“When I began reading Define Your Why, I was pulled in by Barbara's personal stories. When I reached Chapter 6, ‘find your ikigai,’ I was struck that deep personal reflection work pushes readers to think and feel in ways that expand our understanding of concepts of self and connections to others. In reading this chapter, it became evident that living inside our vulnerability is essential to growing who we are socially and emotionally. It's an SEL curriculum for adults!”
—Dr. Pam Moran, co-author Timeless Learning and Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium of Learning
“With her trademark warmth and authenticity, Barbara shares her own personal journey that took her from ‘dental flossing to mental flossing.’ Along with the insights she has gained from forging her own path as an educator, coach, and edupreneur, Barbara will provide you with many practical tools to help you find your own ikigai ("reason for being") and more importantly to move from "me to we" as you help your learners discover theirs.
Excerpts from interviews with a number of experts in the field (Barbara is the ultimate connector) provide a variety of rich perspectives on the topics discussed in the book. The book comes at an important time. Decades of a negative narrative have left many educators wondering why they do what they do - this book is a great way to get reoriented to the passion and commitment to equity that brought you into education in the first place. I highly recommend it, especially to educators who are just getting started in their careers.”
—Luis F. Pérez, Author: Learning on the Go (CAST) & Dive into UDL (ISTE). Technical Assistance Specialist, National AEM Center at CAST, ISTE Inclusive Learning Network
“More than ever, educators need to refuel their passion for teaching and learning but don't have a plan of action. Define Your Why provides that spark to ignite even those who are burnt out. This book also goes the extra mile and provides a blueprint with inspirational stories, calls to action, and models to ensure one's passion for teaching doesn't extinguish.”
—Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Author: 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers and Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go Founder: #Edchat, 30Goals.com, @EdspeakersCo