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 […]

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

By |September 9th, 2017|

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 […]

5 Ideas for Finishing the School Year Well

By |May 21st, 2017|

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 […]

Cultivate Delight

By |May 7th, 2017|

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 […]

A Manifesto on Literacy

By |April 1st, 2017|

by Karine Veldhoen and Dr. Susan Crichton

for Niteo Africa Society on their 10 year Anniversary

Literacy liberates.  Literate children become critical and creative thinkers, meaning makers, problem finders and problem solvers.  Literate children become change makers in an increasingly complex world.
Books are for everyone. 
Very young children acquire language through conversation with their families and friends. In […]

Play for Literacy Learning (Part 2)

By |March 12th, 2017|

This week included an amazing conversation with a friend about her son’s literacy learning; we’re all trying to figure it out. As parents and teachers we are so passionate about reading success and wondering how to best champion the potential of our children. We brainstormed together.

It became clear during our conversation how capable her little boy is and we […]