January 5, 2016
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Feeling ill-equipped as a Yankee living in the South, a teacher in Charleston, South Carolina grapples with talking about race with her students and exploring the multiplicity of narratives we so often ignore.
November 12, 2015
Flavored with Rumi’s Poetry and Pizza
There are many connections most of us do not see. Stories of hope about educating the "whole child" in North Carolina and a village in Afghanistan using pizza party donations and Rumi's poetry as a bridge.
November 4, 2015
The Scores Will Not Tell You Everything
What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the "many ways of being smart" and testing children.
October 20, 2015
The Beautiful and Terrifying Process of Becoming
Autumn inhabits the stretch in between beginnings and endings — and students dwell in that same space. With the help of Rilke, an educator voices the call to "live everything," "have patience with what is unresolved," and to "love the questions."
September 8, 2015
Finding an Image that Fits
For the producers here at Loring Park, it's important to perform every aspect of our work with deliberate thoughtfulness. Here, we offer a behind-the-scenes peek at all that's involved in a seemingly small task: selecting a photo to represent the week's episode.
To trust our children requires allowing them the room to act differently that we might expect. A mother's argument for placing trust in our children's expansive imaginations and empathic potential.
May 29, 2015
Two Rules for My Daughter’s Library
A mother reflects on curating an updated library of children's literature for her daughter to read — one that speaks to "the full spectrum of brown and black folks to mitigate the future onslaught of ubiquitous whiteness" and people she could imagine being.
May 15, 2015
The Idealist and the Realist Within Me
Rilke asks us to live the questions. Socrates says the unexamined life is one not worth living. But, staying awake to the moral complexities of one's actions is not a quiet prospect.
April 2, 2015
You’re Not Any Cooler than Jesus or Muhammad
Who you're going to be and what you're going to become takes time. But, nowadays, getting educated has an extraordinary set of expectations for students. Omid Safi reminds us that students need to be gentle with themselves as they discover what it means to be a human being and not just a human doing.
January 29, 2015
Looking for Ms. Katy: A Search to Express Gratitude to My Teacher
An immigrant child from Iran who transitioned to several high schools, Omid Safi shares the story of a Chemistry teacher who saw the potential in him. A quest to find her and thank her for forever changing his life — and that of generations to come.
January 21, 2015
Looking for the Teachable Moments
The joys and sorrows of your life are sure to come and go. A commitment to learning at any age will sustain you and help you weather the peaks and troughs of life.
September 8, 2014
What Are the Ten Books That Have Shaped You?
Lists can be fun. How about we create a community of learning and sharing for continued growth!
August 27, 2014
Gratitude for Teachers and Compassion for Kids
As school begins for many students across the U.S., a reminder to praise our teachers and offer "soft eyes" of compassion to our children.
August 3, 2010
A World Through the Hands (Video)
Simply a wonderful, four-minute film about the value of handwork and experiencing the world.
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