Dan Lawler

Winnetka, Illinois


Dan's Story

Dan Lawler has been teaching high school English for 23 years, the last 19 years at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Courses he has taught include: American Studies, Humanities, Literature and Film, and Creative Non-Fiction. He also sponsors New Trier’s Social Service Board, a club that coordinates service learning and outreach in the greater Chicagoland area.


“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”― John Dewey

Teaching Discipline(s)

History/Social Studies



Metropolitan Community Project (2013-2018). Exchange across New Trier and Kelvyn Park High School where students explore funding inequities and advocate for more equitable school funding in Illinois.


National Council Teachers of English Member New Trier High School Education Association Member


“Placing Asterisks: An Approach to American Studies;” The English Journal, July 2008. “The Business of School: Economic Models of Assessment;” The English Journal, September 2013. “Approaches to Active Reading and Visual Literacy in the High School English Classroom” (book chapter). The Routledge Companion on Media Education, Copyright and Fair Use. Spring, 2018.