What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching, and Leading


Dr. Lyn Sharratt is a highly-accomplished practitioner, researcher, author, and presenter. Lyn has a BA in Social Work from The University of Waterloo, Canada; a B. Ed in Teaching, K-10, from The University of Western Ontario, Canada; a M. Ed. In Educational Administration from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada; and an Ed. D. in Theory and Policy Studies from University of Toronto, Canada. She coordinates the doctoral internship program in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Lyn has worked in four school districts across Ontario as a school superintendent, superintendent of curriculum and instruction, administrator, curriculum leader, and Special Education teacher. Lyn has taught all elementary grades and secondary-aged students in inner-city and rural settings. She has analyzed and commented on public policy for a provincial trustee organization, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association; has taught pre-service education at York University, Masters' and Doctoral students at University of Toronto and Nipissing University; and led in-service Professional Development in a provincial teachers' union head office.

Lyn is a widely-published researcher and author. She is lead author, with Michael Fullan, of Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform (Corwin, 2009) and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (Corwin, 2012, published in English, Spanish and Arabic). Lyn is lead author of Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route K-12, (Corwin, 2015) with Gale Harild, and of Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence (Corwin, 2016) with Beate Planche. CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading (Corwin Press, 2019) is her fifth book that distills her work across the globe from 2009-2018. As well as an author and practitioner working in remote and urban settings world-wide, Lyn sits on the Expert Evaluation Committee for System and School Improvement, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, Australia; is an advisor for International School Leadership with the Ontario Principals' Council; is an Author Consultant for Corwin Publishing, USA; and consults internationally, working with system, school and teacher leaders at all levels in Australia, Canada, Chile, the United Kingdom and the United States. She works tirelessly, focusing her time and efforts on increasing each student's achievement by working alongside leaders and teachers to put FACES on their data and take intentional action. Her work focuses on Equity and Excellence on behalf of all students. Visit her at; Twitter @LynSharratt; and Linked-In where Lyn owns the "Educational Leadership" Linked-In group that has 69,000+ members. Click here to view Lyn speaking in Ontario about the leadership it takes to achieve system and school improvement.

"Lyn, you continue to challenge us to dig deeper and the collaborative shift for our diocese was palpable at the Learning Fair yesterday. Your work has helped us get CLARITY: the fog is lifting for students, teachers and us as leaders. Thank you for your leadership!"

Paula Leadbitter - Principal, Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes, New South Wales, Australia

"There are few individuals who can so deftly articulate a strong theory-into-practice orientation as does Lyn Sharratt. Why? Because she has done the work. Her credibility with the education community has been earned. CLARITY weaves together theory, solid rationale, insights, reflective analysis, and guidance for teachers and leaders all underpinned with the 'how' of practical, evidence-proven, and well-lived experiences."

Dr. Avis Glaze - International Education Advisor, & Former Ontario Education Commissioner, Canada

Occasionally, a book comes along that stops you in your tracks. This is such a book. Written with passion and purpose, the expertise and experience of the author simply shines through every page. It is a grounded and evidence-based treatise on leading successful classroom change. In CLARITY, the existence of a collaborative culture of learning is described as the Third Teacher. Not only is this insightful, but it absolutely encapsulates the power and potential of shared professional engagement and its impact on the classroom environment. CLARITY is not just a practical guide; it is an uplifting account of what can be achieved when professionals work together in a supportive, focused, and meaningful way. Lyn provides CLARITY in a cluttered educational world overflowing with quick fixes, gimmicks, promises, and dubious evidence.

Professor Dr. Alma Harris - Head of School of Education, Swansea University, United Kingdom