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Overview

Redesign classroom instruction to transform learning for both students and teachers!

Breakthrough presents a revolutionary new approach to educational reform, breaking away from the conventional paradigm to help educators create powerful, focused instruction that raises and sustains performance levels in the classroom. Based on three core components—personalization, precision, and professional learning—these breakthrough concepts turn reform into precise, data-driven classroom instruction personalized to every student. Unique elements of the Breakthrough framework include:

  • Improvement by design
  • Assessment for learning
  • Critical learning instructional paths
  • Mapping instructional paths
  • Smart use of data to drive instruction
  • Locking in ongoing improvement

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Editorial Reviews

January 2007 Psyc CRITIQUES
"Anyone with aninterest in educational reform or instructional improvement would benefit from reading this book, reflecting on the ideas presented, and engaging in conversation with others concerning its implication for 21st-century schools."
Richard DuFour
“Those interested in finding the link between general school reform initiatives and specific strategies that will actually impact classroom practice will cherish Breakthrough. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola present a model that allows teachers to provide precise instructional strategies to specific students who need timely support in order to master specific skills—without falling victim to the ‘prescription trap.’ Their critical pathways concept provides teachers with a powerful framework for integrating pre-assessment, instructional focus, formative assessment, data analysis, and job-embedded professional development to deliver the precision teaching that leads to continuous improvement. Furthermore, they make a compelling case that this model is not only desirable, but also imminently feasible.”
January 2007 PsycCRITIQUES
"Anyone with aninterest in educational reform or instructional improvement would benefit from reading this book, reflecting on the ideas presented, and engaging in conversation with others concerning its implication for 21st-century schools."
Grant Wiggins

"A clear and insightful look at why teaching must be conceived as constant learning about learning. The analysis of past failed reforms and the general conditions needed for success is well-stated and illuminating."

"A clear and insightful look at why teaching must be conceived as constant learning about learning. The analysis of past failed reforms and the general conditions needed for success is well-stated and illuminating."

Carol Ann Tomlinson
"Breakthrough has the potential to make a significant contribution to our thinking in education. The call for personalization of teaching and learning is bold. It’s in our basements, and bringing it to the ground level is essential. The timing of the book is excellent."
Richard Du Four
“Those interested in finding the link between general school reform initiatives and specific strategies that will actually impact classroom practice will cherish Breakthrough. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola present a model that allows teachers to provide precise instructional strategies to specific students who need timely support in order to master specific skills—without falling victim to the ‘prescription trap.’ Their critical pathways concept provides teachers with a powerful framework for integrating pre-assessment, instructional focus, formative assessment, data analysis, and job-embedded professional development to deliver the precision teaching that leads to continuous improvement. Furthermore, they make a compelling case that this model is not only desirable, but also imminently feasible.”
Dean Fink
"This is a timely and thought-provoking book. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola address the complexity of teaching and leading, and offer a compelling way forward that focuses on learning for all students through personalization, precision teaching, and professional learning for educators. By connecting assessment with learning, leading with teaching and learning, and classrooms instruction with district and government roles and responsibilities, the authors present an integrated approach that promises to ‘breakthrough’ the sterile standardization that plagues contemporary education. "
Thomas A. Sergiovanni
"Breakthrough points the way to a new definition of effectiveness-one grounded in a powerful theory of action that brings together personalization, precision, and professional learning in new ways. Practical pathways are provided to help the readers apply this theory of action to their own circumstances. Before making any changes, read this book first! "
David T. Conley
"Thanks for a provocative and conceptually rich piece. I enjoyed it and got a great deal out of it. "
Brent Davies
"An outstanding book for educators to transform classroom practice and learning strategies. It builds important perspectives on personalizing learning that will inform current practice. Highly recommended. "
David Hopkins
"Breakthrough is one of those few books that demonstrably understands the importance of personalizing learning and the need to mobilize the whole system towards this goal. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola provide a clear specification of what is required for a learner led curriculum and what it means to work from the classroom out. Their articulation of how assessment leads instruction and is integrated into curriculum design is exemplary."
Kenneth Leithwood
"Breakthrough tackles several very thorny problems: how to nurture high quality classroom instruction on a large scale, and how to do so by building on existing professional know-how. Solutions developed in the book warrant careful study by all those with an interest in educational reform. "
Mike Schmoker
"Breakthrough explores interesting possibilities for us to radically individualize classroom instruction - and gives convincing reasons why. I especially like the concept of ‘critical pathways’ as a way of organizing learning."
James Spillane
"An ambitious and timely book, Breakthrough is a critical read for those genuinely interested in school reform. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola get to the heart of the matter-improving instruction based on evidence! "
Constance Ellison
"From cover to cover, the information provided in this book allows readers to think about the past and be hopeful about the future of education reform and practice."
Sam Evans
"The authors provide a sound alternative to the lock-step approach that is currently in vogue in many educational settings. Their focus on internal accountability is consistent with student-centered approaches to education."
Psyc CRITIQUES: Contemporary Psychology
"Anyone with aninterest in educational reform or instructional improvement would benefit from reading this book, reflecting on the ideas presented, and engaging in conversation with others concerning its implication for 21st-century schools. "
Principal Navigator
"Breakthrough is exactly the kind of information that educators need to take any reform movement from 'good idea' to 'best practice.'"
Journal of Educational Change
“Interesting, easy to read, and filled with educational insights. This book has much to commend it.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412926423
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 986,477
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.35 (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.

Peter Hill retired as secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) on December 14,2007. He has held numerous senior positions in school administration and educational research in Australia and the USA, including as head of the school system in the State of Victoria, Australia, and as professor of leadership and management in the faculty of education of The University of Melbourne. More recently he was director of research and development at the National Center on Education and the Economy in the USA. Over the past decade he has directed and assisted in a number of large-scale, comprehensive school improvement projects. His research interests are in the fields of assessment, school effectiveness and improvement, and instructional leadership.

Carmel Crévola is currently an independent international literacy consultant, author, and researcher who works extensively in Australia, Canada, UK, and the US. Her focus is on assisting systems toalign their assessment processes, instructional practices, and instructional leadership. Crévola has pioneered new approaches to data-driven literacy instruction and has led several large-scale school reform initiatives in both Australia and the USA. Formerly a school principal in Victoria, Australia, she has 22 years of K–9 classroom teaching experience.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
About the Authors
1. The New Mission for School Systems
A System Stalled
The Prescription Trap
2. Breakthrough Components
The Triple P Core Components
3. Transforming Classroom Instruction
The Current Model
The Crux of the Problem
A Basis in Learning Theory
The Breakthrough
4. Creating Expert Instructional Systems
A Focus on Improvement by Design
Expert Instructional Systems
Assessment for Learning
Lessons From Health Care
5. Building a Critical Learning Instructional Path
Mapping the Instructional Path
Measuring and Monitoring Learning
Using the Data to Drive Instruction
Classroom Organization
Loops and Detours in the Critical Learning Instructional Path
Beyond Early Literacy
Locking In Ongoing Improvement
Building the System
6. Breakthrough Leadership: A Way Forward
What Is Needed
Using Change Knowledge
The Breakthrough Framework
Breakthrough Leadership
Conclusion
References
Index

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