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Keynote Panelist Bios

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Merryl Brownlow, Educational Leadership, 2018
Dr. Merryl Brownlow is a 26-year veteran educator. Her career in public education include roles as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, special education administrator and assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. On July 1, 2019, Dr. Brownlow will transition to the role of superintendent of schools. She also currently serves as a professional development provider for the Illinois Association of School Administrators and as adjunct faculty for National Louis University. She is a two-time National Board Certified Teacher and a former regional presenter for Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA).
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Tina Curry, Reading and Language, 2015
Dr. Tina Curry, a 2015 National Society of Leadership Success Inductee Sigma Alpha Phi Chapter National Louis University currently serves as adjunct faculty in the National College of Education and a High School Literacy Coach for Chicago Public Schools, Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy.  Dr. Curry earned an Ed.D in Reading and Language from National Louis University in 2015, a MS. Ed in the teaching of reading in 2004 and a BA in Speech in 1995, both from Chicago State University.  She is a member of the International Literacy Association, the Chicago Area Reading Association, the Illinois Reading Council and the Illinois Language and Literacy Council.  She was a 2005 Disney Teachers Award Nominee, and was honored in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004 and 2005. She is the author of The Tale of Two Literacy Coaches:  Implications for Building Coaching Capacity. Her research interests include, culturally responsive teaching, equity in education, literacy coaching and professional development for teachers.
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Christina Smith, Community Psychology, 2018
Dr. Christina Smith has a broad range of experience within non-profit and community-based organizations in the advancement of race, gender, LGBTQ, economic justice, and mental health parity. She is a co-founder and board president of Affinity Community Services, one of the longest standing Chicago institutions committed to advocacy and activism for black queer women across the age continuum. Currently, she holds a leadership position at Near North Health Services Corporation, a federally qualified health center. Dr. Smith’s longstanding commitment to social change has informed her philosophy, scholarly interests, and applied community practice within and across diverse communities.

    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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