Professional Capital, by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan, 2012

The Gist

A book for educators on how to develop professional capital, the integration through ‘push, pull and nudge’ of the individual, group and system so the quality of teaching can be improved. Cites evidence from Canada, England and Finland.

What’s Good

Easy to read, well-argued and researched with lots of useful nudges towards improving. Makes an excellent case for peer power. Talks about the need for trust within collaborative cultures. Gives a clear formula for improving professional capital.


Advanced systems rely more and more on peers as the source of innovation and deep improvement, but collaboration is not an end in itself: it needs direction and a willingness to get out of the comfort zone.

Something to Try

Dip into the book and, depending on your role and interest, try enacting the Action Guidelines.