Snapshot: The Five New Imperatives for Educational Change

This Snapshot, based on Dennis Shirley's new book The New Imperatives of Educational Change, outlines the five new imperatives that are driving change forward today and for the years to come, leading us towards achievement with integrity.

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  • The New Imperatives of Educational Change

    Achievement with Integrity, 1st Edition

    By Dennis Shirley

    The New Imperatives of Educational Change is a clarion call to move beyond the standardized testing and marketplace competition that have become pervasive in school systems to focus instead on creating the conditions that will encourage all students to become critical and independent thinkers.…

    Paperback – 2016-11-08
    Routledge
    Routledge Leading Change Series

Coming soon in the Routledge Leading Change Series, edited by Andy Hargreaves and Pak Tee Ng

  • Learning from Singapore

    The Power of Paradoxes, 1st Edition

    By Pak Tee Ng

    Learning from Singapore tells the inside story of the country’s journey in transforming its education system from a struggling one to one that is hailed internationally as effective and successful. It is a story not of the glory of international test results, but of the hard work and tenacity of a…

    Paperback – 2017-01-20
    Routledge
    Routledge Leading Change Series

Reviews for The New Imperatives of Educational Change

"Every now and then that rare book is published that provides a dramatic new argument for a better future for our schools and society.The New Imperatives of Educational Changeis such a game changer. Meticulously researched and persuasively argued, here is a book that marshals a wealth of new international evidence on behalf of a broad and humanistic education. It is essential reading for educators, policy makers, and the public."

Linda Darling-Hammond, President and CEO, Learning Policy Institute and Charles E. Ducommun Professor Emeritus, Stanford University, US

"In this deeply humane book, doing what is right for students as whole and happy individuals, developing their gifts, skills and talents, comes first. But the picture is completed by finally acknowledging that in public education, the individual is not the only beneficiary. Creative, compassionate, critical thinkers are essential to a just and democratic society where all can live and thrive together. It’s more than a contribution to our economy. Dennis Shirley rejects the notion that we educate our children so that they can all get good jobs. We educate our children so that we can all live in a good society."

Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association, US

"Dennis Shirley applies his prodigious knowledge and experience, and inventive mind to produce a powerful framework for understanding the past and shaping the future of educational change. His critique of existing ‘imperatives’ is incisive and devastating in exposing the fundamental flaws of system change models of the past 30 years. A refreshing and insightful read on a big topic."

Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, OISE/University of Toronto, CA


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