Acceleration of Globalization

By |September 16th, 2018|

Do you believe we’re all interconnected?

One of my strengths is “Connectedness” from the Strengthsfinder.

This weekend, I grappled with “Why do I do the Niteo Africa work?”  Why do I serve children I’ll never really know and those who are so far away I could easily forget them?  Why has our family given time, effort, resources, and […]

Beauty in Giving

By |April 15th, 2018|

Looking at old photo albums makes my heart sing.  Of course, now it is on my laptop and I wonder how to share.  I am still trying to figure out how to capture and hold the memories better.  They all feel like soap bubbles in warm summer sunshine, glistening, but only for a moment.

Remembering the […]

Questions for Designing Learning

By |March 4th, 2018|

What questions do teachers ask to design learning for the future? What questions should we ask? How can parents join us at the Table of Learning?

We are re-designing school in many ways and yet the shifts in education can feel like a hall of mirrors, disorienting and repetitive or inconsequential at worst.

Parents and teachers, we […]

Forgiveness in Our Design

By |February 5th, 2018|

When we overlay design principles onto complex human endeavours, like creating community, we must leave space for truly human experiences in our design.
Designing for thriving includes a whole-hearted experience of human frailty and human restoration, the link is forgiveness.
As we walk together, we will always let each other down, drown in the hurt-of-it-all, and find […]

Equipping Confident Explorers

By |September 3rd, 2017|

Do you ever shake your head and throw up your hands when trying to manage your child’s behaviour in demanding social situations? Maybe even the first days of school feel tricky.  Some children are clinging, some children never want to leave! The social demands of a classroom can be treacherous territory because they offer novel […]

Why We Need to Let Our Kids Fail

By |March 6th, 2016|

Learn Forward is curious about how we build trust and connect the sacred work of home and school, so children thrive. We are re-imagining the relationships between home and school and using a new metaphor called The Table of Learning.  The relationships at the Table look like the kitchen tables in most homes in North […]

The Safety in Risk-Taking

By |February 29th, 2016|

We all know that risk-taking requires drawing from the deep reservoirs of courage to overcome fear.  Our hearts are on the line.  We fight the shadow feelings, like a shadow-boxer on steroids.  The risks are real.  Rejection and abandonment lurk in the dark corners.

Yet, we are called, committed, and intending to shine.

I know we all can […]

Courage for Self-Care

By |September 20th, 2015|

Relating with children, unselfishly, is the sacred work of teachers and parents. Opening our hearts and connecting authentically is their hunger. How do we sustain a posture of giving?

Yesterday the girls and I were at the mall, which is rare. We’re not really big ‘shoppers.’ But, what happened was adorable. We bought tea and bath […]

What is Our Ritual?

By |April 12th, 2015|

Choosing our lifestyle is the greatest luxury of our society!

Our parents, grandparents, and likely a generation or two before fought for us to have this privilege.  It is a miracle being offered through the generations.  How can we wake up enough to realize our great fortune to ask:
What do we believe in “religiously” that is powerfully shaping our actions? […]

What is Our Dream?

By |April 5th, 2015|

Happy Easter!  All of life is peaking out like brilliant little buds, beckoned to blossom by the sun. Energy is in the air.  It is a glorious time for dreaming!

The Builder and I LOVE to dream!  Dreaming is definitely part of our practice.  The Builder is expert at reminding me […]