Faculty and Staff

Dr. Lauren Rentfro

Name:  Lauren D. Rentfro, Ed.D.  
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Secondary Education/Technology
Office Location:  DL337
E-mail: rentfrla@lewisu.edu
Phone: (815) 836-5026


Educational Background:

Ed.D.  2007  in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University
Ed.S.  2005  in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University
M.S.  1989  in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University
M.S.  1987 in Neurobiology and Physiology from Northwestern University
B.S. 1986 in Psychology from Culver-Stockton College

Courses Taught:
Instructional Strategies & Learning Communities for Adolescents
Secondary Field Experience
History and Philosophy of Education
Special Methods:  Teaching Science

Research Interests:
Ethically constructs of building level administrators and teachers
Methods of teaching science
Interdisciplinary Teaching and Learning
Reading Instruction within the Science classroom

Recent Publications/Presentations:        

Rentfro, L.D. (2013, May).  Let’s take action:  Applying science knowledge & technology incorporation through service learning projects.  Presentation at the National Science Teacher Association STEM Conference & Expo.  St. Louis, MO.

Rentfro, L.D., & Rentfro, B.B. (2013, April).  How science shapes art – the next chapter:  Sharing student work and reflections.  Presentation at the National Science Teacher Association Annual Expo & Conference.  San Antonio, TX.

Rentfro, L.D. (2013, February).  So you wanted to be a teacher?  10 ideas to make life better for you and your students.  Presentation for the Diocese of Joliet Region 1 Schools Institute Day, Glen Ellyn, IL.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, July).  So when did I become a brain surgeon…I thought I was a teacher, Part 2:  What the learning brain likes and doesn’t like in the classroom.  Presentation at the Summer Seminars for Educators Session hosted by Lewis University, Shorewood, IL.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, June).  So when did I become a brain surgeon…I thought I was a teacher, Part 1:  The Brain & Classroom Management.  Presentation at the Summer Seminars for Educators Session hosted by Lewis University, Shorewood, IL.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, June).  ¿Cuándo me convertí en cirujano cerebral? Creí que era un professor:  El cerebro y el manejo de aula (So when did I become a brain surgeon…I thought I was a teacher, Part 1:  The Brain & Classroom Management.).  Presentations at the School of Pedagogy and the School of Languages at The Royal and Pontifical Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca, Sucre, Bolivia.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, June).  So when did I become a brain surgeon…I thought I was a teacher, Part 2:  What the learning brain likes and doesn’t like in the classroom.  Presentations at the School of Pedagogy and the School of Languages at The Royal and Pontifical Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca, Sucre, Bolivia.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, June).  Métodos de enseñanza:  Qué está siendo discutido actualmente en los Estados Unidos… (Methods of teaching:  What’s currently being discussed in the United States…Presentation at the School of Pedagogy at The Royal and Pontifical Major University of Saint Francis Xavier of Chuquisaca, Sucre, Bolivia.

Rentfro, L.D., Huvaere, D., & Klump, R. (2012, May).  Green and renewable energy workshop (GREW):  A STEM summer experience for K-8 teachers.  Presented at the National Science Teacher Association STEM Conference & Expo.  Atlantic City, NJ.

Klump, R., & Rentfro, L.D. (2012, April).  GREW:  Green and renewable energy workshop.  Poster presented at the U.S. Department of Education Math and Science Partnerships Regional Conference.   Chicago, IL.

Rentfro, L.D. (2012, March).  Rubrics:  Engaging students in constructing assessments.

Presented at the National Science Teacher Association Annual Expo & Conference.  Indianapolis, IN.

Rentfro, L.D., & Rentfro, B.B. (2012, March).  How science shapes art:  The real science/art connections through content.  Presented at the National Science Teacher Association Annual Expo & Conference.  Indianapolis, IN.

Rentfro, L. (2011, June).  So when did I become a brain surgeon?  What the brain likes and doesn’t like in the classroom.  Presentation at the Summer Seminars for Educators Session hosted by Lewis University, Tinley Park, IL.

Rentfro, L. (2011, April). Using discrepant events to engage students in inquiry-based learning.  Paper presented at the Midwest Association of Teachers of Education Conference, Lafayette, IN.        

Rentfro, L. (2011, February).  Drop the Worksheets!  Inquiry-based Science Instruction for Grades K-8.  Presentation at St. Andrew Elementary School Teacher Institute Day, Romeoville, IL.

Rentfro, L. (2011, February).  Teachers and Ethical Decision-Making:   What No One Warned You About.  Presentation at Aux Sable Middle School Institute Day, Joliet, IL.          

Rentfro, L. (2010, September).  Using research-based teaching strategies to teach Sunday school and to engage children.  Presentation at the United Methodist Church of New Lenox, New Lenox, IL.

Rentfro, L. (2010, August).  So when did I become a brain surgeon?  I thought this was teaching! Presentations at Valley View School District 365U Summer Teacher Institute, Bolingbrook, IL.

Rentfro, L., & Alexander, S. (2008, October).  Staff Meetings & Institute Days:  A Perfect Opportunity to Model Engaged Learning!  Presentation at the 37th Annual Principals Professional Conference & Educational Exhibition,  Peoria, IL.

Rentfro, L. (2008, October).  Parent University:  Learning & Fun for the Whole Family.  Presentation at the 37th Annual Principals Professional Conference & Educational Exhibition,  Peoria, IL.

Rentfro, L. (2008, October).  Toward a code of ethics:  An inquiry into the ethical constructs valued by selected superintendents.  Paper presented at the 13th Annual Values & Leadership Conference, Victoria, BC.

Rentfro, L. (2007, April).  Parent universities:  Family fun and learning nights.  Presentation given at the National Conference of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, Seattle, WA.