Michael Fullan’s Topic Videos: Learning is the Work


  • Educators go to workshops and not much happens in between the each PD.
  • Workshops aren’t powerful enough to change the culture. It’s the culture that has to change the culture. It’s the people in it.
  • When improving the school, it’s all about changing the learning/working relationship between the teachers, leaders, other schools, and community.
  • What really counts is what happens ‘in between workshops’. Learning IS the work.
  • Professional Development: A great way to avoid change (PDF): Article Fullan referred to in the video.

Honestly, the last few Topic Videos were a little flat to me, but I really enjoyed this one. I’ve never been a fan of “job-embedded” professional development because it was often synonymous with nonexistent professional development. I love going to workshops, but I often found that I’d bring ideas back to me with little opportunity to share. I may grow and improve, but it rarely had an impact outside of my classroom. It’s what happens after the workshop that really matters.

In no way does Fullan suggest that teachers not attend workshops and professional development. He suggests that what really matters is what happens in between the workshops. That learning in between the workshops is the important work, and that work will build capacity and change the system.



Michael Fullan’s Topic Videos is a series of 22 short clips, 2-3 minutes each delve into a variety of educational topics . These videos include real life examples suitable for teachers, principals, and administrators. The videos are designed and filmed to illustrate ‘motion leadership in action’.


What are your take-a-ways from ‘Learning Is the Work’?

Check out the entire series at Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.

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Check out all of my take-a-ways from Michael Fullan’s video series. 

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