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The Challenge of Change

With practical insights, powerful observations, and critical analysis, this collection makes the widely discussed topic of school change accessible to all readers. Editor Michael Fullan, author of The New Meaning of Educational Change, brings together articles and essays that explore the theories, leadership, and implementation strategies behind the never-ending journey of educational reform. Contributors address the problems that have led to the school change movement and offer solutions and proposals for reform. The articles provide not only practical implementation examples involving schools and communities, but also a look at the essential role hope and emotion play in the change process. Each essay provides fresh insights, such as the importance of establishing collaborative work cultures and the need for professional learning communities, that, when taken as a whole, introduce a new mindset for understanding change. The Challenge of School Change: A Collection of Articles sheds new light on educational reform and offers important ideas about how change happens and how it is sustained. Fullan's collection confronts a complex issue with clarity and thoughtfulness and reminds teachers, administrators, principals, and parents that if they are up to the challenge, successful change efforts are possible in any school environment.
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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsAbout the AuthorsPart I. Change Forces 1. Introduction - Michael Fullan2. 8 Forces for Leaders of Change - Michael Fullan, Claudia Cuttress, Ann Kilcher3. The Road to School Improvement - Richard F. Elmore, Elizabeth A. City4. The Fourth Way of Change - Andy Hargreaves, Dennis Shirley5. Special Topic/Transforming High Schools - Pedro A. NogueraPart II. Instructional Focus at the School Level6. The Principal and Change - Michael Fullan7. Breakthrough Components - Michael Fullan, Peter Hill, Carmel Crevola 8. New Insights Into Professional Learning Communities at Work - Rick DuFour, Rebecca DuFour, Bob Eaker9. Coaches as Leaders of Change - Jim Knight10. Developing and Sustaining School Principals - Kenneth Leithwood, Scott Bauer, Brian ReidlingerPart III. District Level Change11. Sustaining Leadership in Complex Times - Michael Fullan, Lyn Sharratt12. The PELP Coherence Framework - Stacey Childress, Richard Elmore, Allen Grossman, Susan Moore JohnsonPart IV. Large-Scale Reform 13. Learning About System Renewal - Ben Levin, Michael Fullan14. Economic Success, Civil Rights, and the Seven Challenges for Education Reform in the U.S. - Michael BarberIndex

About the Author

Consulting Description Consulting Description: Leadership Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He served as special adviser in education to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty from 2003 to 2013, and now serves as one of four advisers to Premier Kathleen Wynne. Michael has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Nipissing University, Duquesne University, and The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He consults with governments and school systems in several countries. Fullan has won numerous awards for his more than 30 books, including the 2015 Grawemeyer prize with Andy Hargreaves for Professional Capital. His books include the best sellers Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, Change Leader, All Systems Go, Motion Leadership, and The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. His latest books are Evaluating and Assessing Tools in the Digital Swamp (with Katelyn Donnelly), Leadership: Key Competencies (with Lyle Kirtman), and Freedom to Change. To learn more, visit his website at Now, Michael Fullan is offering his experience to you in an eStudy opportunity! Visit for more information. Photo: Social Imagery


"It is important that we have books that contain a blend of provocative ideas and practical strategies. This is an excellent example of such a resource. I would use this book in my course on organizational change and in my work with promoting equity and diversity in leading change in schools. " -- Suzanne L. Gilmour, Executive Director

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