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The Devil Is in the Details
System Solutions for Equity, Excellence, and Student Well-Being



March 2020 | 216 pages | Corwin
Develop equity, excellence, and well-being across the whole system! The world is troubled!

We need to combine a moral imperative and a system transformation to survive for the better. Education is crucial to our future but needs to play a more direct role in shaping our future. The Devil is in the Details shows how we can re-think the education system and its three levels of leadership—local, middle, and top—so that each level can contribute to dramatic turnaround for education and society. The focus is on examining details to ensure effective actions are taken, rather than assuming large pronouncements and policies will drive change. Readers will find: 

• Details and analysis about successful systems in California, Ontario, and Australia 
• Ideas for how leaders at all levels can take steps to begin 
• Vignettes, actions and strategies that illustrate how to address equity, excellence and well-being

With the goal of transforming the culture of learning to develop greater equity, excellence, and student wellbeing, this book will help you liberate the system and maintain focus. 
 
 
Preface
 
PART I: SYSTEM CHANGE
 
Chapter 1: The Nature of the Beast
The March of Evolution

 
The Dramatic Toll of Rising Inequity

 
The Serious Deficiency of Current Policies

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 2: The Emergence of System Solutions
The Limits of Complexity

 
The Phenomenology of Good System Change

 
Transition Time

 
Leadership From the Middle

 
Conclusion

 
 
PART II: THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS
 
Chapter 3: The School: The Leading Edge of Change
Living Locally

 
The New Moral Imperative

 
Equity

 
Excellence

 
Well-Being

 
How Does a School Improve in These Ways?

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 4: The Middle: Fuel and Glue
Who Is “the Middle”?

 
Successful Districts: Still in the Minority

 
More System Change

 
Guidelines for the Middle

 
Conclusion

 
 
Chapter 5: The Macro: Direction and Liberation
Ontario, Canada; California, United States; Victoria, Australia: Good Start-Ups at Different Places in the Learning

 
Beware of (Seductive) Distractors

 
Layered, Connected Autonomy

 
Conclusion

 
 
PART III: THE NEW WORLD
 
Chapter 6: Where Do We Go From Here?
Details, Details, Details

 
System Change

 
The Global South and the Global North

 
A Necessary Convergence

 
Conclusion: As Human as You Get

 
 
References
 
Index
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors

Today's generation of education reformers and practitioners are struggling with a fundamental question: how do we ensure that equity is deeply and inseparably infused into systems change at every level? Building on a deep and broad foundation of their previous work, Fullan and Gallagher provide a compelling answer here. As they say, the details are key: we must understand the context and background unique to each level of the system, unleash each level to thrive in a state of connected autonomy relative to the others, and be guided by the moral purpose - equity, excellence, well being, and helping students become good at life - throughout the work. This book provides a practical guide for any leader at any level - school, district, region, or government - to do just that. 

Nick Rodriguez, Co-author, Deliverology in Practice
Delivery Associates
Washington, DC
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ISBN: 9781544317977