20 Creative Ways to Connect with a Child in Less Than 20min

As the Chief Learning Officer of a school, sometimes students end up in my office after making terrible choices in class.  It’s not my favourite part of the job, yet I am grateful to support both the child, family, teacher, and classroom in those moments.
Gather a Child
Last year, I had one such experience with a […]

Equipping Confident Explorers

Do you ever shake your head and throw up your hands when trying to manage your child’s behaviour in demanding social situations? Maybe even the first days of school feel tricky.  Some children are clinging, some children never want to leave! The social demands of a classroom can be treacherous territory because they offer novel […]

By |September 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Learn Forward Schools Finish Well

For me, finishing well always sets me up for success in the future. Finishing well as a learning community is intentional and thoughtful. Individually, we can all consider the 5 Ideas for Finishing Well, but what does it look like to finish well in our schools?
Reflect with Honesty and Celebration
Reflection is at the heart of Learn Forward. […]

When You Have to ‘Push Through’

What does it mean to ‘push through’? What does it mean to ‘dig deep’? When should I set a boundary and ensure I have time and space for recovery?

These questions are abiding at this time of the year. It is predictable. It is cyclical.

I lost it yesterday morning and shouted at my child, in front […]

5 Ideas for Finishing the School Year Well

The cycle of the school year includes a typical and final push to the finish line. As educators and parents, we are looking towards the final weeks or days of learning, leading, and living together in a unique community of learning. Our hearts know, ‘It will never be the same again.’

I am reflective on finishing well. What […]

What If I Met Grace Today?

Today…
What if I met Grace, by chance, along the path?

Would He know my name, or call my name, even though His smile beams through?

Would His tenderness, dip to my soul, in wondrous untold ways, as He reaches out and rests His hand, upon my wearied arm?

And though I’m running late again, would I simply scurry by, or somehow pause […]

By |May 14th, 2017|Faith, The Climb, Thriving|0 Comments

Cultivate Delight

During my recent facilitators’ training with the Center for Courage and Renewal, I was inspired by a revolving theme that circled through my days: delight.  I hope you enjoy my reflections on cultivating delight in schools published by Leadership 360 authors and experts, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers.

What if delight is a key ingredient for thriving […]

Dreaming for Thriving

Our family was birthed in a dream! We dreamt about lifelong love, a bonus baby, and abundance. We dreamt about rich relationships, spiritual depth, and meaningful work. Those are no longer dreams, they are becoming realities.

The dreams are now evolving, sometimes they swirl around the adult children. Last night over dinner, we dreamt with them […]

By |May 1st, 2017|Design, Nest-Building for Families|0 Comments

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?” […]