Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences

Jim Spillane Initiates Common Core Research Conferences

Jim Spillane

As the Common Core Standards begin to roll out, what's at stake on both a policy and political level? Professor James Spillane, with a grant from the American Education Research Association (AERA), is planning two conferences to explore these issues. 

Conferences on “Policy and Politics of the Common Core” will be planned for February and November of 2014. Organizing the conferences along with Spillane is Jonathan A. Supovitz, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and the director of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education.

The conferences will be supported by the AERA Education Research Conferences Program, which supports research conferences intended to break new ground in substantive areas of inquiry. Alternatively, AERA-sponsored conferences foster new lines of study on unexplored issues or develop innovative research methods that can contribute more generally to education research.

The Common Core Standards provide a new set of expectations for K-12 students’ learning in language arts and mathematics. They are the result of a long-term effort led by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers to create consistent education standards across the states in order to prepare U.S. students for college and careers. So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core standards.

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. Recent projects include studies of instructional advice seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals.


By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 1/9/14