Tag: Common Good

What is stillness and how is it connected to leadership?

This post explores the conceptual and theoretical base of stillness as it relates to leadership. Ryan Holiday, a contemporary thinker and writer on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life, asserts that many philosophies of the ancient world believed that stillness was necessary for leaders to think, be creative, write and make decisions (2019)…

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The Politics of Crisis Management

Back in 2008 authors Boin, Hart, Stern and Sundelius published The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership Under Pressure. The article examines how leaders deal with the strategic challenges they face, the political risks and opportunities they encounter, the errors they make, the pitfalls they need to avoid, and the paths away from crisis they..

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Perspectives on Stillness for a VUCA World: Introduction

It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done and yet the impact was undeniably profound. In a very hot Aug. 2019 I participated with close to two hundred other participants in a four-day silent meditation retreat.  For me, the retreat was an effort to foster an appropriate disposition in the face of my..

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Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I would like to share with you a recently published article that Masters of Educational Leadership graduate student, Stacy Sowerby and I joyfully collaborated on.  You’ll find a link and abstract below.  Enjoy!   https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol15/iss1/5/ Collaborating for Gender Equity in Christian Education Stacy Sowerby, Maple Ridge Christian SchoolFollow Adrienne..

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Jean Vanier: A Paradox

For many years, Jean Vanier has influenced my personal and professional journey. I have taught and written about inclusion, the dignity of the human person and peace leadership in reference to Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. Because of his great impact on my life, I am profoundly disturbed by the news that he was a..

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Indigenous Spirituality and Christianity

Today, with my friend and colleague, the District Principal for Aboriginal Education in Delta,  I had the opportunity to work with a group of thirty teachers who teach in a Christian Independent school in British Columbia. In addition to teaching about the timeline of history through an experiential ‘beaded timeline’ and working with Indigenous ways..

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Classroom and home-based strategies to prevent gender bias

Gardner (2006) has identified several factors that aid in mind changing.  One of these factors relates to the affective component of the idea to be learned and alludes to the way that something is taught and may be strategically leveraged in the educator-student and parent-child relationship.   Teacher educators and caregivers need to be intentional..

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How we teach matters

How we teach matters   I attended an educational conference session recently which really resonated with me. Dr. David Smith from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan gave me language to explain the ‘why’ behind what I do what I do.   I found his session both informative and motivating and will attempt to synthesize my ‘take..

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All Our Relations

“In Canada, half of all First Nations children live in poverty, the life expectancy of First Nations people is five to seven years less than that of other Canadians, and the practice of placing Indigenous children in foster care remains a significant issue.  Secondary school graduation rates for First Nations youth living on reserve are..

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