Dr. Michelle Suzette Jones is Deputy Director and Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the Institute of Educational Leadership, University of Malaya. Dr. Jones is the Post Graduate Course Director for the Institute and the Masters of Educational Leadership (MEL) Program Leader.
Her research interests involve: leadership practice and preparation; improving schools in challenging circumstances; professional learning and innovative pedagogies, curriculum and assessment. Dr Jones is currently involved in several research projects including:
• Co-Leader of the ‘7-System Leadership’, involving seven differentially performing education systems;
• Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Moscow National Research University, she is a co-investigator of a large-scale leadership study involving over 4000 principals in Russia;
• Co-Investigator for the National Malaysian Research Project commissioned by the MoE and exploring blended learning in Higher Education; and
• Co-Investigator of a National Research Project, focusing on High Performing Schools in rural areas of Malaysia.
Dr. Jones’ committment to educational excellence has driven her entire career. She has written comprehensively on system reform through building teachers’ capacity: one of her co-authored books ‘Professional Learning Communities in Action’, with Professor Alma Harris has been translated into several languages, including Russian, Lithuanian and Spanish.
In 2008, she was seconded to the Welsh Government, UK as an Education Advisor, assisting with the implementation of Professional Learning Communities in over 2000 schools. She is an Education Consultant for the World Bank. Most recently, she has also been working with government agencies in England, Russia, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia to contribute to design and delivery of their leadership and professional learning programs.