Publication Date: March 9, 2012
The future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In this latest and most important collaboration, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan show how the quality of teaching is captured in a compelling new idea: the professional capital of every teacher working together in every school. Speaking out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted in short order, these two world authorities—who know teaching and leadership inside out—set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.
Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching and shows us how to change them by demanding more of the teaching profession and more from the systems that support it. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.
Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College (www.andyhargreaves.com). Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (www.michaelfullan.ca).
“This book gives educators viable solutions and varied examples from around the world.”
“Engaging, challenging and stimulating. Particularly encouraging is the fact the authors not only identify core problems in education but also, based upon their own international experiences of being directly engaged in effective educational reform, suggest practical solutions.”
“This provocative, thoughtful, and challenging book is an excellent place to start a much-needed conversation.”
“Professional Capital is an incisive critique of the failing reform movements in many countries and a powerful manifesto for the only strategy that can and does work. Hargreaves and Fullan set out exactly and undeniably why the only way to move forward is to honor and improve the profession of teaching. This book should revolutionize how policymakers and practitioners alike think and act in education.”
—Sir Ken Robinson, educator and author
"A must-read! Brimming with insights and action ideas, Hargreaves and Fullan lay out a clear and cogent plan to transform American public education, community by community."
—Dan Domenech, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators
“This important book makes it clear that teaching stands at a crossroads between policy decisions that will help create a great profession for all teachers, or ones that will make teaching robotic and unexciting—hurting student learning for years to come.”
—Dennis Van Roekel, President, National Education Association
“Hargreaves and Fullan give us a deep, practical understanding of ways to improve our schools and our school systems. This is new, exciting thinking.”
—Steve Munby, Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership
“Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan’s latest book shows that transforming our public school system isn’t magic: It comes from supporting all educators to ‘teach like a pro.’”
—Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
“Professional Capital provides brilliant insight into what the next generation of teaching should look like. This book is a must-read for anybody thinking of teaching in the 21st century.”
—Pasi Sahlberg, Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education
“Professional Capital is among the best works Hargreaves and Fullan have written—which is no small compliment, I assure you!”
—Ben Levin, Professor and Canada Research Chair, OISE/University of Toronto
“Anyone, anywhere who has anything to do with schools and the world of education will want to read, reflect, and react to the content of this book.”
—Christopher Harrison, President, National Association of Head Teachers
2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education
2014 AACTE Outstanding Book Award
2013 Honorable Mention, Outstanding Leadership Book Award, University of San Diego
2012 ForeWord Magazine Bronze Book of the Year Award in Education