Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University
Leaving to Learn puts forth a provocative and powerful argument: A significant number of capable young learners are dropping out of high school not because they can t meet their schools expectations, but because schools don t meet theirs. The authors have worked with these young people and have some exciting insights to share about student engagement and intrinsic motivation. If you re concerned about the dropout problem, you owe it to the young people in your life to pick up this book.
Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and A Whole New Mind
Washor and Mojkowski make a vital contribution to reinventing high schools for the 21st century in this important book. They understand, far better than most, how critical it is to engage and motivate students to give them a reason to want to stay in school and to learn. This book is a must-read for anyone who truly wants to leave no child behind.
Tony Wagner, author of Creating Innovators and The Global Achievement Gap
This book is for anyone who wants to understand how schools can ignite the passions and interests of all children and help them make a difference in their world. Supporting learning out in the world is the key to unleashing their potential and to learning who they are and what they want to become.
Susi Amis Cameron, Founder, Board Chair, MUSE School California
School isn t something that kids are trying to do. Rather, they want to succeed at important things. Elliot Washor and Charles Mojkowski show the remarkable transformations in schools and their students when this becomes their focus.
Clayton Christensen, Harvard business professor and author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns and How Will You Measure Your Life?
I applaud Elliot and Charles for their passion in serving students, impacting positive change, and ensuring we truly think about the education of our nation and beyond. This excellent book resets expectations and reengages us in the core of leadership in learning!
Stedman Graham, educator, entrepreneur, and author of Identity: Your Pathway to Success
The authors get inside young people s heads and hearts in order to understand why and how they disengage from learning and often drop out. It s deeper than you think, the authors say, and they are right. Their solution is spot on start with students interests to break the cycle of failure. Here s hoping schools will listen. --Pedro Noguera, Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
About the Author
Charles Mojkowski has worked as a consultant to education and business organizations for over 30 years. He works primarily in the areas of school, program, and curriculum design; leadership and organizational development; and innovative applications of technology in these areas. He has authored numerous articles on unconventional designs for schools and schooling. Charles is a former English teacher, elementary school assistant principal, and administrator in the Rhode Island Department of Education. He was also an Associate Professor in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at Johnson & Wales University.