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

by Michael Fullan and Joanne Quinn Corwin Press
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Pbk 168 pages
AU$43.99 NZ$45.21
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This book provides school leaders and policy makers with a clear picture on the how and what of capacity building, looking at the concepts of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ policy drivers to identify the policies/ strategies that have low yield and which ones have high yield in order to get maximum results for student learning and achievement.   Content includes:  Chapter 1 The Right Drivers  Chapter 2 Core Components of capacity building  Chapter 3 The School and District in Action  Chapter 4 The State in Action  Chapter 5 Systemness: A Role for Everyone


Complex times call for clear solutions—If initiative overload and fragmentation are keeping your best plans from becoming reality, it’s time to start leading differently. The key to bringing about the kind of successful and sustainable change you need is the Coherence Framework, a dynamic, customizable road map made up of 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

Coherence  provides the insights and tools to drive effective leadership.



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

'Coherence is a book that demands action and ndash; it moves from the narrative of fixing one teacher at a time, to asking about the coherence of the system (be it school, national, or world issues).Fullan and Quinn create an important narrative about direction, working together, deepening learning, and securing accountability. The book sparkles with examples of coherence in action, it makes no excuses for employing the wrong levers of change. This is the blueprint for a new vocabulary of education action; it shows where we need to go next, and is another example of Fullan at the top of his game.' John Hattie, Director and Author of Visible Learning I love this book--timely, practical collaborative action! In an era of overload, frustration, and fatigue Coherence offers an extremely timely, necessary, and practical alternative to improving education. Coherence is essentially about the power, potential, and promise of people working collaboratively: the humanity and professional capacity of educators seeking to lead, learn, and teach to realize the persistent moral purpose of supporting all students to succeed. A hallmark of Coherence is that the principles and actions are grounded in practical examples from schools, districts and entire education systems. We desperately need coherence; this book provides a vital framework for collective action! Carol Campbell, Associate Professor 'School systems that struggle often are riddled with incoherence and mdash;mismatched strategies, competing cultures, and illogical initiatives. In their highly informative book, Fullan and Quinn explain clearly how coherence can solve the problem. Based on solid research and lessons drawn from effective practice, Coherence provides a comprehensive model to guide educators as they learn and lead their way to better schools. ' Susan Moore Johnson, Jerome T. Murphy Research Professor 'With the improvement of student learning at the center, Coherence assists educational leaders at every level to choose strategic drivers for change, learn collaboratively, and deliver results collectively. Fullan and Quinn nail the solution:building coherence is an on-going process that focuses on quality implementation of a small number of powerful goals that improve student learning.The Coherence Framework pushes and supports all leaders to improve their practice in the service of students.' John Malloy, EdD, Assistant Deputy Minister 'Coherence is a must read for educators and politicians who are ready to talk the walk and take action with the and lsquo;right drivers and rsquo;. As a site and district leader I learned from reformers and researchers alike, but I struggled to operationalize what I had learned to benefit the adults and students I served.In Coherence, Fullan and Quinn clearly articulate a plan for operationalizing the 'right drivers' throughout the system-school site, district, county, state, and nation.' Wes Smith, Executive Director
Michael Fullan, Order of Canada, is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. He served as special adviser in education to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty from 2003 to 2013, and now serves as one of four advisers to Premier Kathleen Wynne. Michael has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, University of Leicester, Nipissing University, Duquesne University, and The Hong Kong Institute of Education. He consults with governments and school systems in several countries.