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. […]

When You Have to ‘Push Through’

By |May 28th, 2017|

What does it mean to ‘push through’? What does it mean to ‘dig deep’? When should I set a boundary and ensure I have time and space for recovery?

These questions are abiding at this time of the year. It is predictable. It is cyclical.

I lost it yesterday morning and shouted at my child, in front […]

5 Ideas for Finishing the School Year Well

By |May 21st, 2017|

The cycle of the school year includes a typical and final push to the finish line. As educators and parents, we are looking towards the final weeks or days of learning, leading, and living together in a unique community of learning. Our hearts know, ‘It will never be the same again.’

I am reflective on finishing well. What […]

Cultivate Delight

By |May 7th, 2017|

During my recent facilitators’ training with the Center for Courage and Renewal, I was inspired by a revolving theme that circled through my days: delight.  I hope you enjoy my reflections on cultivating delight in schools published by Leadership 360 authors and experts, Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers.

What if delight is a key ingredient for thriving […]

Self-Reflect to Self-Direct

By |February 5th, 2017|

Reflecting is the key to directing!  If you want to design for thriving, you must know how to reflect.

I sat with my journal this morning, writing about the month we’ve concluded, planning the month to come, when my phone beeped.  My guest podcast on Transformative Principal with Jethro Jones published.  The tweet re-affirmed the message […]

Move from Stress to Rest

By |October 1st, 2016|

Any ideas on how to manage the stress?  The calendar turned to October and we’re not sure it is letting up.  Those of us caring for children in homes and classrooms are definitely feeling the weight of back-to-school.  We post about autumn being the time to “let things go” and yet, we’re still figuring out what […]

Love, In All Its Fullness, for Changemaking

By |May 29th, 2016|

Some experiences transcend language: a wedding day, the birth of a baby, the trip of a lifetime.  When people ask about the experience, the words sound hollow and descriptions too vague.

It is impossible to articulate the magnitude of the event because I am fundamentally changed.  My role, my identity, my future.

Therein lies the risk of […]

The Essentialism of Belonging

By |April 24th, 2016|

Belonging is more essential than safety.

Belonging is our lifeblood.  It is our spiritual journey and our protection from the worst of life.  ‘Community’ is on our doorposts.  It is the safety.

Belonging is one of the most important journeys of a child.

Do you believe it?  Is human connection more necessary than personal safety?  Do we need […]

Six Books Changing My Life

By |March 28th, 2016|

What changes your life?  If you want to change your life, how do you do it? I find I constantly need to be renewed to continue forward in my sacred work with children.

For me, renewal often comes in the magic of a book!  You see, I soak them up.  I don’t just read a book, I […]

Sparkle in the Mess

By |February 14th, 2016|

“What made you sparkle today?” was my question as we sat with our pasta bake in front of us and the crazy-hard jigsaw puzzle at the other end of the table.  “Around the table, everyone has to answer,” I declared.

Without hesitation, our 4-year-old answered, “School.”

She adores her teachers and just that day she swirled her […]