Michael Fullan and other notable experts present a cohesive model of tri-level reform—school, district, and state educators collaborating to build and strengthen capacity for change.

Introduction to the Challenge of Change: Purposeful Action at Work

Introduction to the Challenge of Change: Purposeful Action at Work

Introduction to the challenge of change: Purposeful action at work
MichaelFullan

The first edition of The Challenge of Change was published in 1997. It turned out that this was precisely the year when the field of educational change began a major shift toward deeper action and large-scale reform.

The occasion was Tony Blair's first term election in England in May, 1997. He came into office with a clear and explicit education platform in which literacy and numeracy were named as the core priorities. Blair and his government committed in advance to targets of 80% proficiency in literacy and 75% in numeracy for 11-year-olds—starting at a base of 62%. This was an enormous undertaking because it involved the entire ...

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