Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education and Social Policy
MPES 2 Cohort 2
2120 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-0001
Phone: (847) 467-2820
BiographyMatthew 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/Honors2013 - National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2009 - IES Predoctoral Fellowship (Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences)
|2014||PhD, Human Dev & Social Pol||Northwestern University|
|2007||MS, Early Childhood Education||Erikson Institute|
|1998||BA, English||Grinnell College|
|2014||School working conditions and teacher attrition: The roles of policy, teacher preparation, and school principals|
Selected PresentationsShirrell, 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 InterestsSchool working conditions; teacher recruitment and retention; teacher quality; urban schools.
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