Laureate Professor John Hattie was appointed Chair of the AITSL Board on 1 July 2014. Professor Hattie is currently serving his third term as the AITSL Board Chair following his reappointment on 24 June 2020.

Laureate Professor John Hattie's work is internationally acclaimed. His influential 2008 book Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 meta-analyses relating to achievement is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into the factors that improve student learning. This ground breaking study involved more than 80 million students from around the world and brought together 50,000 smaller studies. Visible Learning found that positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching.

Through his role as Chair, John is able to provide national leadership in promoting excellence so teachers and school leaders have maximum impact on learning. 

In addition, John has been a director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute since 2011 and he is also the past president of the International Test Commission and associate editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology and American Educational Research Journal.

John was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, is a fellow of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the American Psychological Association, and has published and presented more than 1,200 papers, and supervised over 200 thesis students.