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It Takes Courage To Stay At The Table

Six moves that create more harmony over the holidays   Holidays have a way of heightening emotion, regardless of what’s going on outside the walls of your kitchen. This holiday season, many of us are wondering: How will I stay at the dinner table if tension takes over and/or someone says something that offends me? […] Read more…

Lessons-learned after 5 days in “airplane mode”…

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde   A week ago my partner, Lia, and I boarded a plane and put our phones on airplane mode. It had been over two years since we’d taken a vacation, and with the swipe of […] Read more…

The Paradox of Adaptive Leadership

Are You Clinging to Perfection or Embracing Your S.P.A.R.K.?   In a world of over-saturation, created by the ability to have access information immediately through the internet, what sets a business apart is its soul, articulated through its leadership. Yet, few people have the skill-set to embrace and acknowledge challenges, vulnerably and transparently communicating emotions […] Read more…

The tiny word that changes everything

The power of YET     I recently facilitated a day-long engagement on unconscious bias, equity, and sparking courageous conversations at a school. It was a powerful day.   Afterward, while the leadership team and I debriefed and planned our next session, I shared that a natural next step would be to talk about how […] Read more…

Confronting With Care

How The S.P.A.R.K. Acronym Helps us Lead Courageously   Have you ever avoided conflict? Maybe you’ve felt uneasy or anxious about having an equity conversation? Perhaps you’ve felt nervous about telling someone that their actions or biases impacted you? Maybe you didn’t want to say the wrong thing, so you chose to say nothing at […] Read more…

The Teacher Stress Crisis

Teaching is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet. To be charged with supporting the learning, growth, and development of 25+ young minds—AND to face the uncertainties of these times—while supporting different learning styles, cultures, diverse needs, and more…it’s not for the faint of heart. (Edited to note that middle and high school […] Read more…

Hidden Curriculum

A Case For Putting The WHY In The Driver’s Seat   “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou   I believe we’re all teachers in some way. While it may not be a tradition, school, […] Read more…

Leading with Integrity: What It Really Means

And The Power Of Good-Enough “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt.” ― Zig Ziglar   Integrity is one of my most core values.   Everyday I aspire to lead with integrity, and everyday I make […] Read more…

Put Out The Fire

3 steps to intentionally effective communication   The community meeting was getting heated. Tempers were rising, accusations were cast, insults issued, and disruptions were spiraling the meeting into chaos. The leader, trying to take control of the situation, demanded everyone to take their seat and listen or not only would the meeting would end immediately, […] Read more…