Better Together!

By |October 17th, 2019|

Sitting with our Team Leads, we discussed the fragilities, the places we can see trauma, the frustration, and the children struggling on their journey to grow up.  

Also, this week, I met with parents.  The emails uncovered communications and concerns.  I heard the stories indicating the September honeymoon shimmer was wearing off.  

What I know for sure, […]

“Reaching In” for Future Success

By |September 9th, 2019|

Parents and teachers share a clear and compelling mandate: to prepare children for the future.  Learn Forward is here to help!  Our work with educators, educational leaders, and parents centres around nourishing your sacred work.  This nourishment is somewhat spiritual, but also wholly realistic.  It is grounded in research and proven in practice.  We offer […]

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 […]

The Possibility of the Season

By |December 17th, 2018|

Last week, I promised the Learn Forward blog would include the reflections of Mr. Jeff Harshad Thomlinson, co-founder of Take a Breath for Schools, yogi, spiritual seeker, mentor, and friend to join me in this deep inquiry of “Word Became Flesh.”

We had the opportunity to sit over tea and consider our mutual meditation of the “Word […]

Holding the Paradox

By |December 10th, 2018|

Friends, as we approach the long darkness of the year, here in the Northern hemisphere, it is good to consider the season.  There is a paradox of what is spiritual and what is physical.  We live in the truth of what we experience in our senses and our spirit.  Although we acknowledge this paradox in […]

Beauty, Even in the Hurt

By |May 5th, 2018|

Driving home from a breakfast with the most tender friends, when hurt is present, I am reminded, the struggle is beautiful.

We sipped coffee as we leaned into dark places. The tears welled up in our eyes, as the shadows of anxiety and fear crossed our faces. We shared in giggles and subversion. And, the sun […]

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 […]

Designing for Thriving in Messy Lives

By |February 26th, 2018|

How can we design for thriving when our lives are messy? When our days are held together with threads and nothing seems to be working right, it is difficult to imagine thriving. I can move to that space quite easily.

Those of us who care for children are intimately acquainted with heartache and challenge. Teachers and […]