Michael Connelly is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He has written extensively on education and has made teaching a priority, with many former students winning dissertation, research and teaching awards. He was Director of the Canada Project, Second International Science Study, and Director of the Hong Kong Institute of Education/OISE/UT doctoral program. He has worked with schools, school boards, and teacher organizations; and has written policy papers for the Science Teachers Association of Ontario, the Ontario Teachers Federation, the Ontario Ministry of Education, the Government of Egypt, the League of Arab States, the Government of Australia, UNICEF and the World Bank. He received the American Educational Research Association Division B Lifetime Achievement Award, the Canadian Society for the Study of Education Outstanding Canadian Curriculum Scholar Award, the Canadian Education Association Whitworth award, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association award for excellence in teaching, and other scholarly awards. He has worked internationally in human resource development, curriculum, science education, teacher education, and community schools. His long-term, ongoing, urban education research program is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is currently studying the narrative histories of immigrant Chinese family knowledge structures and ways of knowing as families interact with the Canadian school system. With colleagues, he is establishing a community schools sister-school research and development network among Toronto, Beijing and Shanghai. He recently completed a pan Arab development and evaluation policy paper for Centers of Educational Excellence focused on teacher quality.