The Problem with Self-Help Books

The problem with self-help books is that they don’t teach you about the mulligan! When we are designing for thriving, we must have this grace.

Someday I hope to be a golfer. While I don’t golf yet, I do understand the concept of a mulligan. You only have to read my book Learn Forward to know I […]

Unplugged is the New Luxury

As a mom and a school leader, I am always flirting with that dreaded feeling of “I’m so worn out!” This week, I wrote “Sustain Energy” as one of my top 3 goals over the next 12-weeks and I designed objectives to achieve this goal. Also, I came across an article titled, “Why Teachers are So Tired?” […]

A Manifesto on Literacy

by Karine Veldhoen and Dr. Susan Crichton

for Niteo Africa Society on their 10 year Anniversary

Literacy liberates.  Literate children become critical and creative thinkers, meaning makers, problem finders and problem solvers.  Literate children become change makers in an increasingly complex world.
Books are for everyone. 
Very young children acquire language through conversation with their families and friends. In […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 2)

This week included an amazing conversation with a friend about her son’s literacy learning; we’re all trying to figure it out. As parents and teachers we are so passionate about reading success and wondering how to best champion the potential of our children. We brainstormed together.

It became clear during our conversation how capable her little boy is and we […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 1)

Our literacy learning blog series began with the definition of literacy as listening, speaking, reading, and writing.  It is a broad definition highlighting some of the most important learning processes of early childhood (ages 0-7).

We explored the idea, “What if the entire purpose of early literacy learning is to infuse it with happiness?”

Learn Forward knows […]

How to Infuse Literacy Learning with Joy

Literacy learning, defined for our purposes as listening, speaking, reading, and writing, is a natural source of joy for young children! It is infused with play and delight. Our attitudes as parents and teachers either cultivate the delight or chip away at it.

Children naturally love to experience stories. When we draw them close and whisper […]

By |February 26th, 2017|Belonging, Creative Thinking, Design, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments

4 Truths about Learning Communities as Loving Spaces

Schools, along with teachers, students, and parents, have a bold purpose of being a child’s primary experience of community. Can we expand the word “love” to describe our experience in schools?

I believe schools are the best positioned institution in western society to cultivate community. We have nurtured acceptance and inclusion within a context that is […]

By |February 19th, 2017|Belonging, Changemaking, Selfhood|0 Comments

Self-Reflect to Self-Direct

Reflecting is the key to directing!  If you want to design for thriving, you must know how to reflect.

I sat with my journal this morning, writing about the month we’ve concluded, planning the month to come, when my phone beeped.  My guest podcast on Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones published.  The tweet re-affirmed the message […]

The Blossoming of Trust

“I feel that trust is something of a radical act,” says Eula Biss, in a recent interview.  Trusting is radical.  The easier pathway is worst first.  I can feel it in our school.  Yet, we need to nurture a positive atmosphere characterized by trust.

As a school Principal, I am interested in how to create the conditions for […]

To Honour the Space Between Us

As the inaugural ballroom empties and the women rally, the need for resilience in our relationships has never been greater.  How can we create relational resilience in our society? Start right where you are.

Throughout this post, I’d like to draw your attention to a number of readings and resources to nourish your soul, sanctify the season, […]

By |January 21st, 2017|Belonging, Changemaking, Design, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving|0 Comments