Professor James O'Meara


Director of Program Development and Analysis

Programs/Classes Taught:

Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction Specialized Endorsements

Areas of Expertise:

Teacher Effectiveness,  Teacher Leader, Teacher Attrition


Professor James O'Meara is the Director of program Development and Analysis for the National College of Education at National Louis University. He serves as the President of the International Council on Education for Teaching (ICET), an INGO currently delivering its third consecutive teacher capacity building project in Africa through the support of the UNESCO Participation Program.

Prof. O'Meara recently ended his term as an elected member of the UNESCO NGO Liaison Committee, where he worked to advance collaborations between UNESCO and NGO's by internationalizing UNESCO educational initiatives. His final contribution involved coordinating a session at UNESCO's International Conference of NGO's on how NGO's can further improve their efforts beyond 2015 to work with policy-makers, communities and teachers to promote quality education and learning outcomes for all children, youth and adults, in formal and non-formal settings throughout life. His cross-sector work in that role included collaborating with the African Scientific Institute, the Education Futures Collaboration (MESH initiative), the World Literacy Summit and the Global Coalition for Change.

In 2014 Professor O'Meara was invited to join UNESCO's International Task Force on Teachers for EFA. As part of this role he convened the Chicago Dialogue, a forum for teachers and teacher educators to develop a position statement on the role of teachers and teacher educators in the post-2015 EFA agenda.

In 2015 Professor O'Meara will lead a series of Dialogues in Australia, Jalisco (Mexico) and Macau with key local stakeholders to develop position statements on different dimensions of the post-2015 EFA agenda. He will also conduct a series of teacher education workshops in India on the effective use of research informed teaching strategies to improve the the quality of classroom learning


Doctor of Education Policy Analysis and Curriculum Implementation (Australia) Master of Arts Education – Distance Education (England) Bachelor of Education Post- Primary Health and Physical Education (Australia)

Research and Interests:

Teacher Effectiveness Translational Research The Education for All (EFA) Agenda

Contact Information:


T: 847 947 5622


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