With mindful teaching,
we can rediscover the grandeur of education.
Dennis Shirley in Seoul, South Korea  |  Video Source: TBS

One of the Education Sector’s Most Inspirational Speakers

Dennis Shirley is a scholar of educational change who helps schools around the world to improve teaching and learning. A dynamic keynote speaker, Dennis is best known for his skills in assisting educators in diverse environments to work together across disciplines and schools. He draws upon his extensive international experience to enable educators in any context to develop new practices using the most advanced research findings on school improvement.

He has three new books out, all co-authored with Andy Hargreaves. The first is entitled Five Paths of Student Engagement:  Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success.  The second is called Wellbeing in Schools: Three Forces That Will Uplift Your Students in a Volatile World. A third book, The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are… and How Do We Help Them Belong? will be available in November 2023.


Change Leader/Speaker/Author

Dennis is the inaugural Florencia and Marc Gabelli Family Faculty Fellow and Professor of Formative Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.  His best selling books have been translated into many languages and are used around the world for staff development. He has a doctorate from Harvard University.


Jan 25
Greater Cleveland School Superintendents' Association
Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 13
National Center for Education Research and Technology
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Apr 23
PILU/Leadership Development
Oslo, Norway


Five Paths of Student Engagement: Blazing the Trail to Learning and Success by @HargreavesBC and @dennisshirley uses inspiring examples from seven years of research and delves into the what, why, and how of student engagement. http://ow.ly/TSUl50NyTrP #StudentVoice #TeacherVoice

Would you like a preview of The Age of Identity book that @hargreavesBC and I have written & will be out in November? If so, go to @AFTUnion @NEAToday Thanks to @CorwinPress for organizing this fabulous webinar!

Do you care about promoting your students' identities, especially their most vulnerable ones? If so, join @hargreavesBC and me Monday at this free online webinar! Get big ideas & practical tips for moving forward! @NEAToday @AFTUnion

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