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Developing Humanity: Education’s Emerging Role

Developing Humanity:
Education’s Emerging Role

This 3-page article, written by Michael Fullan for Principal Connections, the Catholic Principals’ Council, addresses declining student engagement in traditional classrooms, the lure of the digital world, and millennials’ motivation to help humanity. The new leadership required is emerging at the school, district and system levels, in part through the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL) and six factors outlined in the article.

December, 2016

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Inside-Out and Downside-Up: Global Think Piece

The Global Dialogue Think Piece, by Michael Fullan and Steve Munby,  was written to stimulate participants at the Global Dialogue Webinar  to debate the challenges and opportunities presented by cluster-based school collaboration when used as a vehicle for school improvement. Following the Global Dialogue event that took place on February 11, 2016, Fullan and Munby updated their paper to reflect reaction and input from John Hattie, Viviane Robinson and hundreds of other school teachers and leaders.

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Inside-Out and Upside-Down – Global Dialogue Think Piece

This Global Dialogue Think Piece, by Michael Fullan and Steve Munby,  was written to stimulate participants at the Global Dialogue Webinar  to debate the challenges and opportunities presented by cluster-based school collaboration when used as a vehicle for school improvement.

January 2016

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Why Helping Humanity Should Be Core to Learning

Education research is showing that students are intergenerational change agents and this concept is captured brilliantly in Michael’s new article published in Moving America Forward and NationSwell.

Michael explores the relationship between ‘push’ and ‘pull’ forces in education and explains how helping clusters and networks of schools to implement deep learning outcomes is building momentum. The article is based on a previous report with Maria Langworthy called, A Rich Seam: How New Pedagogies Find Deep Learning which was published by Pearson in 2014 and Michael’s current work with New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.

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Leadership from the Middle: A System Strategy

EDUCATION CANADA • December 2015 | Canadian Education Association

The focus of this article, is “Leadership from the Middle” (LftM), first identified by Hargreaves and Braun4 in their evaluation of the implementation of a special education initiative in Ontario.

The middle consists of school districts or clusters of schools. The article shows how districts, individually and collectively can be a force for local and state change. Thus, it gives the middle a major role in shaping implementation,

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Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Over Drive

Break free to make real change for yourself and others.

Have you ever felt like your progress was being blocked, not just by your own circumstances, but by the presence and actions of others? Do you constantly tell yourself that you would be more successful at teaching, leading or contributing to an organization if only others did not stand in your way? Bestselling author Michael Fullan’s new book, Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Overdrive explores the two kinds of freedom in our daily lives: freedom from obstacles versus freedom to take initiative and act.

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Professional Capital as Accountability

A recent paper by Michael Fullan, Santiago Rincón-Gallardo, and Andy Hargreaves has been published by the Education Policy Analysis Archives as one of their ‘Special Series’.

This paper seeks to clarify and spells out the responsibilities of policy makers to create the conditions for an effective accountability system that produces substantial improvements in student learning, strengthens the teaching profession, and provides transparency of results to the public. The authors point out that U.S. policy makers will need to make a major shift from a heavy reliance on external accountability and superficial structural solutions (e.g.,

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2015 will be a Crucial Year for Teacher Policy

Worlds of Education is celebrating the completion of the first phase of Education International‘s Quality for Education campaign with several insightful articles by globally renowned policymakers, educators, authors and researchers.

Included in the publication is Fullan new article, Next Steps in Teacher Policy: Clarifying dangerous half truths. Here Fullan presents six ideas that in combination lead to greater performance of the teaching profession as a whole and thus, greater education achievement of students.

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Hargreaves & Fullan win the Grawemeyer Education Award

The Grawemeyer Awards are five annual prizes given in the fields of music, political science, psychology, education and religion. They were founded by H. Charles Grawemeyer to help make the world a better place.

Grawemeyer distinguished the awards by honoring ideas rather than life-long or publicized personal achievement. He also insisted that the selection process for each of the five awards–though dominated by professionals-include one step involving a lay committee knowledgeable in each field. As Grawemeyer saw it, great ideas should be understandable to someone with general knowledge and not be the private treasure of academics.

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Big-City School Reforms: Lessons from New York, Toronto, and London

Michael Fullan and Alan Boyle

Big cities have struggled to improve public school systems. This book shows why—and offers a framework for achieving future success. Fullan and Boyle, internationally renowned thinkers on school change, demonstrate that while the educational challenges of big cities may be overwhelming, they are not insurmountable. They draw on ten years’ of research to identify six essential “push” and “pull” actions that enable big school systems to improve student achievement.

Big-City School Reforms offers invaluable advice to those leading the next phase of school reform in cities around the world.

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