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Change Management

8 Forces for Leaders of Change

Michael Fullan, Claudia Cuttress and Ann Kilcher

Fullan et al. propose eight drivers which are key to creating effective and lasting change:

1. engaging people's moral purposes

2. building capacity

3. understanding the change process

4. developing cultures for learning

5. developing cultures of evaluation

6. focusing on leadership for change

7. fostering coherence making

8. cultivating tri-level development.

Change Forces with a Vengeance

Michael Fullan

Change Forces with a Vengeance leads us into the big questions of how large-scale improvement can be made understandable and tractable, and how the institutional context of public schooling can be changed to support powerful learning for students and teachers.

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Clayton M. Christensen, Curtis W. Johnson, Michael B. Horn

Clayton M. Christensen and coauthors Michael B. Horn and Curtis W. Johnson apply Christensen's now-famous theories of "disruptive" change to education, using a wide range of real-life examples.

Leadership & Sustainability: System Thinkers in Action

Michael Fullan

Extends and amplifies Fullan's thinking in very powerful and practical ways, by developing a topic that hasn't seen this kind of elegant, integrative, and comprehensive treatment before. It uses real-world examples and research literature to tackle, head on, the question of sustainability - how organizations move into the future and endure over time, as well as the equally challenging question: what about an organization is worth sustaining long term?

Leadership: What's in it for Schools?

Thomas Sergiovanni

What makes a good leader? Does good leadership matter in helping schools be more successful? This concise and accessible book examines leadership in a practical way by helping principals, heads, teachers and parents establish their roles and responsibilities and get to grips with the unique leadership requirements of schools.

Leading in a Culture of Change

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan debunks the notion that there is a 'one-size-fits-all' blueprint for managing change. Leading in a Culture of Change is an excellent book for all educators and business leaders. Readers will gain powerful new insights into developing the core capabilities required for effective leadership under conditions of complex change.

Learning by Heart

Roland S. Barth

This monograph examines the meaning of true educational reform and offers concrete strategies for achieving fundamental, systemic school transformation. In keeping with his earlier work (Improving Schools from Within), Barth argues that school improvement requires significant changes in the culture of schools, a task best accomplished by school professionals.

Professional Learning Communities at Work

R. DuFour and R. Eaker

This publication presents research-based recommendations drawn from the best practices found today in schools throughout the U.S. and Canada for continuously improving school performance. Coming from the perspectives of both a distinguished Dean of Education and one of America's most widely acclaimed practitioners, this publication provides specific and practical strategies for transforming schools through professional learning communities.

The Art of the Start

Guy Kawasaki

Whilst this book is primarily intended as a guide for starting a new business, very many of the strategies Kawasaksi recommends apply equally well to getting a laptop initiative started. If you believe that a one-to-one program is like a startup then the ideas presented will resonate for you.

Who Moved My Cheese?

Spencer Johnson

Change can be a blessing or a curse, depending on your perspective. The message of Who Moved My Cheese? is that all can come to see it as a blessing, if they understand the nature of cheese and the role it plays in their lives. Who Moved My Cheese? is a parable that takes place in a maze that can be used as a powerful for lesson for people involved in the change process.

Why Teachers Must be Change Agents

Michael Fullan

Fullan discusses the need for teacher education programs to help teaching candidates to link the moral purpose that influences them with the tools that will prepare them to engage in productive change.