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North Central friend and faculty member dies

North Central friend and faculty member dies

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Mary Lou Cowlishaw, who represented Naperville in the Illinois House of Representatives for nearly 20 years and has been an adjunct professor of education at North Central since 2003, died June 23 after a long and courageous bout with cancer. She was an architect of the Chicago school reform of 1995, the parent of two North Central graduates and a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from North Central in 1999. Visitation is Friday, June 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Beidelman-Kunsch Funeral Home, 516 S.


Faculty and students co-present at educators institute

Faculty and students co-present at educators institute

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Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, and new graduates Sandy Moller ’10 and Jessica Mateo ’10 were co-presenters of a workshop titled “Preparing Teachers for Diversity in Classroom Management” at ACI’s Center for Success in High-Need Schools Summer Institute for Educators on June 18 at Trinity Christian College. Moller was the 2010 Outstanding Major in Spanish at North Central’s 2010 Honors Convocation and Mateo graduated with a degree in elementary education.


Education faculty present their model of collaborative leadership at conference

Education faculty present their model of collaborative leadership at conference

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Associate professors of education Kristine Servais, Maureen Kincaid and Nancy Keiser presented a paper about their collaborative leadership model that was inspired by the late Lora Tyson and has been successfully integrated into the College’s teacher education program. They presented their paper at the Association of Teacher Educators Conference in Chicago in February and submitted it for publication to the journal of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. Over the past decade, the education department has evolved from the conventional leadership approach of a


Seniors choose Susan Mack to give Last Lecture

Seniors choose Susan Mack to give Last Lecture

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North Central seniors voted to invite Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, to present the CUAB-hosted Last Lecture to students at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in Meiley-Swallow Hall. The entire campus community is invited. Her talk is titled “The Education of a Person: A Curricular Narrative.” Mack is a 1968 graduate of North Central College and has been a member of its faculty since 2005.


Nurturing the Inquisitive Mind

Kate Smith ’05 Pereda loves to teach science to her fifth-grade pupils in Addison, IL. During the one semester each year that she can even fit the topic into the schedule, she’s armed and ready to engage her students—several of whom want to pursue science in their futures—with valuable lessons and methods learned at North Central College.

Mary McMahon presents workshop for teachers

Mary McMahon presents workshop for teachers

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Mary McMahon, associate professor of mathematics and education certification officer, presented a workshop titled “Introduction to Lesson Study” to teachers from Oak Park Elementary School in East Aurora on Sept. 26 for the ACI/Science Math Learning Collaborative. During the discussion, teachers focused on student learning, reflected on why they teach as they do, and began building a stronger collegial network while they collaboratively planned a lesson on elapsed time.


Teaching Those Who Teach

“It’s always about the kids and it’s always been about the kids.”

That philosophy is the inspiration for Nick Guido ’09, who spent fall term student-teaching social science and history at Oswego High School. “That was the philosophy of my speech teacher in high school and it inspires me now,” says Guido. “I want to make every effort to make my passion for history come alive for my students, so they can experience what I feel. Since high school I could picture myself in front of my students.”

Inspired Partnership, Inspiring Stories

Eric Knox was a fourth grader growing up on Chicago’s West Side in the late 1980s the day some North Central College students showed up at his school. The students were there to tutor pupils at James Weldon Johnson Elementary School in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

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