A New Paradigm for Education with Monique Sayers
January 25, 2022
A New Paradigm for Education with Monique Sayers

Anyone can create change, so long as they have the heart and drive for it. This week’s guest is a model for this.

Not liking what she saw in education, Monique Sayers looked inward and got to work. She gathered a community of other passionate change agents and co-authored a book of resources, stories, and insights that they hope will transform education to become the highest good of all.

In our interview, we talk about bringing the “woo woo” into education–because love shouldn’t be brushed off. We also share what’s holding us back from real change, what leaders need to do to really impact our kids, and why energy is evolutionary and ever-changing.

This might be a new way of looking at educational change, and I love that she’s bringing a new perspective to it all. There’s room for us all, and while one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to learning, the same can be said for transforming education. Who’s in?

About Monique Sayers:

Monique Sayers is the visionary for A New Paradigm of Education which is a culmination of her life’s work as a passionate educator, mother, and awakened meditation healer. She offers this vision to all of humanity to awaken and bring forth a new paradigm that will serve ALL students for their highest good.

She’s taught over 20,000 students from all over the world TEFL/English, primary school, and Online classes. She’s taught in classrooms across China, Bali, Uruguay, and her mother country, Australia. Monique also set up free global online English classes for all students to access as she truly wanted to create accessible learning for all. Her skills are diverse, ranging from being an Australian Life-Saver trainer at the beach, a training consultant in an office, and a meditation guide in the inner home. Her favorite classroom is the ocean and her greatest teacher is her daughter, Coral. As part of her service to the planet, she combines her background of teaching foundational skills combined with courses in meditation, visioning, and other new paradigm ways of learning. You can connect with her on LinkedIn or join her Facebook group of innovative changemakers.

Jump in the Conversation:

[2:50] – How Monique got built a collaborative group
[5:45] – Change is happening before our eyes; what are we going to do with that?
[7:24] – Kindred spirits finding one another
[10:11] – There’s a shift globally around stepping into love
[10:49] – Debunking the past of education and healing the wounds
[11:24] – If we do our own work, we can help students better
[12:11] – The ego and systems are holding us back
[13:58] – We’re stronger together
[14:54] – We’re not made to do things alone
[15:24] – What’s for the highest good of students?
[16:54] – What’s best for one student isn’t best for others
[17:55] – One size fits all never fits all
[20:05] – What’s next for shifting the paradigm
[22:59] – Turbo Time
[26:18] – What you need to know about collaborating for change
[28:13] – Monique’s Magic Wand
[28:48] – Maureen’s Takeaways

Links & Resources

 

Transcript:

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 0:03
Hello fellow parents and educators. Thank you for joining me at education evolution, where we are disrupting the status quo in today’s learning models. We talk about present day education, what’s broken, who’s fixing it, and how. I’m Dr. Maureen O’Shaughnessy, your host and founder of education evolution, micro school coalition, and co founder of Ed active, I consult and train with schools and leaders who are fiercely committed to changing the narrative, reimagining the education landscape, and creating learning that serves all children and prepares them to thrive. If you are new, welcome to the podcast, please subscribe on our website to get it delivered to your inbox weekly. If you’ve been around a while, have you left a review

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 1:07
many of you know that the EDD act of collective was formed a year ago to create a bridge between a variety of people in organizations who support educational evolution. We were pleased to offer a summit last June. And we’ll be providing another free summit at the end of April. So I have a soft spot for people who pull together diverse voices, and create energy and bridges instead of division. Today’s guest is just such a person, she has pulled together seven other educational change agents from varied professions around the globe. It’s going to take this kind of collaboration, and the radical responsibility of all of us to make learning work for every learner. listen in to this new paradigm for education.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 2:10
Hi, Monique, it is so good to have you.

Monique Sayers 2:14
Thank you so much for having me on your show today. Such an honor.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 2:18
Absolutely. And listeners today I’m chatting with Monique Sayers, one of the eight educators, parents and psychologists, who is the author of a new paradigm for education. This collection of stories, resources and insights is a must read for educators, parents, and mentors. So Monique, let me start with you. How did you become involved in this journey of school transformation.

Unknown Speaker 2:47
So for me was actually a calling I, I’ve always been an educator and a teacher. And I’ve always wanted to, you know, help the world. And so I’ve spent, you know, my life in connection with children all around the world. But this was a much deeper calling just last year, I actually, I do a lot of meditation. So I just asked my highest self, well, what else can I do? Like how else can I serve the world, it’s going to be big, and it’s really going to be helpful for humanity. And what came through was this vision, much greater than me the new paradigm of education. And it was so great. I didn’t know what to do with it. At first, I was like, What am I supposed to do with this? This is the face of education changing? Like, why have I been given this role? And what then came through was okay, well, it’s a collaborative field. So you’re not alone. It’s a place where all wisdom is to be shared, you know, all types of people. And the first image I had was a circle. And in the meditation, I saw a circle. And I don’t know if your listeners do much meditation or not. But for me, whenever I feel into different symbols, I trust that that’s exactly what I need from the higher consciousness. And so the circle to me represented a new paradigm field where children, students, parents, changemakers, anybody who cares about education that cares about children would all hold hands together and make a change, because what I’ve actually seen in education is everybody cares deeply. But it’s been very segregated in approach. You know, there’s always been the homeschoolers, the non schoolers, the, I don’t know, all different types of fields, but it has never been this whole big face. And I feel it’s a place of taking radical responsibility as well, because parents to also, you know, fully acknowledge themselves as educators is a massive thing as well. So I wanted to be able to incorporate all of that energy into what became a book and what has now become a greater vision for humanity. So that’s how it came about.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 4:53
I have it and and radical responsibility. I’m a part of this act of collective action. I in specific working with education reimagine they talk all the time about school is 24/7. It’s community. It’s everybody, it’s everywhere. And until we get to a place where we are passing, oh, yeah, schooling is nine to three in this box building, they take care of it until we say no, we are all mentors, we are all a part of this, we’re stuck, we’re stuck in something so limited and artificial, so good for you. For breathing into it for not running away in terror. You know, and, and from creating that circle, and then the book that’s, that’s a lot money.

Unknown Speaker 5:46
It was a lot, and it still is a lot, there’s still so much more. I see. And I see, especially now with it’s happening before our eyes, actually, you know, is the pandemic and with everything else that’s happened, the the face of education has changed as we know it. And what are we going to do with that? Is that is the biggest question, you know, are we going to be rising for the highest good, are we going to be making radical changes that everybody’s been talking about for years, but never fully stepped into? And I, I just actually love that about what’s happened with the pandemic is that you’re now seeing a real shift from the industrialized revolution into Wow, incredible different types of schools, like whatever you want to call the word school, you know, whatever that is, whatever education is, it’s, it’s remarkable. Yes,

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 6:33
I completely agree in that industrial model. I have been wanting to do a TED talk for a while. And I finally did a TEDx last summer. And it’s like, people have talked about the industrial the dead model Come on. So I had to step it up. Because I’m passionate about it, like you are into Come on, let’s get out of our silos, as you said, like, I’m worried about this. And you guys aren’t, too what’s our common we all have this common sense that our learners need to be prepared to thrive. And it’s up to all of us. And that brings me to looking at your LinkedIn statement, you talk about your passion is supporting children, teens to become the next generation of changemakers, through education and transformational courses. And I’m just wondering, because that just like gave me chills, it’s so big. How did the eight of you find each other as kindred spirits for your book?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 7:25
Again, that comes back to the book was coming through? What do we call it pure wisdom. So it was a calling that came came through my body came through my soul and my spirit. And I’m not afraid to share that because I know in education, there’s always been this kind of maybe woowoo talk and people are like, what is this woman saying, but you know what, I’m actually here to change that within education, because education has been stuck in this kind of mental paradigm. And we know that for sure that education is much greater than that. It’s the heart. It’s the body, it’s the mind, it’s the spirit. So the whole book was actually created with that standpoint of it not just being bearish through empirical research, which is what education has done for us. It’s like, you go to university, well, you go there to study to regurgitate what somebody else has shared. So that was it was actually debunking all of that and doing the opposite of that. So when I was calling forth, the people that were coming in, I basically just said, within the energy of what I could see and feel, was needed to serve humanity at the highest good. I would talk with somebody and I would ask myself, Is this person wanting to share something that’s going to be solving this puzzle? Humanity? Yeah, it was only later on. Once I placed everybody I realized, well, look, what I’ve coded according all these different authors from all these different fields. You know, I had somebody from the ESL world, I had somebody who was a homeschooler, I had somebody who was an unschool, or somebody who was a school psychologist, somebody who was an intuitive mom, I had myself kind of maybe a mirror of each of these different aspects. And I was really just blown away with how well we how well we collaborated. And so it wasn’t like I needed to actually do anything. It all just came through effortlessly, because I was so centered in my vision and what in what was needed. And it wasn’t about me, this was really nothing to do with me. It was a vision that was huge. So that’s how it came.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 9:20
Wow. Well, and you know, I struggle with that same woowoo conundrum. And it has taken me forever to get really comfortable throwing around this four letter word in education. And and we are all about love and like talk about that making me just like, Oh dear, oh dear, that’s not empirical. That’s but you know, when kids feel safe when they feel loved, and when there’s trust so much amazing learning happens, and I’ve used so many synonyms over the years, you know, and, and it’s like, no, it’s it’s truly love. But even having said that out loud to you, it’s like, oh, ooh, that’s whoo whoo in a world of professionals and and But it it really, you know, and you know what if it was good enough or good enough word for Martin Luther King, Jr. You know, it’s good enough for me. I just need to get over my mental constructs.

Unknown Speaker 10:12
Totally. And I feel like the world is already moving into that anyway, like there’s been a paradigm shift globally. Like it’s not just in education, I feel like it’s in all fields in businesses, like you’re seeing different business leaders suddenly talking about, you know, rising and stepping into love and power. And it’s almost like, part of our mental health and part of our daily practice must encompass that. And if we’re not encompassing that, then who are we so I feel like all of that is the old paradigm, we can sweep that away immediately, and just just just rise up into that new paradigm as we speak, right?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 10:42
Absolutely. So tell our listeners, what have you all created?

Unknown Speaker 10:48
Yeah. So we created the book, which is the vision for humanity, a new paradigm of education. And we basically just went into our educational stories. And I guess they were debunking what happened in the past and healing the wounds of that. And then within the book, I asked 14 Different stimulating questions to each of the educators to unfold or unpack what we could create in a new paradigm. And what actually came through as a solution for those even though they’re all slightly different in answer, it basically all came back to mindfulness and came back to being able to first do our own work, in terms of us being able to do that. And then if we’re able to do our own work, then of course, we can then serve our students better, we can listen to our students better, we can help them rise up into these changemakers of who they need to be, we can sit back and listen to them. And I was just blown away by out of the eight of us, like just how similar our answers were in our own flavors. And since then, I’ve also been creating a podcast. And I’ve been asking similar kind of questions on the podcast. And it’s, again, everybody’s just saying the same thing. Everybody’s wanting this change. And it’s just a matter of a soul stepping into it, you know?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 12:03
Yes. And what do you what are the eight of you see as the biggest struggles or roadblocks to stepping into this educational change?

Unknown Speaker 12:13
I think it’s what you were just sharing a moment ago, I think it’s the ego. And I also think it’s the systems behind the egos because the systems are still controlled by people. And it’s a matter of everybody being able to want to make a change and break free of these systems that are causing stuckness. And I think that that has actually already started to happen naturally, as I said, through the pandemic, where systems actually just stopped completely, and everybody had to start to find new pathways. And it’s been phenomenal what people have been doing, everybody’s got the power, everybody’s stepping into their natural gifts, their natural talents, what they’ve come here to do on this earth, and it actually really excites me a lot.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 12:50
Yes, I agree. I think we have been flattened, which is no fun. But there’s this incredible capacity. Now in what we rebuild and using 2020 two’s resources, instead of using the assembly line resources of the late 1800s. What could it look like? So what is it that the Chinese symbol of crisis is both danger and opportunity? I don’t know if that’s a myth or a true but I’ve heard that before. And like, yeah, it’s dangerous. We could be losing a whole generation of learners with this pandemic, but the opportunity to rethink and we don’t, we get on our hamster wheel and do more of the same. And we’re being forced to rethink and parents, as they’ve dealt with kids and learning and lockdown are much more consumers and much more looking at the system from the inside now. And businesses I think I think it’s the right time, even though it’s super painful. So a question How might others formed collectives to create more synergy toward meaningful learning, because what you’ve done is saying we’re stronger together. And there are so many silos and you’re right, we get kind of comfortable in our own common zone. So how can others be about forming collectives?

Unknown Speaker 14:15
I think it’s a natural, I think it’s very, very essential for us to form a collective because we’re not made to do things alone. And I just feel like everybody has a gift or a genius aspect of themselves that they can share. And together, we can rise through that. There’s no need for a competition. The old paradigm of education is about competition where oh my gosh, if she has that, I can’t have that. Or if she he comes first, then I will come second. And there’s almost being people kind of stepping back from what is their truth in maybe in a fear of not being able to push forward. So I really feel collaboration starts with you, wanting to use your own gift and to share that with you to others and for the others to be able to receive that gift without them having a preconceived idea of what they need from you. Because it’s not about need. A new paradigm has nothing to do with need. It’s about evolution. And it’s about people wanting to rise together. And from that energy, anything is possible. Really.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 15:18
I love it. In fact, evolution is a word I resonate with. Yes. Yeah. And truly, it is about letting go of competition. I’m a part of a network in the Seattle area of small schools and like, there are enough kids looking for different options to go around. So we throw things out like, Hey, guys, does anybody have a part time Spanish teacher? Hey, guys, how are you doing this in HR? And it’s like, Yes, we all want to rise. And if we’re not the right fit for a kid, I’m super happy to say, Oh, check out new horizons school, they do some amazing stuff. So I think we have to all focus on our common goal of learners thriving and having so much agency that we’re not worried about, oh, do I get this kid or you get that kid, you know, not worried about little quantifiable pieces that are artificial?

Unknown Speaker 16:10
I agree with you the whole book was written around what is for the highest good of students. And that is that is the goal of the book. So we take away ourselves from the picture, and we placed in there what is for their highest good, it’s just exactly what you’ve shared. Exactly. Thank you for bringing that.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 16:29
Oh, I love that big question. Yeah, boy, that takes egos that takes structures that takes everything out of the picture. And it also takes a formula out of the picture, because the highest good for student x is going to be very different than the highest good for student why? And how can we unpack and make it both? And,

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 16:51
exactly. And that’s why there’s no formula in the book, because there’s been a lot of models in education written. And when I was writing the book, I just kept seeing formless shapes. And I just knew that there was no way of actually creating one set model because that’s already been done. And so this energy is evolutionary, it’s it’s ever evolving. So one moment, I may say the new paradigm of education is this. But then tomorrow, I might wake up and say, Actually, it’s this. And that’s what it is. It’s having that. That intuition of being able to walk walk on path with the vision of helping humanity, whatever that takes.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 17:26
Absolutely, yes, our microscope just added internships this year, so kids could have some real life experience before they blindly often choose what they want to do after high school, I’m going to go to the college my cousin went to why, you know, what are you studying? What do you know about what you think? And some of our seniors have said, Yes, I want to go out and work in the community on Wednesdays, or experiential day. And other seniors, like, you know, there’s enough going on in my life, I just want to do the activities the school has planned. And that one size fits all never fits all. So I’m completely with you formulas aren’t going to get us there structures. Yes, we all need to feel safe. And it can’t just be random, everything we and parents need to know kids are safe at our school during these hours. So it’s not like a free for all. But it’s not this restrictive. Every kid has to be identical, like widgets. So you have my buy in completely.

Unknown Speaker 18:22
Yeah, it’s all around that as well. And a lot of the authors were sharing that as well, that it’s just we already Oh, no these that grading doesn’t work. And that it doesn’t work to place the child in a certain curriculum, when actually they they’re not suited to that curriculum. They’re not understanding they’re not thriving. And then that would then be causing maybe some anxiety. And from that moment, of course, people are not going to be able to learn or the child is not going to be learned when they’re feeling anxious, which is why I’m going to just take a step back and say, That’s why it all came back to mindfulness. Because at the end of the day, everything that wasn’t working came back to will, how can we then send to the child center ourselves? Start again? And Austin, what do you need for your highest good? And that is education.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 19:02
Yeah, definitely. And the times that I react instead of respond, I have not been being mindful and just taking that moment to breath to breathe and to know Wait, I have a choice. I don’t have a choice, necessarily a situation. But I always have a choice in how I respond if I take that space. So yeah, mindfulness is such a gift, and a discipline and a muscle to to develop. So it has a place in education, and we haven’t honored that as much as we need to moving forward.

Unknown Speaker 19:36
Yes, and I believe also it does help learning as well. So it just makes so much more sense to do it. Like here we are, you know, on a treadmill, trying our best to get our students to learn in a certain way. And it’s like, but what about this other way that just works? It’s scientifically proven. And what why wouldn’t we be doing that every day when that’s the actual thing that you can learn faster with it just and you’re happy? There’s just so many benefits to it. I could go on all day about it, actually. But

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 20:02
absolutely, yeah. I’m curious, what is next for you and your collaborative in terms of taking this a step further and shifting this paradigm?

Unknown Speaker 20:16
Thank you for asking me so much. So when the new paradigm of education was created, it came as a place of wisdom through my body through through deep meditation. And so it wasn’t like I was there thinking what is next? What is next. So at the moment, I can feel energy, I can feel movement around the earth of new skulls appearing around me. And so I feel like in terms of what was created in the book is already happening in the world, everything that we should there, it’s already happening. So I’m actually sitting now in my own self and asking, Well, what is next. And I know that when that comes through that it’s going to come through 100%, like it did for the book. And from that moment, I will take action. And to me that actually represents what is a new paradigm, it’s not sitting on a treadmill, and just like, Okay, I must keep going, I must keep going, I must keep going. There’s this beauty in pausing. And then from that place of pause comes the next. So I know a lot of the other authors have already started creating some beautiful offerings for schools and for helping the children. And I’m still I’m still currently teaching, and I’m opening up different pathways to collaborate with other educators. And I also feel that my mission will be to call in more mindfulness in education, I’m still allowing that to completely unfolds exactly what Yes, yeah.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 21:34
I think that’s brilliant. And, you know, I know that’s when my micro school got started, I had to sit in the discomfort of my daughter’s trying six or seven different high school models, when we came back from international schools, and having so much misery and just, I had to be present to that discomfort and help them get through and just let it kind of move for a while. And then it’s like, okay, I’m a school leader, what am I willing to do differently so that other kids maybe don’t have that experience? It wasn’t like, Oh, this is my 20 year life plan. And the next step is this. It was like discomfort. It was that gritty, little piece of sand in the clamshell, and it took time to develop our wanky little pearl of a micro school. But I think that there’s so much wisdom in just being with the possibilities and seeing what emerges, what resources come our way. And parents have been a huge resource for our micro school and dynamic teachers. So I really honor you for listening to that inner wisdom in a world that wants all of these formulas and timelines.

Unknown Speaker 22:40
Yes, thank you so much. And I trust to know that it’s going to be big, because what came through me was massive. So maybe it’s my body needing to rest and restore ready for the next step to come, which I’m there for to serve, whatever it is,

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 22:54
love. And I want to shift to getting to know a little bit more about you as a person. So I have a section of the podcast that is called turbo time. So I’m just gonna rapid fire so that our listeners can learn more about you. So first question, what’s the last book you read?

Unknown Speaker 23:13
The last book I read is called the human reinvention formula by Mia Munroe. Do you want to know more about it? Or just the words of it?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 23:19
No, give us a little bit about it.

Monique Sayers 23:22
Okay, so she’s an amazing coach who’s actually debunking the system as well in a new paradigm way within the field of humans. So it’s a formula made to basically rebirth us in a new way and make ourselves radically different. And actually, it’s through working with her that the new paradigm was created because her energy and her mission was aligned with mine and I downloaded in a session with her and I felt to honor her in this podcast.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 23:48
I love that and I love that we never do anything alone. I I had a vision of a little handbook on how to start a micro school or school within a school board, right board president apparent on our, on our, in our communities, like I will be your contributing editor. Let’s get this done in two months and over our summer break. So we really don’t have to go it alone. And I don’t know how it is for you. But in the US, there’s this rugged individualism and pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. And so we’re a culture that really, lets ego and pride drive who we are in our national identity. IQ.

Unknown Speaker 24:26
Yeah, 100% agree with you. And that’s the old paradigm. It doesn’t work anymore. It’s a struggle. We don’t need to struggle just it just doesn’t work. It’s there’s so many easier ways if we just allow ourselves to allow people to help each other and rise together.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 24:40
Yes. How about two inspirational folks you’d love to meet?

Unknown Speaker 24:46
I would love to meet all the Enlightened Masters of the world because I really believe that that is the way to change the world in terms of our happiness and our consciousness. And I’d love to meet Shri prodigy and Shri Krishna Ji at the ECAM University where I have studied A lot of different types of meditation and it has changed my life forever.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 25:04
You are going to have to shoot me an email. So I can add that into our show notes because I got the free part down. But the rest I’m going to need because I love knowing all the sources in the show notes. Yeah, you?

Monique Sayers 25:16
Yes.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 25:17
How about a TED Talk that inspires you.

Unknown Speaker 25:20
So they took the TED Talk that inspires me is actually by the woman I just shared, who I would love to meet repeatedly. She is a phenomenal spiritual leader and entrepreneur, she’s changed the lives of 1000s of people around the world, including myself and her partner, Krishna Ji has made massive change for the youth of the world as well. And he’s got his own different youth programs. And I actually refer to them in our book, the new paradigm of education. And so she has a beautiful TED Talk, which is called How to End stress, unhappiness and anxiety to live in a beautiful state. Why not at all back to a thing, there’s two states there’s a beautiful state or there’s an anxious state, which are you?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 26:01
Oh, yes, that answer, I would like to say is pretty much always a beautiful state, but boy boy can be back and forth for me.

Monique Sayers 26:10
Exactly. And it’s what was what we need, right?

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 26:12
Yes, it is. How about what’s the biggest thing you wish folks knew about collaborating for educational change,

Unknown Speaker 26:22
to be able to listen to other people and to honor each person’s gift rather than walking into a scenario or a team situation and meeting and having an expectation, because you may be surprised, you may be just surprised with what you’re receiving. And it could just totally change the path or direction or give us different types of solution that you’ve never imagined just by simply listening to somebody taking off your hat them taking off their hats, whatever that is, there’s preconceived hats and listening.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 26:51
I love it. What is a favorite thing or fun fact about your international and diverse collaborating?

Unknown Speaker 27:03
That it was created through inner wisdom that it was created through the fifth dimension, and that not many people would honor or talk about the fifth dimension or meditation. But for me, actually, the book was written when I was surfing, the book was written when I was in the forest, I had all the ideas coming through and then I’d go home and I’d type it up on my computer. It was so easy. Writing can be easy, honestly. Allowing yourself to play and have fun and just allow the creation to happen through you rather than forcing it. And that was the new paradigm.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 27:32
Yes. And being in that flow state. There’s so much out there about the neuro dynamics of that and I forget which big fitness company is like located right by surfing so if you I forget if it’s North Face or wet, but they can go out and surf and this and that, because being in that flow state makes it so easy. We don’t have to struggle as you mentioned before. Yes, yes, yes. And Monique, before partying? I always like to ask for a magic wand comment. So you if you were handed a magic wand, and could use it to create this new paradigm of education, what would you wish for?

Unknown Speaker 28:16
I’d wish for everybody in the world to be happy. Because happiness is the key to absolutely everything that you desire. You will be able to be educated easily you’ll be healthy, you’ll be joyous. You’ll have money, all the dreams will be met through happiness.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 28:31
Yes. What a wonderful note to end on money. Thank you so much for being our guest today.

Monique Sayers 28:40
Thank you so much. It was so much fun.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 28:50
Wow, it moves me when people talk about a calling that is bigger than themselves. The courage it takes to listen and respond is inspirational. Monique is doing just that. We need much more mindfulness in our schools and our world, and she is helping make it happen. Mindfulness is not a concept that should be disregarded as woowoo and ineffective. As Kristin Miller of the Heart Project shared in Episode 42, which I’ll put in our show notes. Adding mindfulness is a regular part of the school day. And and not only cares for our youth, but improves their academic results. I know on a personal level, I’m appreciating using the 10% happier app to create more mindfulness in my life on a daily basis. I need to be walking the talk. Money definitely shares resources that are new to me, and they will be in the show notes so that we can all learn more about Enlightened Masters who have inspired her and Monique’s magic wand wish is simple, but not easy for everyone to be happy. What a lovely concept. How might you increase your happiness? And also be a source of happiness for a learner in your life today? Definitely a question that I will ponder. Thank you so much for being a part of the education, evolution

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 30:34
I know how challenging it is to make changes inside your own school or community. I spent years traveling working with schools around the world on creating learner centered programs. And it always struck me on how much schools were able to get that with the right tools and guidance. If you’re ready to make changes like this in your school, or to start a new school, let’s talk and put together an action plan. Visit education evolution.org forward slash consult for a free 15 minute call. And let’s see if we’re a good fit for more work together.

Maureen O’Shaughnessy 31:18
Education evolution listeners, you are the ones to ensure we create classrooms where each student is seen, heard, valued and thriving. We need you Let’s go out and reach every student today. Leaving a rating and review for this podcast lets others know that you find it a value and it gets in the earbuds of more educational leaders like you. Thank you listeners signing off. This is Maureen O’Shaughnessy, your partner in boldly reimagining education

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