Louise Stoll PhD is Professor of Professional Learning at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at University College London’s Institute of Education and international consultant. Her research and development activity focuses on how schools, local and national systems create capacity for learning in a changing world, with particular emphasis on professional learning communities and learning networks, creative leadership and leadership development. She is also passionate about finding ways to help make better connections between research and practice. She directed a national knowledge exchange project in England, working with middle (teacher) leaders, and is evaluating progress towards an evidence-based teaching system for England’s Department for Education. Other projects include synthesising the findings of teaching school alliances’ R&D national theme projects for the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Louise has been named as one of Debrett’s 500 2016 most influential people in Britain. She is a former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI), Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences, and expert to the OECD, contributing to its Innovative Learning Environments, Transforming Schools into Learning Organisations, Improving School Leadership, and Evaluation and Assessment initiatives.
She is author and editor of many publications – including Professional Learning Communities with Karen Seashore Louis, It’s About Learning with Dean Fink and Lorna Earl, and Changing Our Schools with Dean Fink – which have been translated into several languages. She has developed research-based materials on professional learning communities, a simulation on school-to-school networking, The Toolkit: Improving School Leadership for the OECD, and professional learning cards for school leaders. Louise is a popular international keynote presenter and workshop facilitator. She also enjoys singing in a jazz choir.