The Leaducator Experience: October 2017
Way back on July 4 of this year, we published our first teaser on The Leaducator Experience™ … our Volume 1. Then, came our second edition in September. As essentially noted in that very first offering… The Experience is not simply a newsletter. Well, it is less of a newsletter; and more of one. It’s sole intent is to serve educators, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who hold a world embracing vision. It is about offering resources to advance peace, passion and prosperity, locally and globally… at school, work, business and community. It is about offering thoughts and resources that might just make life simpler, better and cooler as educators and leaders. We invite you to have a read of our first two editions.
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Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during last year’s edition. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.
This year, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel. Teaching personnel at institutions of higher education are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.
It goes on…
World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) (link is external) in September 2015, when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.
I am a college educator. I have been for some 23 years now. One of my favorite spiritual quotes goes “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from.” This speaks to me of the ultimate value of education. It is the most noble of work, and advances civilization. At its core, it is about growth and development. Teaching passes on not only knowledge but progress… and the opportunity for wisdom. Education at school, work, business and community is vital for peace and prosperity, locally and globally.
With that in mind, I am also a Master Facilitator for The Virtues Project™, globally. The Project focuses on character education and leadership in over 100 countries across the planet. For 27 years and counting its focus has been to be “a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life, sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 100 countries through Facilitators, Master Facilitators, Champions and Virtues Connections.” It engages and “empowers individuals to live more authentic meaningful lives, families to raise children of compassion and integrity, educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities, and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the work place.”
The Virtues Project™ was founded in Canada in 1991 by Linda Kavelin-Popov, Dr. Dan Popov and John Kavelin and has been honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a “model global program for families of all cultures”. This is all to say that, as we honor World Teachers’ Day and going forward, our work continues to be about character leadership at school, work, business and community. Character is an everyday matter and the stuff of leadership. So, in that spirit, we offer the following resources to advance conversations around character in the classroom and on campus especially; or simply as a source of self care and acknowledgement. 🙂
- The Science of Character.
- The Character of Leadership
- Character is Critical
- The Virtues Project™
- 5 Strategies for Building Cultures of Character and Caring
- Ideas on Engaging Virtues and Character in Education and Community
- 17 Free Resources Engaging Character with Epic Engage™
Plus individual and group coaching services…
I hope these serve. I also hope you had a wonderful World Teachers’ Day. And, I hope you took or take some time to reflect on the noble nature of education and the powerful potential for legacy, in delivering great education. Remember that great education is great leadership and great leadership is great education. Teachers matter. Teaching matters. When we realize that, students benefit. It makes a difference.
Oh, and a wonderful little Teachers’ Day song… after the fact, but good to go forward.
AND, how could I almost forget? Some thoughts from me and my #bestlittledogintheworld Panda… on teaching. If you cannot read it, email me to get a copy. Hope you like. 🙂
Well, that’s it for me… for this month. I personally and sincerely encourage you to sign up to receive The Leaducator Experience™ directly and monthly. You just go to the right and see the side bar… and you can SIGN UP TODAY. Then we can send it directly each month.
Now, onto my good friend Trent…
STABILITY and FEAR
Anyone who has spent any amount of time within the social media realm has experienced the tornado of historic quotes, touchy-feely messages, and deep thoughts that stream across your screen of choice. In a matter of seconds, your thought processes shift from appreciating the forward-thinking of Abraham Lincoln, to saving an endangered species, to stopping and enjoying a kitten sleeping in a mug. Prior to utilizing social media, I very much valued stumbling upon that special quote or idea that grabbed my attention and motivated for days to come. Now with the search of one key word, your screen is flooded with a vast array of options for your perusing pleasure. I now find that my thoughts can often be scattered and fleeting with any amount of time spent online. Thanks for sticking with me on this one… here is my line of thinking. ?
With all of that in mind…
It continues to amaze me how this journey can vary with each individual student. The most significant feature however is their willingness (with time) to tackle the challenge at hand and build an offensive strategy. My message is therefore this; utilize your connections (close friends, confidantes, a counselor, a therapist) to process your concerns, bounce ideas off of them, have them challenge your thinking, and have them call your bluff.
Progress (to any degree) has a way of breeding progress and reprieve may be around the corner.
With that in mind, here are some suggested Resources:
- CMHA Resources Online
- Resources from the Psychology Foundation of Canada
- Mental Health Commission of Canada / Mental Health First Aid Canada
Until next time, take care of yourself.
CONTRIBUTORS and AUTHORS
Trent Langdon is all about finding identity & building ‘life legacy’ through character education, integrity-based living, and social-emotional development. He is a junior high school counselor for nearly 700 adolescents and is dedicated to serving his students, their families, and communities. In addition, Trent works on behalf of his colleagues to build identity, protect professional roles, and to give teachers ‘a voice’; he is serving as Vice-President of the Newfoundland & Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) for the 2017-2019 term of office. Trent is also a Canadian Certified Counselor with the Canadian Counseling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). And last but certainly not least, Trent is a proud contributor to the Epic Engage™ team and co-author of The Leaducator Experience™. Check out Trent’s blog.
Barry Lewis Green is all about heroic character leadership and its impact on building cultures of strength, unity, resourcefulness and what he calls joyful excellence. He is ultimately a vocalist, strength coach and educator. His work is about voicing, exploring, identifying, practicing and mastering our strengths and building upon them through practical and powerful unity and resourcefulness. Joe Calloway says, “I had the distinct pleasure of being in an audience in Montreal with Barry Lewis Green on the stage. Quite simply, Barry absolutely captivated us with his talent, his message, and his heart. The feeling of unity that Barry created in the room that day was extraordinary.” Barry’s book Human Being Being Being Human speaks to that. and that is why Barry is The Unity Guy™. EPIC Engage™ is an extension of The Unity Guy™. The Epic work is all about building strong, united and inspired cultures lead by character… at school, work and community; where everyone matters and contributes everyday. Barry is humbly proud to advance this work with Trent and The Leaducator Experience™. Find Barry @ epicengage.com.
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POST SCRIPT RESOURCES
- Leaders Share on Leadership
- The Epic Engage You Tube Channel with resources around character and leadership
And, given this month is also about focusing on the issue of bullying… here is a video series to advance conversation around the issue…