Dr Dennis Shirley

Dr Dennis Shirley will be in Melbourne exclusively in October for Spheres of Influence International.
Dr. Dennis Shirley’s work in education spans from the microlevel of assisting beginning teachers to the macrolevel of designing and guiding large-scale research and intervention projects .
EDUCATION
Ed.D., Harvard University
EXPERTISE/INTERESTS
Models of community organizing for school reform; history of education
HONORS/PUBLICATIONS/PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Dr. Dennis Shirley’s work in education spans from the microlevel of assisting beginning teachers to the macrolevel of designing and guiding large-scale research and intervention projects for school districts, states, and nonprofit agencies. Dr. Shirley recently collaborated with Andy Hargreaves on a study of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust Raising Achievement Transforming Learning Project, which raised pupil learning results in over 200 schools in England at double the national rate in a 2-year period. The findings of that research have been presented in Hargreaves’ and Shirley’s first collaboratively authored book, The Fourth Way.
For 4 years, Dr. Shirley has led a teacher inquiry project along with Boston Public Schools teacher-leader Elizabeth MacDonald; their research has been published in The Mindful Teacher. Dr. Shirley serves on the Scholars Forum of the Public Education Network, advises the One Square Kilometer of Education school improvement project of the Freudenberg Foundation in Berlin, and collaborates with the California Teachers Association on improving 480 schools in struggling circumstances. He has led three school improvement efforts with more than 13 million dollars in funding, and his research has been translated into German, Swedish, Spanish, and French. He holds a doctorate from Harvard University.

Books

Shirley, D., & Hargreaves, A. (2009). The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.
Shirley, D. & MacDonald, E. (2009). The Mindful Teacher. New York: Teacher’s College Press.
Shirley, D. (2002). Valley Interfaith and School Reform: Organizing for Power in South Texas. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Shirley, D.(1997). Community Organizing for Urban School Reform. Austin: University of Texas Press.
Shirley, D. (1992). The Politics of Progressive Education: The Odenwaldschule in Nazi Germany. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Chapters and Articles

Shirley, D. (forthcoming in 2010). A History of Public Engagement for Public Education. In Orr, M. & Rogers, J., (Eds.), Public Engagement for Public Education. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press.
Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2009). The Persistence of Presentism. Teachers College Record, 111(11).
Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2009, September 7). A Smarter Education Strategy. The Boston Globe.
Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2009, September). From Fear Factor to Peer Factor. Education Week.
Shirley, D. (2009). Community Organizing and Educational Change: A Reconnaissance. Journal of Educational Change, 10, 229-237.
Shirley, D. (2009). American Perspectives on German Educational Theory and Research: A Closer Look at Both the American Educational Context and the German Didaktik Tradition. Allgemeine Didaktik und Lehr-Lernforschung: Kontroversen und Entwicklungsperspektiven einer Wissenschaft von Unterricht. Heilbrunn: Klinkhardt.
Shirley, D. (2008). The Music of Democracy: Emerging Strategies for a New Era of Post-Standardization. In Fullan, M. & Hargreaves, A., (Eds.), Change Wars (135-162). Indianapolis: Solution Tree.
Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2008, October). The Fourth Way of Change. Educational Leadership (56-60).
Shilrey, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2008, October). Beyond Standardization: Powerful New Principles for Improvement. Phi Delta Kappan.
Shirley, D. Successful Teacher Education in the United States: Contested Terrain. Cuadernos de Pedogigia.
Shirley, D. (2008). The Coming of Post-Standardization in Education: What Role for the German Didaktik Tradition? Zeitschrift fur Erziehungswissenschaft.
Shirley, D. & Lahann, R. (2008). The Moral Character of Learning: A Neglected Dimension in the Preparation of Teachers. In Lassonde, C., Michael, R., & Rivera-Wilson, J., (Eds.), Current Issues in Teacher Education: History, Perspectives, and Implications (72-86). Springfield, IL: Charles Thomas.
Shirley, D. (2008). Community Organizing for Educational Change: Past Illusions, Future Prospects. In Sugrue, C. (Ed.), The Future of Educational Change (89-105). New York: Routledge.
Shirley, D. & Evans, M. (2008). The Development of Collective Moral Leadership of Parents through Education Organizing. New Directions in Youth Development, 117, 77-91.

Recent Conference Papers

“The Mindful Teacher,” with Elizabeth MacDonald, Excellence Forum, Academy of the German School Prize, Leipzig, Germany, October 2009
“The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change,” International School Management Symposium, Zug, Switzerland, September 2009
“Community Organizing and Educational Change,” Teacher Development Summit, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, July 2009
“Schule von AuBen Anregen,” [Changing Schools from Outside] 25th Anniversary Celebration, Freudenberg Foundation, Weinheim, Germany, June 2009
“The Fourth Way of Change and Leadership,” Alberta Initiative for School Improvement Annual Conference, Calgary, Canada, February 2009
“Parent and Community Relationships with Schools: Lessons from the United States,” International Symposium on School Management Supported by Active Participation of Parents and Local Residents, Tokyo, Japan, December 2008
“The Music of Democracy: Emerging Strategies for an Era of Post-Standardization,” Change Wars Summit, Toronto, Canada, October 2008
“Unwandlung and Krisen in Schulreform,” [Change and Crises in School Reform] Symposium on “One Square Kilometer of Education,” Berlin, October 2008

“All Communities Left Behind?  How New School Accountability and Performance Regimes Undermine Sustainable Civic Capacity in Recent US Reforms,“ American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, New York, New York, March 2008

Community Organizing und Bildungswandel,” Schools in Societies of Immigration: International Perspectives in Research and Practice Conference, Freie Universität Berlin, February 2008

“Perspektiven der LehrerInnenausbildung in Hinblick auf die Anforderungen einer globaliserten Gesellschaft,”  Symposium on the Future of University-based Teacher Education, University of Vienna, Austria, November 2007

“Excelencia in la Formación Docente en los Estados Unidos:  Un Terreno Disputado,” Research Seminar, University of Barcelona, Spain, June 2007

“Unintended Consequences of the Accountability Movement in the US and the UK,” Freudenberg Foundation, Weinheim, Germany, June 2007

“Recent Research Findings on Turning Around Struggling Schools in the United States,” International Symposium of the Interdisciplinary Dortmund Research Group on Youth, Schools, and Education, June 2007

“Teaching Parent Power:  The Challenge of Integrating Community Organizing into Teacher Education,” American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2007

“Changing Conceptions of Educational Quality in Community Organizing,” American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, April 2007

“American Perspectives on German Traditions of Educational Theory and Research,” German Society for Educational Science, Hildesheim, Germany, March 2007

“Mindful Innovation, Mindful Teaching,” International Education Summit, Boston, Massachusetts, November 2006

“Community Organizing for Educational Change:  Past Illusions, Future Prospects,” International Invitational Symposium, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, July 2006

“The Mindful Teacher:  A Research Agenda,” American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2006

“No Child Left Behind and Community Organizing,” American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2006

“Community Organizing, Urban Education, and Social Change,” American Educational Research Association, Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, April 2006

“Reinventing Teacher Education:  Lessons from the ‘Teachers for a New Era’ Project at Boston College,” Holmes Partnership Annual Conference, February 2006



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