Teachers College Press is pleased to announce the publication of Professional Capital: Transforming Teaching in Every School, the newest book from best-selling education authors, Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan. Co-published with the Ontario Principals’ Council, Professional Capital promises to be the most important collaboration yet by Hargreaves and Fullan, both of whom are recognized internationally at the highest levels as experts on teaching and educational change. This book is so different, TC Press has not revealed the title and its central idea until today.
Hargreaves and Fullan remind us that the future of learning depends absolutely on the future of teaching. In Professional Capital, they show how the quality of teaching is captured in a compelling new idea: the professional capital of every teacher working together in every school. It’s a game changer. We will never be able to think about or discuss the nature or the future of teaching in the same way, ever again. Speaking out against policies that result in a teaching force that is inexperienced, inexpensive, and exhausted, these two world authorities—who know teaching and leadership inside out—set out a groundbreaking new agenda to transform the future of teaching and public education.
Pre-publication anticipation has been building and the book has already gained international recognition and praise from such notables as Sir Ken Robinson (world renowned educator and author), who writes “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.”
Additional admiration has come from Randi Weingarten (President, American Federation of Teachers), Pasi Sahlberg (Director General, CIMO at the Finnish Ministry of Education), Dan Domenech (Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators), Dennis Van Roekel (President, National Education Association), Steve Munby (Chief Executive, National College for School Leadership), Ben Levin (Professor and Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy, OISE/University of Toronto), and Christopher Harrison (President, UK National Association of Head Teachers).
Ideas-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 teaching profession and more from the systems that support it. This is a book that no one connected with schools can afford to ignore.