A Plan for Flourishing in Schools

By |September 27th, 2019|

The story of thriving in schools is written with teachers first.
The Stress
From the vantage point of a school leader, it is clear that professional educators often live under the haunting weightiness of the work.  We face children struggling with learning, changing family structures, disabilities, trauma, poverty, and a sea of challenges found in every classroom, […]

Reaching…

By |September 2nd, 2019|

I’m offering a gentle welcome to this new school year.  It was a whirlwind summer, including some definite curveballs.  Sometimes life is that way.  Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve spoken with many students, parents, and teachers, each of them is returning with a bushel of life experiences.  It is never all one thing […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Acceleration of Mother Nature

By |September 23rd, 2018|

Mother Nature spent aeons taking care of herself, all-the-while humans and ecosystems adapting to her ebbs and flows.  Now, we are entering a new era, one where humans are the ones exerting the greater pressure.  We call this era: Anthropocene.
A New Era
This is the era of the powerful many.  The United Nations report about 9.7 billion […]

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 […]

Design with Multipliers

By |February 18th, 2018|

I value multipliers.  When I am designing my life, working with others to design our community, or considering the design of my day in my planner, I am looking for multipliers.

I believe multiplication is a spiritual principle. We reap what we sow. We look for a return. With grateful hearts, we steward what we have […]

The Path of a Changemaker

By |December 31st, 2017|

Our hearts are filled and abundant, except if they aren’t. I have walked both journeys. Haven’t we all? Yet, mysteriously, we all join into the spirit of changemaking at this time of year. It nourishes our hearts. It is a Learn Forward, most important journey of a child.

Over the holidays, we are listening to the hearts […]

Learn Forward Schools Finish Well

By |June 4th, 2017|

For me, finishing well always sets me up for success in the future. Finishing well as a learning community is intentional and thoughtful. Individually, we can all consider the 5 Ideas for Finishing Well, but what does it look like to finish well in our schools?
Reflect with Honesty and Celebration
Reflection is at the heart of Learn Forward. […]