Better Together!

By |October 17th, 2019|

Sitting with our Team Leads, 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.  The emails uncovered communications and concerns.  I heard the stories indicating the September honeymoon shimmer was wearing off.  

What I know for sure, […]

Reaching…

By |September 2nd, 2019|

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 […]

Light Up the World with Joy

By |June 3rd, 2019|

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

By |May 20th, 2019|

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 Learning (Part 2) – Belonging

By |April 14th, 2019|

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: […]

Dreaming as Play

By |February 19th, 2019|

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 Possibility of the Season

By |December 17th, 2018|

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 […]

Holding the Paradox

By |December 10th, 2018|

Friends, as we approach the long darkness of the year, here in the Northern hemisphere, it is good to consider the season.  There is a paradox of what is spiritual and what is physical.  We live in the truth of what we experience in our senses and our spirit.  Although we acknowledge this paradox in […]

The Lacework of Humanity

By |November 19th, 2018|

Loneliness has the same impact on mortality as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  The question of connection haunts us.  Our age of acceleration has magnetically pulled us into digital spaces, with the promise of connection, yet it never satiates.  Our quest leaves us hollow.  We spend addictive amounts of time on social media, texting, and […]

Let Them Cry – The Key to Adaptation

By |November 4th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, sometimes we hold or comfort a child who cries.  The holy moment of an expression of sadness, grief, or futility is a moment of adaptation.  Wet and salty acceptance.
Big Emotions
While big emotions are often difficult and sometimes even socially inappropriate, children cannot be expected to behave like adults.  The work of maturing […]