Expecting the Unexpected

When my kids were very young, I would take them with me to run errands. They’d say, “Momma, what’s our plan today?” with excitement in their voices. They wondered what our adventure to town would include! I would list things such as stopping at the post office, the bank, the library, etc. During our outings […]

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Moving My University Class Online – Where do I start?

In our new reality, this is a very challenging time in higher education with information changing hourly. Suddenly, many colleges and universities have been thrust into teaching online whether they are prepared or not. Here are few tips to survive this semester and mitigate this abrupt transition to virtual learning. Assume this is the first […]

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Courage and Bravery in Addition to Safety and Respect

During the first day of the Foundations of Dialogue Education course and many other Global Learning Partners learning events, we ask participants to identify guidelines that will support each other’s learning. The generated lists usually include expectations about cellphone use, side conversations, handling disagreements, and listening to each other. In addition, the core concepts of […]

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What Jane is Reading: Parker Palmer’s Newest Book

by Jane Vella with Valerie Uccellani On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity & Getting Old  by Parker Palmer, 2019 From Jane:  I found this a delightful, informative, funny, inspiring and honest book. Parker is a contemporary of mine (I’m his older sister!) so I discovered that his themes, his laughter, his stories and mine […]

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