Jim Spillane Keynotes International Learning Leadership Conference in Barcelona

Jim Spillane Keynotes International Learning Leadership Conference in Barcelona

Jim Spillane

Professor James Spillane will give a keynote address at the international conference of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Barcelona. The Barcelona International Conference on Learning Leadership brings together education experts, leaders, scholars, foundation representatives and policy makers from around the world.

The OECD is dedicated to promoting policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The organization provides a forum for governments to work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.

Spillane will deliver a talk on “Distributed Leadership” at the conference on December 4. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion on “Key Concepts for Learning Leadership” and open discussion. 

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.

In addition to his policy research, Spillane also studies organizational leadership and change, looking at organizational leadership as a distributed practice. Current projects include studies of instructional advice seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals.

Spillane is a senior research fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and has held visiting professorships at the University of London, University of Aarhus, University of Glasgow and University of Malaya.

Recently named the director of the Office of Global Initiatives at Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy, Spillane is leading the School’s efforts to develop a more global perspective. Global initiatives are a priority for the School to extend its resources and address critical issues worldwide. 

Live streaming of Spillane's talk is available at http://learningleadershipconference.cat/en/. His talk is at 11:15 a.m. Barcelona time (4:15 a.m. Central time) on December 4.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 12/3/13