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The Taking Action Guide to Building Coherence in Schools, Districts, and Systems

The Taking Action Guide to Building Coherence in Schools, Districts, and Systems

96 pages | Corwin

Get there faster: Your road map to smart, sustainable change! 

If you’ve been wondering how to effectively turn system overload and fragmentation into focused and coherent school, district and system change, look no further. Taking Action (TAG) is a hands-on guide to Fullan and Quinn’s groundbreaking book, Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts and Systems. It provides step-by-step protocols to help you foster deeper coherence for maximum student learning—all within a reasonably short time frame. The video links, print resources, diagnostic planning tools, protocols and activities provide a delivery “skill set” to develop: 

  • Deeper understanding of The Coherence Framework: focusing direction, cultivating collaborative cultures, deepening learning, and securing accountability 
  • A 100-Day Plan to greater coherence
  • Ongoing and specific coalition-building actions
  • Leadership and capacity-building skills
  • Critical organizational coherence assessments 
  • Effective and efficient systems to assess your organization 

Ensure rich and meaningful dialogue that builds the right mixture of “pressure and support” needed for effective, focused school and district change.  Get the building blocks to develop ongoing and specific actions. Fostering greater coherence is at your fingertips with this instant action guide! 

How to Use This Guide
Overview of the Modules
Chapter 1. Coherence Making
1. Quote Walkabout Protocol
2. Say Something Protocol
3. What? So What? Now What? Protocol
4. Video Jigsaw Protocol
5. Coherence Framework Assessment Protocol
Chapter 2. Focusing Direction
6. Quick Write Protocol
7. Video and Slide the Line Protocol
8. Reduce, Reframe, Remove Protocol
9. Change Quality Quadrant Protocol
10. Carousel Brainstorming Protocol
11. Turn and Talk Protocol
12. Think-Pair-Share Protocol
13. Both Sides Now Protocol
14. Integration Inventory Protocol
Chapter 3. Cultivating Collaborative Cultures
15. Concept Attainment Protocol
16. Video Viewing Advance Organizer Protocol
17. Four A’s Protocol
18. Lead Learner Competencies Protocol
19. Reciprocal Teaching Protocol
20. Sticky Note Clustering Protocol
21. Read, Record, Retell, Relate, and Reflect Protocol
Chapter 4. Deepening Learning
22. Affinity Protocol
23. 6Cs Protocol
24. Through the Looking Glass Protocol
25. Shifting Instructional Practices Protocol
26. Instructional Coherence Framework Protocol
Chapter 5. Securing Accountability
27. Three-Step Interview Protocol
Chapter 6. Leading for Coherence
28. Check for Understanding Protocol
29. Reviewing Leadership Plan Protocol: Part A
30. Reviewing Leadership Plan Protocol: Part B
Chapter 7. Mastering the Framework
31. Taking Action Protocol
32. Coherence Progression Protocol
33. Coherence Planning Protocol
About the Authors

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan served as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. He received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012 and holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world. His ‘interim autobiography’, Surreal Change, covers his work to 2018. Michael and his colleagues are now working diligently on field-based comprehensive system change in several countries. This work operates under the umbrella of what they call the ‘shared humanity paradigm’ —Equity, Engagement, Excellence--Deep change that integrates local (school and community), middle (district/regional), and state (policy)... More About Author

Joanne Quinn

Joanne Quinn is an international consultant and author on system change, leadership, and learning. As co-founder and global director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning, she leads the capacity building of a global innovation partnership across eight countries focused on transforming learning. Joanne has provided leadership at all levels of education as a superintendent of education, implementation advisor to the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Director of Continuing Education at the University of Toronto. Recent books include Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems; The Taking Action... More About Author

Eleanor Adam

Eleanor Adam consults internationally in the areas of leadership, change and learning and is a Senior Consultant for the Michael Fullan Enterprises Capacity Building team. She has worked with educators in a variety countries and states to improve and deepen learning for all students through excellence in classroom instruction and principal and district leadership. Her recent work has focussed on whole system change through the development of coherence at the state and district levels.   She has served as a teacher and principal in both elementary and high schools as well as an acting Superintendent and Supervisor of Special Education... More About Author