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After the new state-mandated edTPA became consequential for all teacher candidates in Illinois last fall, the state passing rate was 96 percent. Candidates from NIU posted a 99.13 passing rate, with the vast majority of licensure programs posting a 100 passing rate. NIU started preparing for the edTPA assessment in 2011-2012 when the state first...
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With help from NIU students, Thomas McCann and Elizabeth Kahn, both NIU English professors specializing in teacher certification, say they have zeroed in on key strategies to improve high school student performance on writing assignments. Previous research shows, McCann says, that students perform better on writing assignments when given several opportunities to prepare for that...
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NIU has named Jenny Parker, associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, acting associate vice provost for Educator Licensure and Preparation. Parker begins her new role Thursday, Aug. 1. “Jenny has a long standing commitment to teacher preparation,” says Vice Provost Anne L. Birberick. “She will be a strong advocate for NIU teacher...
John Mravik’s life is like a book filled with a series of tragic – and even near-death – chapters, along with a few joyous ones. One of those joyous chapters will be written Friday evening when the Elgin resident accepts his  master’s of arts degree during the graduate school commencement. He’ll receive his diploma while...
It is always valuable in an unfamiliar situation to have a guide, someone who can help you get your bearings and provide guidance in making those big decisions. While many advisers and faculty members already do this, the mentoring programs in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (College of Education) and the School of...
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Vice Provost Earl “Gip” Seaver today announced the following appointments: Elizabeth Tovar has been selected to serve as director of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services (SAASS). Tovar comes to NIU from Ohio State University, where she served as an athletic academic counselor. Michelle Pickett has been selected to serve as the director of the Academic Advising Center (AAC). Pickett...