U.S. Department of Education Awards National Louis University Teacher Quality Partnership Grant in Excess of $8 Million

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NLU to receive grant during next five years to support excellence in science teaching

The grant will allow the university to continue to make great strides in preparing teachers for STEM instruction, using proven approaches and the most innovative technology to best prepare teachers for the classroom and increase student achievement.

National Louis University (NLU) and its National College of Education, are proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the institution, nationally known as a leader in teacher preparation, with a Teacher Quality Partnership (TQP) grant for more than $8 million during the next five years. The grant will advance the university’s preparation of science teachers who can bring success to Chicago’s most underserved students, the Adaptive Cycles in Teaching (ACT) model of teacher preparation, and will continue to support NLU’s partnership with the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) residency program.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced last week the award of $35 million for 24 new partnerships between universities and high-need school districts that will recruit, train and support more than 11,000 teachers over the next five years in STEM fields. This will advance President Obama’s goal to prepare 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade with strong teaching skills and deep content knowledge.

“We are thrilled that National Louis earned this TQP grant funding,” said Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., president of National Louis University. “The grant will allow the university to continue to make great strides in preparing teachers for STEM instruction, using proven approaches and the most innovative technology to best prepare teachers for the classroom and increase student achievement.”

One example of the innovative technology that the TQP grant will support at NLU is the ACT model. The ACT is an innovative, game-changing model for P-12 teacher preparation that combines cloud-based technology with intensive field experience. The model shifts teacher preparation from one of theory to one of competency and learning by doing through field-focused practice. Technology is leveraged through ACT to support the field-based curriculum and to help candidates gain a deeper understanding of what they are doing and why. The cloud-based platform allows candidates to follow customized learning pathways and gives them 24/7 access to learning resources, including links to their teaching videos, critiques, and timely feedback from mentors.

With the TQP grant, NLU will continue its instrumental role in teacher training for the innovative AUSL program, which combines theory and practice to transform education in Chicago. For more than 10 years, NLU has been a partner in this innovative program. Called an urban teacher residency, the program aims to make teacher preparation more like the clinical approach used to train doctors. For a full year, the teaching residents spend four days a week in an urban classroom in training with a mentor teacher, while also taking graduate courses at NLU. The university solely is responsible for educating all of the teaching students (all are graduate level) who are a part of the AUSL program.

About National Louis University
Founded in 1886, National Louis is a nonprofit, non-denominational University offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields of education, management, human services, counseling, public policy, and others concerned with human and community development. From its inception, National Louis has provided educational access to adult, immigrant and minority populations – a mission it sustains today. National Louis is well-known for an exceptional history in teacher preparation, and continues to be a leader in educating future teachers and community leaders to succeed in urban environments. For more information, visit http://www.nl.edu.

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