Monika Louws successfully defended her doctoral thesis ‘Professional learning: what teachers want to learn’ at Leiden University (2016). Her PhD research focused on teachers’ professional learning goals. After her PhD, she was involved as a researcher in a national research project on the use of ICT in secondary schools and a national project on teachers' professional agency.
She now works as a teacher within the Graduate School of Teaching and undergraduate and graduate courses in Educational Sciences. Her research interests focuses on beginning and experienced teachers' learning, the school context as learning environment for teachers, educational leadership and change processes in schools.
She currently participates in the Expeditie Lerarenagenda. This team studies how teachers, teams, schools, training programs and policy navigates toward a future-proof teaching profession. This requires adaptive capacity on all levels in the education system.