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Past NCE Events For 2021


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

MAT Candidate Student Listening Session

Date: February 9, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom. Sign up at:

Zoom link will be sent via confirmation email
Description: We want to learn about our MAT Candidate's questions, concerns, and suggestions
Tuesday February 9, 2021, 5:00pm-6:00pm, Via Zoom
Facilitators: Sherri Bressman, Eun Kyung Ko, Bilge Cerezci, and Sadia Warsi
Contact: Kimberly Ponczek

MED, EDD and ISBE Endorsement Candidate Student Listening Session

Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Zoom. Sign up at:

Zoom link will be sent via confirmation email
Description: We want to learn about our MED, EDD, and ISBE Endorsement Candidate's questions,
concerns, and suggestions.
Wednesday February 10, 2021, 3:30pm-4:30pm via Zoom
Facilitators: Suzanne Martinez, Stu Carrier, and Kathy Pluymert
Contact: Maria Taylor

Candid Conversations with Leading Educators Webinar - Trauma Informed Educational Practice: Supporting Students and Teachers During Uncertain Times

Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Zoom - Register now:
Description: For many students, the past year of uncertainty and challenges resulting from the pandemic, social unrest, and incidents of racial injustice has been traumatic. Educators need to recognize and understand the impact that trauma and stressors have on student mental health and readiness to learn.

For many students, the past year of uncertainties and challenges resulting from the pandemic, social unrest, and incidents of racial injustice amounts to trauma in their lives. Educators need to recognize and understand the impact that trauma and stressors have on student mental health and readiness to learn.

In this webinar, Dr. Christina Conolly nationally recognized expert on trauma and Director, Psychological Services, Montgomery County Public Schools, MD, and Dr. Jennifer Engelland-Schultz will discuss and identify ways that educators can serve students in uncertain times. Join us on February 18th to learn:

- How trauma influences student learning and wellbeing.
- Concrete school-wide, class-wide, and individualized strategies to support students’ mental health during remote learning.
- Strategies for schools to collaborate with students, families, and communities to support students’ learning and wellbeing.


Christina Conolly, Psy.D, NCSP, is the Director for Psychological Services with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD. Dr. Conolly is responsible for school psychologists and the Bilingual Assessment Team (BAT) in the Division of Psychological Services. In this role, she oversees the Signs of Suicide Prevention Program, Trauma-Informed Schools, and the Behavioral Threat Assessment initiatives. She is the former Director for Crisis Intervention and Safety for the Waukegan Public Schools and was responsible for managing the five missions of emergency management and safety/security for her school district. In this capacity she supervised the suicide and bullying prevention programs, the district mental health response team, physical restraints, isolated timeouts, district and school crisis plan development, incident action planning for large scale school events, staff training, and consultation with school buildings and community agencies. She is the chairperson of the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) School Safety & Crisis Response Committee and coauthor of the PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness. She also received the NASP Presidential Award in 2017 and 2018 for her work with understanding race and privilege and national crisis responses around the continental United States and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Jennifer Engelland-Schultz is an Assistant Professor in School Psychology at NLU's National College of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Illinois State University and her M.A. in Teaching and B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from Olivet Nazarene University. Before joining NCE, Jennifer worked as a school psychologist serving diverse students and families in public schools across Illinois. She is especially passionate about providing effective social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health programs and services to students and families within a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS).
Contact: Alison Bender

Lecture: Dr. Kamau Rashid Presents "Racial Oppression and the On-Going Movement for Black Liberation"

Date: February 18, 2021
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Zoom:

Passcode: 377830
Description: "Racial Oppression and the On-Going Movement for Black Liberation"

Dr. Kamau Rashid, Presenter

Thursday, February 18 • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Contact: Jan Bending
Flyer: 2.18.21kamau.jpg

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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