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NSW – Fullan article in The Age

Posted November 6, 2014 in Home, Interviews by admin

NSW educators wanting to improve public school system could learn from Ontario

In Australia, relentless debates over education, arguments over curriculum and disputes about funding models could easily leave observers convinced the sky isn’t far off falling down.

Some of the bad news is true. But the good news is that, with the right strategies in place and some persistence, education systems can not only stave off doom but can, in fact, make substantial progress.

Ontario, Canada, which has characteristics similar to NSW, was stagnant in 2003. In a decade, the percentage of students reaching the highest standard in literacy and numeracy has risen from 54 to 70 per cent and high school graduation rates have risen from 68 to 83 per cent across its 900 secondary schools. The goal now is to move from great to excellent.

So what matters most as you try to improve something as large and as complicated as the NSW public school system, with its 2218 schools, 755,000 students and more than 70,000 teachers?

Starting from the top, you need a compelling vision and a coherent direction. And when you implement it, you need to engage schools and communities in a strong two-way partnership.

This vision must permeate all levels of the system. You need to create the expectations and belief that all students can achieve, regardless of postcode. You need to develop agreement and alignment of practices in schools, along with the capacity of leaders and peer teachers to give constructive feedback to each other.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/comment/nsw-educators-wanting-to-improve-public-school-system-could-learn-from-ontario-20141103-11fzdb.html#ixzz3IGLt64On


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New Pedagogies for Deep Learning – Melbourne Session, October 29, 2014

Posted October 20, 2014 in Home, Recommended, Workshops by admin


New Pedagogies for Deep Learning – a Global Partnership

How can we mobilise and foster new pedagogies for deep learning in schools and leverage the power of digital learning?

Join MC Tony Mackay and Michael Fullan to discuss New Pedagogies for Deep Learning; a global partnership focused on implementing deep learning goals across whole education systems to enable new pedagogies accelerated by technology.

New Pedagogies for Deep Learning engages students across the globe to develop skills to be lifelong learners; creative, connected and collaborative problem solvers who can successfully participate and innovate in our increasingly connected world.

This session is designed for school leaders and teachers who are striving to develop learning experiences that go beyond the surface and identify a framework for deep learning competencies.


This session commences October 29th at 9:30AM and concludes at approximately 11:30AM. Morning tea is provided after the session.

Presented by ACMI and the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development

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Big-City School Reforms: Lessons from New York, Toronto, and London

Posted October 6, 2014 in Posts by admin


Michael Fullan and Alan Boyle

Big cities have struggled to improve public school systems. This book shows why—and offers a framework for achieving future success. Fullan and Boyle, internationally renowned thinkers on school change, demonstrate that while the educational challenges of big cities may be overwhelming, they are not insurmountable. They draw on ten years’ of research to identify six essential “push” and “pull” actions that enable big school systems to improve student achievement.

Leaders must push to challenge the status quo, convey a high sense of urgency, and have the courage needed to intervene. But they need to also pull together to create a commonly-owned strategy, develop professional power, and attend to sustainability. Examining three major cities—New York, Toronto, and London—through the decade of 2002–2012, this book weaves case studies with careful analysis and recommendations to hone in on which policies and strategies work best to raise the bar for all students and reduce the gap for the disadvantaged. Big-City School Reforms offers invaluable advice to those leading the next phase of school reform in cities around the world. This is an eminently practical book that focuses on big problems and big solutions.


This encouraging book draws on the recent experiences of New York, London, and Toronto to identify what it takes to transform big-city school systems. It recognises their complexities without being overawed by them. By concentrating on the factors that seem to matter most, it offers real hope that we can now tackle some of the key issues that have frustrated reform efforts in the past.”Geoff Whitty, director emeritus, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

“Fullan and Boyle present a compelling framework for motivating and sustaining improvement in large urban school districts. The authors’ premise that system leaders must optimally balance push and pull strategies serves as an important lesson to school-level leaders as well.”
Sandra J. Stein, education and leadership consultant

“In this important new book, Fullan and Boyle answer the most important question facing the leaders of the world’s major cities: what will it take to significantly improve the quality of public education? Through a sophisticated analysis of the policies pursued in New York, Toronto, and London, the authors make it possible for us to see why some cities are making more progress than others. Their clear and compelling insights couldn’t be more relevant and timely.”
Pedro A. Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Development, Executive Director, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University

Published in 2014 by:

Teachers College Press and Ontario Principals’ Council

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Facilitator’s Guide to The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

Posted October 1, 2014 in Recommended by admin

For those who have a copy of ‘The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact’, we would like to offer you a copy of the Facilitator’s Guide produced by Joanne Quinn and Eleanor Adam. There is no fee for this package of material that includes the Facilitator’s Guide, Powerpoint presentations for each of the chapters, and PDFs for Action Items and Discussion Topics for each chapter.

This professional development training kit can be downloaded from www.wiley.com/go/theprincipal

The password is the last five digits of the book’s ISBN, which are 27239.


The Principal by Michael Fullan

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Australia Workshop Tour – 2014

Posted September 5, 2014 in Home, Workshops by admin

Workshop Title:  Leading Quality Change

Pre-Read:  Education Plus – A Whitepaper July 2014 (1)

Michael Fullan draws on his cumulative insights about change initiatives over the years to identify the most powerful ideas associated with success. Key strategies that integrate quality ideas with quality change processes will be presented as they apply to concrete change situations.

Participants will learn about effective approaches to each of the following levels: within school success; success across schools and regions; and how to relate to the state and federal levels. Specific examples will be examined at each level. Next generation reform will be identified related to factors that will deepen and accelerate learning required for future societies through powerful new pedagogies linked to digital resources.

Module One:     Core Insights about Integrating Good Ideas and Effective Change Processes

Module Two:     Success within Schools and Communities

Module Three:  Effective Leadership in a Digital Age

Module Four:    Success at the Network and System Levels


October 27 – Melbourne – CSE

October 28 – Melbourne – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

October 29 – Melbourne – Department o Education and Early Childhood Development

October 30 – Hobart – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

October 31 – Hobart – Department of Education Tasmania

November 3 – Parramatta – Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta

November 4 – Sydney – NSW Department of Education

November 5 – Sydney – NSW Department of Education

November 6 – Brisbane – Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (closed)

November 6 – Brisbane – Pearson National Learning and Teaching Conference 2014

November 7 - Brisbane – Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment (closed)





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Three Keys to Maximizing Impact: BLC Interview, Boston

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Filmed at the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston, Michael talks about the role of the principal and the three strategies they need to practice to move forward. Fullan says that for principals to have impact they need to participate as lead learners, contribute as system players, and develop push and pull skills to be effective change agents.

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Daily Edventures: Anthony Salcito Interviews Michael Fullan

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In this interview with Anthony Salcito, Michael talks about his new work with Greg Butler and New Pedagogies for Deep Learning.

NPDL is a global initiative launched by Fullan and Greg Butler, in partnership with Microsoft and number of other partners. The goal was to recruit 10 clusters of 100 schools to “identify, apply and diffuse new pedagogies for deep learning accelerated by technology.” In other words: create a global education reform movement. In just six months, school clusters in the U.S., Canada, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia and Uruguay have joined, with many more in the process of joining.


July 2014

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Education Plus: New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Whitepaper

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Michael Fullan and Geoff Scott co-authored the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning Whitepaper: Education PLUS.

Published by: Collaborative Impact SPC, Seattle, Washington
July 2014

For more information about New Pedagogies for Deep Learning visit www.newpedagogies.org.
© 2014 Collaborative Impact

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