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Kavita Venkatesh


Assistant Professor
Director, Residency & Alternative Pathway Program

Programs/Classes Taught:

Undergraduate and graduate level courses in bilingualism and language development
Graduate residency practicum
Graduate practicum supervision  

Areas of Expertise:

Universal Design for Learning, Bilingualism/Language Development, Teacher Preparation, Adult Learning/Professional Development, Educational and Instructional Technology


Dr. Venkatesh is the Director of Residency and Alternative Pathway Programs at National Louis University in the National College of Education. Prior to joining NLU, she was the Executive Director of School Innovation at ThinkCERCA (and educational technology organization), the Executive Director of Instructional Research and Development in the Boston Public Schools, and a teacher and school administrator in the Boston Public Schools. A member of the National Faculty at CAST since 2011, she has provided professional learning and consultation support to states, districts, and schools across North America, implementing the Universal Design for Learning framework. In her role at NLU, Dr. Venkatesh oversees residency and alternative pathway programs, teaches the practicum course in the residency program, and supervises residents at school sites.


Ph.D. Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on teacher preparation, language development, and Universal Design for Learning

M.Ed. Boston College, Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Education, with a focus on language development and bilingual learners

B.A., The Ohio State University, Political Science

Research and Interests:

Dr. Venkatesh’s research interests are Universal Design for Learning, adult learning and professional development, and teacher preparation.

Contact Information:

National Louis University
18 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL

Twitter: @kagtey



    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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