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Video of Service-Learning Projects

Watch this video showcasing two service-learning projects implemented in Teach for America Corps members' schools. The projects were a part of the SEC 592 seminar taught at NLU.

Teach For America @ NLU - Service Learning in Auburn Gresham 2010

 

2016 Archives

For Volunteer Opportunities for Spring, Summer, and Fall, Check Out The CEC 3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer/Internship Fair‌ 

To apply for a volunteer opportunity, you must contact the organization directly either through their website or the contact person. The CEC does not register students directly for volunteer opportunities. These organizations may require a background check.

 

 

Service-Learning Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC)

Visit our Facebook page for all Photos from 2015-2016 SLCEC Workshops!

 

The Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Consortium (SLCEC) brings universities together with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to promote and advocate for service-learning and civic engagement practices. SLCEC provides faculty professional develoment (PD's), generate civic learning opportunities with CPS schools, publishes an online student journal for civic engagement (SPACE - Student Perspectives About Civic Engagement), and advocates for policies that support and strengthen civic engagement practices. Photos displayed on website were taken by Kristine Becker-Kristufek, Former Civic Engagement Center Coordinator & AmeriCorps VISTA for ILCC at NLU's CEC.

 

Beginning Session: Introduction to Service-Learning: Principles, Pedagogy, Practices

 

Friday, October 2, 2015 at NLU's Chicago Campus

 

Service-Learning:  Principles, Pedagogy, and Practice is an opportunity to learn about and dig deeper into service-learning practice - a recognized high impact learning strategy. We will experience service-learning implementation in Chicago public middle and high schools and share service-learning strategies in university classrooms as part of our learning. Faculty are invited to attend our first and last sessions and then choose 2-4 site visits to attend during the 2015-16 academic year. Our final session will take place on May 13, 2016, at National Louis University with participating faculty presenting their own strategies for embedding service-learning in the curriculum. Faculty who attend two working sessions and two site visits and document their service-learning plans/projects are eligible to receive a $300 stipend. Participating faculty will be invited to present their service-learning project/plan at the May 13th session.

 

SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Hancock High School)

 

Thursday, November 5th from 10am - 1pm at Hancock High School located at 4034 W. 56th Street in Chicago, IL. Hancock received the prestigious Democracy School Award for their work in civic education & has consistently been a high performer on service-learning practices. Students & faculty are actively engaged in Service-Learning and engaged in their community.

SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Evergreen Academy Middle School)

Tuesday, January 26th from 10am - 1pm at Evergreen Academy Middle School located at 3537 S. Paulina in Chicago, IL. A neighborhood school that takes anyone who wants to attend for grades 6 through 8 in a community that is working class and full of diversity. One of a few schools that has been awarded the prestigious Schools to Watch Award and only one that is a middle school. Their mission is to create a collaborative and safe environment with a rigorous and differentiated curriculum that aligns with the Common Core State Standards, strive to empower all students to explore, to create, and to make decisions while actively participating in, and being accountable for their learning as they become College and Career ready in an economically, culturally, socially and religiously diverse world. Students & faculty are actively engaged in Service-Learning and engaged in their community as well as truly putting the students need ahead of everything else and listens to their ideas & concerns.

SLCEC Professional Development: Site Visit at CPS Schools (Multicultural Academy of Scholarship/Little Village)

Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 10am - 1pm at (MAS) Multicultural Academy of Scholarship located at 3120 S. Kostner Avenue in Chicago, IL. The Multicultural Academy of Scholarship is committed to answering that demand by inspiring scholars: internally motivated learners who strive to achieve personal, educational, and professional goals. The Multicultural Academy of Scholarship is founded on the beliefs that: Education offers power, opportunity, and personal fulfillment; Every student can become a highly skilled scholar; Exposure to the arts and an understanding of different cultures cultivate global awareness; The use of technology is central to success; A school excels only when students, parents, teachers, and community members work together. NLU's Todd Price facilitated this site visit and some takeaways those in attendance had were the following:

  • Staggered by the blight and decay of the neighborhoods just North of the school
  • Engaged by the discussion of the math teacher and the other teachers who shared their process of teaching/thinking, navigating with their students important relationships in making meaning of their curriculum and the world
  • Enjoyed and warmed by the sharing of the organizing tactics, the courage and the insights of the students as they shared out their “get better food in the cafeteria” campaign!

SLCEC Professional Development: Civics Summit @ Northeastern Illinois University

Thursday, February 4th from 9:30am - 11:30am at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Faculty members interested in civic education gathered to discuss the new civics course mandate that was passed by the Illinois General Assembly in 2015 and how we could better prepare our teacher candidates for civics education instruction. Guest speakers who presented materials were Sonia Matthew from the McCormick Foundation and Elizabeth Robbins from Department of Socail Studies and Civic Engagement at Chicago Public School. A great turnout of faculty members from all the university members of the SLCEC especially from National-Louis University. Faculty members who are interested in joining this discussion this year are eligible for a $500 stipend.

SLCEC Professional Development: Civics Summit II @ Northeastern Illinois University

Thursday, March 31st from 10:00am - 12:00pm at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, IL. Faculty members interested in civic education gathered again to discuss their strategies that prepare teachers for new civics education instruction. A great turnout of faculty from all the university members of the SLCEC especially from National-Louis University and Northeastern Illinois University. Guest speaker was Joel Westheimer, author of the book, What Kind of Citizen and, along with NLU faculty member Todd Price, led a discussion about his book and what it means to be a "good citizen". He talks about three categories of "Good Citizenship" which are Personal (donating food to a food drive), Participatory (Organizing a food drive), and Social Justice Orientated (Why we have hunger in the first place).

Final Session: Final Reflection
Friday, May 13, 2016 at NLU's Chicago Campus 2nd floor Atrium

A cumulation of all of our sessions has lead to the final reflection. Faculty members who attended the first session and at least two CPS school site visits (high school and middle school) presented their own strategies for embedding service-learning in their curriculum and received a $300 stipend. Todd Alan Price (NLU) presented a powerpoint presentation on Civic Engagement & Service-Learning – A Pragmatic Approach which showcased what the transformative experience during this year with the SLCEC. Julie Peters (UIC) also presented her finds through a powerpoint on Reflection Building SL Capacity at UIC which she discussed the difficulties of getting faculty on board with service-learning. Annie-Bernadette Weiner (NLU) talked about a presentation she will be giving in the future on High School & Labor Laws and asked the group in attendance the best way to inform and grab high school students attention in 40 minutes time. We ended the final session with an great civic reflection on what we learned and took away from the experience.

 

Civic Education Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers Candidates interested in Democracy/Civic Education:

 

Day 1 Thursday, June 23, 2016 & Day 2 Friday, June 24, 2016 at Loyola University Lake Shore Campus Mundelein Hall Rm 514

 

  Day 1 of the conference discussed civic identity and what we bring to this experience/practice, talked about the book, What Kind of Citizen and the types of citizens there are such as Personally Responsible, Participatory and Social Justice-Oriented, discovered the Civics State of Affairs with Elizabeth Robbins from Chicago Public Schools, learned about putting together Controversial Discussions with Nissan Chavkin from Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, and amazed by Cristina Salgado from CPS and the Student Voice program. We learned so much about Civics and identity during day 1 of this amazing conference.
Day 2 of the conference discussed a passage from the book, Healing the Heart of Democracy and what is the common good, learned about Civic Action/Service-Learning from Jill Bass with the Mikva Challenge and the great work they are doing with high school students, participated in a simulation exercise with policy, politics, and government officials facilitated by Jon Schmidt, experenced differrent ways to build community partnerships and policy and politics with Cynthia from Northern Illinois University and NLU's CEC's own Todd Alan Price, and wrapped up discussions with Curriculum/Plan Development by Julie Peters from University of Illinois at Chicago. We ended the conference by reflecting what we learned over the past two days and how it can be incorporated into classrooms.

 Events

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY OF SERVICE JANUARY 18 - 22, 2016

In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Every year on the third Monday in January, MLK day is observed as a national day of service – a "day on, not a day off." The MLK Day of Service is a part of the United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. On Monday, January 18th, faculty, staff, students, & alumni observed a "Day On" by volunteering their time at Cornerstone Community Outreach & A Just Harvest located in Chicago, IL facilitated by CEC's AmeriCorps VISTA Kristine Becker-Kristufek.

Cornerstone Community Outreach located at 4628 North Clifton Ave. in Chicago hosted our MLK Day of Service project on Monday, January 18th. A group of 15 NLU faculty, staff, students braved the frigid temperatures to give their time to help a worthy organization by helping out in their kitchen to help prep & serve meals to their clients and sort through mountains of clothing in the basement for their Free Store. While it was hard work, it was also rewarding to give our time and energy to a great community partner. Thanks to all who volunteered their time for MLK Day of Service. Below are some pictures taken by our own NLU's photographer, James Richard IV who spent the day capturing the spirit of MLK Day of Service through photographs.

Picture of MLK Day of Service Cornerstone Community Outreach MLK Day of Service at Cornerstone Community Outreach 1/18/16

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‌‌Picture of NLU Staff & Student volunteering MLK Day at A Just Harvest

THE 3RD ANNUAL VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER/INTERNSHIP FAIR APRIL 4TH - 7TH, 2016

 3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer Fair 2016 Pic 2

3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer/Internship Fair 2016 took place April 4th - 7th at the Chicago Campus during Welcome Week. We showcased 10 of our community partnerships that have volunteer & internship opportunities for Spring, Summer and Fall. Some of them are PAWS Chicago, A Just Harvest, Chicago Botanical Gardens, and American Cancer Society. Since it's a Virtual Fair, you can check it out anytime you want, as many times as you want. Click here The CEC 3rd Annual Virtual Volunteer/Internship Fair 

THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER PRESENTS GET OUT 2 VOTE APRIL 20TH, 2016 

The Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration & Information took place on April 20th in the Chicago Campus Atrium and was an opportunity to unite the NLU community by discussing how current political, economic, social, and ecological systems fuel many of the crises facing our society. A Voting 101 that involved registering students and anyone else to vote, explaining about what documents needed to vote, clarifying the different ballots used to vote, and providing a discussion of issues that affect students' lives such as student loan crisis, job insecurity, and violence in America and the World. We had a wonderful guest speaker from the League of Women Voters of Chicago representative Helene Gabelnick along with her staff registering members of NLU to vote, providing information on how easy it is to register to vote and answering questions about the electoral process. We had a great turnout of 32 people, 5 of which registered to vote that day, especially from the Pathways program students who spent their lunch hour talking about issues that affect them and where the candidates stand. A special thanks to NLU's own James for documenting this event by taking photographs. We hope to have another one this fall before the general election to register more voters and arm NLU students, faculty and staff with information about where the candidates stand on the issues that plague our country.

CEC Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration Info Pic 2 April CEC Get Out 2 Vote Voters Registration Info Pic 2 April

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THE CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER PRESENTS EARTH DAY: A CALL 2 ACTION COLLABORATION & CELEBRATION TEACH-IN APRIL 22ND, 2016

Earth Day: Call 2 Action Collaboration & Celebration Teach-in took place on Friday, April 22, 2016 in the Chicago Campus Atrium where we discussed environmental issues facing our country and offered to find solutions to reverse the damage we have done to this planet. We had numerous speakers for this event such as Stephanie Ochoa from Fair Trade Chicago who talked about the difference between Fair Trade Market versus Free Trade Market, Jonah Wine, AmeriCorps VISTA for the NLU's Veterans Resource Center, gave a presentation about using alternative transportation specifically biking to work in the city of Chicago, Kristin Lems serenaded us with Earth Day songs about different environmental issues that plague our planet and what we could do to help, Robin Schirmer from the Chicagoland CSA Coalition Band of Farmers organization discussed community supported agriculture and how it created a direct relationship between real farmers and the people who eat their produce, fruits, and meats, and Savannah Hawkins provided a discussion on systemic change for education. The turnout was less than ideal but those who attended gained a substantial amount of information and had fun in the process. We were amazed on how many children, ages 5 - 14, are forced to work 16 hours a day making 13 cents per day. We look forward to Earth Day 2017.  Below are pictures from the event taken by NLU's own James Richards.

 Earth Day Call 2 Action Collaboration Celebration Teach-In 2016 Pic 1 Earth Day Call 2 Action Collaboration Celebration Teach-In 2016 Pic 2

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 NLU COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY USO OF ILLINOIS - CARE PACKAGE PROGRAM MAY 18TH, 2016

CEC & Veterans Resource Center were honored and proud to sponsor USO of Illinois - Care Package Program. Care Packages are an excellent way to support & improve the morale of service members stationed overseas. We had a great NLU turnout of 21 faculty, staff, students, and alumni volunteering their time by sorting donations, making boxes, packing boxes, and writing thank you notes and custom slips. A special thanks to USO of Illinois supplying us with materials and partnering with us to help brighten a service member's day overseas. We look forward to working with them in the future especially again for May Month of Service next year. Below are pictures from the event: 

May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 1 2016 May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 2 2016

May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 3 2016 May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 4 2016

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May Month of Service USO of Illinois Care Package Program by CEC & Veterans Resource Center Pic 9 2016

 

Student Veterans of America (SVA) Volunteer Opportunity Volition America Half Marathon and 5K event September 11th, Grant Park

The NLU-SVA Chapter is recruied volunteers for our Volition America volunteer team. Come support our veterans and military families.

Volunteers: Contact veteransprogram@nl.edu

SVA NLU flyer

Holiday Food Drive: October 2016

 Box of Food

 

CRFC: 2016 Annual Conference for Teachers in Civics, Law & Government, October 28th, 2016

Sponsored by the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago at theHoliday Inn Chicago West, 860 West Irving Park Road, Itasca, IL 60143

CRFC's 27th Annual Conference is a one-of-a-kind working conference that brings together teachers, professors, lawyers, judges, civic leaders, cultural institution scholars, civic education specialists, and others to highlight best practices for teaching young people awareness of the law, the legal system, and their rights and responsibilities as engaged citizens. The conference features a morning of content-intensive breakout sessions, lunch banquet ideal for networking, and Nicholas Stephanopoulos from UIC Law School as keynote speaker discussing issues germane to election law & reform.

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    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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  • ELGIN

    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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  • NORTH SHORE

    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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  • LISLE

    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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  • WHEELING

    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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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    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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