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The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems
By: Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn

Co-Publication with the Ontario Principal's Council

Using the right drivers as a foundation, you’ll fight initiative overload and fragmentation with the Coherence Framework, a dynamic four-part plan for lasting school change.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483364957
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: August 10, 2015

Price: $29.95



Complex times call for clear solutions—If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it’s time to start leading differently. The key to bringing about the kind of successful and sustainable change you need is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map made up of four essential components:

  • Focused direction to build collective purpose
  • Cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles
  • Deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation
  • Securing accountability from the inside out

Coherence provides the insights and tools to drive effective leadership. Now you can gain a deeper understanding of Coherence with The Taking Action Guide to Building Coherence in Schools, Districts, and Systems.

Coherence is a book that demands action – it moves from the narrative of fixing one teacher at a time, to asking about the coherence of the system (be it school, national, or world issues). Fullan and Quinn create an important narrative about direction, working together, deepening learning, and securing accountability. The book sparkles with examples of coherence in action, it makes no excuses for employing the wrong levers of change. This is the blueprint for a new vocabulary of education action; it shows where we need to go next, and is another example of Fullan at the top of his game.
John Hattie
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute and Author of Visible Learning

"School systems that struggle are riddled with incoherence—mismatched strategies, competing cultures, and illogical initiatives. Fullan and Quinn explain clearly how coherence can solve the problem. Based on solid research and lessons drawn from effective practice, Coherence provides a comprehensive model to guide educators as they learn and lead their way to better schools."
Susan Moore Johnson
Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor
Harvard Graduate School of Education

Key features

  1. The action framework we have developed aligns to the original four right drivers as follows:

Original Right Drivers

Right Drivers in Action


Focusing Direction


Cultivating Collaborative Cultures


Deepening Learning

Capacity Building for Results

Securing Accountability

  1. Offers many deep examples of right driver implementation including cases such as Garden Grove Unified School District (CA), Province of Ontario, and York District. All of these systems used ‘coherence making strategies’ as the route to success. They focused direction, employed collaborative capacity building, went deep in pedagogy, and secured internal group based accountability across the whole system.

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Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan currently serves as co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative. He is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. Prior to his work as an educator, Fullan acted as Special Policy Adviser to Premier Dalton McGuinty in Ontario from 2003 to 2013. Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012, as well as five honorary doctorates from various universities around the world. Currently, Fullan and his team focus on system transformation in education across multiple countries. For more information, visit www.michaefullan.ca.

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Joanne Quinn

Joanne Quinn is an international consultant and author on system change, leadership, and learning. As co-founder and global director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, she leads the capacity building of a global innovation partnership across eight countries focused on transforming learning. Joanne has provided leadership at all levels of education as a superintendent of education, implementation advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto. Recent books include Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems; The Taking Action Guide for Building Coherence in Schools, Districts, and Systems; and Deep Learning: Engage the World, Change the World. Joanne's diverse leadership roles and her passion to open windows of opportunity for all give her a unique perspective on influencing positive change.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Authors' Note: The Time Is Now!

Chapter 1. Coherence Making

What Coherence Is and Is Not

The Wrong and Right Drivers in Action

The Coherence Framework

Get the Right Mind-Set for Action

Chapter 2. Focusing Direction

Purpose Driven

Goals That Impact What Matters Most

Clarity of Strategy

Change Leadership

Focused Direction in Action

Final Thoughts

Chapter 3. Cultivating Collaborative Cultures

Culture of Growth

Learning Leadership aka Lead Learners

Capacity Building

Collaborative Work

Collaborative Work in Action

Final Thoughts

Chapter 4. Deepening Learning

Develop Clarity of Learning Goals

Build Precision in Pedagogy

Shift Practices Through Capacity Building

Moving Whole Systems Toward Deeper Learning

Final Thoughts

Chapter 5. Securing Accountability

Internal Accountability

External Accountability

Final Thoughts

Chapter 6. Leading for Coherence

Master the Framework

Develop Leaders at All Levels

Final Thoughts

References and Further Readings



About the Authors



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