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A New Book that will Revolutionize the Teaching Profession
18 April 2012
Taylor & Francis
Routledge is pleased to announce the publication of Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, the newest book from bestselling education authors, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan. Co-published with Teachers College Press and the Ontario Principals’ Council, Professional Capital promises to be the most important collaboration yet by Hargreaves and Fullan, both of whom are recognized internationally at the highest levels as experts on teaching and educational change.
Hargreaves and Fullan remind us that the future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In Professional Capital, they show how the quality of teaching is captured in a compelling new idea: the professional capital of every teacher working together in every school. We will never be able to think about or discuss the nature or the future of teaching in the same way, ever again. Speaking out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted, these two world authorities — who know teaching and leadership inside out — set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.
The book has already gained international recognition and praise from such notables as Sir Ken Robinson (world renowned educator and author), who writes “Transforming education is one of the signature challenges of our times. Professional Capital sets out exactly and undeniably why the only way to do it is to honor and improve the profession of teaching. Written by two of the sharpest educational thinkers in the world, Professional Capital is an incisive critique of the failing reform movements in many countries and a powerful manifesto for the only strategy that can and does work. This book should revolutionize how policymakers and practitioners alike think and act in education. The price of failure is more than they or our children can afford.”
Additional admiration has come from Steve Munby (Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership), Pasi Sahlberg (Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education), Christopher Harrison (President, UK National Association of Head Teachers), Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), Dan Domenech (Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators), Dennis Van Roekel (President, National Education Association), and Ben Levin (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE/University of Toronto).
Ideas-driven, evidence-based, and strategically powerful, Professional Capital combats the tired arguments and stereotypes of teachers and teaching and shows us how to change them by demanding more of the teaching profession and more from the systems that support it. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.
Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, USA (www.andyhargreaves.com). Michael Fullan is Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, Canada (www.michaelfullan.ca).
Professional Capital is only available from Routledge, or it's distributors, in the UK, Europe, Southeast and East Asia, Australia and New Zealand