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Summer Reading Improvement Program

Date & Time: June 29, 2020 8:30 AM - July 30, 2020 11:00 AM
Location: NLU North Shore and Lisle campuses
Description: Intensive Literacy Support
The Reading Center at National Louis University is offering a Summer Reading Improvement Program at our North Shore and Lisle campuses. This program is designed to help students who are experiencing reading and/or writing difficulties. The tutors are certified teachers who are earning their graduate degrees as Reading Specialists. Highly qualified university faculty and staff will supervise the tutors. Students receive diagnostic testing and one-to-one tutoring in reading and writing one hour per day, four mornings per week, for five weeks.
Contact: Mary Hoch, Reading Center Director

Webinar: ESL/Bilingual Education Teacher Panel

Date: July 7, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Zoom:

Can't attend the live conversation? Register anyway, and we'll send you a link to watch the recording.
Description: Teachers from various grade levels and Chicagoland schools will discuss ways to ensure equity and access to instruction for all learners during remote learning. Our panelists will:

• Reflect on the barriers, successes, and lessons learned in their transition to remote learning and how they are influencing preparation for the
next school year

• Share creative ideas for connecting with students and sustaining their engagement

• Discuss effective family communication and support practices

• Explore what culturally responsive teaching looks like during remote instruction

Guest Panelists:
• Micheline Basile, Kindergarten transitional bilingual program, Wesemere Elementary, D202

• Jennifer Bustos, 4th Grade transitional bilingual program, Virginia Lake Elementary, D15

• Jose Santamaria, ESL/Bilingual History Teacher at Barrington High School, D220 and NLU Adjunct Faculty for Early Childhood Program

• Gina Majewski, 1st Grade Dual Language, Mackeben Elementary, Huntley District 158

Moderated by Xiaoning Chen, NCE Assistant Professor

Contact: Alison Bender

Deciding on a Doctorate with Dr. Nathaniel Cradit

Date: July 15, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Description: As someone who works in postsecondary education, you’ve likely wondered about whether a doctoral degree is necessary for you to make your next career move. Perhaps you’ve even considered programs and areas of study, but it hasn’t yet felt like the “right” time. Join NLU doctoral program faculty in this session to learn more about the entire process of earning your doctorate. Speak with current students and recent NLU doctoral alumni to learn about their experiences with our doctoral programs in Higher Education Leadership and Postsecondary Teaching & Instructional Leadership.
From orientation to graduation, we’re answering the following questions:

· Who should earn a doctoral degree?

· How do I decide the right institution and degree program for me?

· What do faculty look for in the admissions process?

· Ph.D. vs. Ed.D., which one is best for me?

· Can I complete a dissertation?

· What support is available, and what should I do to prepare?

· How are modern doctoral programs designed to support working students, parents, and other post-traditional students?
Contact: Alison Bender

Webinar: Teacher Leadership & Coaching During Remote Learning

Date: July 16, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Zoom:

Can't attend the live conversation? Register anyway, and we'll send you a link to watch the recording.
Description: Join us to hear experienced classroom and school leaders share their perspectives on the unique challenges and opportunities related to coaching during the pandemic and the overall transition to remote learning. Our panelists will:

• Reflect on the successes and lessons learned around coaching while shifting to
remote learning and how they are preparing for this fall

• Share tips and ideas for coaches on how to connect with and support the
individual needs of teachers as well as reflect on their own needs as educators

• Discuss what is staying the same in coaching and what is shifting

• Fatima Cooke, Principal at Sumner Academy, CPS
• Dr. Nichole Farris, Instructional Specialist at Juarez Middle School, D60
• Dora M. Guzman, Bilingual Reading Specialist for Bensenville School District 2
• Kelli Hamilton, Instructional Coach for DeKalb CUSD 428

Moderated by NCE Associate Professor Geri Chesner and Assistant Professor Renee Gugel
Contact: Alison Bender

2020 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy (SIDL) with University of Rhode Island

Date & Time: July 19, 2020 8:00 AM - July 24, 2020 7:00 PM
Location: NLU Chicago Campus (122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60603)
Description: SIDL is an award-winning 'hands-on', minds-on' premier digital literacy professional development model developed by Julie Coiro and Renee Hobss at the University of Rhode Island. This six-day learning experience focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. Join us in exploring innovative approaches now being used by K-12 educators, librarians, and college and university faculty. You will learn how to conduct project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies, which will help create challenging and engaging learning opportunities for you and your students.
Contact: Liz Allen
NCE Partnerships Manager

Webinar: Supporting Continuous School Improvement Planning in Light of the Pandemic

Date: July 21, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom:

Can't attend the live conversation? Register anyway, and we'll send you a link to watch the recording.
Description: Without state test scores for this year, how are schools and districts creating school improvement plans? Join us on July 21 for a panel discussion addressing the challenges of continuous school improvement planning in the remote or hybrid teaching and learning environment. Our panelists will share:
• How they are approaching the school improvement planning process with the lack of state/spring testing
• Ways their school, district, or teachers assessed student learning this past spring during remote learning
• Their challenges, successes, and lessons learned in assessing remote learning
• The learning gaps revealed by remote learning and how they factor into school improve planning
• What their school or district is doing to support teachers who may feel tremendous pressure to figure out how to mitigate learning gaps this fall


• Hedi J. Belkaoui, Director of Continuous Improvement, Archdiocese of Chicago
• Nia Campbell, Principal, Osceola High School and NLU Adjunct Professor
• John Kerley, Principal, Madison Street Academy of Visual and Performing Arts
• Fatima Cooke, Principal, Sumner Academy

Moderated by Elizabeth Minor, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership Studies
Contact: Alison Bender

Free Online Workshop: Teaching Integrated Strategies for Expository Texts with NCE Reading Faculty (NEW DATE!)

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Reading Center
NLU Lisle Campus


Online workshop via Zoom
Description: In celebration of their new book, Empowering Readers: Integrated Strategies to Comprehend Expository Texts, authors and NLU faculty Mary L. Hoch & Jana L. McNally are offering a free online one-hour workshop to share their research-based approach to expanding and enhancing text structure instruction that will help your students develop higher-level understanding with challenging materials.

What You'll Learn
• Analyze best practices for expository text comprehension.
• Evaluate text structures and understand how they impact comprehension.
• Collaborate with other teachers and apply integrated strategies.

Register for the webinar to be entered to win a copy of the book or a free half-day professional development session for your school! Note: Attendees are eligible to earn ISBE professional development units.
Contact: Liz Allen
NCE Partnerships Manager

Personalized Learning Made Manageable: The Grid Method Two-Day Workshop

Date & Time: October 22, 2020 8:00 AM - October 23, 2020 3:00 PM
Location: NLU
Lisle Campus
850 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL
Description: The Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS) is leading a two-day "Teach Better" workshop that will focus helping educators develop personalized learning strategies in classrooms using a Mastery Grid Method.

*Please note: This event date has changed from May 2020 to October 2020. Please see the the event website for more details.
Contact: John Viano
Executive Director
Association of Illinois Middle-Grade Schools (AIMS)
Phone: (630) 437-0943

    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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