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 […]

Light Up the World with Joy

As we step towards the end of the school year, our teachers discussed as a team, “best practices for finishing well.”  We explored transitions to the next grade, playing together and enjoying the outdoors, naming students’ strengths, and blessing them.

As I consider my own best practices, I note our manifesto’s encouragement to send students forward […]

Soul of Education (Part 4) – Change-maker

When we get together as a family, we are somewhat strange, because we discuss and explore the idea of change-making with great frequency.  We lean into inspiration, reading, and relationships to discuss big ideas, social issues, and explore our best and highest contribution.

This weekend we watched two motivating movies, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and […]

Soul of Education (Part 3) – Worthiness

After the winter comes the spring.

It was a long winter for us in this part of the world.  Yet, here we are with long lingering evenings and the kiss of warm sun on our cheeks.

Today I delighted in the smell of growing things.  We dug in the garden and mowed the lawn and the air […]

Soul of Learning (Part 2) – Belonging

Almost 70 years ago, a little blonde girl stood in the heart of the Congo and offered a friend a sweet fruit.

The little girl is a family friend whose parents were missionaries in the Congo and she just celebrated her 70th birthday this week.  Her picture illustrates a beautiful principle of unfolding belonging and friendship: […]

The Soul of Learning (Part 1) – Selfhood

Learn Forward™ is an exploration of the soul of learning; an invitation to be curious about what matters most.  It is more than an academic exercise, content to master, or a school community.  It is more than a group of friends or a teacher’s acumen.  And, it is more than grades, report cards, or outcomes.  But, […]

Help! My Child is Not Thriving

Design for thriving?  Easier said than done.  What if my child is not thriving?  Where do I start?  What changes do I make?

Every parent knows the experience of a season when their child isn’t flourishing.  Maybe it is a season full of foul frustration or school is so difficult or sadness is weighing down all […]

By |March 4th, 2019|Design, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Dreaming as Play

Dreaming is a powerful form of play!

And how vulnerable!

As we explore play and dreaming, it is easy to see the need for safety!
Unfolding Dreams
As I play with my children, hear their hearts, listen as they describe their preferred futures or whisper their bedtime wishes, even in goal-setting sessions with The Builder, I can easily feel […]

The Essentialism of Play

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Children as Change-Makers

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]

By |January 11th, 2019|Changemaking, Faith, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

The Possibility of the Season

Last week, I promised the Learn Forward blog would include the reflections of Mr. Jeff Harshad Thomlinson, co-founder of Take a Breath for Schools, yogi, spiritual seeker, mentor, and friend to join me in this deep inquiry of “Word Became Flesh.”

We had the opportunity to sit over tea and consider our mutual meditation of the “Word […]

By |December 17th, 2018|Belonging, Faith, Rooted, The Climb, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments