Recommended Reading

Carnegie Forum: Online Q&A

Getting Serious About Capacity Building

Michael Fullan, Laura Schwalm, and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo
April 2, 2020

Like so many others we went virtual for the Carnegie Forum in our April 2, 75-minute session on “Getting Serious about Capacity Building”. There was a great turnout and we received some really positive feedback. A few targeted questions emerged which we respond to publicly in this note.

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Nuance Book Review by Garth Nichols

Garth Nichols’ review of Nuance puts into perspective how well suited Michael Fullan’s writing is even in these times of disruption and uncertainty. Leadership is as important now as it ever was and this book offers key concepts and characteristics of what ‘Nuanced Leaders’ need to know to make a difference.

Garth Nichols
Cohort 21 Member Blog
April 2, 2020

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Leading in a Culture of Change 2nd Edition

Message from Michael

The first edition of Leading in a Culture of Change (LCC) was published in 2001. It was the first book that I wrote for education and business leaders alike. Several readers contacted me and said that the book made them realize how much they had failed to appreciate culture as foundational.

Now, 20 years later I re-wrote all of the chapters and updated them with the latest research, including that of our own.  

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Going Deeper – ASCD

Going Deeper:
What today’s teens need most from schools is learning that fosters engagement and connection. That may mean changing everything.

Teens are disengaged in school and need learning environments that foster engagement, connection, and a greater sense of purpose. The most important change required in education is cultural. Are high schools doing enough to help students engage with meaningful challenges?

To read the article, click here.

Michael Fullan
Mag Gardner
Max Drummy

Educational Leadership
May 2019,

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nuance: why some leaders succeed and others fail

Break the cycle of surface-level change and failure

How do leaders become clearer as complexity increases? We live in a world where decisions require judgment, getting people on board, drawing on local knowledge, ingenuity, and commitment. As leaders, how do you get beneath surface-level change to tackle complex challenges with depth and clarity.

Nuance is the answer.

Michael Fullan returns with an eminently readable, compelling and practical guide on the three habits of nuance: joint determination,

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California is on the Right Track to Improve Education

Press Release

California on the Right Track to Improve Education
with Recommended Strategies for Improvement by Michael Fullan

In Taking Stock: Leadership from the Middle, Michael Fullan and Santiago Rincón-Gallardo report on how the transformation of California’s education sector is faring in terms of its strengths, weaknesses and accomplishments.

California’s approach, called by some The California Way, is expressed in the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and its companions the Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAPs).

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Google Blog: Créer sa Propre Finlande

Il me fait plaisir de vous transmettre la version française de Find your own Finland, Créer sa propre Finlande. Le texte et le diagramme ont été révisés et son équipe et il peuvent être utilisés dans vos organisations.

Merci à Claude St-Cyr, Directeur de projet, Foundation Lucie et André Chagnon et Marc Denis pour la traduction. 

En collaboration avec Google, Michael a écrit un blog pour Google’s Keyword, leur destination centrale pour les dernières nouvelles mises à jour et des histoires à l’intérieur de Google.

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