Educational Change SIG 155
Educational Change SIG 155
SIG Purpose

This SIG adopts an interdisciplinary and international approach to understanding many aspects of educational change, including large-scale reform, school-initiated change, school improvement, and classroom-level change.


2020 Educational Change SIG Awards

We are now accepting applications for our 2020 Educational Change SIG Awards. Please consider nominating a colleague or graduate student for one of our SIG Awards. This year, we are accepting applications and nominations for the Emerging Scholar Award and the Graduate Student Research Award (details below and on our website) until January 24th, 2020.  Please email any questions to the Educational Change SIG Awards Committee Chair, Dr. Osnat Fellus at

To see details, please click on "Call for Applications" below. 

Call for Applications

Dear Educational Change SIG Members,

AERA 2019 Toronto was a huge success! We hope that you wore your pedometer/fitness tracker to count the many steps it took to get from presentation room to presentation room! We had an excellent graduate student seminar, a fantastic business meeting, and an extraordinary co-sponsored event with the  Journal of Professional Capital and Community (JPCC) , not to mention our great presentation sessions. Thank you to the SIG Leadership team for their work matching mentors and mentees to begin our 2019 mentoring program. And thank you to the mentors, speakers, and presenters for your time and for being so welcoming to our new Educational Change SIG graduate students! 


Thank you to speakers, partners, and collaborators


Thank you to the Journal of Professional Capital and Community and Andy Hargreaves for a special co-sponsored event at Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Professor Lee Elliott Major spoke on the implications for teachers and teaching of his Penguin book, Social Mobility and its Enemies .  It was an excellent opportunity to celebrate 5 years of progress in the journal since its inception. Congratulations to Cecilia Azorín from the University of Murcia, Spain. She was the first recipient of the inaugural Michael Fullan Emerging Scholar Award in Professional Capital and Community.  


AERA Educational Change SIG Business Meeting


Our SIG Business Meeting was fantastic thanks to our diverse set of speakers!   Many thanks to John Malloy, the Director of Education for the Toronto District School Board for opening the meeting . Thank you as well to the students at Cornerstone Montessori School and their music teacher, Joy Zhou, and principal, Stephanie Ling, for a fabulous performance.   Congratulations to our 2019 SIG awards to Sarah Woulfin from the University of Connecticut, Neag School of Education (Emerging Scholar’s Award) and Taeyeon Kim from Michigan State University (Graduate Student Travel Award).  What a fantastic keynote panel featuring authors and editors from the Leading Change Series by Routledge: Armand Doucet Teaching life: Our calling, our choice, our challenges , Amanda Datnow and Vicky Park  Professional Collaboration with Purpose, and Santiago Rincon-Gallardo  Liberating Learning, Pak Tee Ng of NIE Singapore and SIG Founder Andy Hargreaves .  Our Lead the Change and Doc Corner Editor, Jennie Weiner , served as the Discussant. The book raffle was a highlight for many doc students and they especially enjoyed the journal of educational change water bottles.  

Graduate Student Seminar

Thank you for the mentoring and advice on publishing from Pak Tee Ng, Associate Dean from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore & Santiago Rincon-Gallardo , Educational Consultant, Chief Research Officer of Michael Fullan’s Team.  We had a full room of doc students and mentors!  


Thank you to our Partners:

Educational Research for Policy and Practice

International Education News

International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement

Journal of Educational Change

Journal of Professional Capital and Community

National Principals Leadership Institute

School Leadership & Management

Become a SIG Sponsor/Partner:

We encourage you to share why you enjoy the Educational Change SIG with your colleagues and extend the opportunity to join to your graduate students. If your organization/institution/journal/association/publisher is interested in hosting our Twitter Chats or any events, please reach out to a member of the leadership team.

Share Your News With Us:

Please visit our  membership page for all of the Lead the Change articles, information on SIG awards and more.

Do you have a new publication? A new initiative? Presenting at a conference? Let us know, and we will post it on our  Web Membership Corner Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please send your pictures and video clips from your presentations and conferences for our webpages! See you online for our monthly  Twitter chat!


Kristin Kew,  Chair

Mireille Hubers.  Program Chair

Na Mi Bang.  Secretary/Treasurer

Jennie Weiner , Lead the Change Editor

Min Jung Kim,  Graduate Student Representative


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Our 2nd book, Future Directions of Educational Change, has been published!


Future Directions of Educational Change brings together timely discussions on social justice, professional capital, and systems change from some of the leading scholars in the field of education. Engaging in theory and evidence-based debates covering issues such as literacy education, whole system reform, and teacher leadership, this volume argues that quality and equity are equally important in reshaping existing education systems both within the United States and globally. The authors offer contextual analyses of current educational research and practice while looking toward the future and offering thought-provoking arguments for challenging and rectifying the systemic inequalities within education today.

Editors: Helen Janc Malone (Educational Change SIG Chair), Santiago Rincón-Gallardo (frmr SIG Program Chair), and Kristin Kew (current SIG Program Chair)

"The struggle to both understand and change school systems so they are socially just and organized for all students is beautifully displayed here. This is a critically important book for our time!" Ann Lieberman, Emeritus Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Thinking about educational change within an international context has never been so critically important. Future Directions of Educational Change offers new perspectives and important insights into a changing global landscape. This book has to be on the bookshelf of those charged with, and responsible for, educational transformation, change and improvement." Alma Harris, FRSA, Professor of Educational leadership and Policy, University of Bath, UK


2017-18 Letter

Dear AERA Educational Change SIG Members,

Thank you to all who attended our business meeting - we had 100 people in the room! Thank you to Dr. Dennis Shirley and the Journal of Educational Change for sponsoring the  reception, Dr. Carol Campbell for her keynote address, and Dr. Alma Harris for her discussant remarks. We networked, learned together, and several lucky members walked away with prizes. To see the highlights, follow us on Twitter @EdChangeSIG

Each year the SIG honors two award winners, an emerging scholar award, and a graduate student award (rotating between research and travel awards). We had strong candidates this year, and the winners are: Emerging Scholar Award - Dr. Jennie Weiner, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Connecticut; and, Graduate Student Research Award - Meixi, Doctoral Student, University of Washington. Thank you to our Awards Committee on its service: Drs. Na Mi Bang (Univ. of Central Arkansas); Jeff Blacklock (Midwestern State Univ.), Alma Harris (Univ. of Bath), and Emily Klein (Montclair State Univ.). 

We had a record-breaking number of submissions this year, and thank dozens of presenters, chairs, and discussants who held high-quality [and well-attended] sessions. The 2018 AERA theme is "The Dreams, Possibilities, and Necessity of Public Education." The meeting will be held in New York City, April 13-17, 2018. The proposal window opens in June. Let's keep breaking our submission records!

As I enter the last year of service to the SIG, I  thank you for all your support and engagement, and encourage you to consider running for office. We are looking for the following elected positions (3-year term): Chair; Program Chair; and Secretary/Treasurer. Look to our September issue for all the details and the nomination form. Please note that appointed positions for web management, Lead the Change Series editor, and social media will also be available at the discretion of new officers.

Looking to 2017-18 AERA year, I am excited to continue our mentoring and awards programs, continue to grow our social media visibility, and to extend diverse professional development and knowledge sharing opportunities to all of you. We are on our 70th issue of Lead the Change, and have a fantastic line-up for the incoming year, as well as the second book based on the series, available in Sept. 2017 through Routledge, Future Directions for Educational Change. The first one was published through Teachers College Press, Leading Educational Change

See you in New York City for the annual meeting 2018!

Warm regards,

Dr. Helen Janc Malone
AERA Educational Change SIG Chair


SIG Member Publication Corner 

Blessinger, W. P. (2017, March 3). Revolutionising the global knowledge society. University World News. 


Fink, D. (2016). (Ed.). Trust and verify: The real keys to school improvement. UCL IOE Press. 

Noble, A., & McQuillan, P., Littenberg-Tobias, J. (Forthcoming). "A lifelong classroom:" Social studies educators' engagement with professional learning networks on Twitter. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education. 

Kershner, B. & McQuillan, P. J. (2016). Complex adaptive schools: Educational leadership and school change. Complicity: An International Journal of Complexity and Education 16(1).


Noble, A., McQuillan, P., Wangia, S., & Soules, K. (Forthcoming). The emergence of student-centered teaching in professional learning networks on Twitter: The role of choice and voice. In M. Grassetti & S. Brookby (Eds.)., Advancing Next-Generation Teacher Education through Digital Tools and Applications (n.p.) Hershey: IGI Global. 

Elliott-Johns, S. E. (2016). The long and winding road: Reflection on experience of becoming teacher educator. In M. Hayler & J. Williams (Eds.). Professional learning through transitions and transformations: Teacher educators’ journeys of becoming (pp. 79-94). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Springer Publications.

Elliott-Johns, S. E. (2015). (Ed.). Leadership for change in teacher education: Voices of Canadian Deans of Education. Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers.

Stone-Johnson, C. (2016). Generational identity, generational change, and school leadership. Rutledge. 

Burton, L. & Weiner, J. (forthcoming). “They were really looking for a male leader for the building”: Gender, identity and leadership development in a principal preparation program. Frontiers in Psychology.

Edmondson, A.C.,* Higgins, M.C., Singer, S.J. and Weiner, J. (forthcoming). Understanding psychological safety in healthcare and education organizations: A comparative perspective. Research in Human Development. [* Authorship alphabetical]

Weiner, J. M., & Torres, A. C. (2016). Different location or different map? Investigating charter school teachers’ professional identities. Teaching and Teacher Education53, 75-86.

Weiner, J. (forthcoming) Under my thumb: Principals’ difficulty releasing decision-making to their Instructional Leadership Team. Journal of School Leadership


Watts, L. & Blessinger, P. (2016). Creative learning in higher education: International  perspectives and approaches . New York, NY: Routledge Publishing. See




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Winter is the perfect time to catch up on the first 53 issues of Lead the Change




Our SIG offers multiple opportunities for scholarship, mentoring, and networking. Visit our News page to read the latest calls for proposals and learn about our partners journals. Access our Meetings page to learn about upcoming conferences and calls for convening proposals. Every year, the SIG gives Awards to emerging scholars and outstanding graduate students. Apply this Fall! We will be launching a mentoring session this Spring at AERA 2016. Several leading global scholars have already signed up to volunteer as mentors.  Join them by volunteering at


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