Louise Stoll PhD FAcSS FRSA is Professor of Professional Learning at University College London’s Institute of Education and an 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. Among recent projects, she led a study of successful teaching schools for England’s Teaching School Councils and a national knowledge exchange project, working with middle (teacher) leaders. She has also evaluated progress towards an evidence-based teaching system for England’s Department for Education, and has synthesised the findings of teaching school alliances’ R&D national theme projects for the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
Louise was named as one of The Sunday Times’ 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 which have been translated into several languages, 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. 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, Catalyst, professional learning cards for school leaders, evidence-informed self-assessment tools, and online professional learning labs on evidence-enriched practice. Louise is a popular international keynote presenter and workshop facilitator. She also enjoys singing in a jazz choir.