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All of the world’s eyes – Brandon Male’s included – are on South Korea. But the instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE) is looking at the Winter Olympics through a different lens, one that understands that the games are far more than athletes, medals, national anthems and must-watch TV. Male is...
When Sarah Paver began her student-teaching class last August, the graduate student in physical education quickly became concerned. “I was very nervous when the edTPA came up,” says Paver, who graduated in December 2017. “A lot of my classmates had said that they had read the handbook over the summer. I didn’t look at anything...
Another January, another celebration of a Top 5 ranking from U.S. News & World Report for the NIU College of Education’s online graduate programs. NIU is tied for fifth with the University of Houston and Utah State University this year, bringing the Top 5 streak to six consecutive years. The College of Education also made...
  Stephanie DeSpain understands well the process of screening preschool-age children to ensure that their pre-academic, motor, speech-language and social skills are developing as they should. “Professional practitioners just go in and look quickly, maybe 15 to 20 minutes, to see how the children are doing,” says DeSpain, an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education....
Every Monday and Wednesday, the crew of Somonauk Middle School’s Café 432 Coffee Cart makes the morning rounds, selling hot cups of joe to caffeine-craving faculty and staff. Mondays are for James R. Wood Elementary School. Wednesdays are for their own school, home to fifth- through eighth-grades, and the nearby high school. The prices are...
  Jamal Murphy is not a typical NIU College of Education teacher-licensure candidate. Raised on the West Side of Chicago, Murphy encountered an eighth-grade teacher who told him he would drop out by his sophomore year. What? Not finish high school? “Once you tell me I can’t do something,” he says, “I want to do...
Ask an athlete to talk about a coach, Paul Wright says, and the stories will flow naturally. Expect the anecdotes to overflow with loving examples of the positive and lasting effects of an additional, caring adult in a young person’s life. Their appreciation is genuine – and touching. Consequently, athletes make good mentors. “If they’ve...
As a teacher in South Korea, Yanghee Kim gradually realized that her daily work in the classroom was robbing her of her joy of teaching. Day in and day out, month after month and year after year, she recited the same information to her students, and her classroom time was so busy she didn’t have...
Yara Santillan traded her sneakers for high heels, her gym for a cubicle and her whistle for a smartphone. What the new coordinator of Physical Education for the Chicago Public Schools hasn’t given up is her drive and ambition to make a positive difference for children through sport. “I look at my own personal experience,”...
Students, faculty and staff in the NIU College of Education recently raised $2,200 to send to the HISD Foundation in support of the Houston Independent School District. Ravaged by Hurricane Harvey, the Houston schools were forced to delay their opening days by two weeks or more. Seven school building were so badly damaged that their...
NIU and the National University of Tainan (NUTN – Taiwan) expect to launch a program articulation agreement this fall or next spring. Students who participate in the program will earn two master’s degrees in educational research assessment – one from NIU and one from NUTN – as well as an immersion in a foreign culture...
For a half-century, Jerry Johns has been a teacher of teachers. A renowned reading professor, Johns taught 6,000 students over 30 years on the faculty at Northern Illinois University. They, in turn, have touched the lives of thousands of students globally. Every step of the way, Johns’ partner has been his wife of 53 years,...
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