Leadership and learning are the fields of expertise of Michael Schratz. As a professor at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research he has published numerous books and articles, both in German and in English, some of them translated in several other languages. He was invited to give key notes at international academic conferences, in events of the European Commission and European Union or reform activities of state and province ministries.
As the founding dean of the School of Education at Innsbruck University he was deeply engaged in the reform of teacher education. In his function as academic director of the Austrian Leadership Academy he prepared more than 3000 educational leaders for an emerging next practice. As President of ICSEI he received international acknowledgment and was awarded Life Membership for his engaged work with schools and education systems.
As the chairperson of the Jury of the German School Award he advocates for excellent schools facilitating deep student learning. In 2011 Michael Schratz was conferred the title of Professor Honoris Causa at Bucharest University. For his scientific achievements and his endeavour to link research evidence and educational practice he was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art, 1st class in 2017. In 2018 he held the Fritz Karsen Chair at the Humboldt University in Berlin. He is a member of the International Academy of Science and the scientific director of the Horizon 2020 EU Innovation and Training program „European Doctorate in Teacher Education“ (EDiTE).
In Singapore Prof. Andy Hargreaves awarded Michael Schratz the Life Membership Award of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement for his longstanding membership and his Presidency of ICSEI.