From the foreword to the book by George Couros:
As Mike says in the book: “Education should provide opportunities, not barriers.” For this to happen, we will need to challenge our thinking and continuously ask: “How can we?” Leaders from any position, find a way forward; that’s why they are leaders. See the possibilities and find that way.
Much discussion has occurred after the release of Every Child, Every Day.
- How do we replicate those results?
- How do we create a culture in which this is possible?
- What sort of leadership is necessary to accomplish this?
- Isn’t this an awful lot of work?
- This makes sense. How do I begin?
Creating Academic Momentum: Realizing the promise of performance-based education is my response. It is not a step-by-step guide because every local condition is a little different and must be nuanced. What the writing does provide is guidance regarding the platform upon which to build. In the chapter on collaboration:
It is just as hard to admit a mistake as it is to ask for help. Both make us feel vulnerable and inadequate. some of that has to do with the way the help is ultimately offered. An attitude of superiority in providing any help that is requested is detrimental to collaboration. Help should be offered without judgement. No one has all the answers in this ever-changing educational and technical landscape. Eventually everyone has to ask for help.
Just released by Rowman & Littlefield, it is available in paperback, clothbound, and e-book editions wherever good books are sold.