About Me

Curriculum Vitae

James Noonan, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education at Salem State University (SSU), where he teaches courses in adaptive leadership, data use, and professional learning. In addition, he is the Associate Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA), a coalition of seven diverse school districts and their teachers unions piloting more authentic ways of measuring school quality and student learning. His research interests include the intersection of teacher identity and teacher learning, as well as the relationship between school quality measurement and equity.

Most recently, James was the inaugural Project Director for School Quality Measures at the Center for Collaborative Education, where he coordinated the collection and analysis of more than 20,000 student surveys and 5,000 teacher surveys each year. Prior to graduate studies, James held multiple school-based and program development roles at Peace Games (now Peace First), a national non-profit organization that partnered with elementary and middle schools to empower young people as peacemakers. These included three years overseeing the school-wide implementation of the program at the Nathan Hale Elementary School in Roxbury, MA as well as a leadership role adapting and piloting the Peace Games curriculum through the Colombian National Program of Citizenship Competencies. James has also worked at an adult literacy program for recent immigrants and a play-based program for homeless children and families. Across these diverse roles, he has taught elementary- aged students, teachers, and graduate students. 

James's work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Teacher EducationEducation, Citizenship, and Social Justice, the Journal of Peace Education, and the Harvard Educational Review. James has an Ed.D. in Culture, Communities, and Education and an Ed.M. in International Education Policy, both from Harvard University, as well as a B.A. in English and a B.S. in English Education, both from Boston University.  

He lives in Roxbury, MA with his wife, a long-time elementary school teacher and current math coach. They have two daughters enrolled in the Boston Public Schools.

Follow him on Twitter at @_jmnoonan.