Internationally recognized education experts Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley join us to take a fresh look at what’s working in the best school systems around the world and how those strategies can serve as a model for American educators. Hargreaves and Shirley are the co-authors of the book The Global Fourth Way: The Quest for Educational Excellence, and as they explain, Finland, Singapore, and right next door in Canada, a global transformation of education for the better is taking place. Keeping up-to-date on what’s happening globally in education is an increasingly important task for all school leaders – after all, our students are now competing globally for jobs when they leave our schools. A key idea that Hargreaves and Shirley focus on in the interview is that even the best performing countries are always looking to get better by learning what others do, which is something we ought to be doing in our own schools at the state and local level.
Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley
The Quest for Educational Excellence
Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, and the elected Visiting Professor at the Institute of Education, London. He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Educational Change and serves as leading editor of the first and second International Handbook of Educational Change. Hargreaves is the cofounder and former director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. Dennis Shirley is a professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He writes frequently for Educational Leadership, the Phi Delta Kappan, Teachers College Record, and Education Week.