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Major School Improvement Requires the Collective Capacity of Systems at All Levels
June 13, 2012 | Comments
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Over the past two months, I've been writing about Michael Fullan's theories on what drives systemic school reform. And what doesn't. You can read my introduction here, and also Driver 1 (capacity building), Driver 2 (group focus), and Driver 3 (effective instruction). In this look at Fullan's final driver, systemic solutions, I'm going to shift my focus from his 2011 seminar paper to his recent book All Systems Go.   Michael Fullan looks back to one of the seminal thinkers about learning systems... [continue reading]
Change Driver 1: Build the Capacity of All Educators
April 13, 2012 | Comments
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by Cathy GassenheimerMichael Fullan, one of the leading education researchers and thought-leaders of our time, has written about four major drivers for whole system reform. I'm writing a post about each driver. See my overview here.Change Driver 1: Build the capacity of all educators.   Many of you may have read Daniel Pinks Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead Books, 2009). His book synthesizes research by scientists that conclusively proves we are primarily motivated... [continue reading]
The Right Drivers for School Reform
April 10, 2012 | Comments
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by Cathy GassenheimerReaders of this blog know that we follow Michael Fullans thinking very closely. So, I was delighted to discover a policy brief based on seminar presentation that Fullan gave in Australia about a year ago: Choosing the Wrong Drivers for Whole System Reform.  Fullan describes so well ABPC's own view of the essence of whole system school reform. What he recommends is quite different from much of what has been PRIMARILY emphasized over the past several years as drivers of school... [continue reading]
Talladega County's Transformational Journey (Part 2)
November 18, 2011 | Category: Success Stories | Comments
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In the second part of our interview with Talladega County Superintendent Suzanne Lacey by  ABPC consultant John Norton, Dr. Lacey describes Talladega's vision for a new instructional model and the steps she and her leadership team are taking to spread PBL across all the district's schools. You can read the first installment of the interview by clicking here.  Norton: You've said that a lot of Talladega County's success in developing a new instructional model can be traced back to your partnershi... [continue reading]
Talladega County's Transformational Journey (Part 1)
November 11, 2011 | Category: Success Stories | Comments
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By Cathy Gassenheimer  Talladega Learning: A Great Partnership!   There is more to Talladega than the speedway. Much more! Educators in Talladega County are hard at work retooling their schools so all of their students will be well-prepared for the future -- whether that future is second grade, high school, college, or career.   Developing teachers and future administrators is critically important to Talladega's success, as it is for all school systems. More than 10 years ago, a former superinte... [continue reading]
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