Laura Dahm

Laura Dahm

Adjunct Instructor of Graduate Education


Education Graduate Studies


Laura Dahm holds a deep interest in student centered learning and the transformation of public education. She has spent the last 12 years in the Kettle Moraine School District, rising from a teacher to a charter school director to her current role as the Director of Elementary Education. Laura’s focus on multiage learning environments, student engagement, and readiness habits have helped shape the vision and direction of elementary learning in the Kettle Moraine School District.  Laura has taught a variety of courses as an adjunct at Carroll including Advanced Studies in Personalized Learning, Teacher Leader, Science and Social Studies Methods and Instructional Design for the Adolescent Learner.


  • Bachelors of Science - Elementary Education and Math - Carroll University
  • Masters of Science - Education Leadership - Carroll University
  • Masters of Education - Teaching and Learning - Carroll University

Areas of Specialization

Learner Centered Classrooms, Personalized Learning, Project Based Learning, Habits of Mind, Science of Reading, Nature Based Teaching

Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Recipient of Institute For Personalized Learning’s Trailblazer Award
  • 2017 Pre Service Mentor Award - Wisconsin Association of Colleges For Teacher Education

What is your teaching style?

Active and high engagement classes; discussion based

Why do you do what you do?

Investing in pre-service teachers is one of the most noble ways I can give back to the profession. 

How do you make learning engaging?

Making learning visible is the key to having rigiorous learning "stick".  My classes tend to be high energy, high engagement, and high student involvement.  We've taken field trips, hosted guest speakers, and even mined for coal (fictitiously, inside of a cookie). 

What should students know about you?

Because I spend most of my days with teachers and learners in a K-12 system, I have a deep connection to the pressures, celebrations, opportunities and realities in the profession day in and day out.  
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