act). In E. Ortkueb , L. Shanahan, & M. McVee (Eds.), Video reflection in literacy teacher education and development: Lessons from research and practice. Castle Hill, Australia: Emerald Press.

Freedman, R., Degener, S., Salmon, D, & Phillips, M. (2014). Reflective pathways in teacher education: The adaptive cycles of teaching (act). In J. O’Meara (Ed.), Pathways to literate worlds. Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.

Salmon, D. and Freedman, RA. (2002). Anticipating Relationships in the Classroom:  The Relational Literacy Curriculum

Salmon, D., & Freedman, R. (2001).  The Dialectic Nature of Research Collaborations: The Relational Literacy Curriculum.  In M. Handler and R. Ravid (Eds.). The Many Faces of School-University Collaboration

Contact Information:

National Louis University
122 South Michigan Avenue
312-261-3211
rfreedman@nl.edu        

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  • 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.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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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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