National-Louis University Receives $2.5 Million Innovation Grant

Chicago, IL, November 10, 2010 --( National-Louis is the Only Illinois University to be Awarded $2.5 Million Innovation Grant.

National-LouisUniversity has received a $2.5 million investing in innovation (i3) grant through the U.S. Department of Education to expand Reading Recovery, an early literacy intervention education initiative based in the university’s National College of Education (NCE). The grant is part of a $45.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Education to fund the “Reading Recovery: Scaling Up What Works” project in collaboration with 15 universities. NLU is the only Illinois university to receive this funding, to be disseminated to qualifying school districts over the next five years.

Alison Hilsabeck, NCE dean, and Mary Ann Poparad, director of the Reading Recovery Center for Literacy in NCE (and the only training center for Reading Recoveryin operation in Illinois), said the funding will allow the university to expand the successful program to improve some of the lowest-achieving schools in Illinois. The goal of Reading Recovery is to reduce the number of first graders who are struggling in reading and to thereby reduce the cost to the educational system of providing ongoing special assistance for improved literacy outcomes.

"We're taking a literacy intervention that has proven to be effective, and doubling the number of students it serves in Illinois and across the nation," Poparad explains. "Through our partnership with other universities, we'll be reaching out to students at some of the neediest schools across the U.S."

Poparad adds, "National data are collected annually on every child who participates in Reading Recovery instruction. A 25-year record of success supported by research convinced the U.S. Department of Education that Reading Recovery should be scaled up so that more children can gain crucial reading skills and have a greater chance for success in school."

For further information about Reading Recovery in Illinois, see or contact Mary Ann Poparad at630.874.4120 or

About NLU

National-Louis University has been a force for change in American education since its founding in 1886. Known for nearly a century as the National College of Education, it is still nationally renowned today not only for its programs in teacher preparation and educational leadership, but as one of the first universities to address the unique needs of adult learners. NLU pioneered accelerated education for adults, and today offers a range of undergraduate degree programs in the National College of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Management and Business. NLU has a flagship urban campus at 122 South Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago; campuses in Lisle, Skokie, Wheeling and Elgin, Ill.; as well as Beloit and Milwaukee, Wis.; Tampa, Fla. and Nowy Sacz, Poland. To learn more about National-Louis University, call or go to

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