Xiuwen Wu

Title:

Associate Professor
Coordinator, B.A. Special Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

Undergraduate Special Education Program Courses:

  • SPE 300 Introduction to Special Education and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities
  • SPE 405 Advanced Practicum II in Inclusive Education
  • SPE 410 Literacy in Inclusive Education
  • SPE 470 Practicum III Student Teaching

Graduate Special Education Program Courses:

  • SPE 500 Introduction to Special Education and Methods of Teaching Students with Disabilities (online and face-to-face)
  • SPE 501 Educational and Diagnostic Assessment of Exceptional Children and Adolescents
  • SPE 508 Literacy Across the Curriculum for Students with Disabilities (online and face-to-face)
  • SPE 509 Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners
  • SPE 545 Assistive Technology
  • SPE 592C Student Teaching Seminar
  • DEE 690 Special Topics in Disability and Equity Studies

Areas of Expertise:

Visual literacy
Co-teaching
Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Assistive/instructional technology

Biography:

Dr. Wu joined the Special Education faculty in fall 2003. At National Louis University, Dr. Wu has taught and helped design courses at undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. The students in these courses vary in backgrounds from those who just graduated from high schools, teachers and administrators pursuing a Master's or Doctoral degree in education, career changers, to teacher candidates in alternative certification programs such as Chicago Teaching Fellows and Teach for America. Dr. Wu had a Bachelor's degree in English and a Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from China, where she taught English to children as young as five years old and to adult English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners. She also was a lecturer for a year in the English Department at her Alma Mater, Harbin Institute of Technology, before pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at Michigan State University.  Dr. Wu enjoys sharing with her students cross-cultural comparisons of educations in China, U.S., and other countries whenever possible. Dr. Wu's research has been mostly revolved around assistive and instructional technology, visual literacy, visual primary sources, and co-teaching.

Education:

Ph.D., 2003: Special Education, Michigan State University
M.A., 1996: Applied Linguistics, Beijing Foreign Studies University
B.A., 1993: English, Harbin Institute of Technology

Research and Interests:

Dr. Wu has expertise and research interests in instructional practices and framework that lead to enhanced literacy performance and access to the general education curriculum by students with learning disabilities and English language learners. Dr. Wu has been actively involved in teaching and research related to assistive and instructional technology, visual literacy, visual primary sources, and co-teaching.

Selected publications:

Newman, M., Degener, S., & Wu, X. (2015). How are teachers using primary sources to meet Common Core literacy standards in English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science? NCE Research Residencies. Paper 1. http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1001&context=nce_residencies 

Wu, X. (2012). Promoting interface and knowledge sharing: A joint project between general and special education preservice teachers. Inquiry in Education, 3(2). http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol3/iss2/4/

Wu, X. (2010). Universal Design for Learning: A Collaborative Framework for Designing Inclusive Curriculum. Inquiry in Education, 1(2), Retrieved from: http://digitalcommons.nl.edu/ie/vol1/iss2/6

Wu, X. & Newman, M. (2010). Connecting dots through a field-based project with preservice teachers: Using an all-learner visual literacy curriculum to promote Universal Design for Learning. The TPS Journal, issue 2. http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED502353.pdf 

Wu, X. (2009). Picturing American Industrialization: The Chicago Stockyards—A secondary level learning activity. Library of Congress: Teaching with Primary Sources Quarterly. http://www.loc.gov/teachers/tps/quarterly/pdf/Fall2009SecondaryLevelLearningActivity.pdf

Wu, X. (2006). Social studies for all learners: Universal design and visual literacy. Vol. 66. Journal of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies.

Englert, C. S., Wu, X., & Zhao, Y. (2005). Cognitive tools for writing: Scaffolding the performance of students through technology. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice. Vol. 20 Issue 3, Page 184.

Contact Information:

Tel: 224-233-2774
Email: xwu@nl.edu
Office: Room 418, North Shore Campus
National Louis University
5202 Old Orchard Road, Skokie, Illinois 60076

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
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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
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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
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    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 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
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