All systems go

All Systems Go is the latest book by Michael Fullan and a must for all interested in sustainable systemic change to improve schooling.

In the foreward, Peter Senge writes:

No institution has a more crucial role to play in the historic changes coming than school because no institution has greater potential to impact on how a society changes over the long term.

Fullan debunks many existing stand-alone strategies in favour of building ‘collective capacity’ across the system: nurturing schools to want to change and then supporting them on the journey.

Two ideas that stand out for me are:  we learn from practice and accountability is internally held but externally reinforced.

Empowering teachers is a great motivator for change; as Fullan demonstrates, effective strategies are the ones that build on the collective talents of schools, systems and communities to improve schooling.

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