Child Psychologist Turns Things on Their Head

By |February 3rd, 2020|

Alison Gropnik, a child psychologist and researcher at Berkeley says, “attachment” between a parent and a child is just another word for “love.”  My friends call it “connection.”

Love and connection flourish when we prioritize the relationship over behaviour!
Learning with the Experts
Gropnik stands popular culture’s notions for unleashing human potential upside down.  She argues,
“Parenting” […]

Of course it’s about Love…

By |December 13th, 2019|

It’s an overused word, with a broad set of definitions, but could we talk about “love” in schools anyways?!

I stood up at our school-wide gathering on Wednesday morning and told the students, every one of them, that I love them!  My heart just overflows with this maternal, joyful gratitude for the privilege of bearing witness […]

Better Together – Part 3

By |December 2nd, 2019|

Recently, in a social setting, I sat with a mother of a special education student who in a matter-of-fact way stated, “My Gr 8 daughter doesn’t have any friends.”  Then, she shrugged and repeated, “No.  She doesn’t have any friends.”

Heart-breaking.

All children struggle at times in their relationships.  However, often students with neuro-diversities affecting their communication […]

Better Together! – Part 2

By |November 3rd, 2019|

When I was a child, for one year, I attended an elementary school where children with special needs also had their separate classrooms.  They were in a different part of the building than the rest of us: segregated.  Honestly, in my Grade 1 mind, there was quite a bit of fear for me.  When the […]

Better Together!

By |October 17th, 2019|

This week I sat with my Team Leads in my school.  We discussed the fragilities, the places we can see trauma, the frustration, and the children struggling on their journey to grow up.  

Also, this week, I met with parents.  Their emails uncovered communications and concerns.  I heard the stories indicating the September honeymoon shimmer was […]

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 […]

There to Whisper, “It’s in the books.”

By |July 21st, 2019|

In the heart of the savannah, at the center of the school, we gathered on the cool cement floor of the Lalela hut.  This hut is in the middle of the Hope North Secondary and Vocational School campus in Northern Uganda.  The school was founded during the bloody civil war by the incomparable humanitarian, Okello […]

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 […]