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Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Overdrive

Michael Fullan

Break free to make real change for yourself and others

Have you ever felt like your progress was being blocked, not just by your own circumstances, but by the presence and actions of others? Freedom to Change releases you from the trap of constantly telling yourself that you’d be more successful at teaching, leading, or contributing to an organization if only others didn’t stand in your way. In his engaging, irreverent style, bestselling author Michael Fullan explores the two kinds of freedom in our daily lives: freedom from obstacles versus freedom to take initiative and act. Gaining freedom from barriers has no value in itself until it is partnered with an equally determined sense of what you truly want. What change would you like to bring about for yourself or those around you?

Given that human nature and productivity are fundamentally social, Fullan prescribes four dynamically interrelated actions we can take:

  1. Consciously seeking a balance between our own autonomy and cooperation with others
  2. Improving the feedback exchange—giving more valuable responses, as well as eliciting, hearing, and accepting feedback more effectively
  3. Building accountability to others into the fabric of our working lives
  4. Finding ways to influence others with the changes we’ve made and want to spread

Illustrated and enriched with examples from education, business, and nonprofit sectors, Freedom to Change offers recommendations for both individuals and organizations seeking to enhance connectedness and independence.

Published in 2015 by:




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

Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn

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.

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


Published in 2015 by:

Corwin Press and the Ontario Principals’ Council


 Big City School Reforms by Michael Fullan

Big-City School Reforms

Lessons from New York, Toronto, and London
Michael Fullan and Alan Boyle

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

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.

Published in 2014 by:

Teachers College Press and Ontario Principals’ Council

The Principal by Michael Fullan

The Principal

Three Keys to Maximizing Impact

The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal’s role must change to maximize student achievement

Principals are often called the second most crucial in-school influencers (after teachers) of student learning. But what should the principal do in order to maximize student achievement? One of the best-known leadership authors in education, Fullan explains why the answer lies neither in micro-managing instruction nor in autonomous entrepreneurialism. He shows systematically how the principal’s role should change, demonstrating how it can be done in short order, at scale.

• Reveals the three key roles that administrators must play in today’s schools
• Explains how to choose the right versus wrong drivers of school success
• Filled with “action items” to help implement Fullan’s program effectively
• Includes strategies that have been successfully field-tested in schools across the United States and Canada

Published jointly in 2014 by:

Jossey-Bass and Ontario Principals’ Council



Cultures Built to Last: Systemic PLCs at Work

Cultures Built to Last

Systemic PLCs at Work

In Cultures Built to Last, two of North Americas most prominent educational thinkers team up to take PLCs to the next level. Richard DuFour and Michael Fullan recast the PLC process from just another positive innovation for individual schools to the central instrument for changing the culture of the education system: district-, state-, and nationwide. When the PLC process drives an entire system, the people within the organization develop a sense of identity that goes beyond their own classroom or office. They identify in significant ways with the larger system, which unleashes the energy of mutual allegiance and competition for the common good:

  • How to make PLCs an ongoing endeavour rather than a program to be implemented
  • How PLCs function as a crucial piece within whole-system reform
  • How to achieve coherence and clarity systemwide
  • How to approach systemic PLC transformation—from the top down or the bottom?
  • How to lead a PLC in a simultaneously loose and tight way
  • How to sustain systemic PLCs
  • How to recognize the warning signs of when a PLC is faltering

Published in 2013 by:

Solution Tree Press

  Motion Leadership in Action

Motion Leadership in Action

More Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy

How motion leadership “moves” educators to action! 

Do your school reform efforts frequently sputter or stall? In this indispensable sequel to the bestseller Motion Leadership, Michael Fullan shares the real-life strategies and results of educators who have used motion leadership to propel entire organizations and systems forward. Success stories from the US and around the world illustrate how educators can use a small number of specific actions to generate momentum for lasting change. Motion Leadership in Action addresses: 

  • Creating and leading movement in the right direction and at the right time
  • Implementing a “ready-fire-aim” mindset
  • Emphasizing the importance of collaboration
  • Forging relationships while handling resistance
  • Establishing your change stance in order to get better results 

Get the skinny on what works in setting educational change in motion! 

Published jointly in 2013 by:

Corwin Press, Learning Forward, and Ontario Principals’ Council

  Professional Capital

Professional Capital

In this latest and most important collaboration, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.

Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching. It includes action guidelines for classroom teachers, administrators, schools and districts, and state and federal leaders. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore. 

“Hargreaves and Fullan set out exactly and undeniably why the only way to move for- ward is to honor and improve the profession of teaching. This book should revolutionize how policymakers and practitioners alike think and act in education.”

— Sir Ken Robinson, educator and author

“Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan’s latest book shows that transforming our public school system isn’t magic: It comes from supporting all educators to ‘teach like a pro.’”

— Randi Weingarten, President, AFT

“A must-read! Brimming with insights and action ideas, Hargreaves and Fullan lay out a clear and cogent plan to transform American public education, community by community.”

— Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA

“This important book makes it clear that teaching stands at a crossroads between policy decisions that will help create a great profession for all teachers, or ones that will make teaching robotic and unexciting— hurting student learning for years to come.”

— Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association



Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge

“It’s time to take the lid off learning.”

In Stratosphere, Michael Fullan takes a close look at the fast-paced world of emerging technologies and argues that the inevitable influence of technology on teaching and learning must not be resisted, but rather embraced and applied in meaningful ways to positively impact school classrooms.
  • Examines connections–and disconnections– between pedagogy, technology, and change knowledge in education
  • Creates a vision for improving education by escaping the content-focused teaching of the past and embracing “the new pedagogy” of higher-order skills
  • Focuses on the harnessing of fast and innovative technologies to bring about change in classrooms, districts, states, and provinces
  • Identifies four critical elements that, at scale, have the ability to make large-scale change a reality– and easier!

Published in 2012 by:
Pearson Canada


Putting FACES on the Data

What Great Leaders Do!

Build the bridge from data collection to improved instruction.Students are people—not data. Assessment data can bury you or give you focused information on how to reach every student. Putting Faces on the Data shows how to develop a common language for sharing all students’ progress with all teachers and leaders and how to use ongoing assessment to inform instruction. Based on worldwide research from more than 500 educators, this book presents solutions organized by:

  • Assessment
  • Instruction
  • Leadership
  • Ownership 

The many benefits of personalizing data include increased student engagement and a positive impact on school culture. This reader-friendly guide helps you set goals, adjust lessons, identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, and implement interventions. Included is a self-assessment framework for implementing improvement at the district and state levels. By focusing on connecting all the dots between students and data, you can accomplish the ultimate goal of helping them learn.

By: Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan

Published in 2012 by:
Corwin Press, USA
Ontario Principals’ Council, Canada

  Change Leader

Change Leader

Learning to Do What Matters Most

Leadership expert Michael Fullan reveals six core practices for today’s leaders.In his previous best-selling books, Michael Fullan examined the concepts and processes of change. Now he turns his focus to the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leading in today’s complex world.

He outlines the six practices-Earn Trust, Fine-Tune Focus, Develop Others, Know Your Impact, Embrace Complexity, and Hope No Matter What-which appear to be deceptively simple but actually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerful leader from one who is merely competent.

Fullan argues that powerful leaders have built bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the few things that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills in ways that benefit their entire organization.

  • Provides a much-needed leadership guide for today’s turbulent climate
  • Written by an internationally acclaimed authority on organizational change
  • Includes illustrative examples from business, education, nonprofit, and government sectors 

The author shows leaders how to eschew policies and strategies that focus on shallow and short-term goals and develop leadership skills for long-term success.

Published by Jossey-Bass 2011


  The Moral Imperative Realized

The Moral Imperative Realized

“Like all of Fullan’s work, this is a must read. He offers such precise strategies for implementation that inaction is no longer an option for educators who are committed to high levels of learning for all students.”

Richard DuFour, Author Successful school leadership in action
Achieving excellence begins with hard work at the ground level. There is no question that the stakes have been raises and that school leaders have more pressure—and more opportunity—to make a bigger difference than ever before. Award-winning author and educational reform expert Michael Fullan takes the subject of moral leadership to the next level by showing how to put change into practice at the local and systemic levels. He explains how the combined forces of shared leadership make the difference, and outlines proven ways to

  • Create a culture of moral leadership
  • Drive change with school leaders
  • Achieve systemwide progress
  • Avoid educational blind alleys 

School leaders and principals must answer the call to drive the change our children deserve. This invaluable resource will inspire, educate, and provide a map for blazing the trail to success.

Published in 2010 by:

Corwin Press, USA
Ontario Principals’ Council, Canada

  All Systems Go

All Systems Go

The Change Imperative for Whole System Reform

Foreword by Peter Senge

Changing whole education systems for the better, as measured by student achievement, requires coordinated leadership at the school, community, district, and government level. Based on Fullan’s work with districts and large systems, this resource lays out a comprehensive action plan for achieving whole system reform.The book examines:

  • Successful reform initiatives in the United States and abroad
  • Actions and conditions that have ensured traction and sustainability
  • Ways to avoid common errors in action, funding, and policy
  • New reforms at the national level that can impact learning right now

This book offers a powerful approach to sustainable school system change that involves all stakeholders.

Published in 2010 by:
Corwin Press, USA
Ontario Principals’ Council, Canada

  Motion Leadership

Motion Leadership

The Skinny on Becoming Change Savvy

Create positive motion in your organization by becoming savvy about change!Michael Fullan, working with effective change leaders, provides the skinny on motion leadership, or how to “move” individuals, institutions, and whole systems forward. Cycling from practice to theory and back again, this easy-to-read book offers examples from Fullan’s global experience to help readers:

  • Understand problems and work with change
  • Mobilize peers to collaborate
  • Specialize in capacity building
  • Promote learning as the work of individuals and organizations
  • Make progress and performance results transparent
  • Earn trust by demonstrating integrity and competence
  • Enable others to become motion leaders 

Published jointly in 2009 by:
Corwin Press
School Improvement Network
Ontario Principals’ Council
American Association of School Administrators
National Staff Development Council

  Change Wars

Change Wars

NSDC 2009 Book of the Year Award

Michael Barber, Linda Darling-Hammond, Richard Elmore, Michael Fullan, Andy Hargreaves,Jonathan Jansen, Ben Levin, Pedro Noguera, Douglas Reeves, Andreas Schleicher, Dennis Shirley,
James Spillane, Marc Tucker

Look inside Change Wars!

Edited by Andy Hargreaves, Michael Fullan

The third anthology in the Leading Edge™ series explores traditional change strategies and examines constructive alternatives. Each author examines research and practice to offer practical strategies for:

  • Selecting and prioritizing reform and improvement initiatives that focus on your most crucial areas for improvement
  • Creating a coherent context for change that makes sense to all involved in the process
  • Understanding how and why people change
  • Involving stakeholders in the change process without causing apathy or burnout
  • Gleaning best practices from other successful educators and reform movements around the world
  • Embracing the challenges and rewards of working together to find educational solutions for a modern, democratic, and diverse society 

Published by Solution Tree, 2008

  Realization: The Change Imperative for Deepening District Wide Reform


The Change Imperative for Deepening District-Wide Reform

Lyn Sharratt, an experienced district administrator who successfully accomplished reform and Michael Fullan, internationally recognized expert in large-scale educational change, have teamed up to write this compelling book. Learn how to move from capacity building to full implementation by empowering colleagues throughout the organization to advance change. Explore:

  • 13 research-based parameters for improving performance
  • A 14th parameter—Realization—that goes beyond local capacity building to systemwide change
  • School-specific strategies that support effective assessment and instruction
  • Insights from real practitioners who have strengthened district-wide school improvement
    programs for all students
  • A pull-out implementation guide on how to deeply implement the parameters through
    four progressive learning stages

Published in 2009 by:
Corwin Press, USA
Ontario Principals’ Council (UTPress), Canada

  Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education

Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education

In Turnaround Leadership for Higher Education, international authorities on organizational change Michael Fullan and Geoff Scott reveal how campus leaders can proactively meet the challenges and expectations facing their institutions.

They show how certain leadership capabilities and change-capable cultures in higher education institutions must mirror each other—for the benefit of students and their futures, and for the academy and society.

The authors draw on a solid knowledge base of change, which advocates for stimulating and integrating strong moral purpose and equally strong partnerships and relationships inside and outside the academy.

Published by Jossey-Bass, 2009

  The Challenge of Change

The Challenge of Change

Start School Improvement Now!

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

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

Published by Corwin Press, 2009

  The Six Secrets of Change

The Six Secrets of Change

What the Best Leaders do to help Their Organizations Survive and Thrive

In this book Fullan explores essential lessons for business and public sector leaders for surviving and thriving in today’s complex environment. He draws on his acclaimed work in bringing about large-scale and substantial change in education reform in both public school systems and universities, as well as engaging in major change initiatives internationally.

The Six Secrets of Change is filled with lessons that are insightful, actionable, and concisely communicable. These lessons are “secrets” not because there is a conspiracy to hide them from public view, but because they are often difficult to grasp in their deep meaning, and challenging to appreciate and act on in combination.

Fullan makes these so-called secrets accessible and useful and offers illustrative examples from a variety of businesses, health organziations, and public education systems.Published by Jossey-Bass, 2008

  What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship?

What’s Worth Fighting for in the Principalship?

Second Edition

World-renowned for his expert advice on school change, Michael Fullan has completely revised and updated this classic work written directly to principals.

In the years since publication of the first edition, policymakers and school reformers have pointed increasingly to the school principal as the most important agent of needed change in our schools. Along with this recognition, principals are now expected to do even more within their already overloaded schedules.

With a sense of urgency that will spur principals into action, this second edition is more targeted, more specific, and provides more concrete examples from the field to reveal a new agenda for school leaders.

Michael Fullan incisively characterizes the current state of the principalship and recommends 6 practical, powerful Action Guidelines for principals, and 6 Guidelines for Systems, all geared towards dramatically increasing the impact of the principal on school success.

Published in 2008 by:
Teachers College Press, USA
Ontario Principals’ Council, (UTPress), Canada
ACEL, Australia and New Zealand

  The New Meaning of Educational Change

The New Meaning of Educational Change

4th edition

When Michael Fullan published the first edition of this seminal work in 1982, he revolutionized the theory and practice of education reform.

Now, a quarter of a century later, his new fourth edition promises to be equally influential for radical reform in the 21st century. The New Meaning of Educational Change is your definitive compendium to all aspects of the management of educational change—a powerful resource for everyone involved in school reform.

Published by Teachers College Press, 2007


Turnaround Leadership

In Turnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan—an internationally recognized leader on education reform—expands the definition of organization turnaround and shows leaders can covert even the worst situation into an opportunity to shake-up and rejuvenate their schools. Indeed he goes beyond turnaround schools to show how entire systems can be transformed.

Fullan examines the dynamics of what makes societies—and education systems—healthy or sick. He identifies the positive things turnaround schools do to get off the critical list, and explores what it takes to motivate large numbers of people to go beyond short-term solutions in order to achieve fundamental, sustainable reform.

Ultimately, Turnaround Leadership focuses on the critical role of leadership—not the Lone Ranger leader who rides into town and saves a single school, but leaders whose very actions change the system they work in.

This is a volume in the Jossey-Bass Leadership Library in Education—a series designed to meet the demand for new ideas and insights about leadership in schools.

Published by Jossey-Bass, 2006

  Learning Places

Learning Places

A Field Guide for Improving the Context of Schooling

Authors Michael Fullan and Clif St. German provide an inspiring approach to school change and staying power for school improvement initiatives.

Organized to make learning contagious throughout the school, this user-friendly guide helps create a culture of learning that promotes the simultaneous development of students, teachers, and parents — addressing specific ways to maximize study groups, student data, classroom walk-throughs, and more.

The interactive self-assessment protocols focus on:Achieving a sense of purpose

  • Facilitating program coherence
  • Invigorating classroom teaching
  • Supporting the professional development of teachers
  • Developing wider circles of leadership

Issuing a call to action for all educational communities, this easy-to-use manual offers a visionary yet grounded approach to revitalize educators and reenergize their efforts for meaningful, lasting reform.

Published by Corwin Press, 2006



In Breakthrough, authors Michael Fullan, Peter Hill, and Carmel Crévola present a revolutionary new approach to educational reform, breaking away from the conventional paradigm to help educators create focused instruction, transform the classroom experience, and dramatically raise-and sustain-performance levels for students and teachers alike.

This book provides the breakthrough concepts needed for developing precise, validated, data-driven instruction personalized to each and every student.Breakthrough establishes the tipping point for moving toward personalized, high-quality instruction and learning in the classroom to ensure continuous improvement and ongoing academic success.

Published by Corwin Press, 2006

  Leadership & Sustainability

Leadership & Sustainability

System Thinkers in Action

As agencies have pushed for greater performance and public accountability over the past two decades, we have seen some incremental improvements. But all too often experience reveals that these improvements are temporary.

Leadership & Sustainability provides a comprehensive examination of what leaders at all levels of the educational system can do to pave the way for large-scale, sustainable reform.

Linking abstract concepts to concrete examples, this groundbreaking work defines an agenda for the system thinker in action, including eight elements of sustainability that can be applied to any public service or corporate institution.

Published by Corwin Press, 2004

  The Moral Imperative of School Leadership

The Moral Imperative of School Leadership

The role of the principal is pivotal to systemic school change. This is the fundamental message in Michael Fullan’s new book, The Moral Imperative of School Leadership, which extends the discussion that began in his earlier publication, What’s Worth Fighting for in the Principalship?

The author examines the moral purpose of school leadership and its critical role in “changing the context” in which the role is embedded. In this bold step forward, Fullan calls for principals to become agents as well as beneficiaries of the processes of school change. In an effort to make the position more rewarding and exciting, he shifts the principal’s role from one of a site-based superman or superwoman, and recasts it as one in which principals figure prominently both within their school and within the larger school system that surrounds them.

Published by Corwin Press, 2003

  Leading in a Culture of Change

Leading in a Culture of Change

Personal Action Guide and Workbook

Leading in a Culture of Change: Personal Action Guide and Workbook is an essential companion to Michael Fullan’s bestselling book, Leading in a Culture of Change.

This practical guide is designed to help leaders in all sectors (corporate, education, public, and nonprofit) manage and drive productive change within their organizations.

The workbook is filled with illustrative case examples, exercises, and resources that you can use with individuals or groups. It will help you (and any change agent) integrate the five core competencies—attending to a broader moral purpose, keeping on top of the change process, cultivating relationships, sharing knowledge, and setting a vision and context for creating coherence in organizations—and empower you to deal with the issues of complex change.

Published by Jossey-Bass, 2003

  Leading in a Culture of Change

Leading in a Culture of Change

Leading in a Culture of Change offers new and seasoned leaders in both education and business insights into the dynamics of change and presents a unique and imaginative approach for navigating the intricacies of the change process.

Michael Fullan shows how leaders in all types of organizations can accomplish their goals and become exceptional leaders. He draws on the most current ideas and theories on the topic of effective leadership, incorporates case examples of large scale transformation, and reveals a remarkable convergence of powerful themes.

Published by Jossey-Bass, 2001

This book is also available in Spanish

  The New Meaning of Educational Change

The New Meaning of Educational Change

This book provides the definitive up-to-date reference for the educational innovator in the new millennium. It provides powerful insights into the complexity of reform and recommends inspiring and practical strategies for lasting improvement. Written in clear, accessible language, it provides a classic guide to reform.

Published by Teachers College Press, 2001

This book is also available in Chinese

  Change Forces with a Vengeance

Change Forces with a Vengeance

Change Forces With a Vengeance is the third book in the chaos theory trilogy (now called complexity theory). The first two books focused on understanding the real complexity of educational reform in action, this book provides new insights and lessons for change concerning moral purpose and what is called tri-level reform – the school and community, the local district, and the state.

It draws on reform initiatives across many levels and countries so that the ideas are grounded in the reality of actual projects and findings as the forces of change play themselves out within and across the three levels. Exciting new possibilities are identified when Michael Fullan takes up the daunting question of how systems can be ‘guided’ not ‘managed’ to change for the better. It is both deeply theoretical and powerfully practical.

Published by RoutledgeFalmer, 2003

  Changing Forces: The Sequel

Changing Forces: The Sequel

Change Forces: The Sequel goes even deeper than its best-selling predecessor. It is rich in theory and sophisticated in empirical investigation.

Eight new lessons for understanding complex change are developed and specific ideas are gained for how local success can be combined with larger scale reform initiatives. You will learn how bottom-up and top-down forces not only co-exist but feed on each other. Even more powerful is how Change Forces: The Sequel demonstrates the fusion of ideas, political action, and moral purpose.

Published by Taylor & Francis Group, 1999

This book is also available in German, Spanish, Chinese, Finnish, Lithuanian

  Change Forces

Change Forces

Probing the Depths of Educational Reform

Change Forces: Probing the Depths of Educational Reform argues that moral purpose – making a difference in the lives of young people – is fundamental to reform but not as straightforward as it seems.

In pursuing the themes of moral purpose and complex change, the book unlocks the ‘black box’ of why collaborative cultures really work and what it takes to create and sustain them. It presents conflict, diversity, and resistance as potentially positive, and as absolutely essential forces for success.

It probes deeply into the role of knowledge inside and outside learning organizations and unpacks the problem of transferability – why obvious good ideas do not get used by others and how to reframe strategies so that larger scale change becomes possible.

Published by RoutledgeFalmer, 1993

This book is also available in German, Spanish, Chinese, Finnish, Lithuanian

  What's Worth Fighting for Out There?

What’s Worth Fighting for Out There?

Authors Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan explore a variety of ways parents and other community members can support teachers in bringing about positive change.

They admit the challenges are monumental. Hargreaves and Fullan, however, write with a passion and hope about why partnerships are worth fighting for within and outside the school.

Published in Canada by the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation, 1998
Published in the USA by Teachers College Press, 1998

This book is also available in Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil/Spain), Swedish, Ukranian

  What's Worth Fighting for in the Principalship?

What’s Worth Fighting for in the Principalship?

The role of the school principal has never been perceived to be an easy one. Today it is continually becoming more diverse and complex as the needs and demands of our society change.

This commissioned study, in realistic terms, describes the world of the principalship. Michael Fullan reflects on the demands of this role in the context of what he describes as a non-rational world.

He articulates a new concept of the principalship and delineates clearly what is worth fighting for in this role.

Published in Canada by the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation, 1997

Published in the USA by Teachers College Press, 1997

This book is also available in Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil/Spain), Swedish, Ukranian

  What's Worth Fighting For?

What’s Worth Fighting For?

Working Together For Your School

In this book, Michael Fullan and Andy Hargreaves describe how to make schools more interesting and fulfilling places.

The goal is to bring about marked improvements in the daily lives and cumulative experiences of more and more teachers, principals, and students.The premise of the monograph is that teachers and principals themselves must make this happen.

Published in Canada by the Ontario Public School Teachers’ Federation, 1991

Published in the USA by Teachers College Press, 1991

This book is also available in Norwegian, Portuguese (Brazil/Spain), Swedish, Ukranian


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