Friday, March 20, 2020

Being Mindful of Meditation

I am learning more and more about the advantages of meditation, especially as it pertains to leadership. Having recently finished Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn and having watched the two short videos below, I am sold on the beauty and benefits of meditation. And, after you watch the videos below, I hope you might be enticed to give meditation a try. Be patient with yourself; it does take practice.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Meet Derreck Kayongo

I had a wonderful opportunity to meet Derreck and write about our interview. Click here to read the article recently published in Montessori Life.

From the opening paragraphs of the article:

Derreck Kayongo is an entrepreneur and the former CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. He founded the Global Soap Project (now acquired by Clean the World), a humanitarian aid organization for collecting discarded and unused soap from thousands of hotels worldwide, reprocessing it, then distributing it to in-need populations around the world. The organization battled global health issues in 90 countries, and hygiene-related diseases, and the resulting deaths have dissipated in many at-risk communities.

Kayongo will be the closing keynote speaker at the Montessori Event 2020, March 12–15, in Dallas ( In his talk, “Harnessing Your Power to Create Change,” he will share his visionary ideas about creating an environment in which everyone is empowered to thrive.

His TEDx Talk that will give you a great introduction to him and his special work.

Friday, February 21, 2020

New Kid - 2020 Newbery Book Award

Jerry Craft won this year's [2020] Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for New Kid, a book focused on the struggles of a seventh grade student of color who has been sent to a prestigious private school with little diversity.” (From npr reporter Colin Dwyer)

Meet author and illustrator, Jerry Craft, of this fabulous book . . .

Friday, February 7, 2020

Tragedy of the Commons

I happened upon this concept recently and found that it makes so much sense.

"The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action." [Link to this and other links on the topic]

Here is a neat video to help . . . 

Friday, January 24, 2020

Happiness Defined in the Best Way

I listened to Shawn Achor back in 2008 when he was the keynote speaker at a conference; I had the opportunity to have lunch with him then. He not only was a congenial fellow and gave an outstanding presentation, but he also has a terrific book—The Happiness AdvantageGive it a read to learn more about his seven principles:

  1. The Happiness Advantage
  2. The Fulcrum and the Lever
  3. The Tetris Effect
  4. Falling Up
  5. The Zorro Circle
  6. The 20 Second rule
  7. Social Investment

I promise you that you will not be disappointed. So much of his work is based on strong research.

Here is his terrific TED Talk (21M views) . . .

Friday, January 10, 2020

Teachers Supporting ALL Students in Our Schools

A Keynote speaker at the NAIS People of Color Conference and author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American, Julie Lythcott-Haims brings so much to the world of children, diversity, and parenting. Also see a recent post about her book How to Raise an Adult and her excellent TED Talk.