FACULTY

Lauren Wellen, EdD

Professor of Literacy and Early Childhood


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Wellen is the program leader for the masters of arts and the EdD/PhD in early childhood education. She teaches courses in early childhood and in reading. In early childhood, she teaches the first master's and doctoral courses, child development and ethics or educational process, and in reading, she teaches practicum in reading instruction. Reading education, early childhood education and oral histories are among Dr. Wellen’s areas of research interest.

Currently, she serves as a co-chair of Concordia University’s annual Reading Conference and is a member of Concordia University’s annual Early Childhood Conference. She serves as Secretary for the West Suburban Reading Council. She is the university liaison to the Illinois Gateways Level 6 Credential Pilot Program. She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 1984 and is a member of the doctoral faculty.

Degrees

  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction, and Elementary Education. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Ill.
  • MA, Early Childhood Education. Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.
  • BA, Elementary Education, Concordia Teachers College, River Forest, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Publications

  • "Early Childhood Education: Emphasis on Diversity." Problemy Wczesnej Educakacji: Issues in Early Education, 3 (15), pp. 108-115. April 2012.
  • "Celebrate! The Wisdom and Works of Shirley K. Morgenthaler and Marilyn Lindeman." monograph, Concordia University Chicago, 2011.
  • "Bridging Literature to Bible Stories." LEA Shaping the Future; retrieved from http://stf.lea.org/summer2011/ECEnet.html, summer 2011.
  • Masters in early childhood education professional association report, (with A. Smith, and S. Doering). Report resulted in national recognition of the Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Education on August 1, 2011, Chicago, Ill., 2011.
  • Masters in English as a Second Language professional Association Report, (with A. Smith; Y. Grigsby; Doering, S.). report resulted in national recognition of the Masters of Arts in Curricum & Instruction ESL on August 1, 2011, Chicago, Ill., 2011.
  • Masters in Reading Education Professional Association Report. Resulted in national recognition of the Masters in Reading Education program at Concordia University Chicago on February 1, 2011, Chicago, Ill., 2010.
  • Initial Preparation of Early Childhood Education Teachers Professional Association Report. Resulted in national recognition of the Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education program at Concordia University Chicago on February 1, 2010, Chicago, Ill., 2009.
  • Initial Preparation of Early Childhood Education Teachers Professional Association Report. Resulted in national recognition of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Early Childhood Education program at Concordia University Chicago on February 1, 2010, Chicago, Ill., 2009.
  • Initial Preparation of Elementary Education Teachers Professional Association Report. Resulted in national recognition of the Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education program at Concordia University Chicago on September 1, 2009, Chicago, Ill., 2009.
  • Initial Preparation of Elementary Education Teachers Professional Association Report. Resulted in national recognition of the Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education program at Concordia University Chicago on September 1, 2009, Chicago, Ill., 2009.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time.” Lutheran Education Association Shaping the Future 5(2), 26-29, Summer 2008.
  • “Lessons Learned from Lilian G. Katz: Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education." October 2006.
  • "The Influence of Lilian G. Katz on Early Childhood Education; An Oral History." Doctoral dissertation, retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses, 3173598, 2005.

Presentations

  • "Is Your Curriculum Skewed or Is It SCEWD." Early Childhood Conference, River Forest, IL, August 9, 2013.
  • “An Oral History of the Influence of Shirley K. Morgenthaler’s Wisdom and Works on Early Childhood Education.” Women and Gender Conference, River Forest, IL, March 23, 2013
  • "An Oral History of the Influence of Shirley K. Morgenthaler's Wisdom and Works on Early Childhood Education." MWERA Annual Conference, Evanston, IL, November 8, 2012.
  • "Is Your Curriculum Skewed or Is It SCEWD." Northern IL Lutheran Teachers Conference, Merrillville, IN, October 4, 2012.
  • “Bridging Literature to Bible Stories.” Early Childhood Conference, Concordia University. River Forest, IL, August 10, 2012.
  • “Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.” IllinoisTesol.BE 38th Annual Conference, Lisle, IL, February 24-25, 2012.
  • “Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.” Concordia University Chicago 35th Annual Early Childhood Conference, River Forest, IL, August 9, 2011.
  • “Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.” Illinois Statewide Migrant Education Workshop, Alsip, IL, June 14, 2011.
  • “Crossing Over into New Literacies.” Lutheran Education Association Convocation, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 25, 2011.
  • “Bridging Literature to Bible Stories.” Lutheran Education Association Convocation, Cincinnati, Ohio, March 24, 2011.
  • “Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of ELLs: A Balanced Approach to Literacy.” Concordia University Chicago 35th Annual Reading Conference, River Forest, Illinois, February 5, 2011.
  • "Instructional Strategies for Developing the Literacy of ELLs: A Balanced Approach to Literacy." 34th Annual Conference for Teachers of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, Oak Brook Hills, Ill., Dec. 10, 2010.
  • "The Heart and Mind of Teaching" and "The Sounds of Our Language: Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness." Developed presentation for Indiana District, LCMS, Early Childhood Conference, Carmel, Ind., Aug. 20, 2010.
  • "Experience is the Greatest Teacher: Developing Successful Literacy Specialists." International Reading Association, Chicago, April 26, 2010.
  • "Teaching Literacy and Multiliteracies through Children's Literature." Concordia University Chicago's Reading Conference, River Forest, Ill., Feb. 6, 2010.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language: Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness.” Lutheran Education Convocation, Minneapolis, Minn., April 26, 2008.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time.” Lutheran Education Convocation, Minneapolis, Minn., April 24, 2008
  • “Making the Past Come Alive: Using Oral Histories in the Classroom.” College Reading Association, Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 2, 2007.
  • “Intersections of Policy and Culture in the History of American Education.” Discussant, Mid-Western Educational Research Annual Conference, St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 25, 2007
  • “Let Your Life Shine as You Walk with Jesus.” St. John’s Lutheran Church Women’s Breakfast’ Lombard, Ill., March 3, 2007
  • “The Sounds of Our Language: Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness.” Chicago Metro AEYC Annual Conference, Chicago, Jan. 25, 2007.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language with Faith-based Activities.” Chicago Metro AEYC Annual Conference; Chicago, Jan. 25, 2007.
  • “Lessons Learned for Lilian Katz: Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education.” Illinois AEYC Symposium, Springfield, Ill., Oct. 15, 2006.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language: Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness.” Northern Illinois Teachers Conference, Merrillville, Ind., Oct. 5, 2006.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language: Oral Language and Phonemic Awareness.” Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill., August 15, 2006.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language with Faith-based Activities.” CLEF Conference, Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park, Ill., August 14, 2006.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time” and “Issues & Practices in Early Childhood Education.” Mid-South Early Childhood Conference, Memphis, Tenn., July 17-18, 2006.   
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time” and “The Heart of Teaching.” Oklahoma Early Childhood Conference, Tulsa, Okla., April 22, 2006.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time” and “The Heart of Teaching.” Iowa East Early Childhood Conference, Feb. 11, 2006.
  • “The Sounds of Our Language.” Concordia University Reading Conference, River Forest, Ill. Feb. 4, 2006.
  • “Lessons Learned: The Influence of Lilian Katz on Early Childhood Education.” Chicago Metro AEYC, Chicago, Jan. 26, 2006.
  • “The Influence of Lilian G. Katz on Early Childhood Education: An Oral History.” MWERA Conference, Columbus, Ohio, Oct.14, 2005.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time.” Concordia University Early Childhood Conference, River Forest, Ill. Aug.16, 2005.
  • “Brain Compatible Learning in the Language Arts Classroom” and “Using the Project Approach to Complement the Curriculum.” Lutheran Education Convocation, Indianapolis, Ind., April 5-7, 2005.
  • “The Heart of Teaching” and Two Sessions. Missouri Early Childhood Conference; Springfield, Mo., March 5-6, 2005.
  • “Becoming a Woman After God’s Own Heart.” Women’s Retreat, St. John’s Lutheran Church, Chicago, Feb. 4-6, 2005.
  • “It’s Always Jesus Time.” Chicago Metro AEYC, Chicago, Jan. 28, 2005.
  • “The Influence of Lilian G. Katz on Early Childhood Education: An Oral History.” Phi Delta Kappa, River Forest, Ill., Nov. 14, 2004.
  • “Testing.” Sumner Math and Science Academy, Chicago, April 28, 2004.
  • “Graphic Organizers, Checklists, and Rubrics.” Sumner Math and Science Academy, Chicago, March 10, 2004.
  • “Project-Based Learning.” Sumner Math and Science Academy, Chicago, Feb. 11, 2004.
  • “What is Happening in Your Jesus Time?” Chicago Metro AEYC Conference, Jan. 29 and 31, 2004.
  • “Walther Lutheran High School Student Preparing for College.” Walther High School Professional Development, Melrose Park, Ill., Jan. 5, 2004.

Contact

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