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Some days we caught in the bureaucratic malaise and forget that rules need to be bent or even broken for the sake of people particularly children and others who are unable to defend themselves. People are not numbers and need to be treated differently than that. We lose ourselves in catch phrases like I hear what you are saying. Did you hear what I did not say? Or, we need to be proactive here. Do we see the decline in our organizations because proactive not the same as shake up the established order. With courage, we can intervene.

Meanwhile, Melody Muses...



Should all the world be monkey-do

And turn a royal purple hue,

Don’t let the voting colour you,

If you have heart of green;


Head and shoulders through your shroud,

Now rise above the madding crowd,

Dare to live, and live out loud,

 With courage, intervene.



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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.

5 responses »

  1. How true that we need to hear what’s not said as well! ♥

  2. Yep, I wish I was more skilled at hearing what’s not being said. I always seem to get that wrong. 🙂

  3. There is a pressure I expect to conform to a system, but children and teachers are human beings rather than unthinking robots. If the education system is reduced to treating everyone the same according to the exact same rules then it becomes worthless, benefitting no one.


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