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Dennis Lynn Shirley

Retired Professor


DFE Department of Formative Education


I study educational change as it is enacted in individual schools, across school systems, and in new online digital learning environments as well. Recently I have worked with colleagues to create our new Lynch School undergraduate degree in Transformative Educational Studies and our new online master's degree in Global Perspectives: Teaching, Curricula, and Learning Environments.

  • Research Project in Seoul, South Korea
  • Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Bosch Academy, Berlin, German
  • Special Issue Guest Editor, East China Normal University Review of Education

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In 2021, I published "Five Paths of Student Engagement: Blazing New Trails to Learning and Success" (Solution Tree) and "Well-being in Schools: Three Forces for Uplifting Your Students in Volatile Times (ASCD). Both of these books are co-authored with Andy Hargreaves and both are the result of studies we conducted in Canada and the US.