Kenneth Leithwood
Emeritus Professor


  • Leadership and governance

Kenneth Leithwood is emeritus professor at Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, University of Toronto and advisor to the leadership development branch of Ontario’s Ministry of Education. His research and writing is about school leadership, educational policy and organizational change. He is the senior editor of both the first and second International Handbooks on Educational Leadership and Administration. His most recent books include “Linking Leadership to Student Learning”; “Leading School Turnaround”; “Distributed Leadership: The State of the Evidence”; “Leading With Teachers’ Emotions In Mind”; “Making Schools Smarter”; and “Teaching for Deep Understanding.” With colleagues, he has recently completed one of the largest studies of its kind about how state, district and school-level leadership influences student learning. Leithwood is the inaugural recipient of the University of Toronto’s Impact on Public Policy Award, the American Educational Research Association’s 2011 Outstanding Leadership Researcher Award, and the 2012 Roald F. Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from the University Council for Educational Administration. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.