How Trump Signals Big Changes Ahead

By |February 21st, 2016|

My son, at 19 years old, is captivated by politics.  He primarily follows Canadian and US national politics, so based on the cycle, he cajoled us into watching the South Carolina primary coverage yesterday, including Donald Trump’s speech.

The GOP race is surprising and disturbing on some level, but that analyses is a different blog. What […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Simplicity of the Season

By |December 13th, 2015|

It’s Christmas time.  In the middle of the night, I was laying awake thinking about how to support the students at my school to remain calm and grounded this week.  I was thinking about how to support the teachers too.  Children need our support on a week like this…

In some ways, it is complex.  Parker […]

Cultivating Connection ~ Webinar

By |December 11th, 2015|

Please register for
Cultivating Connection with Your Child this Christmas on
Dec 16, 2015 4:00 PM PST at:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6000061712155159809

I am hosting our first ever Learn Forward webinar on December 16 from 4-4:30pm PST to gather like-minded parents for a conversation about what matters most to us over the holidays. What does ‘thriving’ look like?

In the workshop, I will […]

One Simple Message for Every Child

By |December 6th, 2015|

I sat across from a dedicated and experienced educator at a dinner party this weekend.  Over salad and sushi he smiled at our little one, watching her dance through the aisle and lamented, “O! How I miss those days. The days of no worry, only dancing.”  Our almost grown and sophisticated daughters sat far out of reach […]

The Season of Changemaking

By |November 11th, 2015|

The invitation is to believe in the best of humanity.  Our belief leads to action.  Action leads to goodness. Goodness leads to a sense of worthiness.

Last night, I watched my four-year old pull the large plastic bag out of the front seat of the truck.  She was so excited to bring in the gifts.  We […]

Great News to Share!

By |October 13th, 2015|

Dear Friends,

Learn Forward is a brand new book with fresh ideas about what matters most for children to thrive.  My shy soul is poured out on the pages of the book with stories from my life, my work in Africa, my children, and my work in schools.  It is the culmination of my work to date. […]

A Teacher’s Courage for What Matters Most

By |August 29th, 2015|

Teachers are coming back to school!  They are entering the year with new ideas, new efficiencies, new curriculum, and a renewed commitment to children.  They are considering their year and ‘the climb’ of learning before them.

I am reflective about the journey of a teacher.  I mentioned to a friend this week, “A teacher has a […]