All Systems Go: The Change Imperative for Whole System Reform

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Overview

Based on Fullan’s work with school districts and large systems in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, this resource lays out a comprehensive action plan for achieving whole system reform.

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Editorial Reviews

Sir Michael Barber
"Michael Fullan has once again hit the ball out of the park—a grand slam. All those interested in whole system education reform will want to read this book from cover to cover."
Douglas B. Reeves
“Why do so many educational reforms look promising in a single school and then fail when brought to scale for an entire system? Michael Fullan reminds us that it is neither a lack of knowledge nor the absence of honorable intentions that causes this scenario, but rather a failure of system capacity and coherence. Fullan’s advice is as trenchant for national policy makers as it is for local school leaders and teachers. The strategies of developing collective efficacy that Fullan so clearly and compellingly proposes, strategies incidentally that are already in practice, are as essential in the halls of government as they are in the hallways of every school.”
The School Administrator
"The book is packed with information and research that will change the way you think about district reform."
Carol Campbell
"Michael Fullan provides a very clear and compelling case for the potential of whole-system education reform by drawing on evidence and lessons from successful examples and by raising important and timely cautions about current reform strategies, particularly in the US and with international resonance. By introducing the concept of collective capacity building, Fullan encourages us to recognize that educational improvement requires each of us individually to contribute fully and, most important, all of us—politicians, officials, educators, students, parents and other partners—to work together for improved student outcomes. Fullan's expert advice has been invaluable in Ontario with a system on the go and improved results.”
Peter W. Hill
“All Systems Go is vintage Fullan. It takes a complex problem—how to change the whole system—and offers, in a crystal clear and assertive way, advice on what not to do and what exactly to do. Policy makers, read this book with care and use it as your starting point in building capacity across the whole system and ending up with smarter and greater accountability than ever before.’’
Sir - Michael Barber
"Michael Fullan has once again hit the ball out of the park—a grand slam. All those interested in whole system education reform will want to read this book from cover to cover. "
Stephanie Pace Marshall
"A superb book, offering a compelling and transformative model for system change grounded in principle and forged in practice. Fullan provides the tools—conceptual, strategic, and structural—for system leaders at every level to create a whole system that develops collective capacity and efficacy.”
Avis Glaze
“Michael Fullan hits the mark again. All Systems Go is exactly what we need at this crucial time in education reform around the globe. Fullan exhorts us to get our act together and deliver value. He is persuasive in delineating powerful, high-leverage strategies and in describing what it takes to deliver on our promise to develop high-performing schools to enhance students’ life chances. He emphasizes the notion of collective capacity in evoking the emotional commitment and technical expertise necessary for meaningful change and improvement. Fullan boldly challenges politicians and professionals to unite for the good of our society. And best of all, he shows them how to do it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412978736
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Pages: 113
  • Sales rank: 503,292
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Consulting Description

Consulting Description: Leadership

An innovative thinker who is sought-after by institutions, publishers, and international think-tanks, Michael Fullan is special advisor on education to Dalton Mc Guinty, 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 in Canada.

Fullan served as dean of the faculty of education at the University of Toronto from 1988 to 2003, leading two major organizational transformations, including a merger of two large schools of education. He is currently working 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. Four of his books have won book of the year awards, and his publications have been translated into several languages.

Now, Michael Fullan is offering his experience to you in an e Study opportunity! Visit http://www.corwin.com/learning/estudy/fullan.html for more information.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Peter Senge vii

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

About the Author xxi

Part I The System 1

1 The Idea and Importance of Whole-System Reform 3

2 Deceptive Inadequacies 19

Part II Getting There 33

3 Collective Capacity at the School and District Level 35

4 The State We Are In 61

5 Individual Capacity Building 81

Part III A New Era 93

6 Politicians and Professionals Unite 95

References 103

Index 107

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