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Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools

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The Change Leadership Group at the Harvard School of Education has, through its work with educators, developed a thoughtful approach to the transformation of schools in the face of increasing demands for accountability. This book brings the work of the Change Leadership Group to a broader audience, providing a framework to analyze the work of school change and exercises th ...more
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Published June 28th 2012 by Jossey-Bass (first published December 2nd 2005)
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The instructional leadership team at my school has used this book this past year as a tool for exploring our work and the changes we need to make. It has functioned as a powerful mechanism for us to examine where we are as a school and where we are headed. It offers practical advice for creating true learning communities that are aimed at educating all of the our children for our society and economy. At the heart of the book is a dual focus on both the individual changes that adults must make to ...more
I've wanted to read this book for a few years. Sadly, I was quite disappointed with it. While there are some intriguing aspects about different ways to approach change, I was largely unimpressed. The single most interesting concept was discussing how the change leader can actually hinder the change process. Otherwise, this wasn't very interesting or well presented. I even found the anecdotes hard to follow and uninteresting to read about. I missed the boat on this one.
I do not like all of the books I read for graduate school but this one was well-written, well-formatted, and very informative. The author clearly understands the school improvement process and makes allowances for the indiscrete nature of the exigent problems facing schools (I didn't intend to write such a hoity sentence, apologies). But this is a textbook, and as much as textbooks are their own form of fiction, I can't give more than 3 stars - even though it is a great book!
Anthony A
This is an excellent book for educational leaders, especially the first chapter, which talks about the "perception gap" between universities and public schools/parents. I thoroughly enjoyed working through the Immunity Map, which made me look at something which I was doing that prevented me from being fully committed to school improvement. Highly recommended.
Alabama Best Practices Center
This book is a must for any education leader. It was commissioned by the Gates Foundation and written by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, led by Tony Wagner. We are using it with our Key Leaders Network and integrating much of what we've learned from this book in other facets of our work. Highly recommended.
I learned a lot from this book. The 4C's framework for school change is a beneficial model that helped me identify both strengths and areas for growth.
Stephanie Maynard
Great book! I will use this when I begin trying to reinvent Az schools.
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Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade.

Tony consults widely to schools, districts, and foundations around the country and internationally. His previo
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