About Me

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James Noonan, Ed.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education at Salem State University (SSU), where he teaches courses in adaptive leadership, school-community partnerships, and culturally responsive teaching. In addition, he is a research partner at the Beyond Test Scores Project and the Associate Director of Research for the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA), a coalition of eight 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.

Prior to joining the faculty at SSU, Dr. Noonan 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 25,000 student surveys and 6,000 teacher surveys each year. In addition, he 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. He has also coordinated civic education at an adult literacy program for recent immigrants and managed shelter-based programming for homeless children and families. Across these diverse roles, he has taught elementary- aged students, teachers, and graduate students. 

Dr. Noonan's research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including AERA Open, the Journal of Teacher Education, and the Harvard Educational Review. He holds 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 math coach. They have two daughters enrolled in the Boston Public Schools.

Follow him on Twitter at @_jmnoonan.