Jim Spillane is a Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Learning Sciences, and Management & Organizations at Northwestern University.
Jim is recognized for his ground-breaking work on distributed leadership, theorizing a new way of conceptualizing educational leadership in schools and school systems. Jim’s theoretical work on distributed leadership has influenced research on school leadership around the work.
Jim explores relations between government policy and local practice at the school district, school, and classroom levels. Jim has consulted with public and private organizations in the US and around the world including OECD, The Spencer Foundation, Institute of Education Sciences, the National Commission on Educational Statistics, and The MacArthur Foundation.
Jim has designed and taught modules to develop school principals and other school leaders and done workshops for school principals and school leaders around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, United States, Netherlands, Norway, and Belgium.