Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems, Oct/2015
|Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn
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 is a book that demands action – 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.
Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute and Author of Visible Learning
"School systems that struggle is riddled with incoherence—mismatched strategies, competing cultures, and illogical initiatives. 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
Harvard Graduate School of Education
About The Authors:
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.
Fullan has won numerous awards for his more than 30 books, including the 2015 Grawemeyer prize with Andy Hargreaves for Professional Capital. His books include the best sellers Leading in a Culture of Change, The Six Secrets of Change, Change Leader, All Systems Go, Motion Leadership, and The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact. His latest books are Evaluating and Assessing Tools in the Digital Swamp (with Katelyn Donnelly), Leadership: Key Competencies (with Lyle Kirtman), and Freedom to Change.
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.