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California’s Golden Opportunity: LCAP’s Theory of Action

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.  

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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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Topic Video: My Change Journey

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.

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Topic Video: Key Strategies for Whole System Reform – Framework

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.

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Topic Video: The Push & Pull Factor

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.

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Topic Video: Learning is the Work

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.

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