Jim Spillane Gives Keynote at National Science Foundation Partnership Conference

Jim Spillane Gives Keynote at National Science Foundation Partnership Conference

Jim Spillane

Professor James Spillane gave the keynote address at the annual conference of the National Science Foundation’s Math and Science Partnership Program (MSP) in Washington, D.C. The title of the keynote talk on February 11 was "Policy, School Administration and Teaching: Implementation and Infrastructure." 

Spillane’s audience of more than 400 people included practitioners, policymakers, National Science Foundation program officers, and researchers from the sciences, social sciences and engineering. The talk drew on his extensive research to present innovative concepts related to the design and implementation of effective policies and practices for school leadership.

The National Science Foundation established the Math and Science Partnership Program as a major research effort to improve K-12 education in mathematics and science. Higher education institutions partner with K-12 districts and others to develop strategies for lasting improvement in K-12 mathematics and science education.

The MSP Learning Network Conference, entitled "Implementation: From Vision to Impact," had the goal of sharing new knowledge, best practices and tools that are crucial for extending the impact of the program’s work. The MSP Learning Network Conference brings together a diverse group of international higher education STEM and education faculty, K-12 administrators, and teacher leaders, researchers, and evaluators.  

At Northwestern, 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.

Spillane’s work explores the policy implementation process at the state, school district, school and classroom levels. 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, as well as numerous journal articles.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 2/20/13