The New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Partnership is hosting a workshop in Seattle on October 13-15, 2015. For more details, please use this link
California’s Local Control and Accountability Plan: Problems and Corrections
This is the third commentary under the title of California’s Golden Opportunity published by Michael Fullan and others and supported by the Stuart Foundation. The three notes are:
1. California’s Golden Opportunity: A Status Note (November 2014)
2. A Golden Opportunity: The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence as a Force for Positive Change (January 2015)
3. California’s Golden Opportunity: LCAP’s Theory of Action—Problems and Corrections (July 2015)
All three are available under the California Corner tab.
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.
Michael’s commitment and passion for educational change and the moral imperative of closing the gap for all children evolved over his forty years in the field. He became an expert but learned on the job by becoming immersed in his work.
In the last of this series, Michael talks about his journey and his commitment to improving the system.
This is topic video 22 of 22. We hope you have enjoyed the series.
Whole system reform involves ALL schools in the system, district, province/state and country getting better.
This video briefly touches on many of the solutions outlined in All Systems Go: The Change Imperative for Whole System Reform in which Fullan identifies a comprehensive action plan for educational leaders to build collective capacity and strip away distractors so they can move an entire system forward.
This is topic video 21 of 22.
Topic video 22 will be posted June 25.
A good leader has high expectations and high expectations for the system but this can’t be imposed — you need buy in. The push part is to make sure the high expectation is there; the pull part of leadership combines intrinsic motivation and people wanting to work together with a high moral imperative and a path to get there.
If you combine push & pull you can accomplish a lot in a short period of time.
This is topic video 20 of 22.
It may seem strange to say that professional development—educators going to workshops and conferences, and taking courses—bears little relationship to classroom and school improvement. Similarly teachers toiling away as individuals do not add up to school or system success. What really counts is what happens ‘in between workshops’ or what Fullan calls learning is the work.
To learn more, view this short video and read the Learning is the Work PDF below.
This is topic video 19 of 22.
On May 28, The Learning Partnership honoured The Right Honourable Paul Martin and Dr. Michael Fullan during its 17th annual Champions of Public Education Toronto Tribute Dinner at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
As The Learning Partnership’s primary annual fundraiser, this event brought together more than 700 business, education and government leaders, and influencers to celebrate these two outstanding leaders and their exceptional commitment to advance publicly funded education in Canada.
Based on research in All Systems Go, this short video stresses the importance of focusing on the learning outcomes. This requires coordinated leadership at the school, community, district and government level. Michael discusses schools and districts he has worked with that have used the ideas in this book and what their success rates are.
All Systems Go examines:
- Successful reform initiatives in the United States and abroad
- Actions and conditions that have ensured traction and sustainability
- Ways to avoid common errors in action,
In this short video, Michael emphasizes the importance of making causal links between action and outcomes using data. Actions, when backed up by evidence, become the standard; and when data are precise, presented in a non-judgmental way, considered by peers, and used for improvement as well as for external accountability, they serve to balance pressure and support.
This is topic video 17 of 22.
Topic video 18 will be posted Thursday, May 28.