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Andy  Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves

Renowned Author & Researcher Advocating for Equitable and Inclusive Education

Andy Hargreaves

Renowned Author & Researcher Advocating for Equitable and Inclusive Education


Andy Hargreaves is Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa in Canada and Research Professor at Boston College in the US. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Education. Andy is the former President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement (2018-2020), former Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario (2015-2018), and current adviser to the First Minister of Scotland. Andy is co-founder and president of the ARC Education Collaboratory, which brings together Ministers and professional leaders from multiple countries to advance the interests of broad excellence, equity, well-being, inclusion, democracy, and human rights in education.

Andy has published more than 30 books and has 8 Outstanding Writing Awards. He has been honoured in Canada, the US, and the UK for services to public education and educational research. He is ranked by US Education Week as the #15 scholar with the most influence on the US education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award. Andy holds Honorary Doctorates from the Education University of Hong Kong, the University of Uppsala in Sweden, and Bolton University in the UK – the nearest to his hometown. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Professor Hargreaves is an outstanding keynote speaker and workshop leader and has delivered invited addresses in more than 50 countries, 47 US states, and all Australian and Canadian states and provinces. His most recent books are Well-being in Schools: Three Forces that Will Uplift Your Students in a Volatile World and Five Paths of Student Engagement (both with Dennis Shirley), Moving: A Memoir of Education and Social Mobility, and Collaborative Professionalism: When Teaching Together Means Learning for All with Michael O’Connor.

Andy’s current work, funded by the LEGO Foundation and in collaboration with University of Ottawa faculty members, involves creating, managing, and inquiring into a network of 40-plus schools using play-based learning with minoritized students across Canada.

Speaker Videos

Andy Hargreaves and the future of testing in schools | HundrED

Uplifting your performance, your people and yourself | Andy Hargreaves | TEDxUnisinos

Ethnocultural identities, emotions, and learning

#EducationStorytelling | Andy HARGREAVES

What is the Canadian Playful Schools Network? @PlayJouerCanada

Leading and learning from the middle - Education Talks

Andy Hargreaves - Principles of The Fourth Way

Andy Hargreaves on collaborative professionalism, Part 5: The different phases of collaboration

SSATNC13: Professional Capital [1]

Andy Hargreaves on the metaphor of uplifting leadership

Reimagining Teacher Education Symposium - Keynote Lecture by Professor Andy Hargreaves

Speech Topics

Leadership from the Middle: The Beating Heart of Educational Transformation

How can education leaders create agile, safe, and effective learning environments that help young people develop the knowledge and character to shape their futures—despite the complex challenges we face? Renowned education scholar and speaker Andy Hargreaves explores a novel leadership approach that drives transformational change–Leadership from the Middle. The middle should not be ignored or treated as just a connector of everything else. It is the beating heart of everything that schools and school systems do, keeping leadership close to where teaching and learning happen. Drawing on global educational leadership research and practice, this keynote empowers leaders to view obstacles as opportunities and to lead through collaboration, inspiration, and inclusion.

Identities in Schools: Creating Inclusion & Belonging for Everyone

There is no equity without inclusion and there is no inclusion without everyone—of every identity—seeing themselves in the school and its curriculum and feeling they belong. Developing young people’s selves and character is as important as promoting their achievement. Identity matters to all of us, every student, every teacher, and every parent. But identities are not simple or singular. There are many facets to all our identities. What you see isn’t always what you get. Identities are not boxes we can tick. They are young people we need to get to know. In this unique, inspiring, and provocative presentation, Andy Hargreaves talks about the themes he raises in his latest book that can help every student feel included and successful in school.

Well-Being in Schools

Students' well-being is a prominent concern among educators, as issues related to mental health, global crises, and social media are impossible to ignore. But what, exactly, is well-being? How can school systems promote it to increase student achievement and social and emotional learning? Well-being supports learning and inspired learning generates greater well-being. In this inspiring and provocative keynote, world-renowned education expert Andy Hargreaves uncovers three powerful forces you can leverage to create effective well-being policy and practice—prosperity for all, ethical technology use, and restorative nature—so you can improve well-being not only for students but for society as a whole.

Leading Collaborative Professionalism

Collaboration is one of the most powerful educational tools when used correctly and turned into action. Building social capital among educators improves student learning, teacher recruitment and retention, and the ability to initiate and implement change. In this inspiring keynote that draws on real-life case studies from across the world, you’ll learn what sets Collaborative Professionalism apart from other kinds of collaboration and take away intentional collaborative designs and strategies to improve collaboration among educators in ways that enhance equity and excellence in student learning.