Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Continuing to Make Sense of A Deweyan-inspired Narrative Conception of Hope

Just last week I talked with a group of educators about hope and courage as we made sense of the hope suckers that come into the lives of those with whom we interact and as a result seep into our stories. I came away with a renewed sense of how I might continue to feed a Deweyan-inspired narrative conception of hope in education (LeMay, 2014) that I so need in my stories to live by.

Looking back, I realize that it's time to return to blogging as a way of formally attending to how a Deweyan-inspired narrative conception of hope enables me to continue to story myself forward on and off the educational landscape.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

“Hope is not a dream but a way of making dreams become reality.”

- Author Unknown

Dr. Anita Levine, hope researcher and professor at State University of New York @ Oneonta begins a chapter in her dissertation on teacher hope with the above quote.

Dr. Levine will be presenting her findings from her research this Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the University of Alberta.

For more information call - (780) 492-1222.

Friday, February 17, 2012

On Being Hopeful

Imagine what we are doing for our students when we create spaces to make ways of hoping accessible ~ especially when hope suckers present themselves?

It feels like we are making spaces for empathy ...

I am surprised at how introspective students become when they reflect on their experiences of hoping ....

Reflecting on these comments, made by teachers while sharing stories of working with the Hope-Focused Service-Learning program in recent professional development sessions, reminds me that it was grade eight students who taught me about needing to put hope shields over our hearts to protect ourselves from the hope suckers. I remember another group of grade five students explaining to me that wishing is in the head and hoping in the heart. Finally, I remember the day another group of grade five students participated in conversations with Rotarians to plan community hope projects in conjunction with their academic studies.

These memories sustain my hope and determination to continue to find ways to create opportunities for teachers to make sense of how we can create spaces and places for students to story themselves forward in times of adversity and despair or as the grade eights put it ~ to cope with the hope suckers that can immobilize and/or make living feel too difficult in the moment.

I keep these stories close to my heart so that I do not become discouraged by the statistics of how quickly one can decide to terminate his/her life in a moment of anguish or choose to dull the pain over time with drugs or alcohol when hopeful ways of relating and acting are considered secondary to how we see ourselves moving into a personally meaningful future.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Places of Hope Gallery

Join Hope Kids in their search for 'PLACES OF HOPE' by submitting your photographs and/or descriptions to

Your images will be added to the HOPE KIDS section on the Hope Foundation of Alberta website for students and teachers to view, as they move toward the second phase of the Hope-Focused Service-Learning program.

Hope Kids will be conducting hopeful needs assessments of their communities in this second phase of the program so as to plan their hope-focused community service project. One of the first things that they do as they move into this second phase is to take photographs of 'places of hope' in their community. You can help by adding your places of hope to their collections.

Many things happen after and with the photographs depending on the academic focus and/or questions that the students and teacher have determined from their ongoing interactions with community mentors and members.

Student voice is a critical element of the service practice in the trademarked HOPE KIDS program, and especially in the Hope-Focused Service-Learning program. Interacting with community mentors and members at least three times, is another element. However, in addition to these and other elements of service-learning, the other four hope-focused practices, which can be found in the Nurturing Hopeful Souls resource are also critical to the success of each of the unique programs underway in the 36 schools in Central Alberta.

As students, teachers, community mentors and members come together this year, as they have in the past six years, 36 new school stories of working with the Hope-Focused Service-Learning program are evolving. These stories continue to contribute to the ongoing development of part two of the Nurturing Hopeful Souls resource, along with the accompanying professional development sessions that are provided for interested teachers, community mentors and members.

We look forward to your participation to add to our stories!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs Address to Graduating Students

I added Steve Jobs (2005) message to Stanford graduates into my hope kit today because there are times when I ask myself, "What would a hopeful person do in this situation?"

As an educator who sees what happens when we make hope visible and accessible in our interactions in classrooms, I wonder what would happen if youth, parents and teachers watched this You Tube video together?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Join Us...20th Celebration Planning

We are gearing up for our 20th Anniversary at the Hope Foundation of Alberta.

If you are interested in helping us plan for the celebration in May 2012, please let me know and I will forward details of our 1st meeting scheduled for October 4, 2011 @ 4:00 pm.

For those of you who want to speak in person, I can be reached at (780) 492-1222.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"Hope is clearly something humans recognize in themselves and others. It shapes how we view and understand our world and is manifested at many levels" (Andrews, 2010).

I found this quote in the editorial by Paul Andrews in the Cambridge Journal of Education Vol 40(4) as I was preparing for conversations and professional development sessions with teachers interested in working with the Hope-Focused Service-Learning program over this next school year.

I believe that making hope visible and accessible in our interactions with others helps us to make sense of who we are and are becoming in relationship. As such, the hope-focused practices and strategies in the Nurturing Hopeful Souls resource nurture a 'pedagogy of hope' that enables individuals to come away with new understandings about themselves and each other on many levels.

I look forward to sharing with you and hearing from you what it looks, sounds, and feels like to make hope visible and accessible in our interactions throughout this next school year!!