Profile
Matthew Shirrell

Matthew Shirrell

MPES 2 Cohort 2

Annenberg Hall
Room 244
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-2820
Biography
Matthew Shirrell is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Distributed Leadership Study. He is the recipient of a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (2013-14) and an IES Predoctoral Fellowship (2009-12). His dissertation, entitled "School Working Conditions and Teacher Attrition: The Roles of Policy, Teacher Preparation, and School Principals," used mixed methods and a variety of data sources to explore the relationship between school working conditions and teacher retention. Matthew taught in public schools in Oakland and Chicago, where he achieved National Board Certification in 2007. His research interests focus on teachers' career paths and decision-making, particularly the roles of school working conditions, teacher preparation, and student-teacher matching in teachers' decisions to remain in or leave teaching. 

Awards/Honors
2013 - National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2009 - IES Predoctoral Fellowship (Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences)

Research/Scholarship

Education
Year Degree Institution
2014 PhD, Human Dev & Social Pol Northwestern University
2007 MS, Early Childhood Education Erikson Institute
1998 BA, English Grinnell College


Dissertation
Year Title  
2014 School working conditions and teacher attrition: The roles of policy, teacher preparation, and school principals


Selected Presentations
Shirrell, M.A. (November, 2013). The effects of subgroup-specific accountability on teacher attrition. Paper presented at the Fall Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, D.C.

Shirrell, M.A. (April, 2012). Do student teachers' career plans change during student teaching? Evidence from an urban district.  With Michelle Reininger. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC.

Shirrell, M.A. (April, 2011). Early differences: Student teaching, career plans, and teacher hiring. With Michelle Reininger. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

Shirrell, M.A. (March, 2011). Do student teachers' career plans change during student teaching? Evidence from an urban district. With Michelle Reininger. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Seattle, WA.

Shirrell, M.A. (June, 2010). Student teaching placements in a large urban district. With Michelle Reininger. Poster presented at the Institute for Education Sciences Research Conference, Washington, D.C.

Shirrell, M.A. (March, 2010). Student teaching placements in a large urban district. With Michelle Reininger. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Education Finance Association, Richmond, VA.


Research Interests
School working conditions; teacher recruitment and retention; teacher quality; urban schools.  




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