Grace of Great Things

By |January 31st, 2016|

Learn Forward sits at the intersection of what parents and teachers both need to help children thrive: nourishment.  We are bringing up the next generation.  We must be nourished by the learning inherent in our journey. The learning sits at the centre of our table.

This week was a knock-me-down and drag-me-out week.  By the time I […]

The Sacred Work of Parents

By |January 24th, 2016|

Just look at ‘all of you’ on my Facebook feed!  Moms and Dads out there in the beautiful sunshine with your children, some of you skiing, some of you cooking, some of you volunteering, and some of you sharing moments of success and achievement.  There are so many moments of sumptuous beauty.

Parenting…isn’t it so amazing?!?

It […]

Teaching, A Work of the Heart

By |January 17th, 2016|

The Learn Forward book has this dedication, “To all the courageous parents and educators I’ve met over the years who have doubted their sacred work and wondered whether they are doing a good job. This book is for you.”

The vision of Learn Forward is to nourish the sacred work of teachers and parents, ultimately helping […]

Four Ingredients of Learning Communities

By |January 10th, 2016|

It is interesting how the greatest desires of our heart are elusive, seemingly the most significant challenges in our lives. We want to be in relationship, we want to create healthy families and homes, we want great schools and to be in healthy community, yet it can be terribly difficult.

This fall, I felt my confidence shaken as […]

Bookends for Gathering

By |January 3rd, 2016|

Our return to school is on our minds.  Creating beautiful spaces is our work together. Together, we create beautiful spaces.  Learn Forward calls it the Table of Learning.  There is a place for each parent, teacher, and child.  There are places for community members, leaders, and specialists.  There is a place for anyone who wants […]

Changemaking Through Challenge to Peace

By |December 1st, 2015|

I am deeply committed to our Learn Forward philosophy, including the five most important journeys of a child and the Table of Learning.  We are implementing the Learn Forward practice in our school and facilitating a global conversation about helping children thrive.

The dedicated teachers, parents, and students in our school community are working to understand a new way of approaching […]

The Pause of Changemaking

By |November 22nd, 2015|

For many years I studied and taught classical piano.  My journey of musicianship permeated the better part of two decades.

There is a beautiful, Italian symbol and term in music called a fermata.

It means to hold or pause, prolonged beyond its normal duration.

It interrupts the steadiness of the beat.  It creates an opportunity for a breath, a […]

Powerful Circles

By |November 1st, 2015|

Today I set off on a hike by myself.  A sweet meditation.  The fall leaves papered the ground like a Palm Sunday pathway.

I walked in a circle.

Sometimes the sun was in front of me.  Then, I walked into the light and warmth, enjoying the glow.  The frog sang a small hello. The leaves whispered encouragement.

Upon […]

Tolerating Three Steps Forward, Two Back

By |October 25th, 2015|

How can we tolerate the emotions of our sacred work of helping children thrive?  The responsibility is magnificent.  The pressure weighs down on us like an 80-lb pack.  And that’s if everything is going alright in life.

The reality is, we are always living this experience of three steps forward and two steps back.  We don’t want to […]

Engaging Parents at the Table of Learning

By |October 17th, 2015|

These are the real-life stories from my home and school.  I write in service of parents and teachers working with children.  I want to see children thriving and continue to move forward.  It is about a learning journey.

This week I read several great pieces of writing with important information:

Jason Russell published a piece in the Washington Examiner […]