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 […]

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 Its 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 […]

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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 […]

A Plan for Flourishing in Schools

The story of thriving in schools is written with teachers first.
The Stress
From the vantage point of a school leader, it is clear that professional educators often live under the haunting weightiness of the work.  We face children struggling with learning, changing family structures, disabilities, trauma, poverty, and a sea of challenges found in every classroom, […]

“Reaching In” for Future Success

Parents and teachers share a clear and compelling mandate: to prepare children for the future.  Learn Forward is here to help!  Our work with educators, educational leaders, and parents centres around nourishing your sacred work.  This nourishment is somewhat spiritual, but also wholly realistic.  It is grounded in research and proven in practice.  We offer […]

Reaching…

I’m offering a gentle welcome to this new school year.  It was a whirlwind summer, including some definite curveballs.  Sometimes life is that way.  Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve spoken with many students, parents, and teachers, each of them is returning with a bushel of life experiences.  It is never all one thing […]