Dennis Shirley

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"Dr. Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His work in education spans from the microlevel of assisting beginning teachers to the macrolevel of designing and guiding large-scale research and intervention projects for school districts, states and provinces, and nations. Dennis and his colleague Andy Hargreaves are working on a grant with Education Northwest to improve rural schools in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. Previously he served on a team for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development studying improvements to lower secondary education in Norway. The findings of much of his research were presented in two collaboratively authored books with Andy entitled The Fourth Way and The Global Fourth Way. In August 2013 he will begin serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change.

"For 6 years, Dennis led a teacher inquiry project in Boston that has been published in The Mindful Teacher. Dennis has presented his research and led professional development workshops in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. He is planning future engagements in Australia, Norway, and Singapore as well as several cities in the United States. Dennis is Chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Educational Change of the American Educational Research Association. He earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. "[1]


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  1. Dennis Shirley About, organizational web page, accessed June 11, 2013.