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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 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.

Start this Winter

Connect and continue to grow as educators with our initial course, The Teacher's Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher, offered winter term 2019.


NLU's Advanced Practices for Early Career Teachers series will provide new educators the opportunity to collaboratively cultivate the skills and flexible thinking needed to confidently respond to and effectively manage circumstances related to:

  • Classroom management (including being prepared for common and uncommon situations)
  • Culturally sensitive pedagogy to engage all learners
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Childhood trauma
  • School climate and safety

Join us Winter term 2019 for the first course of the series, The Teacher's Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher, taught by NLU Professor of Distinguished Practice, Dominic 'Dom' Belmonte. Through interactive face-to-face and online discussion, the course will highlight common (and uncommon) teaching challenges, solution-centered approaches, and state-of-the-art high-leverage practices. Participants will have ample opportunities for collaborative problem-solving, peer coaching, and expert mentoring around these issues.

The Teacher’s Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher  

This summer, The Teacher’s Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher will be offered as a blended course that combines face-to-face instruction with engaging online learning. For your convenience, the face-to-face component of the course will be offered on three different dates at three different campus locations:

  • Wednesday, June 27 from 8:30a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Chicago campus)
  • Wednesday, July 11 from 8:30a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Wheeling campus)
  • Wednesday, July 18 from 8:30a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Lisle campus)

Participants only need to attend one face-to-face session. The course's online discussions and activities begin June 27 and must be completed prior to the end of the term.

Participants who successfully complete all facets of this course will earn one hour of graduate-level course credit that can be applied two 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.

Belmonte is the author of two books: "Teaching from the Deep End (2nd ed.)", and "Teaching on Solid Ground". At York Community High School in Elmhurst, where he taught for twenty years, Dom was an English teacher and Chairman of the Department. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in English at the University of Illinois at Chicago and was conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from St. Xavier University in 2011 and one from National Louis University in 2017.

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:


The Teacher's Journey: Becoming a Grounded Teacher course is a one (1) credit hour graduate-level course. The tuition is $380 per credit hour.  

We encourage the use of tuition reimbursement for professional development purposes.



To register for The Teacher's Journey course, please complete this form at, using the following course information:

  • Course Registration Number (CRN): 60627 
  • Course Number: CIC595E

You will have an opportunity to select your preferred face-to-face workshop date after registering. 

Registration deadline: End of day Wednesday, June 20



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 Teacher Leadership or Curriculum & Instruction degree programs and applying earned graduate credits from this series, please contact: 

   Melanie Fernandez
   Director of Enrollment



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