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; an 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 superintendent of curriculum and instruction, school improvement superintendent, administrator, curriculum leader, and a regular 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 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 of 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, 2019) is her fifth book that distills her work across the globe from 2009-2019.

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 70,000+ members. Click here to view Lyn speaking in Ontario about the leadership it takes to achieve system and school improvement.


Organizations such as schools, have undergone major cultural transformations and continue to struggle for excellence in a world of decreasing resources, the smothering fear of COVID19, pandemic-confused school opening policies and how an uncertain economy upsets family households – the first teachers of our students. This cultural transformation includes not only adapting the newly experienced digital ‘line-of-sight’ to every student but also reaching out and knowing every student in every real classroom. ALL FACES Matter. Putting FACES on data whether it is observed in classrooms or collected online must inform how we teach every student. Change in teaching practice requires major transformation in school structure and culture, a complex undertaking that has already been initiated by recent circumstances. Leaders who create and lead Learning Organizations (LOs) have the most promise in making rapid changes needed currently in teaching and learning. These impactful leaders consider the five well-researched dimensions of LOs: Vision, Structure, Strategy, Culture and Resources. This presentation addresses what has changed and what remains the same in each dimension for leaders of LOs and for those in schools that must change course to become Learning Organizations.

Clarity : What Matters Most in Learning, Teaching & Leading

Co-Published by ACEL

Shared knowledge between educators breeds shared success in all systems and schools Comprehensive in scope, CLARITY illustrates how system and school leaders must come together to boost student achievement and build teacher capacity to learn, teach and lead. By emphasizing collaborative processes, Lyn Sharratt's detailed design demonstrates how shared knowledge, equity and expertise can make every classroom more impactful and every teacher more empowered.