Changing whole education systems for the better, as measured by student achievement, requires coordinated leadership at the school, community, district, and government levels. Based on Michael Fullan's work with school districts and large systems in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., this resource lays out a comprehensive action plan for achieving whole system reform.
System-wide reform becomes possible when educational leaders build collective capacity and where individual teachers, schools, and districts are committed to working together to increase their effectiveness, rather than competing against one another.
This book examines: successful reform initiatives in the U.S. and abroad; actions and conditions that have ensured traction and sustainability; ways to avoid common errors in action, funding, and policy; and new reforms at the national level that can impact learning right now. All Systems Go shows educators what must be done to strip away distractions and move an entire system forward.
Michael Fullan is special advisor on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario. He formerly served as dean and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and from Nipissing University. Fullan currently works as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world. He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages, and four of his books have won book of the year awards.