Friday, February 22, 2013

Michael Fullan on "Motion Leadership" and Significant School System Improvement


Join me at an earlier-than-normal time on Friday, February 22nd, for a live and interactive conversation with Michael Fullan, Special Advisor to the Premier and Minister of Education in Ontario, and author of (among other books), Motion Leadership and Motion Leadership in Action. Ontario is considered one of the great success stories for education improvement over the last decade.

Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, Michael is engaged in advising policymakers and local leaders around the world in helping to achieve the "moral purpose of all children learning."

In the preface to Motion Leadership in Action he writes:
This book builds on work we have been doing in the past decade on "whole-system reform" -- how to improve classrooms and schools on a systemwide basis. Over the course of this work I have identified four "wrong" and four "right" policy drivers. By drivers I mean policies and strategies that are supposed to cause wide-scale improvement. The four wrong ones (in the sense that they do not move the system forward) are punitive accountability, individualistic solutions, technology, and ad hoc policies. The corresponding right ones are capacity building, teamwork, pedagogy, and systemic policies. It is not that the wrong drivers have no role to play, but rather that they should not have a front-end dominant role as they do in many jurisdictions, such as the Unites States. You may ask why a politician would consciously promote an innefective policy.  The short answer is that the policies in question appear to offer a quick fix and they can be legislated.
Date: Actually held Thursday, March 28th, 2013
Time: 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording is at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at

Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; Newman University College, University of Leicester; and from Nipissing University in Canada. His book, Leading in a Culture of Change was awarded the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council), Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geof Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009, and Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was awarded the 2009 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward.

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