The author of Six Secrets of Change describes how and why the principal's role must change to maximize student achievement *** FREE Professional Development Guide Included *** 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
Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is a professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He consults with leaders of education systems worldwide and is the award-winning author of more than thirty books, including Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, and Change Leader. To learn more, visit www.michaelfullan.ca.
Preface ix Acknowledgments xi About the Author xv CHAPTER ONE: Outmoded 1 Gasp! 6 Leading Learning 8 Maximizing Impact 9 This Watershed Moment 10 The Chapters That Follow 13 Still Worth a Struggle 14 CHAPTER TWO: Vices and Virtues 17 Panic Time? 21 Four Wrong Choices for Driving Policy 22 Too Broad, Too Narrow: The Transformative Versus Instructional Leader 38 Principal Autonomy and Micromanaging: Other Roadside Attractions 42 Time to Retune 46 CHAPTER THREE: The First Key Leading Learning 51 What Key Research Tells Us 56 Professional Capital a Framework for Leading Learning 67 Foster and Integrate 86 The More Powerful Way 88 CHAPTER FOUR: The Second Key Being a District and System Player 93 Looking Out to Improve Within 98 Intradistrict Development 100 Beyond the District 107 Not You Alone 115 CHAPTER FIVE: The Third Key Becoming a Change Agent 119 Change Agency 124 Distorted Mirrors 135 CHAPTER SIX: The Future Is Now 141 The Unplanned Digital Revolution 145 Planned Change: Common Core State Standards 154 Time to Change Careers? Or to Change Gears? 157 A Final Word 160 References 161 Index 169