Michael Fullan (born 1940) is a Canadian educational researcher and former dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). He is noted for his expertise on educational reform, and has consulted to school districts, teacher groups, research institutes, and governments.
Fullan was born in Toronto, Ontario. He earned a doctorate in sociology in 1969 from the University of Toronto, and then worked as a graduate teacher, researcher, and leader of in-service programs. Fullan was appointed dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Education (FEUT) in 1988, and remained dean until 2003, and serves now as Professor Emeritus.
Fullan outlined the complex job faced by school principals in What’s Worth Fighting For in the Principalship? (1997), and outlined strategies to improved school effectiveness.
In 1998, Fullan and British educator Andy Hargreaves co-authored What’s Worth Fighting for in Education? The central theme was that teacher quality and morale were fundamental to pupil learning and well-being.
The Moral Imperative of School Leadership (2003) examined the moral purpose of educational leadership and the role principals play in transforming schools.
Fullan addressed the topic of school change in Motion Leadership (2010), and outlined ways to connect peers to purpose, gain trust, overcome resistance, and provide transparency.