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James M. Giarelli James M. Giarelli is old enough to remember when the family physician made house calls. “The doctor driving to our house, in his own car, coming into our house with the little black bag, taking care of my sister and me,” muses Giarelli, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University. “We’re long past that.” Now...
How it began is worth a smile. “They arrived in Sri Lanka on 13th August,” writes Sri Lanka’s YMCA of Pamunugama, telling of its visitors from NIU and elsewhere in the United States, “and in the evening … went on a boat trip in the lagoon, enjoying nature and encountering wild monkeys and birds.” But as...
Melanie Koss Melanie Koss is the NIU College of Education’s first Senior Faculty Fellow. Launched this spring, the program recognizes and rewards high-performing, tenured faculty and promotes research and/or scholarly activity in the college. Recipients of the Senior Faculty Fellow title receive either $3,500 to help finance their project or release from one course; the college...
A recent all-college meeting in the College of Education focused on department-level innovations and intentional growth strategies that support the Strategic Action Planning Framework. Dean Laurie Elish-Piper asked each department chair or faculty representative to present on one project or initiative that fuels the college’s values and priorities. The dean also shared estimated enrollment projections for the fall...
Mary Beth Henning and Sadie Filipski When Sadie Filipski heard an offer to assist in research that she knew would impact her eventual career as an elementary school teacher, she volunteered immediately. “Going into something so relatable to what I’m going to be doing was so exciting,” says Filipski, a senior Elementary Education major. “I wanted to...
Bringing books to life – transporting an author’s words and worlds from typewritten pages into physical spaces – marvelously rouses the passion for reading within young readers. Just imagine your excitement if you learned that Tad Lincoln had lost his famous father’s speech — and that it’s up to you to find the script in...
Caleb Pursell simply wanted a taste of teaching in a rural area. And that’s exactly what he got in the Mandaree School District, located within North Dakota’s Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. The senior Elementary Education major joined three other NIU College of Education students on the Educate U.S. trip in May. But Pursell returned home to Edwardsville, Illinois, with more...
Ashley Grazutis has been thinking about the edTPA since she arrived at NIU. “The first time I heard about the edTPA was [as a first-year student] at a Secondary Education Organization meeting,” says Grazutis, a senior from Palos Park, Illinois. “All the rubrics. All the steps. As a [first-year student], I was completely overwhelmed by it.”...
First-year graduate students in sport management magnified their credentials this month with a behind-the-scenes look at operations of the NCAA, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Purdue University’s athletic and recreational sport facilities. Part of the NIU College of Education’s Engage U.S. program, the overnight trip to the Hoosier State came together through professional associates of...
Parents who attended the NIU College of Education’s Spring 2018 Community Learning Series left with a loud-and-clear message. They must advocate strongly and continuously for their children with autism, especially when those children are in high school or nearing the age of 22 as they move into adulthood. Future teachers of special education heard the...
North Dakota’s Mandaree School District is a three-hour drive from the nearest airport in Bismarck. The closest hotel is at least 20 miles away if not 30. Shopping for groceries – beyond those for sale at the tiny convenience store in town, that is – requires a two-hour round trip. Life outside the Fort Berthold...
Thirty-nine early childhood education students from NIU recently enjoyed inside looks at a Montessori school. Donations to the NIU College of Education from alumni Anthony L. Kambich (B.S. ’59, Physical Education) and Carolyn A. Kambich (B.S. ’60, Elementary Education), founders of North Shore Montessori Schools in 1966, financed the Tuesday, Feb. 13, and Tuesday, Feb....
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