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Andy Hargreaves is a researcher, writer, change agent, speaker, and public intellectual. He is director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education) at the University of Ottawa, Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, and Honorary Professor at Swansea University in the UK.
Andy comes from the Northern English mill town of Accrington. When his primary school at Spring Hill was rebuilt in 2004, he was invited back to lay its inscribed foundation stone, which he did with his best teacher, Mary Hindle (almost in her 90s at the time), as she was the one who first inspired him to become an educator.
Andy taught primary school and lectured in several English universities, including Oxford. He moved to Canada to co-found and direct the International Centre for Educational Change at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education in Toronto. He has been awarded visiting professorships in the US, Canada, the UK, Hong Kong, Sweden, Spain, Japan, Norway, and Singapore. He holds Honorary Doctorates from Scandinavia’s oldest university, Uppsala, in Sweden and from The Education University of Hong Kong.
Andy has received the Whitworth Award for outstanding contributions to educational research in Canada, was awarded a writing residency at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in the UK. He has been honored with the 2016 Horace Mann Award in the US and the Robert Owen Award in Scotland for services to public education. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. From 2017-2019, Andy was elected President of The International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. Andy has been listed by Education Week as being among the top 15 scholars with most influence on US educational policy debate. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education.
Andy’s Outstanding Writing Awards include the prestigious 2015 Grawemeyer Award in Education for Professional Capital (with Michael Fullan) in relation to an idea with most potential to change the world, as well as awards from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the American Educational Research Association, the American Libraries Association and the International Leadership Association.
Andy was founding Editor-in-Chief of and is now Commissioning Editor for the Journal of Professional Capital and Community and was also the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Educational Change. He has authored or edited more than 30 books. Professor Hargreaves’s research is cited almost 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. His most recent books are Well-being in Schools: Three Forces that Will Uplift Your Students in a Volatile World with Dennis Shirley (ASCD, 2022), Five Paths of Student Engagement with Dennis Shirley (Solution Tree, 2021), Moving: A Memoir of Education and Social Mobility (Solution Tree, 2020), and Collaborative Professionalism: When Teaching Together Means Learning for All with Michael O’Connor (Corwin, 2018). 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.
Andy’s current research includes a $2.7 million project funded by the LEGO Foundation to develop and conduct research into a national network of schools that serve high needs populations through play-based learning (with Trista Hollweck), implementation of inclusive education policies in Nova Scotia (with Jessica Whitley) and building a global education policy network to advance humanistic values (with Trista Hollweck).
Andy is a researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and policy adviser. He has addressed international organizations such as the World Bank, OECD (the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), UNESCO, the Soros Foundation, the WISE Foundation, the European Union, the International Baccalaureate, the International Congress of Principals, the European School Heads Association, Education International, the Universities of Latin America, and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement. Andy has delivered invited addresses and provided staff development in 47 US states, over 50 countries, and all Australian states and Canadian provinces.
Outside of his work, Andy is a keen long distance hiker, a grateful grandfather, a passionate supporter of Burnley Football Club, and always up for a game of pool.
“Doing something different to try and make a difference together is what deeper collaborative professionalism is all about.”