Advocacy, Champions, Education, Parenting

#StartwithStrengths

Author: Karen Copeland Last night it finally happened! I have been collaborating with Chris Wejr for months to prepare a presentation called Start with Strengths: Change the Lens, Change the Story. We were building on the previous presentations Chris has created on this important topic. For this session, we wanted to include the parent voice… Continue reading #StartwithStrengths

Family Journeys, Parenting

“Tough Nut to Crack”

Author: Karen Copeland   Idiom: Tough nut to crack (http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/tough+nut+to+crack.html) If something is a tough nut to crack, it is difficult to find the answer or solution. When used about a person, it means that it is difficult to get them to do or allow what you want. 'Hard nut to crack' is an alternative.… Continue reading “Tough Nut to Crack”

Family Journeys, Parenting

Embracing the Unexpected

Author: Karen Copeland There are times when we have an idea that, on the surface, seems like it will be a good fit. The expectations seem reasonable and attainable, we may even have experienced success in the past. We know to anticipate a few ups and downs but for the most part, feel confident that the day… Continue reading Embracing the Unexpected

Champions, Education, Parenting

Do You Know Her?

Author: Karen Copeland She sits quietly in your classroom. Completes her work. Not always on time, but mostly. She might be hesitant to raise her hand to answer a question. She likes school, but doesn't love school and would rather learn about things that matter to her. She might not be the one to readily… Continue reading Do You Know Her?

Advocacy, Champions, Education

The Power of #EdCamp35

Author: Karen Copeland Ahhhh #EdCamp35 2015. This amazing day of learning, connecting, sharing and laughing. Meeting new friends and re-connecting with people I met at last year's unconference. The feeling really is indescribable. I originally was not going to be able to attend this day because of another commitment, but when my plans changed, I… Continue reading The Power of #EdCamp35

Champions, Education, Parenting

Shifting from Awareness to Acceptance

Author: Karen Copeland I've been thinking a lot about awareness lately, and reflecting on how our family has moved from a place of awareness to a place of acceptance. I thought about those times when people were "aware" of the challenges we were experiencing but this did not necessarily translate into "acceptance". In one of… Continue reading Shifting from Awareness to Acceptance

Advocacy, Education

Why Should Parents Attend #EdCamp?

I wrote this post last year after attending #EdCamp35, hosted by the Langley School District. Shawn Davids graciously posted it on his blog, Leadership with Purpose (because I didn't have one then). Now that registration has opened for the 2016 #EdCamp35, I am re-posting the article here in the hopes that I can encourage more… Continue reading Why Should Parents Attend #EdCamp?

Advocacy, Champions, Family Journeys, Parenting

I Am “that” Parent

This post is inspired by a recent post that has gone viral titled "Dear Parent: About THAT Kid" by an educator in Calgary, Alberta. It is a powerful post and I encourage you to read it. While I was reading the post, I thought about how easy it is to assume instead of be curious.… Continue reading I Am “that” Parent

Advocacy, Parenting

Pondering “expert”

2ex·pert  noun \ˈek-ˌspərt\ : a person who has special skill or knowledge relating to a particular subject from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/expert Over the years I have heard the phrase "you, as the parent, are the expert on your child". Certainly, as the definition above suggests, I do have special skills and knowledge when it comes to both my… Continue reading Pondering “expert”