Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

by Grant Lichtman
Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education

by Grant Lichtman


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Advance Praise for Moving the Rock

“The future comes at us fast — which means school reformers don’t have time to wait. They need real tools in real time. That’s why Moving the Rock is so important. Grant Lichtman has guidance for anyone — teachers, parents, administrators, government officials — intent on helping young people succeed not ‘someday,’ but today.”

— Daniel H. Pink, best-selling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind

“Grant Lichtman’s book is a clear and comprehensive guide to the “what" and the “how” of educational transformation. Organized around essential levers for change, it is a must-read for anyone who wants to make a difference in our schools.”

—Tony Wagner, Harvard Ilab Expert in Residence, and best-selling author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators”

“This book gives me hope for a brighter future in education. Despite the dark clouds imposed by misguided policies, Grant Lichtman diligently tells stories of grass-roots innovations in the classrooms and schools all over the world. Moving the Rock is an inspiring call to action for all educators.”
—Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas

“If you have children, or teach children, or want our children to succeed, this is a must-read book. Grant Lichtman throws down the challenge for all of us; that WE can change education, and he shows us just how successful schools everywhere are overcoming change-killing inertia in our schools.”

—Todd Rose, best-selling author of The End of Average; Harvard University

Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Educationgives educators, parents, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a clear paradigm for transforming our outmoded schools into schools that will help our children to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

It’s no secret that our educational system is stuck. Moving the Rock shows the important roles all of us can play in un-sticking it by moving seven specific levers that will change the focus of education from what we teach to how we learn. Importantly, moving the levers is completely possible today, and in fact is already happening now in many schools.

Drawing on research and extensive experience in the education community, Grant Lichtman outlines the seven essential levers that can profoundly change our schools so that we are teaching all our children how to learn, including

• Creating the Demand for Better Schools

• Building School-Community Learning Laboratories

• Encouraging Open Access to Knowledge

• Fixing How We Measure Student Success

• Teaching the Teachers what They Really Need to Know

• and more

At the end of each of each chapter there are one or more challenges, ways that all of us can collectively turn the pioneering work of others into transformation for all our schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119404415
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

GRANT LICHTMAN is a globally recognized thought leader in the drive to transform K-12 education. He is the author of #EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education, and The Falconer: What We Wish We Had Learned in School. Grant shares resources, articles, connections with other schools and innovative programs, and his blog, “The Future of K-12 Education,” at

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Table of Contents


About the Author



The Why, What, and How of Educational Change

Overcoming Inertia

Where This Book Takes Us

Resources for This Book

What We Will Not Cover

The Goal Is Deeper Learning

A Couple of Other Points

Let’s Roll

Chapter One: The Future of School

Redesigning the School Operating System

Where the Rock Is Going to Roll

How Will the Learning Experience Change?

How Will Schools Function Differently?

How Will Our Mission Shift?

Why Is This Future Inevitable?

Chapter Two: Lever #1: Create the Demand for Better Schools

Creating Demand at the National Level

Creating Demand at the School Level

Creating Demand in the Community

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Three: Lever #2: Build School-Community Learning Laboratories

Designing for the Real World

Spreading Student Confidence in the Thinkabit Lab

Partnering with a Giant

Going to Scale

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Four: Lever #3: Encourage Open Access to Knowledge

The Rise of Open Educational Resources

The Problems of OER

The Huge Benefits of OER

Back to Wolfram Alpha: The (Kind of Scary?) Future of Open Knowledge

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Five: Lever #4: Fix How We Measure Student Success and Admit Students to College

We Don’t Measure What We Value

The Health of Our Children

The Wrong Results

Cracks in the Dam

Re-Framing the High School Transcript

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Six: Lever #5: Teach the Teachers What They Really Need to Know

The Legacy Problem

New Models That Work

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Seven: Lever #6: Connect, Flow, and Re-think “School”

Change Requires Connectivity

The Nurture of Networks

Crossing Curves

Welcome to the Cognitosphere: A System of Structured “Flow”

Great Learning Is Relational

The Stepping Stone: Augmented Reality

The Game Changer: Virtual Reality

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Eight: Lever #7: Lead Change from Where You Are

What Is Missing

Sharing the Leadership Experience

Formal Training in Leadership

Scaling Up

How We Will Press This Lever

Chapter Nine: How YOU Will Transform Education


School Site and District Administrators



Business and Community Leaders

Philanthropists and Foundations

College and University Presidents, Admissions Officers, and Education and Business School Deans and Faculty

The Fourth Estate

Chapter Ten: Let’s Roll

What Is Your Extra Chunky?

Springtime in the Desert

The Bad, Good, and Great News

Finally, Trajectory

Valuable and Cited Websites



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