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List of Figures Foreword by Kenneth Leithwood Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors 1. Capacity Building: A Journey of Deepening Discovery 2. The Nitty-Gritty of Capacity Building 3. The Road to Realization 4. Interdependent Practice 5. The Devil Is in the Details: Beware of the Pitfalls! 6. The 14th Parameter Resource A: A Tool for Assessing Implementation of the 14 Parameters: Selected Examples Resource B: 10 District Supports That Evolved to Ensure Realization of All Parameters References Index

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Dr. Lyn Sharratt is a highly-accomplished practitioner, researcher, author, and presenter. She coordinates the doctoral internship program in Leadership, Higher and Adult Education department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Lyn has worked in four school districts across Ontario as a school superintendent, superintendent of curriculum and instruction, administrator, curriculum leader and K-10 and Special Education teacher. Lyn has taught all elementary grades and secondary-aged students in inner-city and rural settings. She has analyzed and commented on public policy for a provincial trustee organization, the Ontario Public School Boards' Association; has taught pre-service education at York University, Masters' and Doctoral students at University of Toronto and Nipissing University; and led in-service Professional Development in a provincial teachers' union head office. Lyn is a widely-published researcher and author. She is lead author, with Michael Fullan, of Realization: The Change Imperative for Increasing District-Wide Reform (Corwin, 2009) and Putting FACES on the Data: What Great Leaders Do! (Corwin, 2012, published in English, Spanish and Arabic). Lyn is lead author of Good to Great to Innovate: Recalculating the Route K-12, (Corwin, 2015) with Gale Harild, and of Leading Collaborative Learning: Empowering Excellence (Corwin, 2016) with Beate Planche. CLARITY: What Matters MOST in Learning, Teaching and Leading (Corwin Press, 2019) is her fifth book that reflects all of her work across the globe from 2009-2019. As well as an author and practitioner working in remote and urban settings world-wide, Lyn is an advisor for International School Leadership with the Ontario Principals' Council; is an Author Consultant for Corwin Publishing; and consults internationally, working with system, school and teacher leaders at all levels in Australia, Canada, Chile, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. She works tirelessly, focusing her time and efforts on increasing each student's achievement by working alongside leaders and teachers to put FACES on their data, taking intentional action to bringEquity and Excellence for all students. Visit her at; Twitter @LynSharratt; and on Linked-In where Lyn owns the "Educational Leadership" Linked-In group made up of 67,000+ members. Search for Lyn's "Good to Great to Innovate" video on There you will see her speaking in Ontario about the leadership it takes to achieve system and school improvement. Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities around the world. Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward. Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crevola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was named the 2009 Book of the Year by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015. Michael Fullan's latest books are The Principal: Three Keys for Maximizing Impact ; Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (with Joanne Quinn); Deep Learning: Engage the Change the World (with Joanne Quinn and Joanne McEachen); Surreal Change: The Real Life of Transforming Public Education (autobiography); and Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail. For more information on books, articles, and videos, please go to


"Sharratt and Fullan are an educational dream team! The combination of Sharratt's keen observations from her battle-tested district leadership experience and Fullan's astute perspectives on the essential challenges of systemic reform produce fresh insights into the most difficult, yet most central challenges facing local education reformers today. Together the authors generate important new knowledge of how to sustain and deepen districtwide instructional reform beyond the first generation." -- Jonathan Supovitz, Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania
"I could not put this book down. Sharratt and Fullan have very clearly articulated what a sustained literacy focus can accomplish, but they also recognize the need to take it further-hence the introduction of the 14th parameter. The book reinforced and rejuvenated me in my efforts to persist with the 13 parameters in my school." -- Rashmi Swarup, Principal
"Large-scale reform is both seductive and elusive. The promise of systemwide improvement has resulted in many false dawns where change has not been substantial or sustained. In Realization, Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan provide a model of districtwide change that is grounded in reality. The model is compelling because it works. Those seeking a robust and transferable model of systemwide reform need look no further." -- Alma Harris, Professor
"There is ample talk about conducting districtwide reform in our schools and board rooms today. However, this is the first opportunity that I have had to read about a research-based and clearly defined recipe for actually making and sustaining those elusive changes in our classrooms. Bravo to the authors for breaking this down for us!" -- Sheila Gragg, Technology Integration Coach, Professional Developer
"Realization explores the nature and dimensions of significant districtwide reform for sustained school improvement. It is a deeply grounded and perceptive account for all those involved in school leadership and in school and district policy reform. A must-read for education reformers." -- Brent Davies, Professor
"What a breath of fresh air Realization is! Those of us who work in that part of the educational vineyard known as large-scale reform will instantly recognize the authenticity, strategic clarity, and wisdom of the story that Lyn Sharratt and Michael Fullan tell in this book. As they so cogently point out, 'The real journey begins when learning becomes the work.'" -- David Hopkins, Professor Emeritus, Institute of Education, University of London
"While reading this book, I envisioned a classroom and school with students who love learning and are able to apply what they learn to real-world situations. I see a collaborative staff focused not on the outcome of a test, but the realization of the potential in each and every student." -- Patti Grammens, Eight-Grade Science Teacher and Department Chair
"A straightforward and succinct account of how to meet the needs of all students, from the educators who are 'walking the talk and talking the walk.' From school board member to classroom teacher to student to parent to legislator, the authors spell out what it takes to make sure all students achieve." -- Kathy J. Grover, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction
"This is an up-to-date catalogue of best practices for achieving sustained student improvement. It is hopeful and forward-thinking. This book will give you food for thought as well as some concrete steps to reach your goal of sustained student improvement. It's all about instruction and shared practice." -- Patricia Long Tucker, Regional Superintendent
"Realization is steeped in novel conceptual and practical insights into the realities of systemic improvement over time. Sharratt and Fullan offer a new and deeper understanding of system capacity building as they vividly capture the multifaceted nature of coherent professional work that results in attainable, sustainable districtwide change in teaching and learning." -- Steve Anderson, Professor

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