He currently works as a consultant focusing on: leadership and organisation development; professional learning; large-scale change; strategic and policy planning and development.
Al spent the last third of his career working on urban school reform in support of the Chicago Public Schools. During his thirty-six years in education, he divided his time between working in public schools and higher education, having served as a classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent, college professor, university administrator, and senior research associate.
Al has consulted with schools, districts, boards of education, colleges, universities, federally funded projects and professional organisations both nationally and internationally.
Al is a past president of the Illinois Staff Development Council and former member of the Board of Trustees for the National Staff Development Council.