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Linda Henke

Dr. Linda Henke, Consultant with the Santa Fe Center for Transformational School Leadership, posts at her blog:

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Dr. Bob Dillon, in his role on the Leadership Team of ConnectEd Learning:

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Why I Love the Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) Tradition, by Dave Barford

Day of the Dead is sometimes referred to as the “Mexican Halloween,” but the focus of the two holidays is different.  With its emphasis on remembering and honoring the dead, Dia de Muertos is in some ways more similar to the American observance of Memorial Day or the Catholic tradition of All Souls Day.

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Amy Gets Jelly on her Hands

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Amy Inman with her uncle Fr. Joe who spent decades in Guatemala serving as a priest, educator and friend.

Amy Inman, one of the newest additions to the GLXi board, reflects on the different types of people that must come together in order to make a difference in the world, and shows us the importance of having dreams of a better future, even if they aren’t always practical.

There is a Peanuts cartoon strip by Charles Schultz that features Lucy and her brother Linus. Linus is eating a sandwich and is being his usual reflective self. He looks down at his hands and says, “Hands are fascinating things. I like my hands…I think I have nice hands. My hands seem to have a lot of character.”

He goes on: “These are hands that may someday accomplish great things. These are hands that may someday do marvelous works!” 

“They may build mighty bridges or heal the sick or hit home runs or write soul-stirring novels.”

“These hands – may change the course of destiny!” he cries out to Lucy.  

Then, Lucy looks at him and says, “Yeah, but you’ve got jelly on them.” 

I love this strip.  In changing the world, to be effective, we need both Linus’ and Lucys. We need dreamers to dream how our communities can be better and pragmatics who figure out how to take the dream, look at the realities and get it done. Without the Lucys, dreams would stay dreams. However, without the Linus’, there would never be the possibilities. Because, yes, Linus, the hands that change the world need not be perfect—they are sometimes calloused, sometimes scarred and sometimes come with jelly.

It Starts with Believing

At Global Learning Exchange Initiative (GLXi,) we believe that people around the world are born capable and uniquely talented. We also believe that the missing ingredient in those who won’t succeed and those who will, is opportunity. Given opportunity, children can learn. And succeed. And thrive. Everyone deserves this opportunity, regardless of where they are born; and it starts with education.

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To Guatemala With Love

Dave Barford, formerly of Wildhorse, founded Global Learning Exchange Initiative to provide young Guatemalan children with an educational program that would lift them out of poverty and increase their chances for a better life. Over the years, he had fallen in love with the people he met while on volunteer visits to the Mayan Highlands of Guatemala…

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