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Dr. Linell Monson-Lasswell


Professor Emeritus
Educational Leadership

Programs/Classes Taught:

Graduate Courses:

EDL 510      Leadership and Organizational Development of Schools
EDL 512      Communication and Technology Skills for School Leaders
EDL 553      Administration of Curriculum
EDL 552      Supervising Instruction
EDL 551      Professional Staff Development
EDL 554      Academic System Improvement
EDL 506      Collective Negotiations and Personnel Administration
EDL 501      Educational Finance
EDL 526      Realizing Vision Through Technical, Human, and Financial
EDL 527      Guaranteeing a Differentiated and Coherent Curriculum
EDL 528      Maintaining Accountability with Data Use and Program
EDL 529      Improving Instruction Through Teacher Evaluation &
                    Professional Development
EDL 570      Internship Seminar I
EDL 571      Internship Seminar II
EDL 572      Internship Seminar III: Demonstrating School Leadership
EDL 573      Educational Leadership Project
EDL 622      Curriculum Planning and Evaluation
EDL 624      Professional Staff Development and School Change
EDL 690      Internship
CCD 699     Dissertation

Areas of Expertise:

Strategic Planning
Development of Curriculum and Assessment
Professional Learning Communities
Change Leadership
Effective Mathematics Instruction
Common Core Standards - Mathematics
Facilitation Strategies
Principal Mentoring
Use of Data to inform instruction
Effective Leadership Strategies


Dr. Linell Monson-Lasswell, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, has an extensive background in curriculum and educational administration.  Dr. Lasswell has been an assistant professional at National Louis since the 2007-08 school year, teaching a wide variety of topics including designing curriculum and assessment, effective supervision and professional development, school finance, academics systems, effective leadership and communication, and data driven decision making.  She has taught across the university campuses in Illinois and Wisconsin.  In addition, Dr. Lasswell is currently serving as the Co-Chair of the Educational Leadership programs in Illinois and Florida.  Prior to joining the NLU faculty Dr. Lasswell was the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum/Instruction in the DeKalb Community Schools.  She also has experience as the General Director of Curriculum and Professional Development, the K – 12 Mathematics Coordinator and 20 years of secondary level mathematics instruction for the Rockford Public Schools.  Her interests include leadership development, curriculum and instruction, supervision, development of academic systems, strategic planning and professional development.  As a consultant to several districts, Dr. Lasswell provides professional development in the areas of effective math instruction, establishing  professional learning communities, effective use of data and the development of successful improvement, principal mentoring, strategic planning and mentoring for other district central office educational leaders.  She recently provided consultation to Haskell Academy in Rockford, Sycamore Schools, DeKalb Community Schools, Harlem Consolidated Public Schools, Kinninnick School District  and the Regional Office of Education.  She has presented at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Regional and National Conferences, the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematic’s Conferences (NCSM), the Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM), the Association of Supervisors of Curriculum Development National Conference (ASCD) and at the Sloan International C Workshop on Technology and Education.  Dr. Lasswell can be reached at


National Louis University  Spring, 2008

MASTERS IN SCIENCE -  Curriculum and Supervision Major
Northern Illinois University  Spring, 1979

BACHELORS OF ARTS -  Mathematic Major
Rockford College  Spring, 1974

Research and Interests:

Change leadership
Effective mathematics instruction
Professional Learning Communities

Contact Information:
Work Phone:  847-947-5079
Cell Phone:  815-988-9222


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