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Matthew Shirrell

Matthew Shirrell

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Education and Social Policy
MPES 2 Cohort 2
Biography
Matthew Shirrell is a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Distributed Leadership Study. His research focuses on understanding the school workplace and the ways that aspects of the workplace affect teachers. His research has examined the role of accountability policy in shaping student-teacher assignments and teacher attrition; student teaching experiences and the role of student teaching in shaping teachers' early careers; and new principals' efforts to build relationships with teachers in struggling urban schools. Most recently, his work explores the social aspects of the school workplace, using social network analysis to examine patterns of advice- and information-seeking within schools. His work has been awarded an Albert Shanker Institute Research Grant, a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, and an IES Predoctoral Fellowship. He is a National Board-certified early childhood teacher with more than nine years of experience in public schools in Oakland and Chicago. 

Awards/Honors
2014 - Albert Shanker Institute Research Grant

2013 - National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

2009 - Institute for Education Sciences Predoctoral Fellowship

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. (2015). The effect of subgroup-specific accountability on the working conditions, turnover, and attrition of Black teachers in North Carolina. In L. D. Hammond (Chair), School working conditions and teacher turnover: Implications for diversifying the teacher workforce. Symposium presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Shirrell M. (2015). Engaging the "black box" of teacher peer effects: Do teachers seek out higher-performing peers for advice and information about teaching?. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, Washington, D.C.

Shirrell, M. (2015). Managing under pressure: New principals, accountability, and commitment in low-performing urban schools. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.

Shirrell, M. (2014). New principals, accountability, and relationships in low-performing urban schools. In Promising scholarship in education: Dissertation fellows and their research. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Shirrell, M. (2014). The effects of subgroup-specific accountability on teacher attrition. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, San Antonio, TX.

Shirrell, M. (2013). The effects of subgroup-specific accountability on teacher attrition. Paper presented at the meeting of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Washington, D.C.

Shirrell, M. (2012). Do student teachers' career plans change during student teaching? Evidence from an urban district. In L. M. Anderson (Chair), Student teaching in urban districts: Implications for teacher quality, career paths, and policy. Symposium presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, B.C.

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

Shirrell, M. (2011). Early differences: Student teaching, career plans, and teacher hiring. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New Orleans, LA.

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

Shirrell, M. (2010). Student teaching placements in a large urban district. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Education Finance Association, Richmond, VA.


Research Interests
School working conditions; teacher recruitment, turnover, and attrition; teachers' social networks; student teaching.  




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