Mary Burns is an internationally recognized expert in teacher professional development, technology planning, online learning, and instructional design.
During her 30-year career in education, Burns has supported numerous effective, evidence-based school reform efforts in multiple settings around the world, including migrant communities, inner-city schools, ministries of education, and universities in the United States, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. She counts the creation of Indonesia’s first coaching program to help teachers integrate technology in instruction and the design and adoption of Lebanon’s first national educational technology plan among her signature accomplishments.
Burns has coauthored four books and almost 200 articles, book chapters, and monographs on technology-embedded teacher professional development. She is a monthly contributor to the Global Partnership for Education blog.
A former teacher and school-based coach, Burns holds a BA in international relations and romance languages from Boston College, an MS in urban planning, an MA in Latin American studies from the University of Texas in Austin, and an EdM from Harvard University. She speaks French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
“Certainly, it is now more true than ever that the world’s poorest children deserve the world’s best teachers.”
Burns, M., & Lawrie, J. (Eds.) (2015, January). Where it matters most: Quality professional development for all teachers. New York, NY: Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies.
Burns, M. (2013, December). Staying or leaving? Designing for persistence in an online educator training program in Indonesia. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 28(2), 141-152.
Burns, M. (2011). Distance education for teacher training: Modes, models and methods. Washington, DC: Education Development Center, Inc.
Burns, M. (2006, January). Tools for the mind. Educational Leadership, 63(4) 48-53.