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Guest speakers tell graduate students in education about technology use in classrooms

Students in North Central College’s master of arts in education program heard two guest speakers talk about technology use in classrooms.

Students working toward graduate degrees in North Central College’s master of arts in education (MAEd) program recently heard two guest speakers talk about how technology is being used in today’s elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

Susan Mack, visiting instructor of education, hosted the lecture by guest speakers Tony Schlorff, a math teacher in Naperville Community Unit School District 203, and Rodney Mack, executive director of technology for Wheaton Community Unit School District 200.

Alumna, trustee Maria Wynne named to Chicago Innovation Awards board

Maria Wynne
North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

May 5, 2011—North Central College alumna and trustee Maria Wynne has been named a founding member of the Chicago Innovation Awards Board of Advisors.

The Chicago Innovation Awards, which started in 2002 to honor new products and services across the local public, private and non-profit sectors, invited Wynne to join its newly created 40-member advisory board. The board is comprised of business and civic leaders who understand the importance of innovation and what it means to the success of the Chicago region and the growth of its economy.

Legal expert on collective bargaining advises Higher Education Leadership course

Chicago attorney Larry Poltrock shared his expertise about collective bargaining issues with students in a Higher Education Leadership graduate program.

April 7, 2011—A Chicago attorney shared his expertise about collective bargaining issues while guest lecturing a course in North Central College’s Higher Education Leadership graduate program.

Larry Poltrock of the Chicago-based firm Poltrock & Poltrock told students in the master’s degree course on legal aspects of higher education they shouldn’t think of unions as just functions of blue-collar laborers. Collective bargaining issues affect teachers and other professionals represented by unions, he explained.

Education alumni share advice with current students

Shane Gillespie, Class of 2004, English teacher
Four alumni of North Central College's undergraduate and graduate education programs share their expertise and advice with students.

March 7, 2011—Students majoring in education at North Central College get to learn from excellent faculty members on a daily basis and from highly respected teachers in the field. Recently, four alumni of North Central’s undergraduate and graduate education programs returned to campus to share their expertise and advice with students in the 242 Classroom Management Techniques in Secondary Education class taught by Kristine Servais, associate professor of education.

Ressler gives talks at national conferences

Mary Beth Ressler
Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave three presentations based on her research to national education and reading conferences.

Mary Beth Ressler, assistant professor of education, gave a presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research (NCTEAR) Feb. 19 in Madison, Wis. Her presentation was based on her research on adolescents’ identity performances during literacy practices and surrounds the importance of attending to complex identity work and its inherent relation to literacy work. She also presented at the National Reading Convention in December 2010 on similar research and at the National Council of Teachers of English in November on using dramatic inquiry in K-12 classrooms.

Navakas talks about global education

Francine Navakas, Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, was part of a five-member panel presentation at AAC&U annual meeting.

Francine Navakas—Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, professor of English, director of integrative programs and associate academic dean—was part of a panel presentation titled “Weaving Global Education throughout the Institution” at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). Held Jan. 26-29 in San Francisco, the conference was titled Global Positioning: Essential Learning, Student Success, and the Currency of U.S. Degrees.

Fridays at The Union are back

Fridays at The Union are back

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Check out theunionnetwork.com for upcoming events, including this Friday, Feb. 4, with headliner Rachele Eve, featuring Dan Price and Ben White with Chris Mathien from the band Mathien. Music starts at 7 p.m. and door open at 6:30 p.m. at The Union, 129 W. Benton Ave. Tickets are $5/North Central student with ID and $8/public at the door.



North Central College in the news

North Central College in the news

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Media sources report recent news about upcoming fine and performing arts events, athletics, films, the International Festival and faith.

UMC Faith in Action: “College rallies against hate group” contributed by Campus Chaplain Lynn Pries

Daily Herald:
Fest brings the world to Naperville” 
North Central launches independent film series



Helen Goren Shafton M ’05

Helen Goren Shafton M ’05 wrote a book titled “Making Art Special: A Curriculum for Special Education Art.” She was inspired by her students in the special education program to create the book for art teachers who find themselves responsible for delivering art instruction to students with disabilities. The book is available at www.makingartspecial.com.

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