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Marjorie Roth Leon, Ph.D.

Title:

Director of Curriculum Development, National College of Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

National College of Education Dean’s Office

Areas of Expertise:

  • Curriculum Development
  • Diverse Learners
  • Urban Teaching and Learning
  • Family-School Partnership Building
  • Children’s Literature

Biography:

Marjorie Roth Leon provides curriculum consultation to National Louis University faculty in the areas of program development and course design. In past years, she has taught courses in the Educational Psychology and Educational Foundations and Inquiry programs.

Dr. Leon consults with teachers, school administrators, and families about effective strategies for helping children master academic and social-emotional learning challenges to further their success at school and in the community. She has served as the past Adult Programs Coordinator for the North Suburban Chapter of C.H.A.D.D., Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. Dr. Leon focuses on examining human diversity themes within the child and young adult popular literature. She has served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research and is a journal reviewer for Children’s Literature in Education.

Her professional affiliations include membership in the American Educational Research Association (Division K, Teaching and Teacher Education; SIG 35, Online Teaching and Learning; SIG 128, Teaching Educational Psychology; and SIG 147, Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research), the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the American Psychological Association (Division 15, Teaching Educational Psychology).

 

Recent Publications:

Leon, M. R. (2016). Restorative justice in urban schools: Disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 12, 195-196.

Leon, M. R. & Price, T. A. (Spring 2016). On the cutting edge: Movements and institutional examples. Issues in Distance Education, New Directions in Higher Education, 173, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Leon, M. R. (2015). Distributed mentoring: Preparing preservice resident teachers for high needs urban high schools. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, 10, 104-121.

Leon, M. R. (August 12-14, 2014). Localized Learning Object Repositories: Supporting Curriculum Development, Instruction, and Scholarship. Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, Wisconsin.

Leon, M. R., Price, T. A., Beth-Halachmy, S., & Efron, E. (August 7-9, 2013). Institutional Change: Impetus for Curriculum Re-Design and Faculty/Student Community Building. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, Wisconsin.

Leon, M. R. (2008). Family-school partnership building skills for school psychologist trainees, Trainers of School Psychologists Trainers’ Forum, 28(1), 19-35.

 

Recent Presentations:

Leon, M. R. & Schevera, N. (April 16, 2014). Electrified English: Interactive Learning Activities to Jumpstart Student Engagement and Learning. Allerton English Articulation Conference, Monticello, Illinois.

Leon, M. R. & Schevera, N. (October 10-11, 2013). I Need a Hero: Using Popular Culture to Enhance Student Learning. Illinois Community College Faculty Association Teaching and Learning Excellence Conference, Springfield, Illinois.

Leon, M. R., Price, T. A., Beth-Halachmy, S., & Efron, E. (August 7-9, 2013). Institutional Change: Impetus for Curriculum Re-Design and Faculty/Student Community Building. 29th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, Madison, Wisconsin.

Adams, C. and Leon, M. R. (February 22, 2011). Socio-behavioral Effectiveness of a Secondary Level Peer-Mentoring Program for Autism. National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, San Francisco, California.

Education:

2012 M.S. English (Written Communication) National Louis University
1985 Ph.D. Psychology Northwestern University
1983 M.S. Psychology Northwestern University
1975 M.S. Education (Instructional Technology) Syracuse University
1974 B.S. Anthropology University of California Davis

Research and Interests:

Curriculum design and development in higher education
Evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for diverse learners
Psychological Themes in Children's Literature
Urban Teaching and Learning
Family-School Partnership Building
 

Contact Information:

Marjorie  Roth  Leon, Ph.D.
Director of Curriculum Development, National College of Education
National Louis University
1000 Capitol Drive
Room 287
Wheeling, Illinois 60090
847-947-5187 (Telephone and Fax)
mleon@nl.edu

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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