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thriving is our natural state
Thriving is our Natural State
  • Education and Learning are as natural to us as breathing!  Learning occursin the soul of every human being. "Thriving" is our natural state of life.We are meant to work and our purpose is to thrive.  If the purpose ofeducation is to live outside the walls of school, then how can we teach inways that go beyond Language Arts and Math content,  purposefully seeing theunique innate intelligence and the emotional quotients of every student?Flourishing inside our schools, as teachers and students, begins with a call'to see and to serve.'
what happened to these kids
What happened to these kids?
  • To begin, observe- but on an intuitive level. No checklists, no notes, no histories- just watch him. Watch him watching his world. Go silently behind his eyes to see his world. When you see what he feels, you will have learned all that you need to know…

Then begin ! ( L. Tobin )

power of service and perspective
Power of Service and Perspective
  • Assessment
  • Common Core Standards
  • Charter Schools verses Public Schools
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Race to the Top
  • Teacher Evaluations
  • Impoverished Environments
  • Failing schools /No excuse cultures
  • Hopefulness
  • Resiliency
  • Optimism
  • Doing our best Experiences changing the brain structurally and functionally
  • Engagement
  • Enthusiasm
  • Questions: What do you need? How can I help?
the context we teach in
The Context We Teach In…

There can be no keenerrevelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.

—Nelson Mandela

Our privilege and responsibility is to envision what our students cannot see just “yet.”

- Lori Desautels

indiana 2011
Indiana……2011
  • Education in Indiana
  • Annual expenditure per prisoner $19,479
  • Annual expenditure per public school pupil $8,929
  • Percent of public school fourth graders:
  • unable to read at grade level 66%
  • unable to do math at grade level 58%
  • Percent of public school eighth graders:
  • unable to read at grade level 68%
  • unable to do math at grade level 64%
  • Number of high school students who drop out of school annually 26,772

(For data sources, please visit

www.childrensdefense.org/cits)

hearts and brains
Hearts and Brains
  • “Daily experiences we provide in our classrooms and homes can structurally and functionally change the brain”
  • Emotions and cognition are intimately connected for deepened learning and service
  • How do we create “feelings” and strong emotion tying the content to life experiences?
soil or dirt
Soil or Dirt
  • “Are we cultivating dirt or soil? Most things will grow …even under poor conditions …  

and they toocan be beautiful.... but with soil that is tended to... nurtured ifyou will.... these same seeds will flourish.”

cultivating generosity thru service
Cultivating Generosity Thru…Service!

“ Love cannot remain by itself- it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action and that action is service.”

  • –Mother Theresa
  • Service in our classrooms, 8th grade graduation and second semester senior year