Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Before that, he was the co-founder and co-Director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada. He has consulted widely with governments, teacher unions and international organizations including the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Andy has authored or edited more than 30 books. Several of these have achieved outstanding writing awards from the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association, the International Leadership Association, the National Staff Development Council and the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and are translated into many languages. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change and the leading editor of the First and Second International Handbooks of Educational Change. His most recent books are Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Communities and Teams Raise Performance (with Alan Boyle and Alma Harris, Wiley Business 2014), Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (with Michael Fullan – Teachers’ College Press 2012), and The Global Fourth Way (with Dennis Shirley, Corwin 2012). Andy has received many awards including The Whitworth Award for outstanding contributions to educational research in Canada.

Andy has delivered invited addresses in more than 40 countries, the majority of US states and all Canadian provinces and Australian states. Andy’s website is You can follow him on twitter at @hargreavesbc.

Keynote: Leading from the Middle (via video feed)
Should schools lead change from the bottom up? Or should governments lead change from the top down? This keynote shows there is a third way - leading from the middle. Drawing on his current worldwide research Andy Hargreaves will show how schools and school systems can and should work together to initiate, implement and diffuse large-scale change that benefits many students in many schools.

Leading from the Middle is about responding to diversity rather than imposing uniformity; it is about collective responsibility more than top down accountability; it is about more initiative and fewer initiatives: and it is about pride in one's own expertise with humility in acknowledging the expertise of others.