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.

The Fourth Way of Change

The fourth way of change

Successive waves of social and education reform have been fundamentally flawed. It's time for something bolder and better.

Have you come to believe that standardization and accountability are here to stay? Does it seem that education leaders have little choice but to be compliance officers and data managers who tweak test performance and enforce the latest mandates? If so, think again. Consider the following snapshots of change:

  • A high-profile group of business and education leaders, which includes two former U.S. secretaries of education, complains that the U.S. education system has become obsessed with testing basic skills. The group calls for a complete overhaul of current assessment practices (New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce, 2007).
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