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Foreword by Richard F. Elmore

March 2013 | 136 pages | Corwin
'This is a timely and thought-provoking book. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola address the complexity of teaching and leading, and offer a compelling way forward that focuses on learning for all students through personalization, precision teaching, and professional learning for educators. By connecting assessment with learning, leading with teaching and learning, and classrooms instruction with district and government roles and responsibilities, the authors present an integrated approach that promises to 'breakthrough' the sterile standardization that plagues contemporary education' - Dean Fink, Professor, OISE/University of Toronto , and author of Leadership for Mortals (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2005)

'An outstanding book for educators to transform classroom practice and learning strategies. It builds important perspectives on personalizing learning that will inform current practice. Highly recommended' - Brent Davies, Professor, University of Hull, and author of The Essentials of School Leadership (Paul Chapman Publishing, 2005)

Redesign classroom instruction to transform learning for both students and teachers!

Breakthrough presents a revolutionary new approach to educational reform, breaking away from the conventional paradigm to help educators create focused instruction, transform the classroom experience, and dramatically raise and sustain performance levels for students and teachers alike. This book provides the breakthrough concepts needed for developing precise, validated, data-driven instruction personalized to each and every student.

Synthesizing the best of current instructional models, this framework focuses on the Triple P Core Breakthrough Components: Personalization - meaningful, student-centered classroom interactions; Precision - using formative assessments to monitor individual student progress; and Professional Learning - daily, ongoing learning for all educators.

Helping educators create expert instructional systems, while breaking through the "prescription trap," the authors introduce unique elements of the Breakthrough model, including:

· improvement by design

· assessment for learning

· critical learning instructional paths

· mapping instructional paths

· smart use of data to drive instruction

· locking in ongoing improvement.

Breakthrough establishes the tipping point for moving toward personalized, high-quality instruction and learning in the classroom to ensure continuous improvement and ongoing academic success.

About the Authors
1. The New Mission for School Systems
A System Stalled

The Prescription Trap

2. Breakthrough Components
The Triple P Core Components

3. Transforming Classroom Instruction
The Current Model

The Crux of the Problem

A Basis in Learning Theory

The Breakthrough

4. Creating Expert Instructional Systems
A Focus on Improvement by Design

Expert Instructional Systems

Assessment for Learning

Lessons From Health Care

5. Building a Critical Learning Instructional Path
Mapping the Instructional Path

Measuring and Monitoring Learning

Using the Data to Drive Instruction

Classroom Organization

Loops and Detours in the Critical Learning Instructional Path

Beyond Early Literacy

Locking In Ongoing Improvement

Building the System

6. Breakthrough Leadership: A Way Forward
What Is Needed

Using Change Knowledge

The Breakthrough Framework

Breakthrough Leadership



"An ambitious and timely book, Breakthrough is a critical read for those genuinely interested in school reform. Fullan, Hill, and Crévola get to the heart of the matter-improving instruction based on evidence!" 

James Spillane, Olin Professor in Learning and Organization, Northwestern University
Author, Distributed Leadership

"From cover to cover, the information provided in this book allows readers to think about the past and be hopeful about the future of education reform and practice."

Constance Ellison, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology
Howard University

"The authors provide a sound alternative to the lock-step approach that is currently in vogue in many educational settings. Their focus on internal accountability is consistent with student-centered approaches to education."

Sam Evans, Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Western Kentucky University

"Anyone with an interest in educational reform or instructional improvement would benefit from reading this book, reflecting on the ideas presented, and engaging in conversation with others concerning its implication for 21st-century schools."

PsycCRITIQUES, January 2007

"Breakthrough is exactly the kind of information that educators need to take any reform movement from 'good idea' to 'best practice.' "

Principal Navigator, September 2006

“Interesting, easy to read, and filled with educational insights. This book has much to commend it.”

Journal of Educational Change, August 2007, Vol. 8(3)

Sample Materials & Chapters

Fullan Foreword

Fullan Preface

Fullan Chapter 1

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan, (OC) is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative ( Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers, local leaders, and school communities in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children’s learning. He served as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. Fullan received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012. He holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world. ... More About Author

Peter Hill

Peter Hill retired as secretary general of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA) on December 14, 2007. He has held numerous senior positions in school administration and educational research in Australia and the USA, 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 University of Melbourne. More recently he was director of research and development at the National Center on Education and the Economy in the USA. Over the past decade he has directed and assisted in a number of large-scale, comprehensive school... More About Author

Carmel Crévola

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

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