James Spillane

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE

Northwestern University

Areas of Expertise
  • Educational Leadership and Quality
  • Governance and Policy
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Contact
    j-spillane@northwestern.edu

    James Spillane's work explores the policy implementation process at the state, school district, school and classroom levels. He has worked to develop a cognitive perspective on the implementation process, exploring how local policymakers and practitioners come to understand state and national reforms. Spillane is also interested in organizational leadership and change. His work conceptualizes organizational leadership as a distributed practice involving formal and informal leaders, followers, and a variety of organizational tools and artifacts. His most recent projects include a social network analysis of instructional advice structures in elementary schools, a study of how organizational routines enable and constrain practice in schools, and an examination of the selection and socialization of school principals.

    Consortium for Policy Research in Education

    University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
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