Successful environmental pedagogy in faith-based schools has not been well explored even while most Christian schools in Canada are governed by provincial curricula and provincial teacher standards that require commitments to environmentalism. Conflicts within mainline Christianity in regards to the importance of environmental justice may be why some Christian schools do not engage in environmental..

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We are like Cranberries

This weekend I took a lovely late afternoon walk near the cranberry fields along the Nathan Creek Dike trail in Glen Valley, just outside of Fort Langley. Fall is cranberry harvest time and it reminded me of our work as Christian educators and leaders in various sectors.  All people dedicated to the common call to..

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What makes a good team?

What makes a good team player?  According to respected and very successful leadership expert, Patrick Lencioni, author of The Ideal Team Player, members who are humble, hungry (driven for results) and people smart. A person, to be a good team player needs to be able to: admit mistakes have a sense of urgency or passion..

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Gender Equity in the Trades

This post is a paper by Rachel Wegner, student in my MCOM 473 class: Women, Communication and Leadership at TWU; posted with permission. Introduction             A close friend of mine worked for a commercial construction and landscaping company for the summer before she started university. She was usually the only woman on the job site..

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“Don’t be afraid to speak”

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“Don’t be afraid to speak, be afraid what will happen to the whole truth if you don’t” (Joan Chittister, in On Women edited by Sanchez-Small, Leathley, Kownacki, 2020). Have you ever wondered if you should say something about what you’re thinking, how you’re reacting to an event, a process, a policy, or feeling uncomfortable or..

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Ethical Leadership

What is ethics? The word derives from the Greek word ethos, meaning ‘custom’, ‘usage’ or ‘character’. Standard definitions of ethics have typically included such phrases as ‘the science of the ideal human character’ or ‘the science of moral principle, integrity, duty’. And moral, derived from the Latin mos, moris ‘manner’, ‘custom’, ‘habit’, ‘way of life’,..

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Podcasting for beginners

anchor.fm/adrienne-castellon I started my own podcast!   The Reflective Practitioner is what I’m calling it.  I wanted students in an upcoming class to learn how to make a podcast so I needed to learn how to do it first! Check it out if you’re interested:     My first effort has room for improvement! My oven timer..

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Stillness – concluding thoughts

The experience of stillness has the benefits of increased attentiveness and detachment while at the same time nurturing connectedness to a bigger picture and deeper meaning. This can be illustrated by Saint-Exupery’s desert experience. In Dec. 1935 Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author of The Little Prince, crashed in the desert. In his story of survival in..

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How leaders can incorporate stillness: challenges and potential solutions

This penultimate post suggests methods for incorporating stillness and identifies challenges as well as potential solutions for those interested in incorporating stillness as part of leading self and others in a VUCA world. Harvard Business Review authors Talbot-Zorn and Marz (2017) wrote a blog titled “The busier you are, the more you need quiet time”…

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