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Northern Illinois University’s Department of Literacy and Elementary Education is offering an evening program designed for working adults interested in obtaining Master of Arts in Teaching degrees which will lead to initial licensure in elementary education. NIU plans to start a new cohort for summer 2015 at the NIU-Naperville campus. This part-time program is ideal for...
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As English becomes the “lingua franca of the world” – the language spoken throughout international power circles of business and politics – countries with different native tongues want to ensure their children are prepared. That list includes Ecuador, where profits from its vast oil resources help to fund tuition-free professional development in the United States...
Project ROAR at Cortland Elementary School
Sitting in clusters of three, the Cortland Elementary School second-graders write things for which they are thankful onto “leaves” and “pumpkins” cut from red, orange and yellow construction paper. Friends. Clothes. Cousins. Mama. Teacher. Food. Halloween. Next, they squirt Tacky Glue onto their harvest-colored shapes and press them onto paper plates as they create Thanksgiving...
Chris Carger
The NIU College of Education’s Department of Literacy Education will offer a new graduate-level course for the fall 2014 semester titled “Methods and Materials for English Learners with Disabilities” (LTIC 555). LTIC 555 will focus on preparing teachers to work with bilingual students who have special needs. Graduate students and students-at-large will gain valuable insight...
A photo of books in the Children's Literature Collection of NIU's Gabel Hall.
Mayra Daniel understands more than many the importance of colleges and universities equipping teachers with the necessary skills to teach and design effective and appropriate culturally relevant instruction. Daniel, an NIU professor of literacy education and bilingual ESL coordinator, moved to the United States from Cuba as a child. “When I first came here, I...
NIU student tutors middle school student
In an effort to reach out to Latino middle school students in DeKalb County, the NIU Literacy Clinic has teamed up with the NIU Latino Resource Center, the NIU Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy and DeKalb Community Unit School District 428 to create a one-on-one, bilingual student-mentoring program. Creando Caminos, loosely translated...
English as a second language (ESL) programs are becoming increasingly popular in teaching programs across the country. And no wonder. ESL credentials are increasingly necessary for teachers to land jobs. The reason: an exploding number of English language learners in public schools. In this state alone, according to a 2011 Illinois State Board of Education...
James Cohen
The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) of the U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $1.8 million grant to James Cohen, assistant professor in the Department of Literacy Education in the NIU College of Education. The grant provides funding for “Project DREAMS” (Development of Reading, ESL, eArly Childhood, Mathematics and Science), a five-year, professional...