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 […]

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 […]

Give All Our Children Wings

By |September 30th, 2018|

When I was 5 I wanted to be “saved,” when I was 10 I wanted to be a “teacher,” when I was 15 I wanted to be a “wife and mother.”  The roles were prescribed and I played along.  There was no intent to harm, but very traditional roles of masculinity and femininity existed and […]

3 Reasons to Craft a Manifesto for your School

By |June 15th, 2018|

Our Willowstone Academy manifesto transformed our school’s culture and here’s why we think every school needs one!

We crafted our manifesto 4 years ago and it is still serving our community brilliantly!  Our manifesto paints a powerful picture of our school.  It was professionally designed by Roselyn Minnes and is visually appealing. A framed, full-colour version […]

4 Principles of Playfulness in Design

By |January 27th, 2018|

Learn Forward asks the question, “How are we all, children, parents, and teachers, on a journey towards thriving?” If that’s our question, it seems natural to have a conversation about the power of play, what children do best.

My little girl described her play in a playground game that a mixed-age group of girls made up. […]

5 Ideas from Experts about Talking Sex with Kids

By |November 4th, 2017|

Parents, we need to equip and empower our children with constructive conversation and positive messages about our bodies, sexuality, and how every human grows through different ages and stages.

I can’t remember a time where sexual harassment, aggression, and assault was in the news more!  Our society is immature in its ability to form healthy, adult perspectives […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Product to Process

By |October 29th, 2017|

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop. Confucius
Ahhhhh, the meditation of washing and polishing stemware. The process of drying and holding the glass up into the sunshine, examining it closely, hearing the songs of celebration echoing, and rubbing honour into the glass for the next guest who […]

The Trajectory of Education – From Standardized to Personalized

By |October 9th, 2017|

Schools today are moving towards a personalized learning experience for every child. The move is away from standardization and it is empowered by technology. Our trajectory includes authentic learning shaped by student choice and fueled by student interest.
We are amidst a sea of change.
In Grade 2, with Mrs. Carnine, I sat in a row of […]