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Andy Hargreaves

Educational Change & Sustainable Leadership Expert

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The Brennan family, who have endowed this professorship, have renamed it after their son who died on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Its mission is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. Andy Hargreaves’ teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on educational change, performing beyond expectations, sustainable leadership and the emotions of teaching.

Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Presentations

Uplifting Leadership: How Organizations, Teams, and Communities Raise Performance
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.

What’s 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.  

Awards

2016
Horace Mann League | Outstanding Friend of Public Education Award

2015
University of Louisville | Grawemeyer Award in Education

2010
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in Britain
Learning Forward | Contribution to the Field Award

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Summary Profile

Andy Hargreaves is a dynamic and motivational keynote speaker and workshop presenter. He has been invited to address international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), UNESCO, the Soros Foundation, the European Union, the International Baccalaureate, the International Congress of Principals, the European School Heads Association, the Universities of Latin America, and the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement.

Andy has delivered invited addresses and provided staff development in 37 US states, 42 countries and all Australian states and Canadian provinces. Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. The Brennan family, who have endowed this professorship, have renamed it after their son who died on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Its mission is to promote social justice and connect theory and practice in education. Andy Hargreaves’ teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on educational change, performing beyond expectations, sustainable leadership and the emotions of teaching.

Professor Hargreaves qualified for and went on to teach primary school before studying for and completing his Ph.D. thesis in Sociology at the University of Leeds in England. He lectured in a number of English universities including Oxford until in 1987 he moved to the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Canada, where he co-founded and directed the International Center for Educational Change. From 2000-2002, he was also Professor of Educational Leadership and Change at the University of Nottingham in England. Professor Hargreaves has authored or edited more than 25 books which have been translated into a dozen languages.

Andy Hargreaves’ book Teaching In The Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity, is published by Teachers’ College Press and Open University Press and has received the Choice Outstanding Book Award from the American Libraries Association for Teaching and the American Educational Research Association Division B Outstanding Book Award.

Hargreaves’ current research is funded by the UK Specialist and Academies Trust and the National College for School Leadership and is concerned with organizations that perform beyond expectations in education, sport, business and health. Andy now lives close to Boston, Massachusetts with his wife Pauline who is also an educator. Their children, Stuart and Lucy, work in the fields of law and international development.