The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems

  • Michael Fullan - Michael Fullan Enterprises Inc., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Joanne Quinn - Quinn Consultants Inc (Canada)

Co-Publication with the Ontario Principal's Council

© 2016 | 168 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with Ontario Principals' Council

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





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
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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