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Three education faculty selected to help with new teacher assessment process

North Central College education faculty Julie Carballo, Kelli Diaz, Mary Beth Ressler are named scorers for new state-mandated teacher performance assessment.

Three members of North Central College’s education faculty have been selected by Pearson Education, Inc. to be trained as scorers for the edTPA, the new state-mandated, pre-service Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).

U.S. News & World Report ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

U.S. News & World Report magazine ranks North Central College among America’s Best Colleges for 2014.

Alumna's family scrapbook unveils ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College

Caitlin Schlorff recently discovered a scrapbook that revealed a fourth generation of her family’s connections to North Central College.

Caitlin “Cait” Neuman ’11 Schlorff recalls the moment when a simple request by her grandmother suddenly unearthed a treasure trove of her ancestors’ deep connections to North Central College.

They were at the family’s cabin near Eagle River, Wis., when Cait’s grandmother, Bonnie Erffmeyer ’54 McLaughlin, asked her to retrieve something from a closet. That’s where Cait discovered a scrapbook created by her maternal great-grandfather.

“My grandma had me looking for a hummingbird feeder and this scrapbook was on the top shelf,” she recalls.

Amy O’Malley

For Amy, there’s never been any doubt that North Central’s demanding requirements for education majors are worth the extra effort.

“All the hard work pays off in the end,” she says. “It’s such a rewarding feeling to see students engaged and learning from a lesson I’ve designed—the payoff is when I see how much it’s helping someone else.”

Amy has been exposed to many opportunities that go beyond the state’s student-teaching requirements. She completed a 50-hour practicum that involved working with English Language Learning (ELL) students one-on-one to improve their English proficiency. She’s also spent two summers interning for a nearby school district. In that role, she taught students who were struggling with reading and math.

The support she’s received from her colleagues at North Central has been invaluable.

“It’s a family,” she says. “The elementary education faculty members and classmates understand what you’re going through. They are there to support and help you every step of the way.”

Vuksanovich, Duncker-Hoffmann publish advice for training Writing Center tutors

Monica Vuksanovich and Karin Duncker-Hoffmann
North Central College’s faculty Monica Vuksanovich and Karin Duncker-Hoffmann coauthor published article titled “Writing with English Language Learners.”

Monica Vuksanovich (photo, left), North Central College visiting assistant professor of Spanish, and Karin Duncker-Hoffmann (right), instructor of ESL (English as a second language), coauthored the article, “Writing with English Language Learners: Advice for Training Writing Center Tutors.” It was published in the Summer 2013 issue of ITBE Link, the quarterly publication by the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages-Bilingual Education (ITBE).

New North Central College students discover possibilities during Orientation

Hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College during Orientation.

During summer 2013 Orientation sessions, hundreds of new students learned more about academic and extracurricular opportunities available to them at North Central College.

From study abroad courses to athletic teams to clubs and organizations, Orientation serves to inform students about options so they can begin to plan their years of study and make the most of their experience at North Central College.

Summer research students to discuss scholarly work during Aug. 1 poster session

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

North Central College students will discuss their scholarly work Aug. 1 during the poster session of the 2013 Summer Undergraduate Research Colloquium (SURC).

The SURC poster session takes place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 in Smith Hall of Old Main, 30 N. Brainard St. (The session previously was scheduled to take place in Heininger Auditorium at the Larrance Academic Center). Most of the 40 students who participated in the 2013 SURC will be present.

Bringing community resources to Junior/Senior Scholars

Alumnus Jon Howard ’12 recruited 14 Travelers Insurance employees as volunteers for Junior/Senior Scholars.

Jon Howard ’12 returned to campus in July to volunteer with Junior/Senior Scholars—and brought a whole team of volunteers with him. An associate account executive for Travelers Insurance in Naperville, Howard serves on the company’s community relations committee and recruited 14 volunteers to help out as judges for a science fair and forensics presentations by the scholars during the annual parents’ day program.

Leaders share thoughts on racial profiling during forum at North Central College

Renard Jackson
Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

Community members, ministers, law enforcement officers and others gathered at North Central College to discuss racial profiling and other topics.

“Where Do We Go From Here” was the topic of a July 23 forum sponsored by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP and hosted by the College’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. Moderator Juan Thomas noted the title of the forum is the same as a 1967 speech and book by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Kimberly Garner

Kimberly can barely use her fingers to keep track of the music groups she’s involved with at North Central. At last count, she was up to eight.

“It sounds like a lot to handle, but each and every one of these groups has taught me countless valuable lessons about being a performer and educator,” Kimberly says. “There are too many opportunities within the music and education departments to name, which is exactly why there’s never a dull moment!”

As a choral and instrumental music education major, Kimberly knows almost everyone in the department. That’s not uncommon, she says, even for students who are majoring in one area or the other.

“There’s no divide here between the ‘band kids’ and the ‘choir kids.’ We’re all very supportive of each other. It’s like one big happy musical family.”

Kimberly enjoys working with the music faculty, whom she often visits for “conversations about life.” She’s grateful for the many opportunities to perform as she fine-tunes her teaching skills.

“While it is—and should be—about the students we teach, musicians should also continue to perform and improve themselves. That’s exactly what we do here!”

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