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 […]

The Problem with Self-Help Books

By |April 14th, 2017|

The problem with self-help books is that they don’t teach you about the mulligan! When we are designing for thriving, we must have this grace.

Someday I hope to be a golfer. While I don’t golf yet, I do understand the concept of a mulligan. You only have to read my book Learn Forward to know I […]

Unplugged is the New Luxury

By |April 8th, 2017|

As a mom and a school leader, I am always flirting with that dreaded feeling of “I’m so worn out!” This week, I wrote “Sustain Energy” as one of my top 3 goals over the next 12-weeks and I designed objectives to achieve this goal. Also, I came across an article titled, “Why Teachers are So Tired?” […]

4 Truths about Learning Communities as Loving Spaces

By |February 19th, 2017|

Schools, along with teachers, students, and parents, have a bold purpose of being a child’s primary experience of community. Can we expand the word “love” to describe our experience in schools?

I believe schools are the best positioned institution in western society to cultivate community. We have nurtured acceptance and inclusion within a context that is […]

The Blossoming of Trust

By |January 29th, 2017|

“I feel that trust is something of a radical act,” says Eula Biss, in a recent interview.  Trusting is radical.  The easier pathway is worst first.  I can feel it in our school.  Yet, we need to nurture a positive atmosphere characterized by trust.

As a school Principal, I am interested in how to create the conditions for […]

To Honour the Space Between Us

By |January 21st, 2017|

As the inaugural ballroom empties and the women rally, the need for resilience in our relationships has never been greater.  How can we create relational resilience in our society? Start right where you are.

Throughout this post, I’d like to draw your attention to a number of readings and resources to nourish your soul, sanctify the season, […]

Learning Feels Like a Paradox

By |November 27th, 2016|

It is good to discuss a beginner’s mind, but being in a completely foreign place makes the pilgrimage of learning come alive.  My trip to China reminded me.  The cultural gaffes, the re-reading in the evenings, and the endless questions and conversations were all centred around learning because everything was new.  I was a beginner.

I sat […]

China, Children, and Changes

By |November 20th, 2016|

Changemaking fundamentally changes me.  The reason Learn Forward believes in changemaking, as one of the most important journeys of a child, is because when we open up our hands to give, to learn, and to make a difference, our hearts shift.  As we reach out, what is unsettled inside of us forms into something more substantive […]

Move from Stress to Rest

By |October 1st, 2016|

Any ideas on how to manage the stress?  The calendar turned to October and we’re not sure it is letting up.  Those of us caring for children in homes and classrooms are definitely feeling the weight of back-to-school.  We post about autumn being the time to “let things go” and yet, we’re still figuring out what […]

Celebrate Children

By |September 17th, 2016|

The process of growing up is messy.  It doesn’t go in a straight line.  Sometimes it goes backwards and sometimes it goes forward.  It is a messy-togetherness.  YET, we can still celebrate!
Learning is both a messy-togetherness and a celebration!
In my last Learn Forward blog, I wrote about how classrooms are shelters, vulnerable places, with parents who […]