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King Elementary students learn about North Central during school’s College Day

First-graders at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Students in Carol Kostelny’s first-grade classroom at Irene King Elementary School in Romeoville learned about North Central College during the school’s College Spirit Day Oct. 4.

Classrooms in the Valley View School District school “adopt” a college or university and learn about that institution as a way of encouraging college readiness. Educators are introducing younger children to higher education to get them thinking about college early, so they can plan their studies accordingly and graduate high school prepared to pursue their academic careers.

Kate Pope brings personal and professional experience to ELI director role

Kate Pope, director of North Central’s English Language Institute
North Central College appoints Kate Pope as director of year-round English Language Institute (ELI) to prepare students for college and university.

The summer 2013 appointment of Kate Pope as director of North Central College’s English Language Institute (ELI) was a component in launching the College’s year-round intensive English program. Designed for students whose primary language is not English, ELI prepares those students for admission to North Central and other U.S. colleges or universities.

North Central College begins academic year with record number of students

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

North Central College began the 2013-2014 academic year Sept. 16 with a record number of students.

Total enrollment stands at 3,048 undergraduate and graduate students, eclipsing the 3,000 mark for the second straight year. The College welcomed 852 new full-time undergraduate students. Enrollment this fall includes a record number of international students and increased representation of out-of-state students and veterans.

North Central College offering Teacher Leader master’s of education degree, endorsement

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

North Central College is offering a new Teacher Leader program leading to a master’s degree in education or state endorsement for educators.

The Teacher Leader degree or endorsement is designed for teachers who have a professional education license and want to pursue additional leadership training and responsibilities. Educators who earn a Teacher Leader degree or endorsement may pursue positions as a mentor or coach, lead curriculum standards committees, serve as department or grade-level chairs, lead school improvement initiatives and serve on school leadership teams.

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.

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