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Dr. Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change. His work in education spans from the microlevel of assisting beginning teachers to the macrolevel of designing and guiding research and intervention projects for school districts, states and provinces, and nations. Dennis and his colleague Andy Hargreaves are working on a $500,000 grant with Education Northwest to improve rural schools in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. Dennis and Andy also have a $200,000 grant to conduct research on a school improvement network organized by the Council of Ontario Directors of Education in Canada. Previously he served on a team for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development studying improvements to lower secondary education in Norway. The findings of much of his international research are presented in two books with Andy entitled The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change and The Global Fourth Way: The Quest for Educational Excellence.

For 6 years, Dennis led a teacher inquiry project in Boston that has been published in The Mindful Teacher. Dennis has presented his research and led professional development workshops in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Germany, Jamaica, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and Vietnam. In March 2014, Dennis travelled to Singapore as the C.J. Koh Chair at the National Institute of Education. He earned his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He currently is working on a new book entitled "Achieving with Integrity: Towards Mindful Educational Change" that will be available in 2015.

You can email Dennis Shirley at or follow him on Twitter at @dennisshirley.

Dr. Dennis Shirley