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By taking both bird's eye and ground-level view of systemic change, Michael Fullan and Mary Jean Gallagher offer trenchant insights into why a relentless torrent of top-down policies have failed to transform education systems and why countless grassroots, transformative solutions have failed to take root and spread across the system.
This important new book provides clear guidance to schools and districts on how to pursue equity and excellence through connected autonomy; a strategy aimed at supporting schools through collaboration and capacity building. The authors present several concrete examples to show how such a strategy is working in some schools already. They argue that we have a moral imperative to make sure that other schools adopt such an approach. Given the challenges that educators must take on to prepare young people for an increasingly uncertain future, I couldn't agree mor
Interested in where to go next in education? Then read this book. Fullan and Gallagher are seized with the bigger challenges confronting humanity and rightly make the case for our schools to lead the way forward. More than that, they give us the roadmap. Finally, some genuine hope in an anxious time.
Michael Fullan and Mary Jean Gallagher join forces in this must-read new book. They argue that we are at a pivotal time of dramatic change in the world and we need to act differently to determine whether the future will be better or worse for humanity. Fullan and Gallagher weave together challenging, complex and concerning issues with concrete strategies, actions, ideas and positive hope in an essential and very practical book for everyone committed to ensuring equity, excellence and well-being through education.
A powerhouse of a book that challenges conventional wisdom about system change in all its forms and guises. Fullan and Gallagher call upon all levels in the system to work collectively to 'let the light in' so that there is a new moral imperative shaping the future of education and humanity.
Prepare to be stretched, challenged, distressed, conflicted and thoroughly inspired. Fullan and Gallagher provide a clear-eyed analysis of the future of humanity if societal inequalities persist. The Devil Is In the Details tackles the biggest challenges of the day. But also spurs us all to take on-the-ground action using the power of equitable education to promote a better world for us all. This is a giant book with tangible solutions--a must read.
THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS is a powerful, relevant, and timely book for leaders seeking dramatic and positive change. Fullan and Gallagher provide a clear systems’ framework and an abundance of insightful examples of inspiring success. I envision all local, middle, and top-level leaders reading and applying the principles outlined to unlock the promise of equity, excellence, and the potential of all students.
This book addresses the real complexity of system reform. It helps the reader to “walk in the shoes” of those at different levels of the system and the challenges they face. Rather than peddling simple solutions or formulas, it shows the way to long-term system improvement through a deep understanding of how systems and people behave and what can be done to build capacity and make change stick. I loved it.
At a time when the word equity is everywhere in educational circles, Fullan and Gallagher remind us that inequity is actually increasing at an alarming rate. The Devil Is In the Details makes the convincing case that we - all of humanity - now live in very perilous times, and whether we thrive, or continue our race to mass extinction, is a matter that resides in the hands of our young people…they are our only hope.
This is an inspiring book for all those who care about education and our collective future. Details convinces us of the need to adopt equity, excellence and well-being at the heart of education system change; and it provides us with a model to do this: systems thinking and concrete actions that schools, the middle tier and governments and policy makers can take through what they call connected autonomy. After reading it, the status quo is no longer an option.
Today's generation of education reformers and practitioners are struggling with a fundamental question: how do we ensure that equity is deeply and inseparably infused into systems change at every level? Building on a deep and broad foundation of their previous work, Fullan and Gallagher provide a compelling answer here.