For his part, Wartgow believes in the slow-and-steady approach. Throughout chapters about changing the educational culture, encouraging collaboration among stakeholders and keeping theory and practice in the proper perspective, he regularly warns against unrealistic expectations or knee-jerk reactions, and emphasizes that all parties must buy in to a given approach before moving forward. As he puts it, "introducing new reform initiatives into the schools prior to developing the civic and institutional capacity to understand, manage and support those reforms is a recipe for failure." So, too, is a lack of creativity the tendency to repeat past mistakes rather than taking the time to find an innovative path forward. "The leadership challenge is not one of simply organizing to implement known solutions to known problems," he notes. "Rather, it is one of motivating people to find new solutions to complex problems for which there are no known solutions."
Wartgow begins teaching his Lessons at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover, 2526 East Colfax Avenue. There's no charge to attend. Learn more at 303-322-7727 or www.tatteredcover.com.
Tue., Jan. 22, 2008