Beauty of Longings

By |April 22nd, 2018|

My colleague, Fran McGreevy of Root-Ed, recently quoted Thoreau,
“Most men live lives of quiet desperation and will go to their graves with their song still unsung.”
The quote highlights the human tragedy. And Fran ignited my consideration of ‘longing.’

What is the longing in one’s heart?  The longing that propels us?  What is the longing that calls […]

Beauty in Community

By |April 7th, 2018|

Recently, I had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Brooks, Head of Upper School at The Episcopal School of Los Angeles. Jason is a Harvard-educated, academic, who speaks multiple languages, and is deeply dedicated to the students in the halls and classrooms of ESLA.

In our first call, we exchanged ideas about diversity, community, leadership, […]

Rooted in Love

By |March 10th, 2018|

What does it mean to be rooted?

I read a beautiful blog post from On Being this week about being rooted in faith; the power of roots to anchor and sustain. It inspired my thinking.

When we design a for thriving, we must design with roots to hold us in storms and nourish us through the seasons. Our […]

Design with Multipliers

By |February 18th, 2018|

I value multipliers.  When I am designing my life, working with others to design our community, or considering the design of my day in my planner, I am looking for multipliers.

I believe multiplication is a spiritual principle. We reap what we sow. We look for a return. With grateful hearts, we steward what we have […]

Designing for Thriving Honours Connection

By |January 21st, 2018|

Have you ever felt a word, idea or concept was simply ‘in the air’ for you? “Connection” is that word for me this week. I feel like the word “connecting” is whispering to me everywhere. I find it in various readings, I feel it when it is lost or broken, and I observe successful people […]

Designing for Thriving Begins with Empathy

By |January 13th, 2018|

Everyone is talking about thriving, flourishing, and positive psychology! Possibly the greatest break-through in neurology in the last generation was the idea of neuroplasticity.  The brain can change throughout our lifetimes. We can learn new things and change our way of being.  I don’t know about you, but I am deeply encouraged by this scientific […]

Design So Children Thrive

By |January 7th, 2018|

As parents and teachers, we design our homes and classrooms for thriving. We all want the best for our children. In order for children to thrive, we all must thrive. One cannot thrive at the expense of the others. This is an essential tenet for cooperation, belonging, and sustainability. So, how do we create homes and […]

One Simple Secret about Personalized Learning

By |November 19th, 2017|

Education is rolling ‘personalized learning’ around like a marble in a mouse trap game. What is it? Where is it going? How are we making sense of it as scholar-practitioners?

This week, along with almost 30 teacher candidates, readying for their final practicum in classrooms, we rolled around the ideas from educational philosopher, William Pinar, as […]

The Trajectory of Education – Emotional Agility

By |October 15th, 2017|

In 1995 Daniel Goleman launched his book Emotional Intelligence which soon permeated our thinking in education, business, and culture. His premise: our emotional quotient is more important than our intelligence for future success.  

Goleman defines emotional intelligence in a description in a recent podcast on the Good Life Project as,
“…a different way of being smart….What kind […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Compliance to Responsive Practice

By |September 23rd, 2017|

What happened on October 22, 2001 to change the trajectory of humanity? To change the trajectory of education?

This question emerged for me in a workshop on “Flourishing in Schools” this week. Truthfully, the only thing I recognized was the proximity of the date to 9/11, but another participant got closer, “The iPhone was released?”

Because of […]