Jim Spillane Addresses Education Leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore

Jim Spillane Addresses Education Leaders in Hong Kong, Singapore

Jim Spillane

Professor James Spillane shared his insights on school leadership with an international audience as he addressed education leaders, educators and researchers in Hong Kong and Singapore at major conferences in November. Spillane takes a global perspective on educational policy and reform.

Hong Kong
As a keynote speaker at the launching ceremony for the Hong Kong Principals’ Institute on November 22, Spillane addressed 250 primary, secondary and special school principals from across Hong Kong, along with the permanent secretary of the ministry of education. His speech, entitled “Distributed Leadership: Rethinking School Improvement Practice,” drew on his extensive research to present innovative concepts related to effective interactions and practices for school leadership. The Hong Kong Principal Institute was founded with the goal of building principals’ knowledge and leadership in the pursuit of excellent education.

In connection with this newly formed principals’ institute, Spillane addressed students and faculty from the Hong Kong Institute of Education on November 23. He shared findings from his program of research that investigates school administrative practice, as well as his understanding of leadership in schools based on taking a distributed perspective.

In Singapore, Spillane addressed 1,200 people for one of three keynote speeches at the World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS) conference on November 28. The audience was composed mostly of school administrators, teachers and academics from Singapore but also included academics from 26 countries such as Japan, China, Norway, England, Malaysia and the United States.

This conference was organized by the National Institute of Education of Singapore, the Nanyang Technological University and the Academy of Principals in Singapore, with support from the Singapore Ministry of Education. WALS is an association of educational researchers and educators who seek information and research as they work to improve learning through an approach to teacher professional development known as "lesson study." The annual WALS conference brings together researchers, school leaders and teachers from many countries to discuss issues pertaining to teaching, learning and research on lesson study.

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

Spillane’s work explores relations between policy and local practice at the school district, school, and classroom levels. He is the author of several books, including Distributed Leadership and Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement, as well as numerous journal articles.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 2/5/13