NIU College of Education

Fifty minutes in Mrs. Stafstrom’s classroom

A DeKalb High School student shows a visitor from Taiwan around the school.
During the last hour of any Friday work day – even the 12th period at DeKalb High School – concentration does not always come easily. Five days of labor are coming to an end. The weekend beckons. Just one more lap to go, and with any luck, time is barreling downhill. But for the 35 juniors in…

New book sounds national alarm on U.S. education crisis

Book cover of “Diversifying the Teacher Workforce: Preparing and Retaining Highly Effective Teachers”
La Vonne I. Neal is ready for action. Ready to disrupt cultural disparities in education. Ready to upend the rising numbers of students of color leaving high school without diplomas. Ready to remove institutional obstacles that dissuade people of color from becoming teachers. Ready to enact potentially transformational remedies. The dean of the Northern Illinois University College…

A summer camp on the other side of the world

“Argue Like a Scientist” academic summer camp
Bright skies over the NIU campus July 3 provided perfect weather for an afternoon at the races – the solar-powered model car races, that is. The competition area outside Gable and DuSable halls resounded with happy cheers, mechanical whirs and the clack-clack-clack of plastic wheels against sidewalk as 42 young people launched the cars they built…

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