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 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 […]

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 […]

Soul of Education (Part 4) – Change-maker

By |May 20th, 2019|

When we get together as a family, we are somewhat strange, because we discuss and explore the idea of change-making with great frequency.  We lean into inspiration, reading, and relationships to discuss big ideas, social issues, and explore our best and highest contribution.

This weekend we watched two motivating movies, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and […]

Soul of Learning (Part 2) – Belonging

By |April 14th, 2019|

Almost 70 years ago, a little blonde girl stood in the heart of the Congo and offered a friend a sweet fruit.

The little girl is a family friend whose parents were missionaries in the Congo and she just celebrated her 70th birthday this week.  Her picture illustrates a beautiful principle of unfolding belonging and friendship: […]

The Soul of Learning (Part 1) – Selfhood

By |March 31st, 2019|

Learn Forward™ is an exploration of the soul of learning; an invitation to be curious about what matters most.  It is more than an academic exercise, content to master, or a school community.  It is more than a group of friends or a teacher’s acumen.  And, it is more than grades, report cards, or outcomes.  But, […]

Help! My Child is Not Thriving

By |March 4th, 2019|

Design for thriving?  Easier said than done.  What if my child is not thriving?  Where do I start?  What changes do I make?

Every parent knows the experience of a season when their child isn’t flourishing.  Maybe it is a season full of foul frustration or school is so difficult or sadness is weighing down all […]

Dreaming as Play

By |February 19th, 2019|

Dreaming is a powerful form of play!

And how vulnerable!

As we explore play and dreaming, it is easy to see the need for safety!
Unfolding Dreams
As I play with my children, hear their hearts, listen as they describe their preferred futures or whisper their bedtime wishes, even in goal-setting sessions with The Builder, I can easily feel […]

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 […]