Opening the Classroom Door: How to Build Collective Responsibility for the Success of All Teachers and Students in Your School


Speaker: Andrew Hargreaves


SKU: 186-032113

Webinar Description

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Consider what happens when an outstanding teacher or administrator enters a school that is not very collaborative, where social capital is low. It’s possible that this one exceptional person will make a real difference through heroic effort, but it’s more likely that he or she will eventually burn out or leave.

Now, consider the reverse: A teacher who has low confidence or undeveloped skills enters a highly collaborative school. This teacher will likely be socialized into a working team and receive the assistance, support, ideas and feedback to help him or her improve.

The power of social, professional and decisional capital is at the core of a new vision for improving learning and education in every school.

Andrew Hargreaves, co-author of the blockbuster book, Professional Capital, Transforming Teaching in Every School, leads you through an inspiring and practical webinar on building collective responsibility in your school for the success of all teachers and students. Andy says the focus on quality of individual teachers is misplaced. The teacher is indeed the key. But this doesn’t mean the focus should be on getting and rewarding better individual teachers.

The highest performing systems in the world have many good teachers, and virtually all their teachers are improving. Andy’s message is a must for all educational leaders. If you’ve already had the opportunity to hear his impassioned message, you’ll want all your staff to hear him speak on collective responsibility.

Webinar Topics:

  • The three kinds of capital–human, social, decisional
  • Human capital: Getting beyond the old stereoptypes of teaching to finding real quality
  • Social capital: Reculturing professional relationships from individualism to collaboration
  • Decisional capital: How to retain the best teachers and move them ahead at every career stage
  • From contrived collegiality to collective autonomy, responsibility and transparency
  • The promise and the perils of group work with data
  • Knowing how and when to push change and how and when to pull it
  • Action guidelines for teachers and school and district leaders


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About the Speaker

Andrew Hargreaves

is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. His mission is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. Before moving to Boston, Andy taught primary school and lectured in several English universities. He was co-founder and director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. Andy is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His most recent books are Sustainable Leadership (with Dean Fink – 2006), Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan-2012), and The Global Fourth Way (with Dennis Shirley-2012).

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