“Andy Hargreaves, chair of education at Boston College, and Michael Fullan, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto, have provided editorial bookends to the perspectives of a dozen renowned international leaders, practitioners, and commentators on the status of change in education.
“Their book provides substantive support for a sound conceptual framework and strategy for necessary reform. In the initial essay, Hargreaves proposes a new path—The Fourth Way, an alternate and strategic change in direction, to move education into an age of inspiration and sustainability [with] . . . pillars of purpose, principles of professionalism, and catalysts of coherence.
“In 11 subsequent chapters, other education luminaries flesh out this framework.
“Fullan supplies an appropriate bookend in his concluding chapter . . . , where he presents a theory of action for whole-system continuous improvement grounded in his work in the field.”