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 […]

Six Reasons Why I Believe in the Teacher, Parent, and Student Relationships

By |November 5th, 2016|

Schools are powerfully positioned to bring about social change, justice, and the human renaissance necessary for our future, but we must re-imagine our relationships within them.

What if we gathered around the learning and it was central?  Teachers, students, and parents could create relationships at this Table of Learning.

I believe in our powerful role as adults in relationship to set the table by designing communities […]

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 […]

Painting on a Tapestry of Grief in Schools

By |September 10th, 2016|

Dear Teachers, you may not know you are creating a space for parents, but you are.  You have their little one.  They are exposed and you can see them.  You may not know some of them are grieving, but they are. Your role is profound, quite possibly more profound than you realize.

Some parents are traversing the […]

When We’re Afraid and Someone Believes

By |August 27th, 2016|

Have you ever lost hope? Sometimes, as parents, when we hold our child, our hearts are haunted. Will it always be this way? It is impossible to believe.

The fears overwhelm us.  We are crawling out of the pit, hoping to see the light of day, and then we tumble back in.  It never ends, in fact, […]