The ICSEI Board

President – Chris Chapman

Chair in Educational Policy and Practice (Robert Owen Centre)
Director of Policy Scotland (Social Sciences College Senior Management)

Professor Christopher Chapman was appointed Chair of Education and Public Policy and Practice at the University of Glasgow in January 2013. Prior to this he was Professor of Education at the University of Manchester and previously held academic and research posts at the universities of Nottingham and Warwick. Before moving into academia Chris taught in challenging secondary schools in Birmingham where he undertook a part-time MA before completing his Ph.D thesis on intervention and improvement in schools in challenging circumstances.

Chris’s research interests focus on the interaction between educational policy and practice, specifically in relation to the improvement of educational outcomes in disadvantaged settings. The recurring themes in Chris’s research are accountability, collaboration, equity, leadership, professional learning and organisational/system reform. Chris has undertaken research and evaluation projects for research councils, charities, national and local governments and their agencies. Chris has also led D&R projects with local authorities, schools and teachers to build the capacity for leading and managing change and improving student outcomes.

President Elect – Jim Spillane

James P. Spillane is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. A former primary school teacher at St. Mary’s on the Hill N.S., Cork, Spillane has published extensively on issues of education policy, policy implementation, school reform, and school leadership. His work explores the policy implementation process at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, focusing on intergovernmental and policy-practice relations. He also studies organizational leadership and change, and distributed leadership in schools. Recent projects include studies of relations between organizational infrastructure and instructional advice-seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals. In recognition of his contribution to educational research, Spillane was elected to the US National Academy of Education in 2013 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2020.

Board Member – Dorothy Andrews

Dr Dorothy Andrews, B.A; Dip Ed; M.EdSt; PhD, FACE, FACEQ, FACEL, is an Associate Professor, and Director of the Leadership Research International at the University of Southern Queensland. Dorothy teaches and researches in the areas of leadership and processes of whole-school improvement. She has been engaged in three longitudinal studies tracing the impact of whole school improvement processes (IDEAS). The LRI team was awarded the Australian Council for Educational Leaders Gold Medal in 2003 for excellence in research. Dorothy’s current research is focused on Leadership (including Teacher Leadership), capacity building and organisational change



Board Member – Amanda Datnow

Amanda Datnow is a Professor in the Department of Education Studies and Associate Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on educational reform and policy, with a particular interest in issues of equity and the professional lives of educators. Her recent work has involved studies of data use, teacher collaboration, and school transformation. Her current projects have involved interdisciplinary teams engaged in research-practice partnerships.  She is deeply committed to positively impacting policy and practice and works closely with local educators and policymakers and with organizations nationally and internationally to achieve this goal. Datnow’s work has been published in leading journals, and she is the author of eight books, including most recently Professional Collaboration with Purpose: Teaching Learning Towards Equitable and Excellent Schools, with V. Park. (2019, Routledge).


Board Member – Carmen Montecinos

Carmen Montecinos is a professor of psychology and the Executive Director of the Leadership Centre at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile.  She is also executive director of C Líder, a consortium of four institutions conducting research and development programs on school improvement and educational leadership in Chile. In addition, she is a principal researcher with the Centre for Advanced Research in Education at the Universidad de Chile.  

Carmen has conducted research on initial teacher preparation with a focus on the field-based component and on situated learning among novice school principals.  She serves on the editorial board of international journals, including  Leadership and Policy in Schools, Educational Management Administration & Leadershipand the Journal of Educational Administration). Carmen also has extensive experience of leading a range of evaluation studies of innovative university-based programs and of educational policies.


Board Member –  Danette Parsley

Danette Parsley is chief executive officer at Marzano Research. Danette brings over two decades of experience leading people and projects to support school systems in pursuing evidence-based change to the company. Under her leadership, staff combine deep content, scientific inquiry, and system improvement expertise with a wealth of practical experience to support partners in improving education systems, practices, and outcomes for all learners. She is passionate about creating conditions for individuals, teams, and organizations to develop and thrive.

An expert in school system improvement, professional learning networks, rural education, research-practice partnerships, and out-of-school-time programs and practices, Danette has led dozens of large-scale projects supporting the efforts of schools, districts, and state education agencies in improving student outcomes. She has presented and published widely on these educational improvement topics.

Danette received a doctorate in organizational change from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in educational psychology, research and evaluation methodology, from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Board Member – Pasi Sahlberg

Pasi Sahlberg is a Professor of Education Policy and Research Director at the Gonski Institute for Education of the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He is former teacher, teacher educator, policy advisor and director general at the Ministry of Education in Finland. Pasi’s professional interests include international education policy, whole system change in education, school improvement and future of education. Currently he leads research projects on learning through play, growing up digital, and equity in education. He is adjunct professor at the University of Oulu and University of Helsinki. His latest book is “Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive” with William Doyle (Oxford University Press, 2019) and forthcoming books “In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to world class schools” (Norton, 2020) with Tim Walker, and “Finnish Lessons 3.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland?” (Teachers College Press, 2020).

Board Member – Pierre Tulowitzki

Professor Pierre Tulowitzki is Chair of Educational Management and School Improvement at the School of Education of the FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. His research interests revolve around leadership and innovation in schools.

In addition to serving as a board member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Pierre Tulowitzki serves as the Link Convenor of the Educational Leadership Network of the European Educational Research Association (EERA).

Pierre Tulowitzki has conducted and presented research on various topics from the realm of educational leadership and school improvement research. He has spoken at numerous conferences and other academic and public engagements. He serves on the editorial board of several international journals (for example Leadership and Policy in Schools, the Journal of Educational Administration and the International Journal of Educational Management). He in addition, he is the co-editor of the Journal für Schulentwicklung, one of the leading German-speaking journals for practitioners.

Board Member –  Kristin Vanlommel

Dr. Kristin Vanlommel is a visiting professor and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp. She works in the Department of Education and Training Sciences at the Faculty of Social Sciences and teaches Educational Policy and Educational Sociology. Within the area of data use, her research focuses on teacher judgment and the interplay of data use and intuition. She developed an integrated framework on teacher judgment, taking into account both rational and intuitive processes in the different steps of decision-making. Also, Kristin has investigated how aspects of sense making and different sorts of decision bias may influence equity in education. Alongside her research on the individual aspects of decision making, Kristin also seeks to understand how collaboration influences data use.

Kristin is the network coordinator of ICSEI’s Data Use Network and board member of the Data Use Network at AERA. Kristin also has extensive experience in delivering professionalization courses for school leaders with regard to data use and school development.

In the past, she worked on a European project that developed a training curriculum with the aim of enhancing leadership capacity for data-informed school improvement. Currently, she is involved in two European projects, one on the topic of learning networks, and one that focuses on formative assessment. Teacher judgment, data use, equity, quality care and school policy are the main topics of both her research and teaching.

Early Career Representative – Andrew Wambua

Andrew Wambua is a Kenyan educator and a researcher at the Institute of Educational Sciences, University of Heidelberg, Germany. His research interests are in Leading for Improvement, Collaborative Professionalism, Whole System Change and School Reform. He is a co-founder of Africa Voices Dialogue, a platform that serves as a convening space for a series of dialogues, workshops and conferences in education in the African continent, within which experiences and narratives of educators and learners can be seen, heard and loved, and find a space of belonging. Andrew is a former secondary school mathematics and business studies teacher. In addition to joining the ICSEI Board where he also doubles up as the Early Career Coordinator, Andrew serves as an Early Career Coordinator in Educational Leadership Network and he is also a member of the Generational, Renewal, Inclusion and Diversity (GRID) Standing Committee.


Company Secretary – Sheridan Dudley

Executive Director – Doris McWhorter