Thanks for All You Do

By Mary Coverdale, Director of The Learner First, Australia. As we celebrate Anzac Day here in Australia, I pay tribute to the army of educators who have become first responders in this time of COVID-19. Their ability to adjust and adapt to…

Cellular Memory and Human Survival

When I was four years old, I asked my mother if we were all just little specks inside a giant’s thumb. I imagined these tiny, glittering specks that covered every inch of the giant’s massive body, and that lived in the same way within every…

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“For me, the purpose of education is for every child to learn who they are, how they fit into the world, and how they can contribute.... If we allow that to come through, then we can make the world a better place.” –– Joanne McEachen,…

Time to Connect

Connect With Others, Your Environments, Your Learning, and the World. As humans, we can form connections with the people we know and interact with, the animals and environments around us, what we learn in our lives, and the whole of humanity.…

The Contribution Kit

Contributive learning develops self-understanding, connection, knowledge, and competency. When these come together, we add to the world. And that leads to well-being, meaning, and fulfillment. This is the heart of the Contribution Kit––10…

Connections

What happens when leaders ask educators to connect with students? Turns out, it’s a lot like asking students to do work they haven’t learned––to expect deeper connections without new learning is futile. I honestly don't believe that…

Release the Unwanted Within You

As we all face the challenge of a global pandemic––as we separate from others but still look to connect, and as we feel its effects on our own lives and others’––perhaps we could all take a moment to pause, to consider who we are and…

Try Something!

This post is part of a continuing series by Ellen Perconti, superintendent of Goldendale School District in Washington State.   Students’ success stems from system capability. Over the years, our education system has been built for…

From Mission to Practice (Part 1): Change the Game

At first glance, it would be easy to see me as a poster child for our current education system. I have made a career of working in schools, and I am currently a principal of an elementary school in a high-performing school district considered…

Unmask the System, Unleash the Change

My one hope for schools is contributive learning––that students will all develop self-understanding, knowledge, competency, and lasting connections and, in so doing, add to the world. I’ve been on its trail throughout my career, and I’ve…