Andrew Hargreaves

Andrew Hargreaves

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Educational Researcher, Writer, Consultant, Adviser and best selling Author

Andy Hargreaves is Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education) at the University of Ottawa and Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He is Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University and Honorary Professor at Swansea University in the UK.

​Andy taught primary school and lectured in several English universities, including Oxford. He then moved to Canada where he became co-founder and director of the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. He has been awarded visiting professorships in the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Norway and Singapore. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Scandinavia’s oldest university, Uppsala, in Sweden and from The Education University of Hong Kong.

Andy 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; and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in the UK. In 2010, he was given the Contribution to Professional Development Award from Learning Forward (formerly the National Staff Development Council) – the organization’s “highest honor”. He has been honored with the 2016 Horace Mann Award in the US and the Robert Owen Award in Scotland for services to public education.  In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. From 2017-2019, Andy was elected President of The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. Andy has been listed by Education Week as being among the leading scholars with most influence on US educational policy debate.

Andy’s Outstanding Writing Awards include the 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan) in relation to an idea that has potential to change the world, as well as awards from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association and the International Leadership Association.

Andy was founding Editor-in-Chief of and is now Commissioning Editor for the Journal of Professional Capital and Community and was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. His most recent books are Five Paths of Student Engagement: blazing the trail to learning and success (with Dennis Shirley, 2021), Moving: a memoir of education and social mobility (2020) and Collaborative Professionalism: when teaching together means learning for all (with Michael O’Connor-2018). Andy’s current research is on Leading from the Middle to create greater equity, inclusion and wellbeing as well as broader excellence for all students.

Andy’s current research, with Jessica Whitley, is a developmental evaluation of educational inclusion policy.

Andy is a researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and policy adviser. He has addressed international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), UNESCO, the Soros Foundation, the WISE Foundation, the European Union, the International Baccalaureate, the International Congress of Principals, the European School Heads Association, Education International, the Universities of Latin America, and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. Andy has delivered invited addresses and provided staff development in 47 US states, over 50 countries and all Australian states and Canadian provinces.

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UPLIFTING LEADERSHIP: Your Performance, Your People, Yourself

Based on original research from a seven-year global study, this talk reveals how leaders from diverse organizations inspired and uplifted their teams’ performance. Distilling the six common characteristics of leaders at high-performing organizations across business, sports, and education, Andy explores the nature of uplift, its impact on performance, and the ways to achieve it within and beyond an organization’s walls.

Worth Fighting for in Education

Andy argues the relationship between those in the school and those outside it must be fundamentally reframed. In a world of growing complexity and rapid change, if educators are going to bring about significant improvements in teaching and learning within schools, they must forge strong, open, and interactive connections with communities beyond them.

To do this, the authors urge teachers and principals to go “wider” by developing new relationships with parents, employers, universities, technology, and the broader profession. At the same time, educators must also go “deeper” into the heart of their own practice by rediscovering the passion and moral purpose that make teaching and learning exciting and effective. As in the other two books in this series, the authors provide guidelines for teachers and principals to help them expand and improve their thinking and practice, and to show policy makers and communities what they can do and why they should do it for the sake of the future of children and society.

Building a 21st Century Education System

Why does successful, enduring change beyond a few isolated schools continue to elude us? The fundamental problem, says Andy, is that educational change is more complex and controversial than the change literature has recognized. In this book, Hargreaves and the other contributors move the dialogue about change beyond the technical aspects to three essential areas of teaching, learning, and leadership that have received only limited attention: the passion, purpose, and politics of change. This presentation emphasizes the importance of professional networks based on collaboration and trust, rather than pitting teachers and schools against one another. Andy looks optimistically at many of the complexities of change. Together, they extend the educational change agenda, confront some of the most difficult obstacles, and offer hope and practical guidance for bringing about positive educational change that benefits all students.

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