Dr. Ford received his Ph.D. in curriculum, teaching, and educational policy from Michigan State University. He is also Senior Research Scientist with the Oklahoma Center for Educational Policy. Broadly speaking, his research interests center on the relationship between policy, the social organization of schooling and leadership for school improvement. More specifically, Dr. Ford examines the role of school leadership in facilitating more collaborative work environments among teachers and in supporting teacher’s psychological needs as learners. His work has appeared in such journals as: Educational Policy, Leadership and Policy in Schools, and Educational Management, Administration and Leadership.