Surreal Change :Real Life of Transforming Public Education

Surreal Change :
The Real Life of Transforming Public Education

Michael Fullan

In Surreal Change: The Real Life of Transforming Public Education, internationally renowned expert Michael Fullan reflects on the leading trends and ideas within the educational change field over a 50-year period. The author traces the evolution of the field through his own personal developments and contributions to it, working chronologically through "The 12 Seminal Ideas" of his career. Fullan shows his personal and vulnerable side as well as how he came to develop breakthrough ideas. By looking at the way the field has transformed and grown over time, Fullan draws attention to what ideas have persisted, what problems still need solving, and what faces teachers, leaders and reformers today. Deeply personal and insightful, Surreal Change contextualizes the past, present, and future of school reform to help leaders continue to bring about lasting, positive, systemic change in their organization.

Surreal Change is a deeply engaging book that is a treasure and go-to resource for anyone interested in the dynamics of educational change. I have wondered how Michael Fullan manages to be a step ahead in unpacking the elements central to effective change policies and practices. Now we have the answer in the form of a personally and professionally revealing account of his journey at the center of educational change thinking and action. Surreal Change provides a rare chance to enter the inner world of one of the great change leaders.'

—Milbrey McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy, Emerita, Stanford University

'As is the case for so many, Michael Fullan has guided my work from graduate school to veteran leader. He has always been a brilliant writer who makes incredibly complex ideas seem intuitively obvious. The beauty of this book is that it is lively, compelling, personal, and so clearly demonstrates that all along he has been preparing to change the world and the future of public education. There is no other book like it. It contains stunning revelations that will warm your heart and shake your mind in equal measure.'

—David Moyer, Superintendent, Elmhurst Community School District, Illinois

Published: 22nd March 2018
ISBN: 9781138926844
Number Of Pages: 106

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