The Magic Basement

My parents did not have much so they could not offer me much. But what they lacked in money or material stuff, they did foster an entrepreneurial spirit in me. I was a busy child—probably driving them crazy with my continual ideas, questions, and projects. So they “gave” me the basement. Now to an 8-year…

Disruption

The Problem: In the summer my Home Owner Association announced they were sending out crews to refurbish the flooring on our decks. We had to remove everything off the decks for one week to let the workers do their job. I have three decks and have been pot- gardening for the last three years. Because…

Connecting

When I was teaching a group of incarcerated youth there was one male student that I connected to. As I was sharing stories and information about career readiness he was engaging with me in a semi-joking way but definitely capturing my attention. I was in close proximity to him so he looked up at me,…

The First Lesson

All my life I worked very hard to get the “A” as that was the measure of childhood achievement. “A is the best” “You are an A student” “You’re so smart” “Always get good grades”. Beholden to my ambitious nature and therefore, my achievement obsession, I chased those A’s and for the most part, received…

Teach It

My very first blog was entitled, “Power Skills Because They Are Powerful”. And they are. I have written twenty-three blogs focused on these skills, plus workshops and presentations and advocacy work and readings and podcasts and interviewing and researching and teaching, and writing articles and attending workshops and endless talk-talk-talk about the value of Power…

Ikigagi

Whenever I travel, I like to buy books before the trip of where I am going. It is fun for me to read books written in the places I am traveling in. Since Japan was my current destination I bought books by Haruki Murakami, my favorite Japanese author. But while shopping in the book store,…

Equity in Action..Stories from the Field

Equity is not a standalone concept. It is not experienced as its own unique canon of knowledge. Rather, equity is a notion, a way of seeing and perceiving the world around us and paying attention to the people in it. Often, when conversations at a conference or professional development event surface concerning equity in the…

The Eureka Moment

As I was graduating high school back in the seventies I had a moment on the steps of the school. “Not only do I not know what my next plan is or what I will do with myself I don’t even know how to write a check. What was all that about?” I was in…

An Early Riser

I am an early riser, always have been—even when I was a little girl. So when I was coming home from my gym this morning in the early dawn, I observed the garbage trucks picking up our garbage. A small fork lift-like object opens up from the side of the truck and extends its arm…

Finding Your Place on the Planet

What is CTE? Why am I so drawn to it and why does Career and Technical Education ring so true to me? Why do I care? I am on a plane headed home to San Francisco, having just attended the National Advance CTE Conference in DC and these thoughts are dancing around my mind. As…