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Professor Michael Fullan

Speaker Summary

The full extent of Michael Fullan’s influence on global education will perhaps never be fully known. What we do know is that he is the worldwide authority on educational leadership and whole-system reform and a prolific, award-winning, best-selling author. Driven and inspired by the strength of the moral imperative of all children learning, Michael works with governments, policy makers, research institutes and local leaders around the world, instilling policies and establishing sustainable networks of growth and development for leaders, teachers and learners alike. Do not miss the opportunity to hear from Professor Michael Fullan yourself.

Areas of Expertise

Leadership – Whole-School Improvement – Policy

Full Profile

Michael earned a doctorate in sociology in 1969 from the University of Toronto, where he then continued to work as a graduate teacher and researcher, as well as taking charge of in-service programs. In 1988, he took up the position of Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education and held the post until 2003 when he stepped down and took on the role of Professor Emeritus. During this time, he led a four-year external evaluation of England’s National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, with the findings of his work influencing national strategy for years afterwards.

From 2004 to 2013, Michael served as Special Policy Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and to this day still closely advises the Canadian government on educational government and reform. He is currently the Global Leadership Director of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international network and partnership of over 1000 schools. He holds honorary doctorates from Duquesne University, the University of Edinburgh, Newman University College, the University of Leicester, and Nipissing University for his services to global education.

Michael’s fantastic efforts toward education in Canada was officially recognised in 2012 when he received the Order of Canada. Many of his books have won international recognition for their contribution to global education. His book Leading in a Culture of Change won the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward, Breakthrough received 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education won the Bellweather Book award in 2009. His two books with Andy Hargreaves Change Wars (2009) and Professional Capital (2013) were reserved special praise including the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015.


Michael is a prolific, best-selling and award-winning author, some of his work includes:
- Leading in a Culture of Change (2002)
- Turnaround Leadership (2006)
- Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School (2013)

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