Professional Capital

  • by Andy Hargreaves, Michael Fullan
  • Narrated by John Pruden
  • 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In their latest and most important collaboration, renowned educators Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan speak out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted in short order. These two international authorities - who know teaching and leadership inside out - set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.
Idea 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 profession and the systems that support it. The audiobook includes action guidelines for classroom teachers, administrators, schools and districts, and state and federal leaders. No one connected with schools can afford to ignore this insightful book.
Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and the elected visiting professor at the Institute of Education, London. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Change and served as leading editor of the first and second International Handbook of Educational Change. He is the cofounder and former director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto.
Michael Fullan is professor emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. An innovative thinker who is sought after by institutions, publishers, and international think tanks, he is also special advisor on education to Dalton McGuinty, the premier of Ontario. He holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh and from Nipissing University in Canada. He has written several best sellers on leadership and change, four of which have won book of the year awards.

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What the Critics Say

"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." (Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned author and educator)
"Brimming with insights and action ideas, Hargreaves and Fullan lay out a clear and cogent plan to transform American public education, community by community. Professional Capital is a finely written and urgent argument for real change in how we do our business." (Dan Domenech, executive director, American Association of School Administrators)
"This important book makes it clear that teaching stands at a crossroads between policy decisions that will help create a great profession for all teachers or ones that will make teaching robotic and unexciting - hurting student learning for years to come. Hargreaves and Fullan urge us not to stand aside or to wait. It is time, they say, for the teaching profession to be led by, for, and with teachers and for others to join in concerted action to support that transformation." (Dennis Van Roekel, president, National Education Association)

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Reviewing "Professional Capital" - Nerea Martinez

In order to write a review about “Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School”, I have tried to go through the main concepts of the book following a logical structure.

Capital Idea –> Teach like a Pro –> Investment –> Enact Change


- Where are we going?

CAPITAL IDEA: Professional Capital

Everything starts from the basic idea of the capital. Capital relates to one's own or a group's worth. In educational terms the wonder here would be: How do we invest in people and get returns for those investments? There are two ways of answering this question:
•Business Capital: “Hunt for talented individuals, work them hard and move them when they get restless or become spent”.
•Professional Capital: Invest in professional work, capacity and effectiveness in order to improve teacher's and teaching quality.

The authors consider professional capital as key principle in order to improve the educational system nowadays. This way they reject the view of schools as a big new markets where investing for curriculum, technology and testing materials define the system. In contrast, they foster a professional capital which integrates and develops individual talent, teamwork and the ability to take discretionary decisions. In another words, human, social and decisional capitals.

TEACH LIKE A PRO

Therefore in order to get a real and long-term change in education, professional capital is defined as the basis in this scheme. When applying this kind of capital in reality, it may have several consequences in the teaching and learning processes. Actually, bearing in mind the main foundations of this approach it appears to be necessary to come up with a new teaching way: Teach like a pro. Teach like a pro involves several actions “is a personal commitment to rigorous training, continuous learning, collegial feedback, respect for evidence, responsiveness to parents, striving for excellence, and going far beyond the requirements of any written contract”.


- Where should we focus our attention?

INVESTMENT

In this point, we know where we are going. In fact, the key principle or basis is defined and the teaching method is determined as well. However, where do we need to invest our money/time/energy in order to teach like pro? Where do we need to focus our attention?
•Capability: To have the required attributes for performance and accomplishment.
•Commitment: Good leadership and colleagues help sustain commitment.
•Career
•Culture: Culture is about what does together and what should be kept apart. Traditional, unquestioned and arbitrary nature.

These ingredients need to be taken into account to cultivate high quality teachers and create an appropriate atmosphere in order to perform like a pro. Teachers, school leaders, governments… should be responsible of developing these features, without forgetting each teacher's task starts with their selves.



- How do we get there?

ENACT THE CHANGE
1.Define the key principle and teaching method
2.Specify the main features to be taken into account in order to foster the change

And now?

3. The change will be enabled when specifying actions and guidelines in different levels and applying them in reality
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- Nerea

A must read for everyone in education

Hargreaves and Fullan hit the nail on the head. Educators are under so much pressure to fix our failing systems. This book gives practical means of making education the answer to society's problems.
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- Christopher J. Skrzypchak

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-23-2012
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.