02.03.17 – Kelly Phillips, a Northwestern State University graduate student seeking a master’s degree in special education, was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Louisiana Council for Exception Children. From left are Donna Edwards, first lady of Louisiana, Jon Downs, Phillips and Bambi Polotzola, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Disabilities.
02.01.17 – The Northwestern State University family, and especially the Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling, lost a friend on January 31, 2017. Dr. Wendell Wellman, coordinator of graduate programs in educational leadership, succumb to nearly a year-long illness. We join his family in remembering him fondly and extend our sympathies to them, especially our colleagues, Dr. Nelda Wellman (wife) and Dr. Gerra Perkins (daughter). Read Dr. Wellman’s obituary.
01.26.17 – Northwestern State University and Natchitoches parish schools will receive grant dollars from the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) to advance the state-wide shift to full-year residencies for all aspiring teachers.
Although final numbers are not available, NSU requested $85,000 of the $1 million allocated to universities, and Natchitoches parish schools should receive $10,000 of the over $500,000 allocated to school districts, said Dr. Kimberly McAlister, head of NSU’s Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling.
“NSU is completing its third pilot of having undergraduate early childhood and elementary education teacher candidates teach for an entire year in a single placement,” McAlister said. “Currently, we have teacher candidates completing a full year of residency at Weaver Elementary and Fairview Elementary. We are working to transition all undergraduate teacher education programs (secondary and K-12 programs) to this full year of residency.” Read more.
01.14.17 – The Department of Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling, with support from the Dan & Lilly Chase and daughters Marty Causey & Lisa Chase Endowed Professorship, is sponsoring two workshops by teacher and author Elizabeth Breaux. Breaux will offer workshops on differentiated instruction for teacher candidates, lab school faculty, and teacher education faculty, on February 1 and 2, 2017.
12.18.16 – A new agreement between Pineville High School and Northwestern State University creates an opportunity for high school students to jump start their college experiences through Northwestern’s dual enrollment program. Typically, dual enrollment programs provide opportunities for high school students to earn college credit before graduating from high school. Northwestern and Pineville High School leaders have elevated that opportunity so that those students may now complete a 60-hour associate degree program before graduating from high school.
Students who enter Northwestern with these associate degrees may be eligible for candidacy in teacher preparation programs several semesters prior to students who enter Northwestern without these degrees.
A similar agreement was signed last year with the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA), the only school of its kind in Louisiana, which is located on Northwestern’s main campus in Natchitoches.
12.17.16 – (From Northwestern State University’s News Bureau) Northwestern State University bestowed an honorary degree in elementary education to Noella Lyons Black of New Orleans during fall commencement. Black left the school during World War II to fill in for male teachers from her home parish who enlisted to serve in the military. She married a Naval officer and left NSU just a few credits shy of her degree. Nearly 30 members of the Black family attended the ceremony for their matriarch, who will celebrate her 94th birthday on Christmas Day.
12.10.16 – Northwestern State University will award an honorary bachelor of science degree in elementary education to Noella Lyons Black of New Orleans, a former student who attended Louisiana State Normal College, as Northwestern was then known, in the 1940s and will celebrate her 94th birthday on Christmas Day. More than 25 members of the Black family will join her for the university’s December 16, 2016, fall commencement ceremonies, fulfilling a lifelong goal for the matriarch who left college just a few credits shy of graduation. Read more.
12.08.16 – At its December 2016 meeting, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Northwestern’s application to offer the doctor of education (Ed.D.) in adult learning and development, beginning with the B-term of spring 2017.
The program’s inaugural concentration will be in community college leadership and focus on preparing current or prospective higher education professionals who are interested in expanding their career opportunities in community colleges.
10.01.16 – TEACH grants provide opportunities for some Northwestern teacher education majors. You could be next!