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Deep Learning

Engage the World Change the World
First Edition
By: Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, Joanne McEachen

A Joint Publication With Ontario Principals' Council

The comprehensive strategy of deep learning incorporates practical tools and processes to engage educational stakeholders in new partnerships, mobilize whole-system change, and transform learning for all students.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506368580
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 208
  • Publication date: December 01, 2017

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Engage the World Change the World

Deep Learning has claimed the attention of educators and policymakers around the world. This book not only defines what deep learning is, but takes up the question of how to mobilize complex, whole-system change and transform learning for all students.

Deep Learning is a global partnership that works to: transform the role of teachers to that of activators who design experiences that build global competencies using real-life problem solving; and supports schools, districts, and systems to shift practice and how to measure learning in authentic ways.

This comprehensive strategy incorporates practical tools and processes to engage students, educators, and families in new partnerships and drive deep learning. Inside you’ll find:

  • The Deep Learning Framework
  • Vignettes and case studies from K-12 classrooms in 1,200 schools in seven countries
  • Guidance for reaching disadvantaged and differently abled students
  • Sample protocols and rubrics for assessment
  • Videos demonstrating deep learning design and innovative leadership in practice

Through learning partnerships, learning environments, new pedagogical practices, and leveraged digital skills, deep learning reaches students as never before — preparing them to be active, engaged participants in their future.


Key features

  • Deep learning is different in nature and scope than any other education innovation ever tried. It changes outcomes and changes learning by delving into meaningful matters in a way that alters forever the roles of students, teachers, families and others.
  • Introduces two new Cs – character and citizenship. These two competencies are proving to be game-changers that allow students to focus on complex problems, take responsibility for their learning, and have concern for and contribute to the world.Several videos demonstrating deep learning design and innovative leadership in practice
  • Rich classroom vignettes illustrate what deep learning looks like in action in a variety of contexts spanning K-12 examples from 1,200 schools in seven countries.
  • A unique emphasis on equity and excellence. Illustrating how deep learning is particularly critical for students who are disadvantaged and differently-abled.
  • Provides the Deep Learning Framework which illustrates the many critical layers involved in ensuring the success of deep learning in the classroom.
  • Sample protocols for assessing the effectiveness of the 6C implementation; sample rubrics for assessing the effectiveness of learning conditions; rubrics to assess the 4 key elements
  • Provides guidance and practical strategies readers can use to mobilize and support deep learning to change their classrooms, schools, districts and systems.
  • Several videos demonstrating deep learning design and innovative leadership in practice


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Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan served as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. He received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012 and holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world. His ‘interim autobiography’, Surreal Change, covers his work to 2018. Michael and his colleagues are now working diligently on field-based comprehensive system change in several countries. This work operates under the umbrella of what they call the ‘shared humanity paradigm’ —Equity, Engagement, Excellence--Deep change that integrates local (school and community), middle (district/regional), and state (policy) entities.

Fullan’s favorite method of learning is to partner with groups that are engaged with change; and to learn together with them. (And then to write another book about the experiences, and what was learned).

Michael Fullan’s latest books are: Nuance (2019), Spirit Work and the Science of Collaboration (with Mark Edwards, 2022), The Principal 2.0 (2023), and The Drivers (with Joanne Quinn, 2023).

For more information on books, articles, videos, podcasts please go to: www.michaelfullan.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.
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Joanne McEachen

Joanne McEachen is founder and CEO of The Learner First (thelearnerfirst.com), an international education consultancy based in Seattle, Washington. She leads a team of dedicated education and evaluation specialists who support school systems through the processes of assessment, measurement, and whole-system change. Her methodology interrogates systems through the eyes of their least-served learners, supporting them to embrace and celebrate students’ cultural identities and individual interests and needs. Joanne also serves as the Global New Measures Director for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international partnership focused on measuring and developing six global competencies of deep learning (the “6Cs”), where she works alongside and in partnership with Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, and other educators and system leaders worldwide. With her NPDL cofounders, Joanne coauthored Deep Learning: Engage the World, Change the World, which shares and celebrates the learning emerging from throughout NPDL.

Joanne’s expertise spans every level of the educational system. She has been a teacher, principal, superintendent, and national-school-system leader in her home country of New Zealand and around the world, and she has worked with multiple large and diverse school districts in the US to bring deeper learning to life. Drawing from rich and varied experiences tackling the issues faced by schools, districts, education departments, and the individuals within them, Joanne shares measures, tools, approaches, and insights that deepen learning for every learner.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION: Making Deep Learning a Momentum Maker

SECTION I Engage the World Change the World


Relevance Unfound

The Allure of Deep Learning

The Challenge


Reimagining Learning

What Is Deep Learning?

Why Deep Learning Matters

It’s All About Re-Culturing

Final Thoughts


Coherence Making for Whole System Change

Making Deep Learning Coherent

A Framework for Deep Learning

Final Thoughts

SECTION II The Living Laboratory


Deep Learning as a Force for Change

Emerging Discoveries

Making Deep Learning Come Alive

Final Thoughts

Chapter 5 DESIGNING DEEP LEARNING: Learning Partnerships

The New Pedagogies

Learning Partnerships

Final Thoughts

Chapter 6 DESIGNING DEEP LEARNING: Learning Environments, Leveraging Digital, Pedagogical Practices

Learning Design

Learning Environments

Leveraging Digital

Pedagogical Practices

Making the Four Elements Gel

Final Thoughts

Chapter 7 COLLABORATION COUNTS: Inquiry That Shifts Practice

Cultivating Collaboration and Capacity

The Collaborative Inquiry Process

Collaborative Learning Design

Collaborative Assessment

Final Thoughts


What Is Whole System Change?

Learning Conditions That Foster Deep Learning

The New Change Dynamic

Deep Learning in Action

Final Thoughts


New Measures

Early Findings

The Global Moderation Process

Final Thoughts

SECTION III A Precarious Future

Chapter 10 SIRENS OR SALVATION: Deep Learning Hell or Heaven

The Sirens

The Plot Thickens

Appendix: The Seven Countries




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