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 […]

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

Beauty in Giving

Looking at old photo albums makes my heart sing.  Of course, now it is on my laptop and I wonder how to share.  I am still trying to figure out how to capture and hold the memories better.  They all feel like soap bubbles in warm summer sunshine, glistening, but only for a moment.

Remembering the […]

By |April 15th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Beauty in Community

Recently, I had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Brooks, Head of Upper School at The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. Jason is a Harvard-educated, academic, who speaks multiple languages, and is deeply dedicated to the students in the halls and classrooms of ESLA.

In our first call, we exchanged ideas about diversity, community, leadership, […]

By |April 7th, 2018|Belonging, Changemaking, Faith|0 Comments

Rooted in Love

What does it mean to be rooted?

I read a beautiful blog post from On Being this week about being rooted in faith; the power of roots to anchor and sustain. It inspired my thinking.

When we design a for thriving, we must design with roots to hold us in storms and nourish us through the seasons. Our […]

By |March 10th, 2018|Belonging, Design, Faith, Table of Learning, Thriving|0 Comments

Questions for Designing Learning

What questions do teachers ask to design learning for the future? What questions should we ask? How can parents join us at the Table of Learning?

We are re-designing school in many ways and yet the shifts in education can feel like a hall of mirrors, disorienting and repetitive or inconsequential at worst.

Parents and teachers, we […]

Designing for Thriving in Messy Lives

How can we design for thriving when our lives are messy? When our days are held together with threads and nothing seems to be working right, it is difficult to imagine thriving. I can move to that space quite easily.

Those of us who care for children are intimately acquainted with heartache and challenge. Teachers and […]

By |February 26th, 2018|Faith, Parenting, Teaching, The Climb, Thriving|0 Comments

Design with Multipliers

I value multipliers.  When I am designing my life, working with others to design our community, or considering the design of my day in my planner, I am looking for multipliers.

I believe multiplication is a spiritual principle. We reap what we sow. We look for a return. With grateful hearts, we steward what we have […]

By |February 18th, 2018|Belonging, Design, Faith, The Climb, Thriving|0 Comments