Jim Spillane Presents Talks in Belgium on Education Leadership

Jim Spillane Presents Talks in Belgium on Education Leadership

Jim Spillane

An international authority on education leadership, professor James Spillane gave presentations in Belgium recently on education leadership and policy. His audiences spanned practitioners, policy makers and scholars.

At the Belgium Ministry of Education, Spillane addressed approximately 90 inspectors, pedagogical advisors, teacher trainers and policy makers. His presentation on March 10 was on “Leading and Managing Instruction in Education Organizations and Systems: A Distributed Perspective.”

His talk was part of a conference for the development of pedagogical leadership in the “Décolâge!” community, in collaboration with the Center for Education Research and Innovation (CERI) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). CERI does extensive research work focused on the future of schools and universities. OECD aims to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.

In addition, he presented a seminar on “Government Policy, School Administration and Teaching: Policy Implementation and Infrastructure” on the same day at Fondation Universitaire in Brussels. His academic audience included university professors and researchers from Université Catholique de Louvain, Université de Liège and Katholieke Universiteit — all major universities in Belgium. The seminar was organized by the Belgian Association of Educational Researchers.

At Northwestern University, Spillane is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change and the chair of the Human Development and Social Policy doctoral program at the School of Education and Social Policy. He is also a professor of Learning Sciences and a faculty associate at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

Spillane studies and writes on organizational leadership and change, conceptualizing organizational leadership as a distributed practice. An expert in school leadership and educational policy, he is the author of several books, including Distributed Leadership and Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement. Spillane’s work explores the policy implementation process at the state, school district, school and classroom levels.

Recently named the director of the Office of Global Initiatives at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, Spillane is leading the School’s efforts to develop a more global perspective. Global initiatives are a priority for the School to extend its resources and address critical issues worldwide. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 4/1/14