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NCE Candid Conversation: Leading and Learning Through COVID: Perspectives from State, District, and Building Leaders

Date: January 27, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Zoom - register here:
Description: Join us to hear insights and perspectives on leading through COVID at the state-, district-, and school-level. Our panelists will discuss the challenges they have faced, ways they are supporting various stakeholders, and how they are preparing for a safe return to in-person learning.

Facilitated by Drs. Harrington Gibson and Jim Fitzpatrick


Dr. Merryl Brownlow, Superintendent, Palos Heights School District 128

With 26+ years of education experience, Dr. Brownlow began her career as a classroom teacher before moving into building and district-level administrator roles. Beyond PK-12 systems, Dr. Brownlow serves as an adjunct professor at National Louis University, Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) workshop facilitator, and NWEA regional workshop presenter. Dr. Brownlow earned her doctoral degree from National Louis in 2018, a master's degree from Rider University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Kamilah Hampton, Principal, Richard J Daley Academy, Chicago Public Schools

Dr. Kamilah Hampton is the principal of Richard J Daley Academy. She is the author of "It's Worth the Wait," published in 2018. Dr. Hampton recently defended her dissertation and will graduate from National Louis University this spring. Her research identifies ways to support African American male achievement at high academic levels by providing social-emotional support.

Krish Mohip, Deputy Operational Educational Officer, Illinois State Board of Education

Krish Mohip spent his career working in education. He started his career working as a Kindergarten teacher for the Chicago Public Schools. While there he served in the positions of Assistant Principal, Principal, Deputy Chief of Schools, and Chief of Schools. He also served as a member of the CEO's Executive Cabinet. Mr. Mohip left the Chicago Public Schools in 2016 after being recruited by the State of Ohio to lead the 1st State-Led Transformation of an entire district. During his time there as the CEO, he was able to realize many successes in student outcomes, most notably increasing the graduation rate by 15% in just 3 years. He returned to Illinois in 2019 to serve on the senior leadership team at the Illinois State Board of Education where he is currently the Deputy Education Officer. He is married to his best friend, Erin and together raise their three children, Noah, Bella, and Riley.

Contact: Alison Bender

Graduate Student Success Summit

Date: January 29, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Via Zoom Video Conference – meeting link provided after registration

Description: Presented by the Centro de Excelencia’s CLAVE program, join us for a virtual Graduate Student Success Summit where panel discussions will highlight resources and best practices to ensure success in your graduate program journeys at National Louis University!


12noon – 12:05pm (CST) Welcome Remarks
Dr. Aurélio Valente, Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean
Melanie Flores, Director, Centro de Excelencia

12:05pm – 12:20pm (CST) Graduate Student Panel: Best Practices for a Successful Academic Year
Toni Carmichael, Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy – CLAVE Doctoral Fellow
Dora M. Guzman, Teaching & Learning: Reading, Language, & Literacy– CLAVE Doctoral Fellow

12:20pm - 12:35pm (CST) Writing for Graduate School
Jason Stegemoller, Associate Professor, Chair ESL and Bilingual Education

12:35pm - 12:50pm (CST) Academic Research for Graduate Students
Sarah Leeman and Amy Hall, University Library

12:50pm - 1:05pm (CST) Career and Networking Resources for Graduate Students
Career Bridge Professionals

1:05pm - 1:15pm (CST) Centro de Excelencia’s CLAVE Graduate Student Institute and Closing Remarks
Inés Sahagún-Bahena, CLAVE Graduate Student Services Manager
Flyer: GraduateStudentSuccessSummitAgenda.pdf

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