Dr. Cindy Poortman is an associate professorĀ at the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

She is also the 4TU.CEE (Centre for Engineering Education) leader at the University of Twente.

Her research and teaching focus on teacher and school leader professional development in (doing research in) teams and networks. Leadership and sustainability are examples of themes she focuses on within this area. Cindy has co-founded and is coordinating the international network Professional Learning Networks within ICSEI (International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement). She has organized AERAā€™s Division H International Committee VP invited sessions from 2016-2019. She obtained the AERA research conference grant Professional Learning Networks in Education: Tearing Down Boundaries for School and System Improvement to organize a research conference in San Diego in 2019. She is also involved in research about professional development for teachers in Assessment for Learning (AfL).

Cindy teaches in the teacher education program, in the honours program, in the senior university teaching qualification program, and as a guest lecturer for higher education programs and conferences.

Publications include a book about the data team procedure (translated in Swedish 2016 and English ā€“ 2017 - main author Kim Schildkamp); special issues about data use; and journal papers about teacher professional development in networks. In 2018, the book she edited with Chris Brown about Networks for Learning was published (Routledge) and since 2018 they are the series editors of the Professional Learning Networks book series (Emerald).


  • Psychology

    • Teachers
    • Sustainability
    • Data-Based Decision Making
    • Assessment
  • Social Sciences

    • Schools
    • Intervention
    • Learning
  • Computer Science

    • Teams



Distinguishing aspects of sustainabilityJournal of educational change, 24, 805-835. Tappel, A. P. M., Poortman, C. L., Schildkamp, K. & Visscher, A. J.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10833-022-09465-3Teaching Excellence Programs ā€“ Lessons Learned at two UniversitiesIn SEFI 2023 - 51st Annual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education: Engineering Education for Sustainability, Proceedings (pp. 366-376). Societe Europeenne pour la Formation des Ingenieurs (SEFI). Edström, K., Poortman, C. L., Pereira, P. D. & Magnell, M.https://doi.org/10.21427/NPKF-KZ96Sustaining data use professional learning communities in schools: The role of leadership practicesStudies in educational evaluation, 78, Article 101273. van den Boom-Muilenburg, S. N., Poortman, C. L., Schildkamp, K., de Vries, S. & van Veen, K.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stueduc.2023.101273Promoting Sustainable Educational Innovation Using the Sustainability MeterJournal of professional capital and community, 8(3), 234-255. Tappel, A. P. M., Poortman, C. L., Schildkamp, K. & Visscher, A.https://doi.org/10.1108/JPCC-02-2023-0008Adapting Teaching to Studentsā€™ Needs: What Does It Require from Teachers?In Effective Teaching Around the World: Theoretical, Empirical, Methodological and Practical Insights (pp. 723-736). Springer Nature. van Geel, M., Keuning, T., Meutstege, K., de Vries, J., Visscher, A., Wolterinck, C., Schildkamp, K. & Poortman, C.https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-31678-4_33Teachersā€™ and studentsā€™ perceptions of a sense of community in blended educationEducation and information technologies (E-pub ahead of print/First online). Pei, L., Poortman, C., Schildkamp, K. & Benes, N.https://doi.org/10.1007/s10639-023-11853-yChallenge-based Learning in Courses: The Implementation Continuum, 2185-2193. Imanbayeva, A., de Graaf, R. S. & Poortman, C. L.https://doi.org/10.21427/X1HC-PZ30PLGs voor draagvlak en blijvende ontwikkeling: Handleiding voor het werken in Professionele LeerGemeenschappen in de school. Universiteit Twente, ELAN. Poortman, C. L., Lubbers, M. & Schildkamp, K.

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