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Andy Hargreaves

Professor Emeritus


TCS Teaching, Curriculum, and Society


Andy Hargreaves is Research Professor at Boston College, Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, and Honorary Professor at Swansea University. He is former President of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, Adviser in Education to the First Minister of Scotland and to the Minister of Education for New Brunswick in Canada. Andy is President and co-founder of the Atlantic Rim Collaboratory (ARC): a group of nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy, and human rights in education. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education.

Andy’s current projects address developing and researching a national network of schools that serve high needs populations through play-based learning; implementation of inclusive education policies; and building global education policy networks to advance humanistic values. These total almost $3m in funding.

 Andy has consulted with and addressed the OECD, the World Bank, the International Baccalaureate, Education International, the International Confederation of Principals, governments, universities, and professional associations worldwide. He has given keynote addresses in over 50 countries, in 47 US states and in all Australian states and Canadian provinces. Andy is ranked the #15 scholar with most influence on US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong and the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and the University of Bolton (his hometown university) in the UK. Professor Hargreaves’s books have received 8 outstanding writing awards, including (with Michael Fullan) the Grawemeyer Award, the most prestigious and highest value award in the field.

Andy has created new knowledge in the field including the concepts of professional capital, contrived collegiality, sustainable leadership, and the emotional practice of teaching.

Professor Hargreaves’s research is cited over 100,000 times. His classic text on Changing Teachers, Changing Times is among the most cited research books on teaching by a living author, including all languages. Andy’s most recent books are Leadership from the Middle: the beating heart of educational transformation (2023), Moving: A memoir of education & social mobility (2020), and, with Dennis Shirley, The Age of Identity: Who do our kids think they are and how do we help them belong? (2024), Well-being in Schools: three forces that will uplift your students in a volatile world (2022), and Five Paths of Student Engagement (2021). Andy’s opinion pieces can be read in The Washington Post, Education Week, The Conversation, The London Times, the Canadian Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star.

  • Principal Investigator: ARC Education Project convening Education Ministers & teacher union leaders annually to promote broad excellence, equity, inclusion, democracy & human rights in professionally run systems.
  • Principal Investigator: LEGO Foundation, Canadian Playful Schools Network, a $2.73 million project to build and investigate a network of 40 schools across 7 Canadian provinces, to support play-based learning for marginalized students after COVID-19
  • Co-investigator: 3-year developmental evaluation of Nova Scotia Inclusion strategy, Canada
  • Since 2022, Professor Hargreaves has delivered in-person keynote addresses in the US,Canada, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, and Norway. 
  • One of six global experts commissioned by the UN Secretary General and Education International in 2023, to contribute to the work and the final report of the UN High Level Panel on The Future of Teaching.

Recent & Major Books (Lifetime Total: 35)

  • Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2024) The Age of Identity: Who Do Our Kids Think They Are…and How We Can Help Them Belong. Corwin Press

  • Hargreaves, A. (2023) Leadership from the Middle: The Beating Heart of Educational Transformation, New York, Routledge.

  • Hargreaves, A & Shirley, D. (2022). Well-being in Schools: three forces that will uplift your students in a volatile world, ASCD

  • Shirley, D. & Hargreaves, A. (2021), Five Paths of Student Engagement: blazing the trail to learning and success, Solution Tree.

  • Hargreaves, A (2020). Moving: a memoir of education and social mobility, Solution Tree

  • Hargreaves, A & O’Connor, M.T. (2018). Collaborative Professionalism: Corwin

  • Hargreaves, A., Boyle, A. & Harris, A. (2014) Uplifting Leadership, San Francisco, Jossey Bass

  • Hargreaves, A. & Fullan, M. (2012) Professional Capital: transforming teaching in every school, New York, Teachers College Press.

  • Hargreaves, A. & Shirley, D. (2012) The Global Fourth Way: the quest for educational excellence, Thousand Oaks, CA; Corwin Press.

  • Hargreaves, A., Lieberman, A., Fullan, M. & Hopkins, D. (Eds.) (2010) Second International Handbook of Educational Change. Dordrecht, Springer.

  • Hargreaves, A. & Shirley, D. (2009) The Fourth Way, Thousand Oaks, CA; Corwin Press.

  • Hargreaves, A. & Fink, D. (2006) Sustainable Leadership, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass.

  • Hargreaves, A. (2003) Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity. New York: Teachers' College Press and Buckingham: Open University Press.

  • Hargreaves, A. (1994). Changing Teachers, Changing Times:  Teachers’ Work and Culture in the Postmodern Age. Continuum & Teacher’s College Pres