Michael Fullan and Andy Hardgreaves are renowned in the educational literature for change and working with policy makers to manage change in education. Michael Fullan, in the podcast below, discusses his research and book ‘The Six Secretes of Change’, which has been a best seller in educational literature since 2008. Michael looks at the practices of business (our stakeholders) to develop change management strategies in education. I hate to de-base his work to a simple diagram, because I do not believe it does the book any justice. However, here are the six main factors:
Later, Michael makes the main point in saying that politicians and policy makers are essential for effective educational change. The quote he leaves us on is…
The quality of the educational system can never rise above the quality of its teachers.
It is a quote which I think is prefoundly important. Though policy makers and leaders must have a symbiotic relationship with their teachers, where effective structures are put into place to ensure the quality of education in the classroom, ultimately the main difference in education is its teachers. Please see my blog on the Profession of Teaching.