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"Breakthrough is one of the few books that demonstrably understands [personalizing learning] and is prepared to eschew the rhetoric of educational reform and go deep to explore it Professor David Hopkins, HSBC iNet Chair of International Leadership, Institute of Education, London"

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Michael Fullan is special advisor on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario. He formerly served as dean and professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and from Nipissing University. Fullan currently works as adviser and consultant on several major education reform initiatives around the world. He bases his work on research and practice on both the public and private sectors, finding an increasing convergence in this literature. He has written several bestsellers on leadership and change that have been translated into several languages, and four of his books have won book of the year awards.

Peter Hill retired as secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority in December 2007. He has held numerous senior positions in school administration and educational research in Australia and the U.S., including as head of the school system in the State of Victoria, Australia, and as professor of leadership and management in the faculty of education of The Univesity of Melbourne. More recently he was director of research and development at the National Center on Education and Economy in the U.S. Over the past decade he has directed and assisted in a number of large-scale, comprehensive school improvement projects. His research interests are in the fields of assessment, school effectiveness and improvement, and instructional leadership.

Carmel Crevola is currently an independent, international literacy consultant, author, and researcher who works extensively in Australia, Canada, UK, and the U.S. Her focus is on assisting systems to align their assessment processes, instructional practices, and instructional leadership. Crevola has pioneered new approaches to data-driven literacy instruction and has led several large-scale school reform initiatives in both Australia and the U.S. A former school principal, she has 22 years of K - 9 classroom teaching experience.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A paradigm shift in thinking about educational change- A way forward May 26 2006
By Dr Neil MacNeill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Fullan, Hill and Crevola have done an excellent job in redirecting thought on educational change by refocussing on what actually happens in classrooms (where the rubber meets the road, as Jimmy Thompson in LeRoy often says).

A major problem with most educational change is that it is political and structural in nature and is designed to change the ways schools operate. The impetus for change founders on the vested interests imbedded in school communities and adds to the festering debate about the inability of educational change to make a real difference to students' learning. With Michael Fullan adding Hill and Crevola to the writing team, he has added a lot of credibility to this text in the eyes of school-based personnel.

This book is a testament to the fact that we need to change inputs to bring about better outcomes for students. The expectation that teachers, if left to their own devices, will improve outcomes is patently false when examining large organisations. Clearly there are individual exceptions but generally speaking Fullan is on the right track here.

I feel that this book will be a very well received book because fellow educators will recognise the book for what it- the first step on a journey worth taking. On the strength of that, our school leaders' reading group has chosen this text as our next reader.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Down to earth May 12 2007
By Deborah Anne Banker - Published on Amazon.com
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Fullan and fellow authors present a logical, no-nonsense approach to reforming education where it is needed the most - in the classroom. They present the argument that only when instruction is changed to meet the needs of all learners, instruction is monitored daily through student progress so that it can be adjusted, will real improvement in student academic achievement be realized. It is an easy read. It should be required reading in all educational leadership programs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Breakthrough by Michael Fullan Oct. 11 2007
By Jodi Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Michael Fullan does an excellent job discussing differentiated learning. His book, Breakthrough presents a new way to look at educational reform and break away from current curriculum first strategies of educators. Instead, he discusses focused learning with students at the center. In the book, learning is individualized and geared towards individual needs. Fullan provides examples and ways to collect data using focus sheets, student profiles, and instructional matrixes. Great book to read for those interested in serving all students and their needs.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Breakthrough July 19 2007
By A. Chenoweth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Michael Fullan comes through again! Every school principal should read this book, which takes schools to the next level in understanding what's next in closing the gap. Data is only the beginning of the equation, but of course a necessary piece. It focuses on the teacher who should frequently, even daily, progress monitoring every child, and then adjusts instruction to meet individual needs. It isn't necessarily a new idea, but one that emphasizes again that the teacher is the key in a breakthrough systems change that serves each student.
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New thinking . . . Oct. 5 2007
By R. Kruska - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As an educator, I am always looking for fresh approaches in the classroom. This book offers some new ideas and brings forward some ideas from my previous learning. The three "P's" are a great way to express instructional in the classroom as well as the professional development portion of administration. The best aspect is that Breakthrough focuses on the children. Many other "theories" are so rich in esoteric thinking that the children are lost.


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