Michael E. Sikes is an author and independent consultant. He has previously been an evaluator at the Center for Creative Leadership, Senior Associate at the Council of Chief State School Officers, and adjunct faculty member at Antioch University Santa Barbara. He has planned and evaluated numerous programs, both in K-12 and nonformal contexts. He is co-author of The Appreciative Inquiry: A Guide to International Cultural Exchange and Focusing the Light: The Art and Practice of Planning. Sikes received his doctorate degree in education from Florida State University.