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Past NCE Events For 2019


Comprehensive Literacy and Reading Recovery® Conference

Date & Time: January 23, 2019 8:00 AM - January 25, 2019 6:00 PM
Location: Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile Hotel
540 Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60611
Description: The 2019 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 and fax: 847-905-8020 or 630-874-4148

Reading Leadership Institute Workshop

Date: February 8, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: NLU’s North Shore Campus
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Description: Reading Leadership Institute Workshop:

"Informational texts and emergent bilingual students: Partnering with families in assessment and inquiry practices" by Silvia Noguerón-Liu, Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies. University of Colorado-Boulder.

In this session, we will discuss how Latinx and immigrant parents and their elementary-school children select, read, and explore informational texts. The presenter will share examples from her work with family literacy programs in elementary schools and libraries in Georgia and Colorado, featuring interactions with Latinx parents and children in (a) reading assessment of nonfiction (science); (b) read-aloud of biographies (social studies); and (c) inquiry and research using books and digital tools (science and social studies). The presentation will begin with description of the research projects, which are informed by critical and participatory approaches to family engagement, translanguaging, and funds-of-knowledge perspectives—a reading list of academic resources will be provided.

Contact: Sophie Degener
Flyer: RLI2018_191.pdf

Interactive Workshop: Children’s Literature for Inclusive Environments

Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Chicago Campus Atrium
122 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Description: Children’s literature is profoundly influential in the lives of students and is widespread throughout schools, libraries, and homes. Educators must be knowledgeable on how to use diverse children’s literature as a tool to teach about diversity, as they strive to foster inclusive classroom environments for social justice and global citizenship. In this interactive workshop, we will share a range of children’s award winning books that teachers can use in their classroom curriculum. We will read and analyze a selection of books, discussing ways to make these books accessible to students in an inclusive environment. This workshop will be led by Drs. Sadia Warsi and Ayn Keneman.
Contact: For questions or to RSVP please contact

2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year Lindsey Jensen: "Once A New Teacher, Always A New Teacher"

Date: February 27, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Chicago Campus
Room 5006
Description: Join us for a reception and guest lecture by Lindsey Jensen, 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, on February 27 at the Chicago campus. Jensen will share her insights, strategies, and ideas for classroom success in her talk ‘Once A New Teacher, Always A New Teacher’.

Attendance is free and open to all – light refreshments will be served starting at 4:30pm, the talk will begin at 5pm.

Lindsey Jensen teaches advanced placement English, Shakespeare, American literature, drama and composition at Dwight Township High School in District 230. Known for infusing research-based instructional practices with high expectations and infectious positivity, Illinois State Education Superintendent Tony Smith said Jensen "exemplifies teacher leadership." Jensen’s many school and community contributions include helping with curriculum redesign, organizing philanthropic events, supervising student teachers, coaching her colleagues, advising students’ extracurricular clubs and activities, and serving her professional association. Jensen received a Bachelor of Science in speech communication from Southern Illinois University and a Master of Arts in teaching in secondary education from Oakland City University. She is earning her doctorate in teaching and learning from Illinois State University.

Please RSVP by February 22 via the link below.
Contact: Alison McDaniel
Flyer: Teacher_Of_Year_Jan2019_v2.pdf

Question, Disrupt, Transform: Challenging the Use of Literary Classics PK-Young Adult

Date: March 2, 2019
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Location: National Louis University
5202 Old Orchard Rd (North Tower)
Skokie, IL 60077
Description: This interactive, day-long institute will engage educators, librarians, and others committed to literacy to deconstruct notions of classic children’s literature. In-depth conversation, literature-focused breakout sessions, and dynamic panel discussions will lay vital groundwork in the use of literacy as a guiding force for youth of all ages. Featuring keynote conversations with
Cornelius Minor & Alfred Tatum and Kass Minor & Naomi Shihab Nye. Panel discussions with Jessica Lifshitz, Kimiko Pettis, and Cornelius Minor with Edi Campbell moderating.

Professional Development clock hours will be available at no additional cost.
Contact: Ruth Quiroa,
Flyer: Challenging_the_Canon_2018.pdf

Urban Teacher Education Consortium Annual Meeting 2019

Date & Time: March 12, 2019 12:00 PM - March 14, 2019 2:00 PM
Location: National Louis University (CH)
University of Chicago
Illinois State University
Description: The Urban Teacher Education Consortium (UTEC) is a group of teacher educators representing institutions and programs around the country who are committed to preparing teachers capable of providing the quality of education students in cities across the U.S. deserve and to which they are consistently denied access. For the past seven years, representatives from these programs, listed below, have been meeting regularly to share successes and to pose problems of practice in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of what our teacher candidates can enable their students to learn.

In 2019, the UTEC Annual Meeting will be held at NLU, University of Chicago, and ISU campuses between March 12-14.
Contact: Liz Allen,

Open World: international exchange session with Russian educators

Date: March 15, 2019
Time: 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: NLU Wheeling room 310 and ZOOM:
Description: Established by Congress in 1999 on a bipartisan basis, Open World supports Congressional outreach to their counterparts abroad. It conducts exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between the leaders of Open World countries and Americans dedicated to showcasing U.S. values and democratic institutions.

On behalf of Dr. Larisa Koval, International Cultural Educational Association (ICEA) President, we would like to invite you to participate in the session with Open World guests from Russia. The session is dedicated to educational exchange in the areas of STEM education, ESL, special education, standards and curriculum development, innovative pedagogies and best practices, legislative and policy issues in higher education, and educational leadership.

The Russian delegation includes:

1. Mariya Surikova, Assistant Principal, teacher of math, secondary school with advanced education in English, St. Petersburg.
2. Natalia Duginova, Secondary school teacher of English, Gubkin, Belgorod Region.
3. Olga Malmygina, Director, Center for Comprehensive Re-Socialization of Citizens Going Through Difficult Life Situations.
4. Pavel Bodrykh, session facilitator.
5. Tamara Yakovleva, Assistant Professor, Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg.
6. Vita Mindich, interpreter.
7. Yelizaveta Luzgina, Master’s student, Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg.
Contact: If you are interested in participating (in-person or via zoom) in the session, please contact Antonina Lukenchuk:

7th Annual Reading Specialist Professional Development Conference

Date: March 16, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: NLU Lisle location
Public Forum Room (3rd Floor)
Description: Please Join Us for the 7th 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.

9:00-9:15, Sign in will be in Public Forum Room on 3rd Floor (coffee and breakfast pastries will be served)

9:15-10:30, Session 1

10:35-11:50, Session 2

12:00-1:15, Session 3
Contact: If you have any questions, please contact Sophie Degener (

Spring PD Jam

Date: March 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Register at
Description: Join the M.Ed. in Leaning Science Education, Learning Technologies Coach candidates as they share best-practices in using digital tools and strategies. Free and PDH credit available. Register in advance for each 30 minute session. Topics include:
- Using Youtube for Math Instruction
- Digital Tools for assessment and engagement
- Digital Tools Escape Room
- Using 3D Printing/Design in all Subjects
- Formative Assessment with Google Forms
- Using Classkick in a Digital Learning Environment
Contact: Angela Elkordy, PhD
Flyer: PD_Jam_3.23.19.pdf

Reading Leadership Institute Workshop

Date: April 12, 2019
Time: 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: NLU’s North Shore Campus
5202 Old Orchard Road
Skokie, IL 60077
Description: Reading Leadership Institute Workshop :

"Thinking and Learning through Literature that Matters" by Dr. Junko Yokota

Contact: Sophie Degener
Flyer: RLI2018_191.pdf

    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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