The Morning Routine

By |September 13th, 2015|

Recently we enjoyed a hike to see a fall miracle: Kokanee salmon spawning. The salmon swim upstream, jumping the locks to find the place of their birth and lay their eggs. Their colour even changes to a brilliant orange-red in a seeming celebration of legacy!  It looks like an ‘impossible journey’ filled with bravery and strength.

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“Let’s Go!” into a Brand New Year!

By |January 11th, 2015|

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One Question for 2015!

By |December 14th, 2014|

Over the course of the month of December, I begin to realize the calendar year is coming to a close and I become rather contemplative around the transition.  I love to reflect on the year, plucking the highlights from the branches and enjoying the flavour of gratitude. Often this harvest points me to big ideas for […]

One Powerful Word for Transformation

By |October 19th, 2014|

This week a friend posted the question, “What do you crave?”  As you know, I love great questions and I really stopped to think.  What is it that I crave?  In my own life, in my school, in education, for my friends and colleagues, in the schools my life touches… 

I crave transformation.  

Educators weren’t put […]

My Return to Teaching…

By |June 15th, 2014|

After 8 years in administration, this year I returned to teaching for a significant portion of the week.  What I learned from my return to the classroom is significant and my belief is unwavering that “teachers are my heroes.”My reflections include:We need to help children grow in their ability to focus and sustain tasks.  I’m […]

A Lived Experience…A Manifesto

By |April 14th, 2014|

Willowstone Academy, where I serve as Chief Learning Officer, is unveiling our educational manifesto!  The birth story of the manifesto is a highlight of my professional career and it was an honour for me to lead the collaborative creation of this opus for our school.The process of authoring the manifesto was deeply gratifying because it:was […]

The Best Kind of Helping…

By |March 13th, 2014|

For many years now, I’ve asked “what does helping look like?”  Sometimes I even wonder “when does helping do more harm than good?” or  “What are the boundaries around helping?”  Then I spent Saturday morning with my two year old…

G and I started out the […]

A Rising Tide…

By |February 27th, 2014|

…reflections on supporting each other in a sea of change.Every once in awhile, I have the privilege of sitting with bright and dedicated minds to discuss education.  It is very rare, however, that the privilege includes someone who deeply understands the educational systems in the west, along with those in sub-Saharan Africa with breadth.  I […]