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Deep Learning

Engage the World Change the World

By: Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, Joanne Joy McEachen

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.

Product Details
  • 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, (OC) is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative ( Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers, local leaders, and school communities in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children’s learning. He served as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. Fullan received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012. He holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world.

Fullan’s latest books are: Coherence: Putting the right drivers in action (with Quinn); Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World (with Quinn, McEachen); Dive into Deep Learning: Tools for Engagement (Quinn, McEachen, Fullan, Gardner, & Drummy), Surreal Change (autobiography), Core Governance (with Davis Campbell), Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and others Fail, The devil is in the details: System solutions for equity, excellence , and well-being (with Gallagher), Spirit work and the science of collaboration (with Mark Edwards).

Fullan and his team currently work on ‘system transformation’ in education in several countries globally. For more information on books, articles, videos, podcasts please go to



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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 SystemsThe 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 Joy McEachen

Joanne McEachen is founder and CEO of The Learner First (, 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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