Dr. Markus Ammann has a research focus on School Leadership and School Development from the perspective of organization studies. He studied Business Education in Innsbruck and holds a PhD degree in Business Education. Markus Ammann works as a Research- and Teaching Assistant at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) at the University of Innsbruck. He was involved in various national and international projects as researcher and project manager. He is member of the Centre for Learning Research: a nationwide, cross disciplinary learning research project for the alignment of the ILS department´s research activities, supporting a deeper understanding of “teaching for learning”, Leadership and School Development.
After graduating Malte Gregorzewski worked for two years at the Heinz-Brandt-Schule, a secondary school in Berlin, Germany. Hereafter, he became Program Officer at the Robert Bosch Stiftung within its section "Improving the Quality of Schools" being mainly responsible for the foundation’s biggest annual in-house program, the German School Award. Malte gained further work experience at the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the European Council on Foreign Relations and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation. Since 2014 he is a voluntary school inspector in Berlin, Germany. Malte holds a „Diplom-Volkswirt“ (corresponds to a M.A. Economics) from Free University of Berlin, having studied Political Science and Business Administration as minors. His main research interests are school development and improvement, school leadership, policy enactment in outstanding schools.
Shaima Muhammad is a PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. She worked as a teacher in her home country, Syria, and participated in curriculum design and teacher training programs. In 2007, She completed her B.A. in International Studies and English at Central College, IA, USA. She studied an M.A. in Applied Linguistics (Teaching English as Second Language) at Bond University, Australia in 2010. In 2015, she completed her Erasmus Mundus Masters in Lifelong Learning: Policy and Management, a joint program at Aarhus University, Denmark; and The University of Deusto, Spain. Her Research interests include curriculum development and education reform in transitional contexts, critical pedagogy, action research, textbook research, teacher education in post-conflict contexts, peace and conflict studies, social studies and learning outcomes.
Dr. Michael Schratz is Professor at the Institute of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Innsbruck, Austria, and Research Director, Teaching, Learning and Leadership, at the National Leadership Academy. As the present Dean of the School of Education he is responsible for teacher education reform programs nationally and internationally and has been policy consultant for various governments. He is the present Speaker of the Jury of the German School Award and President of the International Conference for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). His main interests are in educational innovation and change with a particular focus on leadership, school improvement and mindfulness of learning. He taught in Austria and Great Britain, did research at the University of California, San Diego, and worked at Deakin University (Australia). His main research projects are in educational leadership, learning and teaching as well as policy development. His publications have been translated into several languages.
Vasileios Symeonidis, MSc. works as a PhD researcher at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) at the University of Innsbruck. He holds a M.Sc. in international and comparative education from Stockholm University and a degree in primary school education from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has worked as a research assistant in the Education International’s Research Unit and undertook a traineeship at the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Cedefop. He has also worked as a school teacher in international school environments in Greece and Sweden, and as the project coordinator of the Future Schools Project for eduACT, an NGO based in Greece. His main research interests include international and comparative education, teacher education policy and practice, education governance and reforms, critical pedagogy, and global citizenship education.
Kathrin is an Education Scientist with extensive experience as researcher and project manager in national projects and European projects in the frame of the Lifelong Learning Programme and Horizon 2020. She is currently employed at the Department for Teacher Education, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Her professional and research interests are in indicator-based implementation of lifelong learning strategies in Europe, needs analysis and evaluation of workplace learning settings and future development of pedagogical professions, gender sensibility in mathematics, science and informatics teaching at school, development of computer-based collaborative learning scenarios and curricula, including the provision of related trainings for teachers and trainers.
Dr. Christian Kraler is Professor at the Institute of Teacher Education and School Research, University of Innsbruck, Austria and head of the research group on teacher education and learning. As the present head of department he is also responsible for the development and implementation of the new BA/MA curriculum in initial teacher education (foundational knowledge in education-related aspects and practice at classroom teaching). He was and is member of the editorial boards of several journals and permanent referee for research organisations. His main interests are in the micro and macro dynamics of (initial) teacher education and structural-systemic models of the interdisciplinary development of educational systems. He also focuses on resonance phenomena in learning processes, philosophical principles of learning and on mathematics education. Christian Kraler also publishes in the field of bio-statistics (personalized complementary medicine). He has taught at different departments (mathematics, computer science, philosophy, marketing and retailing, teacher education and school research) at different universities (Innsbruck, Bern, Vienna). His main research projects are in (initial) teacher education, interdisciplinary development of educational systems and mathematics education.
Johanna F. Schwarz
Dr. Johanna F. Schwarz has a phenomenologically oriented research focus on phenomena of learning, teaching and leading from a pedagogical perspective. She graduated in German and English Studies at the University of Innsbruck and worked for 20 years both as a teacher at high schools and as a teacher educator and trainee for experienced teachers at university. She holds a MA in English Language and Literacy, a PhD in Teacher Education and a habilitation in School Pedagogy (phenomenologically oriented learning research). Johanna F. Schwarz works as a Senior Scientist at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research (ILS) at the University of Innsbruck. She was involved in various national and international projects as researcher and project manager. She is member of the Centre for Learning Research: a nationwide, cross-disciplinary learning research project for the alignment of the ILS department´s research activities, supporting a deeper understanding of “teaching for learning”, Leadership and School Development.