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Dr. Michael Schratz is Professor of Education at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and is presently head of the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. His main interests are in educational innovation and change with a particular focus on leadership, quality development and self-evaluation. He taught in Austria and Great Britain, did research at the University of California, San Diego, and worked at Deakin University (Australia).

He has been involved in several international projects both in former Eastern countries such as Estonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania, Russia and in the European Union (Evaluation expert in TSER Programmes of the European Commission and member of Steering Group in the pilot projet “Evaluating Quality in School Education” of the European Commission). He is an Austrian representative for ENTEP (European Network of Teacher Education Policies) and for the OECD (Leadership in Schools). He is also the founder and (with Wilfried Schley) the scientific director of the Leadership Academy of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture.