Of course it’s about Love…

By |December 13th, 2019|

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

By |December 2nd, 2019|

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 […]

Better Together! – Part 2

By |November 3rd, 2019|

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 […]

There to Whisper, “It’s in the books.”

By |July 21st, 2019|

In the heart of the savannah, at the center of the school, we gathered on the cool cement floor of the Lalela hut.  This hut is in the middle of the Hope North Secondary and Vocational School campus in Northern Uganda.  The school was founded during the bloody civil war by the incomparable humanitarian, Okello […]

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: […]

The Soul of Learning (Part 1) – Selfhood

By |March 31st, 2019|

Learn Forward™ is an exploration of the soul of learning; an invitation to be curious about what matters most.  It is more than an academic exercise, content to master, or a school community.  It is more than a group of friends or a teacher’s acumen.  And, it is more than grades, report cards, or outcomes.  But, […]

The Essentialism of Play

By |February 4th, 2019|

We are stuck in work mode!  We consider productivity, maximizing, organization, Marie Kondo-ing, and achievement all the time.  The questions swirl like, “What’s in it for me?” or “What is the ideal pathway?” incessantly.  Our rationalism, spirituality, and heritage worship work. But, maybe there is an essential role for play!

The Builder (my husband) and I […]

Children as Change-Makers

By |January 11th, 2019|

Over the holidays, I recounted the story of a family member’s journey through WWII, along with the scars of the trauma of being hungry as a child.  We discussed some leftover behaviours like having to be particular to ensure not too much potato gets carved off when peeling because we don’t want to waste.

The truth […]