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Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers

NCE proudly announces the launch of Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers, an interactive learning series and experiences designed to provide new teachers with a supportive community of practice centered around investigating common problems of practice and the complex interplay of social, emotional, and contextual conditions that often influence the success, well-being, and retention of early career teachers.

Starting This April 2019!

Connect and continue to grow as educators with this series' initial course, The Teacher's Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher beginning this Spring!

Though collaborative problem soloving, peer coaching, and expert mentoring, new teachers will explore solution-centered approacheds and high-leverage practices through video conference classes and engagement online discussion. 

Together, we'll explore how to effectively and confidently respond to common (and uncommon) classroom experiences and school dynamics. Specific topics will include:

  • Examining and Defining Your Teaching Persona
  • Honing Classroom Management Techniques
  • Creating a Safe Classroom Environment
  • Connecting with Diverse Students

Listen in to the Q&A Session below between Dean Robert Muller and Professor Belmonte as they discuss this series and The Teacher's Journey.

The Teacher’s Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher  

The first couse of the series is The Teacher’s Journey, led by Professor Dominic 'Dom' Belmonte. You'll learn how to strengthen your teacher-student relationships by developing your teaching persona. This blended course combines video conference classes and engaging online discussion, held after school hours. 

Participants who successfully complete all facets of this course will earn one hour of graduate-level course credit that can be applied to NLU degree programs (see below).

About the Instructor

Dominic 'Dom' Belmonte served the Golden Apple Foundation for Excellence in Teaching as its President and Chief Executive Officer from 2006-2017. A 1987 Golden Apple Award recipient and past chairman of the Golden Apple Academy of Educators, in 1989 he co-created the Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois, a pre-induction advanced teacher preparation and mentoring experience which is now Golden Apple’s largest program. In 1996 he also co-created the GATE (Golden Apple Teacher Education) program, Illinois’ first alternative pathway to teacher certification for mid-career adults wishing to teach secondary math or science or elementary school children.

In 2017, Belmonte was named Distinguished Professor of Teacher Practice by National Louis University, where he now teaches.

About the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers Series

Additional learning experiences in the series will be offered each NLU academic term and will address additional problems of practice and issue areas such as social-emotional learning, creating safe schools, trauma-informed teaching practices, and education and school policy.

Upon successful completion of the Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series (total of 12 credit hours), participants will receive a certificate of achievement to demonstrate their enhanced classroom management, teaching, and leadership skills.

Series participants also will have the opportunity to apply up to the following number of graduate-level course credit to the following NLU degree programs:


More information on how to register will be available shortly. 


If you have questions about The Teacher’s Journey course, please contact:

   Liz Allen
   Partnerships Support Manager

If you have questions about enrolling in our Curriculum & Instruction MEd or EdS degree programs and applying earned graduate credits from this series, please contact: 

   Melanie Fernandez
   Director of Enrollment



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