Dennis Shirley

Dennis Shirley is Professor of Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Dennis dedicates his life to the improvement of teaching and learning for students so that they may flourish in their schools and communities. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Educational Change, an indispensable resource for change leaders at the school, provincial, or national levels. A popular presenter, Dennis has conducted research and led professional development workshops for school leaders from 25 nations in 6 continents and his work has been translated into many languages.  His most recent book is entitled The New Imperatives of Educational Change:  Achievement with Integrity.  He co-authored The Mindful Teacher with classroom teacher Elizabeth MacDonald and it has just been published in a new, second edition.

Dennis has worked with educators around the world to help with clarifying their challenges, identifying promising strategies, and implementing and assessing change collaboratively. He is skilled at breaking down ill-defined problem sets into winnable goals that can be attained with persistence, creativity, and dignity. Combining cutting-edge research findings with sensitivity and compassion for the educators charged with teaching the young on a daily basis, Dennis is highly sought-after because of his respect for teachers and administrators and his engagement with students and their learning.  He holds a doctorate in from Harvard University.