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NCE Student Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: December 12, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 393 090 572
Description: Join the conversation! This quarter we will discuss the University’s 2030 Strategic Plan currently under development. You’ll learn about the emerging five pillars of the strategy and have the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback that will help inform the pillars and the actions related to them. The December 12th meeting is open to all NCE students.
Contact: Alison Bender

Library Appreciation Luncheon

Date: December 13, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: NLU Wheeling campus
Description: This event is open to NCE doctoral alumni and NCE faculty to thank librarians for their continuing contribution serving us in our academic research.
Sponsored by EdD in Teaching and Learning alumni, staff & students
Contact: RSVP by Tuesday, December 10th to Margaret Higgins,

2020 Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery® Conference

Date & Time: January 22, 2020 8:00 AM - January 24, 2020 6:00 PM
Location: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel
540 Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
Description: The 2020 Annual Illinois Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery® Conference is designed to provide superb professional development and networking opportunities for K-8 classroom teachers, intervention (Reading Recovery, Special Education, ESL) teachers, instructional coaches, program specialists, and administrators.
Contact: Rebecca Olsen
National Louis University
850 Warrenville Road
Lisle, IL 60532
Phone: 630-874-4148

2019-2020 Reading Leadership Institute: Engagement in Literacy (Workshop #2)

Date: February 7, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: NLU North Shore Campus
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL
Description: Engagement through Writing with Dr. Sonja Cherry Paul

Dr. Sonja Cherry-Paul’s research and work stem from an unyielding commitment to anti-bias and anti-racist pedagogy and practices. As a public school English teacher for twenty years, Sonja developed curriculum that centered the work of racial literacy in K-12 schools. Sonja is the co-founder and co-facilitator of the Institute for Racial Equity in Literacy. She is an author, consultant, and senior research associate at TCRWP (Teacher College Reading Writing Project). Sonja is the co-facilitator of the Heinemann Fellows and the co-author of three books published by Heinemann (with Dana Johansen): Teaching Interpretation: Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning (2014), Flip Your Writing Workshop: A Blended Learning Approach (2016), and Breathing New Life into Book Clubs: A Practical Guide for Teachers (2019). Sonja leads presentations about literacy at national conferences and provides professional development for educators on reading and writing instruction and racial literacy.

Registration packet and Institute flyer attached below. Lunch Included!
Contact: Debra Gurvitz (
Flyer: 2019-2020_Overview_RLI_Speakers.pdf

7th Annual Reading Specialist Professional Development Conference

Date: March 7, 2020
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: NLU Wheeling
Public Forum Room
Description: Please Join Us for the 8th Annual Reading Specialist Professional Development Conference

Our graduating reading specialist students from the Chicago, North Shore, and Lisle cohorts will be sharing their knowledge about excellent literacy instruction, and you are invited to attend. Topics will include technology in literacy, reading instruction for diverse learners, vocabulary learning, comprehension, writing instruction, early literacy, and reading motivation. Everyone is welcome, and we extend a special invitation to our pre-service teacher candidates, who may be looking to broaden their knowledge about literacy instruction. This event is open to the public, so feel free to bring a friend or two.

PD Hours (formerly called CPDUs) will be available.
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Sophie Degener (

2019-2020 Reading Leadership Institute: Engagement in Literacy (Workshop #3)

Date: April 24, 2020
Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: NLU North Shore Campus
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL
Description: Engaging Readers Who Struggle with Dr. Tim Rasinski

Dr. Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University and director of its award winning reading clinic. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Dr. Rasinski served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world's most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Dr. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education. In 2010, Dr. Rasinski was elected into the International Reading Hall of Fame.

Registration packet and Institute flyer attached below. Lunch included!
Contact: Debra Gurvitz (
Flyer: 2019-2020_Overview_RLI_Speakers.pdf

2020 McCormick Center Leadership Connections™ National Conference

Date & Time: April 29, 2020 7:00 AM - May 1, 2020 2:00 PM
Location: Westin Chicago North Shore
601 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Wheeling, Illinois 60090
Description: Connect with others like you. Leadership Connections™ National Conference, the premier national conference for decision-makers and leaders in early childhood education, brings together key stakeholders interested in early childhood leadership, including early childhood administrators, family child care providers, trainers, coaches, technical assistance specialists, consultants, college instructors, researchers, and policymakers. Come hear stimulating keynote speakers, take part in a public policy forum, attend skill-building sessions, and network with other leaders in the field.

See website for additional information and registration options, including college course credit.
Contact: Marleen Barrett,

Save the Date: NLU Doctoral Research Symposium 2020

Date: May 12, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: NLU Chicago Campus, 122 S. Michigan Avenue (Atrium)
Description: The National Louis University Annual Doctoral Research Symposium is a conference-style showcase of the outstanding scholarship and research conducted by NLU’s doctoral candidates across multiple disciplines. This event includes alumni speakers, poster and presentation sessions, and a reception. Free and open to the public, this annual event provides a tremendous opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas, share resources, and network.

Contact: Doctoral Research Committee:

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

Save the Date! 2020 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy

Date & Time: July 24, 2020 8:00 AM - July 29, 2020 7:00 PM
Location: NLU Chicago Campus (122 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL 60603)
Description: This six-day institute focuses on how literacy is changing as a result of emerging media and technologies. We'll consider the implications of this cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning. 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.

    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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