Writer & Poet Dena Austin Miller Forward facing to address change from the heart of our Great Nation our Children. Reaching out to excellent parents, teachers and principals who excite students to the future.
Stephen Jenkinson, MTS, MSW culture activist, teacher, author and ceremonialist
Stephen teaches internationally and is the creator and principal instructor of the Orphan Wisdom School, founded in 2010. With Master’s degrees from Harvard University (Theology) and the University of Toronto (Social Work), he is revolutionizing grief and dying in North America. Stephen is redefining what it means to live, and die well.
"The Orphan Wisdom School is crafted specifically for all those people who will fail to live forever, who have come to the idea – or been driven there – that their yearning for a deep life must be tethered to the plough of labour and learning to harrow the hardened field of sorrows and solitary, grey news that has become our corner of this beautiful world, so that children can one day soon be born into to a real, detailed, laboured over Better Day that we ourselves are now unlikely to see. Because none of this can be done in weekend workshops or homeless conference centres, we ask that you commit yourselves to what we call learning in real time, to gathering together for five days, twice a year, for two years, as a start. The programme for graduates continues beyond this two year introduction.
The learning and the teaching will be part history, all culture, mostly spirit, hugely ancestral, very local, ultimately practicable and hand made, each time about living, working and dying, purposefully delivered and achieved together in the belief that the rudiments of being a true, life serving village person lay waiting for water and light in all of us. If you stay with it long enough your hands will know as much as you will, and even your consternation will be articulate.
It is a school that requires no previous experience with living people, dying people or dead people – though you do have experience with all of them – and no particular employment, religion, educational standard or way of life. It is open to every shape, persuasion, style, language and hue of person with a heart inclined for opening and learning. Each of us deserve the chance to learn something deep, alive, human, urgent and mandatory. This is at the heart of the Orphan Wisdom School. Consider attending"-Stephen Jenkinson
*For Junior and Senior high schools the below questions on the Principals visibility are most important, many schools do not have Principals whom are visible, Excellent Principals are visible and regularly exchange dialogue with students, this is most important to maintaining and creating an Excellent school. Key questions: Your student could accurately identify the principal, Your student has personally interacted with the principal in other than a disciplinary action, your student positively perceives the principal, Principal is very visible in the Quad/campus during lunch and passing periods, Principal makes themselves accessible to the students.Secondary School Appraisal
Created by Jorja R. Austin Loving and Passionate High School Science & P.E teacher for over 30 years also My Loving Mom
Please circle your answer or summarize in a statement
X = This subject is important to me
Y= This subject is not important to me
A = I agree with this statement
B = I disagree to this statement
Your student’s District:
1. Class size is a) too large b) too small c) just right
Janitor service is: a) good b) needs improvement c) just fine
The campus is well-maintained: A or B; and X or Y. The school grounds
are X or Y; the buildings are X or Y.
The principal has effectively articulated their personal vision: A or B
The school’s mission is visible in each classroom: A or B
Your student could accurately identify the principal: A or B
Your student has personally interacted with the principal in other than a disciplinary action: A or B ; your student positively perceives the principal: A or B
Principal is very visible in the Quad during lunch and passing periods: A or B
Principal makes themselves accessible to the students: A or B;
teachers: A or B; parents: A or B; community: A or B
Your student has a strong affiliation to their school: A or B; X or Y
School provides a variety of extracurricular activities to allow all students a strong identity to their school: A or B; X or Y
There exists an effective parent organization: A or B; X or Y
Your student’s teachers
1.Teachers are competent: A or B; X or Y
2. There are programs to help your student reach full potential: A or B; you feel
confident you have been informed of all services available to assist your student:
A or B; X or Y
The teachers have effectively communicated to you what their expectations are
for success in their classroom: A or B; X or Y
4.Your student’s teachers have clear consequences for all assignments not turned in: A or B; you are kept informed about student’s assignments and any
failure to turn major project in: A or B; X or Y
Teachers provide innovative instructional methods: A or B; X or Y
6. Your student feels comfortable asking questions of their teachers to help clarify an assignment or project: A or B
7. Teachers seem to be sensitive to large projects requested by your student’s other
teachers: A or B; X or Y
Teachers provides appropriate lessons for different types of learners: A or B
Your student’s teachers seem to care about each of their students: A or B
Students feel it is important to be on time to all classes: A or B; X or Y
The school has provided a safe environment for all students: A or B
After school events are sufficiently supervised: A or B
Diversity is embraced at school: A or B
There is a good balance between academics and extracurricular activities: A or B
I am pleased that my student is a member of this student body: A or B
What type of communication works for you?
Teacher notes and phone calls
A copy of your completed questionnaire would be appreciated by your child’s school principal.
Greatness is Kind gives, understands, Greatness is universal and bigger than oneself Greatness see's your heart your soul In the presence of greatness you feel full of hope and possibilities You move with limitless ability to do right to others and yourself Greatness makes you move in directions you always want to go and go to places you fear Those who inspire greatness inspire through kindness and understanding
I cry and shake my head when one who seems great lacks true greatness. Greatness never makes anyone feel like dirt, greatness never limits, never scares but, greatness dares you to run with the truth you feel in your heart. Greatness creates trust in what you already know but, have been told you can't do.
Trust in the feeling of fullness in the presence of greatness Trust in the feeling of shrinking in the presence of false greatness-trust that.
Trust That That what you feel is true
Greatness is not given to those who do not deserve it and you know it from the first breath that leaves their body. You feel it before the whole word is completed. Trust That, Trust that, Trust that.
What Have You Imagined-Made-And Sold (Traded)Today?
A�Fun Thought for the Day: What Have You Imagined-Made-And Sold (Traded)�Today?
A topic many great minds are discussing is US manufacturing.� The result of US R&D and production overseas and the 20th century outcomes of this and how we need to change to succeed in the 21st century. �Articulate to children/young adults the positive concepts of our Capitalist�North American Ideology and how US citizens are researchers, developers, innovators and We Are Producers.�
A Project for Children & Young Adults:
Step 1) Design Something/anything, �with a Pen/Pencil/Computer ��i.e., a robot, a cookie, a doll, a truck, a gadget
Step 2) Use Materials of any kind i.e., �Clay, fabric, tinfoil, metal, wood, dough
Step 3) Make the Design, Complete the Project.
Step 4) Sell It *Trade�It�Somewhere i.e.,� Front Yard, home street corner, local weekend market, a local store, door to door
Email me Pictures of your child/young adults’ project, a picture of each step and I will post them to this Link.� I’m so excited to get them I can barely stand myself.� I too will do this with my son’s and add the pictures to this link.�
And Away We Go, the Race is On.
-Dena Austin Miller
�A great read on the above concept, a series Is the U.S. Killing Its Innovation Machine? �http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/hbr/restoring-american-competitiveness/
“An impressive roster of experts discuss[ed] these questions in the HBR online symposium” Adi Ignatius, Editor in Chief, �Harvard Business Review
Excessively withdrawn, fearful, or anxious about doing something wrong.
Shows extremes in behavior (extremely compliant or extremely demanding; extremely passive or extremely aggressive).
Doesn’t seem to be attached to the parent or caregiver.
Acts either inappropriately adult (taking care of other children) or inappropriately infantile (rocking, thumb-sucking, throwing tantrums).
Warning signs of physical abuse in children
Frequent injuries or unexplained bruises, welts, or cuts.
Is always watchful and “on alert,” as if waiting for something bad to happen.
Injuries appear to have a pattern such as marks from a hand or belt.
Shies away from touch, flinches at sudden movements, or seems afraid to go home.
Wears inappropriate clothing to cover up injuries, such as long-sleeved shirts on hot days.
Warning signs of neglect in children
Clothes are ill-fitting, filthy, or inappropriate for the weather.
Hygiene is consistently bad (unbathed, matted and unwashed hair, noticeable body odor).
Untreated illnesses and physical injuries.
Is frequently unsupervised or left alone or allowed to play in unsafe situations and environments.
Is frequently late or missing from school.
Warning signs of sexual abuse in children
Trouble walking or sitting.
Displays knowledge or interest in sexual acts inappropriate to his or her age, or even seductive behavior.
Makes strong efforts to avoid a specific person, without an obvious reason.
Doesn’t want to change clothes in front of others or participate in physical activities.
An STD or pregnancy, especially under the age of 14.
Runs away from home.