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 […]

Joy of Learning

Like never before, we have the freedom to focus purely on the joy of learning!  Powerful learners love to expand, grow, explore, try new things and discover.  Now, there is time for sheer student curiosity to lead the way.

While teachers are distributing learning plans to ‘keep students going,’ I’m more interested in what students want […]

Though School is Closed, Learning is Open

Where are you at in the process of designing remote, eLearning for students at home?  Many schools and districts may already have well-formed plans.  Some might be silently preparing still.  Or, maybe you are a parent wondering how any of this could possibly work?

Our school is opening on Monday ‘for learning’ following our two-week spring […]

Interesting Work in Education (Part III)

What is your most interesting work as you care for and educate children (ages 0-18)?

I’m curious about the resiliency of parents and teachers.  How can Learn Forward nourish their sacred work?  The emotional labour is obvious.  It weighs us down.  We can get overwhelmed.  It’s a terrible recipe for students.

We’re exploring interesting work, as parents […]

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Interesting Work (Part 2)

I will embrace the emotional labour.

This is interesting work for me.

I am an educator, a mother and wife, a daughter and sister, a leader and volunteer.  Currently, I am serving 3 separate organizations and hoping to move each forward, all for the sake of the children.  I’m not superhuman.  Yes, often I’m tired.  But, this […]

Child Psychologist Turns Things on Their Head

Alison Gropnik, a child psychologist and researcher at Berkeley says, “attachment” between a parent and a child is just another word for “love.”  My friends call it “connection.”

Love and connection flourish when we prioritize the relationship over behaviour!
Learning with the Experts
Gropnik stands popular culture’s notions for unleashing human potential upside down.  She argues,
“Parenting” […]

Interesting Work (Part I)

I LOVE doing interesting work in education!  It makes me want to twirl and sing!  Few things energize me more than creating vibrant learning environments keen on championing the extraordinary potential that lives within every child!

Education is so artful!
A Thought Leader
Recently, I’ve been reading Linchpin – Are You Indispensible by Seth Godin and participating in his […]

Of course it’s about Love…

It’s an overused word, with a broad set of definitions, but could we talk about “love” in schools anyways?!

I stood up at our school-wide gathering on Wednesday morning and told the students, every one of them, that I love them!  My heart just overflows with this maternal, joyful gratitude for the privilege of bearing witness […]

Better Together – Part 3

Recently, in a social setting, I sat with a mother of a special education student who in a matter-of-fact way stated, “My Gr 8 daughter doesn’t have any friends.”  Then, she shrugged and repeated, “No.  She doesn’t have any friends.”

Heart-breaking.

All children struggle at times in their relationships.  However, often students with neuro-diversities affecting their communication […]

By |December 2nd, 2019|Belonging, Changemaking, Parenting, Teaching, Thriving, What Matters Most|0 Comments

Better Together! – Part 2

When I was a child, for one year, I attended an elementary school where children with special needs also had their separate classrooms.  They were in a different part of the building than the rest of us: segregated.  Honestly, in my Grade 1 mind, there was quite a bit of fear for me.  When the […]

Better Together!

This week I sat with my Team Leads in my school.  We discussed the fragilities, the places we can see trauma, the frustration, and the children struggling on their journey to grow up.  

Also, this week, I met with parents.  Their emails uncovered communications and concerns.  I heard the stories indicating the September honeymoon shimmer was […]