Todd Alan Price, Ph.D.


Director of Policy Studies and Program Coordinator for Educational Foundations and Inquiry

Programs/Classes Taught:

Doctoral education courses

  • EDL 546 Perspectives and Administration of Educational Policy
  • EDL 524 Negotiating and Resolving Conflicts in Education Communities
  • CCD 625 Critical Policy Analysis I
  • CAP 602 Curriculum Studies History: 1970 to the Present

Graduate education courses

  • SEC 502 Methods for Teaching Secondary Education
  • FND 501 Community Study
  • FND 510 Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education
  • FND 511 Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives
  • ESR 514 Research in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
  • ESR 610 Paradigms of Research
  • TIE 300 Teachers and Learners Using Technology

Higher Education Program development

  • Teacher Leader Endorsement (TLE)
  • Master's of Science for Profession Educators (MSPE)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Curriculum (IDS) online program
  • Master's of Education (MED) in Urban Teaching

Undergraduate education courses

  • LAT 495 Using New Media: Visual Literacy
  • LAT 495 Digital Communications and Media
  • C&I 400 Introduction to Video Production for Education
  • Developmental Reading

Areas of Expertise:

Primary areas of interest • Critically analyzing the relationship between federal, state and local educational policy and curriculum and instruction: o International curriculum study (Cuba, China) o Public education reform (No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top) o School choice, charter schools (Milwaukee Parental Choice Program) o Educational communications technology (Information Superhighway Law) • Developing digital learning outcomes modules for: o Educational foundations and research courses in teacher education o The EDL 546 Perspectives and Administration of Policy course in the Teacher Leader Endorsement • Using qualitative research methodology for enhancing teacher education (video documentary, in-depth interview, and participant observation) • Collaborating in civic engagement, community study & service learning (NOLA)


Todd Alan Price is Director of Policy Studies in the National College of Education, National Louis University. With a University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—Education Communications Technology specialization—his scholarly work centers on the implications of educational policy and corporate-sponsored education reform at all levels. His publications include the following books: Defending Public Education from Corporate Takeover (2013), John Duffy and Tania Giordani co-editors; Classrooms without Walls: An Exploration in the Management of Video Distance Learning (VDL) (2010); and The Myth and Reality of No Child Left Behind: Public Education and High Stakes Testing (2009) with Elizabeth Peterson. Dr. Price co-produced a public television documentary No Child Left Behind Report, with Geoff Berne and Karen Rybold Chin, Northwest Ordinance Productions, (2005). Dr. Price has published several chapters and a wide range of articles, including “Service-learning as an alternative to clinical placement: Lessons from NOLA schools” with Karen Roth and Virginia Jagla in Service-learning in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local, (2013) Phylis Lan Lin and Mark R. Weigand co-editors; Critical Discourse Analysis of Service-Learning Perspectives and Models: Transforming Teacher Education” with Antonina Lukenchuk and Virginia Jagla in Transforming Teacher Education Through Service (2013); “Wiring the world: Ameritech’s monopoly on the virtual classroom” in Campus Inc. Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower, (2000), Geoffry D. White and Flannery C. Hauck co-editors; “Understanding How Service-Learning Impacts the Dispositions of Teach for America Candidates and Their Students” (2014) with Dymaneke Mitchell and Sy Karlin in the Journal of the National Association for Alternative Certification, Brian R. Evans, managing editor; Democracy education: The radical teaching, learning, and doing of Tao Xingzhi, published in the Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies (Spring, 2014) Susan Jean Mayer and Alan A. Block co-editors; and “Critical uses of history: A memory of Howard Zinn and video journalism” in the International Journal of Social Education: Special Issue on Howard Zinn (January 25, 2013), Rob J. Helfenbein and Rose A. Jackson co-editors.


Academic degrees and professional preparation 1995-99 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction 1990-95 University of Wisconsin-Madison M.S. Curriculum and Instruction 1994 Convention Pedagogy, Havana, Cuba Certificate of completion 1990 Louisiana State University Instructor, Developmental Reading 1988-90 University of Wisconsin-Stout M.S. Guidance and Counseling (ABT) 1984-86 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire B.S. Psychology and Sociology

Research and Interests:

Dr. Price has presented his scholarly work "Complexity and Complicity: Quality(s) and/or Effectiveness in Teacher Education" in Braga, Portugal at the European Curriculum Studies Conference, 2013. In 2014, Dr. Price presented his paper, "What are the alternatives to globalization and standardization of curriculum and instruction?" at the International Conference on Curriculum Consciousness, Curriculum Construction and Capacity Building in Hangzhou, China.

His accepted proposals are scheduled for the 2015 American Education Research Association and the American and International Association(s) for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies. His pending publications include "Save our Schools Rlly Chicago, March 27, 2013" in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice (2015) and technological disruption with Dr. Leon.

Dr. Price is an invited expert for the Third International Congress on Curriculum and Instruction in Adana, Turkey, October 2015.

Dr. Price has lectured in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; in Beijing, Shanghai, Chifeng and Qingdao, China; in Hanoi, Vietnam; Oxford, Great Britain; and in Tutzing, Germany concerning an array of curriculum and instruction matters.

He has received certificates, respectively, from the Asian Association of Open University (AAOU) in 2004 and Hanoi Open University (HOU) 24th Annual AAOU Conference in 2010; from the Oxford Round Table 2007 for his paper presentation, “Secular humanism vs. religion? The liberal democratic education tradition and the battle over vouchers in the USA” published in the Forum on Public Policy (2007), and in 1994 from the Instituto Pedagogico Latinoamericano y del Caribe for his study “Entrenamiento: Historia Critica de la Educacion Cubana”.

Contact Information:

NLU Wheeling Campus, c.o. Todd Alan Price 
1000 Capitol Drive #263
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone and fax: 847-947-5570


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