15 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2017
by Marsha Rakestraw Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be a year full of enormous changes, and even more opportunities…
Two Wolves, Two Pictures: Helping Students Learn to “Feed” Their Best Selves
by Marsha Rakestraw There’s an old story usually attributed as a Cherokee legend. I haven’t been able to determine its…
Helping Students Make Beautiful Music With Their Lives
by Mary Pat Champeau “Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki I learned so much about parenting…
There Is No Unseeing the Seen: Learning to Make Choices That Reflect My Values
Editor’s note: Joanna recently completed our online course, Teaching for a Positive Future, and kindly agreed to share her reflection…
5 Minute Changemaker: Make The Most of Being Stuck in Traffic
by Marsha Rakestraw I live in Portland, Oregon, where traffic — like in many other cities — has become ridiculous.…
What We See Depends on What We Look For
by Marsha Rakestraw Recently I came across this quote: “What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” (John…
Learning From Our Heroes and Enemies (lesson plan)
We’re often told to look for heroes we can turn to for inspiration. How often do we seek out what…
4 Reasons to Embrace Failure
by Marsha Rakestraw I love reading stories about solutionaries and changemakers. They are always inspiring and teach me so much…
5 Minute Changemaker: Cultivating Gratitude
by Marsha Rakestraw Like many other skills, gratitude can be cultivated through attention, effort, and practice. Studies show that gratitude…
Caring When Caring Hurts
by Shannon Finch I admit it, I am sensitive. As a child, people thought my sensitivity was cute. As I…
Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”
by Marsha Rakestraw Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150…
What My Love Affair with Peanut Butter Cups and CNN Taught Me About Being Kind to Myself
by Shannon Finch The other day, while engrossed in work, I ate an entire bag of brand name Peanut Butter…