Recommended Reading

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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Facilitator’s Guide to The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

For those who have a copy of The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact, we would like to offer you a copy of the Facilitator’s Guide produced by Joanne Quinn and Eleanor Adam. There is no fee for this package of material that includes the Facilitator’s Guide, Powerpoint presentations for each of the chapters, and PDFs for Action Items and Discussion Topics for each chapter.

This professional development training kit can be downloaded from www.wiley.com/go/theprincipal

To download Facilitator’s Guide click here.  

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The New Pedagogy: Students and Teachers as Learning Partners

LEARNing Landscapes <www.learninglandscapes.ca> has just published their twelfth issue entitled, “Teaching and Learning in the Digital World: Possibilities and Challenges.” There are several good articles in the publication from a diverse group of educators. The issue also includes my commentary on The New Pedagogy.

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