Jim Spillane Delivers Keynotes for International Conferences in Indonesia, Malaysia

Jim Spillane Delivers Keynotes for International Conferences in Indonesia, Malaysia

Jim Spillane at ICSEI

Professor Jim Spillane gave the opening keynote address for the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) conference in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, on January 3. More than 350 delegates from 35 countries were in attendance at Yogyakarta State University.   

His keynote topic was “The Practice of Improvement: Designing Organizational Infrastructures for Sustainable School and System Improvement.” Spillane studies and writes on organizational leadership and change, conceptualizing organizational leadership as a distributed practice.

Annually the ICSEI conference brings together teachers, school leaders, researchers and policy makers from around the world to address topics related to improving education worldwide. The theme of the 2014 conference was “Redefining Education, Learning, and Teaching in the 21st Century.”

As a follow-up to his ICSEI keynote, on January 6 Spillane gave a talk for more than 100 faculty members and administrators at Yogyakarta State University, including president Rochmat Wahab. His topic was “Distributed Leadership.”

With a similar focus on distributed leadership, Spillane also delivered a keynote talk on January 9 at the Asia Leadership Summit 2014 at the University of Malaya, which was opened by vice-chancellor Tan Sri Datuk Ghauth Jasmon. The conference, entitled "Leadership 2050," drew more than 300 school principals, teachers, researchers, policymakers, ministry officials and students from Malaysia.

The Institute of Educational Leadership at the University of Malaya organized the conference with the goal of exploring the challenges for education leaders in coming decades and the leadership practices that can foster education excellence. Spillane is a visiting professor of the highest rank at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

Spillane believes one route to school improvement is through the framework of distributed leadership, which recognizes the essential role of school leaders in addition to the principal or head teacher. Distributed leadership is a subject emphasized in Spillane’s three most recent books: Distributed Leadership, Distributed Leadership in Practice and Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement.

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 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. 

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 1/9/14