James Noonan

Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Secondary and Higher Education
Office Sullivan Building 207C
Phone 978.542.3040
Email james.noonan@salemstate.edu
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Recent and Upcoming Courses

AGS 730 Learning to Lead
AGS 735 Data-informed Educational Leadership
AGS 820 Culturally Responsive School Leadership for Deep Change
AGS 825 Leading School-community Partnerships
EDC 120 Justice in Education
EDG 980A Educational Leadership Practicum I
EDG 980B Educational Leadership Practicum II
EDG 980BS Seminar in Educational Leadership II
EDU 875A Directed Study

Professional Biography

James Noonan is an assistant professor in the McKeown School of Education at Salem State University, where he teaches courses in adaptive leadership, school-community partnerships, and culturally responsive teaching. He is also a research partner at the Beyond Test Scores Project at UMass Lowell. His research interests include the intersection of leadership, learning, and identity as well as the dynamic effects of district- and school-level equity initiatives. Dr. Noonan holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M., both from Harvard University, and a B.A. in English and 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.

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Selected Publications

James Noonan. (2023). Reciprocity in practice: Using deliberative democratic theory to reframe and improve teacher professional development. In H. Haste and J. Bempechat (Eds.), New Civics, New Citizens: Critical, Competent, and Responsible Agents (pp. 182-199)Brill.

James Noonan & Peter Piazza. (2023). Accountability Systems and the Persistence of School Segregation: Research Evidence and Future Directions. Research Brief No. 16. National Coalition on School Diversity.

James Noonan & Jack Schneider. (2022). Beyond ‘good’ and ‘bad’: Disrupting narratives about school qualityPhi Delta Kappan104(3), 6–11. 

James Noonan. (2022). “Regard me”: A case study of learner engagement and the satisfaction of basic needs in continuing professional developmentProfessional Development in Education.

Jack Schneider, James Noonan, Rachel S. White, Douglas Gagnon, & Ashley Carey*. (2021).  Adding “student voice” to the mix: Perception surveys and state accountability systemsAERA Open7(1), 1-18

James Noonan & Travis J. Bristol. (2020). “Taking care of your own”: Parochialism, pride of place, and the drive to diversify teachingAERA Open6(4), 1-12.

James Noonan. (2018).  An affinity for learning: Teacher identity and powerful professional developmentJournal of Teacher Education.

Karen L. Mapp & James Noonan. (2015).  Organizing for Family and Community Engagement in the Baltimore City Public Schools (Case No. PEL-074.) Boston: Harvard Business School Publishing.

Silvia Diazgranados & James Noonan. (2015).  The relationship of safe and participatory school environments and supportive attitudes toward violence: Evidence from the Colombian Saber test of citizenship competenciesEducation, Citizenship, and Social Justice, 10 (1), 79-94.

James Noonan. (2015).  When soda is a social justice issue: Design and documentation of a participatory action research project with youthEducational Action Research, 23 (2), 194-206.

James Noonan. (2014).  In here, out there: Professional learning and the process of school improvementHarvard Educational Review, 84 (2), 145-161.

Selected Presentations

James Noonan, Jacy Ippolito, & Megin Charner-Laird. “Leading learning: Adult development, teacher learning, and leadership.” International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, University Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy (July 2023).

James Noonan, Ashley J. Carey*, Hilary Lustick, & Peter Piazza. “Safety first: Whiteness and the role of norms in race-conscious professional development.” American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL (April 2023).

James Noonan, Jacy Ippolito, & Megin Charner-Laird. “Understanding the relationship between adult development and a leadership preparation program: A pilot study.” American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL (April 2023).

James Noonan, Hilary Lustick, Ashley J. Carey*, & Peter Piazza. “Facilitating change: How leaders’ (non-)enforcement of norms shape the quality of race-conscious professional learning.” University Council for Educational Administration, Seattle, WA (November 2022).

Megin Charner-Laird, James Noonan, Jacy Ippolito, & Christina L. Dobbs. “Becoming a community of novices: How teacher agency bolstered professional learning in a pandemic context.” American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA (April 2022).

James Noonan, Ashley J. Carey, & Jack Schneider. “Accounting for student voice: Surveys, school quality, and state accountability systems.” American Educational Research Association, virtual meeting (April 2021).

James Noonan. “(Re-)learning to lead: Helping educators manage crises of professional identity and loss.” International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, virtual meeting (March 2021).

Chris Domaleski, Elliot Asp, & James Noonan, “More balanced and coherent school accountability systems to promote equity: The key role of district,” Council of Chief State School Officers, National Conference on Student Assessment, Orlando, FL (June 2019).

James Noonan, Travis J. Bristol, & Makaela E. Jones, “‘Taking care of our own’: Parochialism, pride of place, and the drive to diversify teaching.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto (April 2019).

James Noonan & Jack Schneider, “A technical problem, a just solution: School quality measurement as a tool for social justice and equity.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education, Barcelona, Spain (November 2018).

James Noonan, “Layers of learning: Multidimensional agency in powerful professional development.” Paper presented at the 30th annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV (February 2018).

James Noonan, “An affinity for learning: Teacher identity and powerful professional learning.” Paper presented at the 18th Biennial Conference of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching, University of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain (July 2017).