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The Challenge of Change

Start School Improvement Now!
Second Edition
By: Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan and other notable experts present a cohesive model of tri-level reform—school, district, and state educators collaborating to build and strengthen capacity for change.

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  • Grade Level: K-12
  • ISBN: 9781412953764
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2009
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: June 07, 2009

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"The 'challenge of change' is everyone's favorite phrase these days. And for good reason. Never has the need been greater in education for reform that results in both individual and societal benefits."
—From the Introduction

A cohesive, multi-level approach for sustainable educational reform!

With practical insights and critical analysis, this completely revised edition of The Challenge of School Change sheds new light on the widely discussed topic of school change and analyzes the concept of tri-level reform—school, district, and state/national levels working together to build and strengthen capacity to achieve meaningful change.

Editor Michael Fullan and fellow contributors explore the theories as well as leadership and implementation strategies behind educational reform and address the concerns that have led to the current school change movement. Designed for principals, superintendents, and school board members, this collection

  • Features notable experts, including Richard Elmore, Andy Hargreaves, Elizabeth City, Pedro A. Noguera, Carmel Crévola, Jim Knight, and Ken Leithwood
  • Provides practical implementation examples for tri-level reform
  • Looks at the essential role that hope and emotion play in the change process

Confronting a complex issue with clarity and thoughtfulness, this collection shows educators that successful change efforts are possible in any school environment!



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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

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors

Part I. Change Forces

1. Introduction

2. 8 Forces for Leaders of Change

3. The Road to School Improvement

4. The Fourth Way of Change

5. Special Topic/Transforming High Schools

Part II. Instructional Focus at the School Level

6. The Principal and Change

7. Breakthrough Components

8. New Insights Into Professional Learning Communities at Work

9. Coaches as Leaders of Change

10. Developing and Sustaining School Principals

Part III. District Level Change

11. Sustaining Leadership in Complex Times

12. The PELP Coherence Framework

Part IV. Large-Scale Reform

13. Learning About System Renewal

14. Economic Success, Civil Rights, and the Seven Challenges for Education Reform in the U.S.




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