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God paints the world

Gentle touches

Full strokes

Vivid blends

Vibrant colours give life

By the path grows

Nature’s tool.

About ivonprefontaine

In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

3 responses »

  1. I so get this – love the idea of God panting the world!

  2. Ivon I have really enjoyed reading your blog this summer. How you have transformed your blog is incredible. What theme are you using I really really like it.

    I just finished my final paper on Awakening Potential and I thought it might interest you. It is lengthy and far too focused on specific development constructs due to the nature of the class but as I started writing I discovered some powerful thoughts with vast implications for educators of learning to awaken the potential of our students.

    Have a great last few days of summer and I hope to run into sometime in the near future.

    • I really worked to shift from a blog that is was about education only to one that looked at the person who was the educator. I had not written poetry in many years, but, as I moved through the summer, I felt pulled in that direction.

      It was not so much a theme as a call to this idea and being creative.

      I am away for part of next week, but we should touch bases early in the school year. I would be interested in reading your paper.

      Take care,



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