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Laura Laskowski-Ferrell

Title:Asst Professorial Lecturer
Office:Warde Academic Center


Laura Laskowski-Ferrell earned her Ed.D. in educational administration from the University of St. Francis in Joliet. She has a M.Ed. from Concordia University in the same specialization. Prior to joining the Saint Xavier faculty, she was a public school administrator in a suburban K-8 district. Ferrell is interested in growing a strong and knowledgeable teaching force to educate and empower students for a lifetime filled with learning and service. Ferrell enjoys spending her family time in other roles such as Irish dance mom to her daughter, race car track builder to her son and travel companion and best friend to her husband.


Ed.D. in Educational Administration
University of St. Francis in Joliet

M.Ed. in Educational Administration
Concordia University

Courses Taught

  • Middle Level Classroom Environment
  • edTPA seminar
  • Assessment and Diagnosis of Reading Problems
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Methods of Teaching Math in Middle and Secondary School
  • Methods of Teaching Science in Secondary School
  • Methods of Teaching Computer Science in Secondary School
  • Developing Proficient Readers
  • Using Student Achievement Data to Drive Instructional Decision Making
  • Literacy Practicum

Awards and Professional Affiliations

  • ASCD and ILASCD member
  • ELASCD, President-Elect, 2018 to present
  • ASCD Emerging Leader, Class of 2014
  • Larry Stilgebauer Technology Award, exemplary level, 2009
  • "Teachers Make a Difference" Award, Queen of Peace High School, 2005
  • Heart of the School winner, Technology, Archdiocese of Chicago, 2004-2005

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Presenter, IASB Joint Annual Conference, 2017
  • "Leveraging Technology to Empower Change Agents", IL ASCD Quarterly Journal, 2016
  • Presenter, Southland Learning Conference, 2016
  • "Take Your Makerspace from Dream to Reality", Common Sense Graphite, 2016
  • "What's Been Satisfying about Being a Change Agent", ASCD, 2016
  • "The Evolution of a MakerSpace in a School Community", ASCD, 2016
  • "Differentiating for the Whole Child", ASCD, 2015
  • Presenter, Cyberbullying/Bullying Network and Conference, IL ASCD, 2015
  • Presenter, ICE conference, 2015, 2019
  • Principally Speaking podcast episode PS021, 2014