Dr. Santiago Rincón Gallardo is a Banting Postoctoral Fellow at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and Chief Research Officer at Michael Fullan’s international education consulting team. His academic work explores how effective pedagogies for deep learning can spread at scale. These ideas have been published in the Harvard Educational Review, the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, the Journal of Educational Change, the Education Policy Analysis Archives, the Multidisciplinary Journal of Educational Research, and in three books in Spanish. Beyond his academic work, he conducts research and advises leaders and educators interested in advancing whole system reform for instructional improvement in educational systems. As an educator and organizer, Santiago worked for over a decade to promote grassroots educational change initiatives in Mexican Public Schools serving historically marginalized communities. Santiago holds an Ed. M in International Education Policy and Ed.D. on Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice from Harvard University.
In this interview, which is part of the Lead the Change Series of the American Educational Research Association Educational Change Special Interest Group, Santiago shares his thoughts on educational change:
In my view, the challenge of radically transforming the instructional core and creating the systems to do so at scale is one of the most important, exciting, and even daunting issues for educational change today. As they currently exist, schooling and school systems won’t take us much farther in the direction of nurturing deep learning, change agency, and deep democratic values among our younger generations (they have arguably taken us in the opposite direction).
This Lead the Change interview appears as part of a series that features experts from around the globe, highlights promising research and practice, and offers expert insight on small- and large-scale educational change. Recently Lead the Change has also published interviews with Diane Ravitch, and the contributors to Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013) edited by Helen Janc Malone, have participated in a series of blogs from Education Week.