Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems

Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems

by Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn

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Complex times call for streamlined solutions—and leaders to pull them together.

If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it’s time to lead with coherence. Using the right drivers as your foundation, you’ll bring people and ideas together—and implement the kind of lasting change that maximizes results. The key to success is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map with four essential components:

  • Focused direction to build collective purpose
  • Cultivating collaborative cultures while clarifying individual and team roles
  • Deepening learning to accelerate improvement and foster innovation
  • Securing accountability from the inside out

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506321424
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 07/16/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 658,217
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities around the world.

Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward. Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was named the 2009 Book of the Year by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015.

Michael Fullan’s latest books are The Principal: Three Keys for Maximizing Impact ; Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (with Joanne Quinn); Deep Learning: Engage the Change the World (with Joanne Quinn and Joanne McEachen); Surreal Change: The Real Life of Transforming Public Education (autobiography); and Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail.

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Joanne Quinn is the Director of Whole System Change and Capacity Building at Michael Fullan Enterprises, where she leads the design of strategic whole system capacity building at the global, national and district levels. As well she serves as the Director of Global Capacity Building for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning: A Global Partnership focused on transforming learning. Previously she provided leadership at all levels of education as a Superintendent, Implementation Advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto, and as Special Advisor on International Projects. She consults internationally on whole system change, capacity building, leadership and professional learning and is sought by professional organizations and institutions as a consultant, advisor and speaker. These diverse leadership roles and her passion to improve learning for all give her a unique perspective on influencing positive change.

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Table of Contents

Authors' Note: The Time Is Now!
Chapter 1. Coherence Making
What Coherence Is and Is Not
The Wrong and Right Drivers in Action
The Coherence Framework
Get the Right Mind-Set for Action
Chapter 2. Focusing Direction
Purpose Driven
Goals That Impact What Matters Most
Clarity of Strategy
Change Leadership
Focused Direction in Action
Final Thoughts
Chapter 3. Cultivating Collaborative Cultures
Culture of Growth
Learning Leadership aka Lead Learners
Capacity Building
Collaborative Work
Collaborative Work in Action
Final Thoughts
Chapter 4. Deepening Learning
Develop Clarity of Learning Goals
Build Precision in Pedagogy
Shift Practices Through Capacity Building
Moving Whole Systems Toward Deeper Learning
Final Thoughts
Chapter 5. Securing Accountability
Internal Accountability
External Accountability
Final Thoughts
Chapter 6. Leading for Coherence
Master the Framework
Develop Leaders at All Levels
Final Thoughts
References and Further Readings
About the Authors

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