Michael Fullan, OC is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative (npdl.global). Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities around the world.

Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward, Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was named the 2009 Book of the Year by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year, and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015. Michael Fullan's latest books are:

Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail
Surreal Change: The Real Life of Transforming Public Education (autobiography)
Deep Learning: Engage the World Change the World (with Joanne Quinn and Joanne McEachen)
Coherence: Putting the Right Drivers in Action (with Joanne Quinn)
The Principal: Three Keys for Maximizing Impact.

System transformation: COVID-19 as Dark Partner

Michael Fullan, Mary Jean Gallagher's book, The Devil is in the Details was released eerily as COVID:19 emerged. The education system was already stuck, stagnant, stalled, going nowhere or even in the wrong direction. Unwittingly or perhaps inevitably within COVID-19, amidst its hugger-mugger can be found a number of ’silver-linings'. In this presentation I will discuss the key silver linings in the dark clouds of COVID-19—silver linings that are compatible with our main arguments in the ‘Devil’, and that promise to be levers for transforming education systems for the better. The goal should be not just to survive the pandemic, but to arrive at something significantly better.

The Devil Is in the Details : System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Wellbeing

Develop equity, excellence, and wellbeing across the whole system!

Our world needs a transformation to survive. We need a moral imperative and a system transformation to survive for the better. The Devil is in the Details shows how we can re-think the education system and its three levels of leadership?local, middle, and top?so that each level can contribute to dramatic transformation whether individually or collectively. The focus is on examining details to ensure correct actions are taken, rather than assuming large pronouncements will drive change.