3 Reasons to Craft a Manifesto for your School

Our Willowstone Academy manifesto transformed our school’s culture and here’s why we think every school needs one!

We crafted our manifesto 4 years ago and it is still serving our community brilliantly!  Our manifesto paints a powerful picture of our school.  It was professionally designed by Roselyn Minnes and is visually appealing. A framed, full-colour version […]

Never Let Go

I spent the early years of mothering focused on providing the best meals, organizing the playrooms, ensuring the best learning environments, and facilitating my big kids’ activities.  My concerns centred around obedience and discipline.  However, what I don’t think I did as well, was express my unequivocal, wildly passionate, and wholly devoted love to my […]

By |October 19th, 2018|Belonging, Parenting, Rooted, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

Give All Our Children Wings

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

Acceleration of Globalization

Do you believe we’re all interconnected?

One of my strengths is “Connectedness” from the Strengthsfinder.

This weekend, I grappled with “Why do I do the Niteo Africa work?”  Why do I serve children I’ll never really know and those who are so far away I could easily forget them?  Why has our family given time, effort, resources, and […]

By |September 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Acceleration of Technology

What if a four-cent VW bug could travel across Canada in less than a second and on so little gas you wouldn’t even count it?  Let’s talk about acceleration.

Understanding our rapidly changing culture is essential for parents and educators preparing children for the future we cannot see.

Of course, one can never see the future, so […]

By |September 9th, 2018|Parenting, Teaching, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Rooted

The dictionary defines ‘Rooted’ as “established deeply and firmly.”
What is deeply established in our school?
As a member of a school community, what does your heart long to see entrenched or ingrained?  The Learn Forward question is, “What matters most?”

This year, we are using this word, ‘Rooted’ as a theme for Willowstone Academy because, amidst the […]

By |September 2nd, 2018|Rooted, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Beauty in the Palette of the Heart

Our human hearts hold an array of emotions and feelings mixed together throughout our daily walk, a palette of swirls and blending colours in one continuous experience.  What helps our hearts come to rest amidst the swirl is the safety and acceptance of our human relationships.

When we are together, our emotions like colours, mix.  We respond […]

Beauty, Even in the Hurt

Driving home from a breakfast with the most tender friends, when hurt is present, I am reminded, the struggle is beautiful.

We sipped coffee as we leaned into dark places. The tears welled up in our eyes, as the shadows of anxiety and fear crossed our faces. We shared in giggles and subversion. And, the sun […]

By |May 5th, 2018|Belonging, Faith, Thriving, Worthiness|0 Comments

Beauty of Longings

My colleague, Fran McGreevy of Root-Ed, recently quoted Thoreau,
“Most men live lives of quiet desperation and will go to their graves with their song still unsung.”
The quote highlights the human tragedy. And Fran ignited my consideration of ‘longing.’

What is the longing in one’s heart?  The longing that propels us?  What is the longing that calls […]

By |April 22nd, 2018|Belonging, Changemaking, Design, Faith, Thriving|0 Comments