Andrew Hargreaves was inspired to become a teacher by a teacher.
The Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Andy's current research is on organizations that perform beyond expectations in business, sport and education. Investing in, growing and circulating professional capital in a stronger teaching force; and developing special education reform strategies achieved through whole-school changes that benefit all students.
He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Changefirst published in 1998, the author or editor of more than 30 books - many award winning and translated into many languages. His most recent books are Sustainable Leadership (with Dean Fink – 2006), Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan -2012), The Fourth Way and The Global Fourth Way ( with Dennis Shirley in 2009 & 2012), and Uplifting Leadership (with Alan Boyle & Alma Harris, forthcoming 2014) Professional Capital received the Award of Merit from the International Leadership Association
As a researcher, writer, consultant and adviser, Andy has addressed international organizations such as the World Bank, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, UNESCO, the Soros Foundation, the European Union, the International Baccalaureate and the International Congress of Principals.
Andy has delivered invited addresses and provided staff development in 37 US states, 42 countries and all Australian states and Canadian provinces. In 2010, Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Scandinavia’s oldest university, Uppsala in Sweden – other recent recipients having included Nelson Mandela and Jane Goodall.
He has received the Whitworth Award for outstanding contributions to educational research in Canada, was awarded a writing residency at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy by the Rockefeller Foundation to write Teaching In The Knowledge Society; and became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in the UK in 2010.
He was also given the Contribution to Professional Development Award from Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) - the organization's "highest honor".
Andy has been awarded visiting professorships in the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Sweden, Japan and Singapore.