One of the most powerful benefits to having a strong Professional Learning Network (PLN) is how they can push you to do the work you must do, the work that makes you open and vulnerable, even when you think you don’t have time.

Why we do what we do is an essential question educators must ask themselves, and be ready to answer honestly.  My “why” has changed over the years, and while I have been aware of the changes, I haven’t purposefully revisited it for awhile.

Thanks to Sue Dunlop for pushing us to articulate our “why” before this school year begins, and to the many educators who have responded, including Heather Theijsmeijer, Stacey Wallwin, and Aviva Dunsiger.


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What is Your WHY?

I believe that every child, regardless of geography & parental circumstance, has the fundamental right to an education that empowers that child to realize his or her best possible, most richly imagined future, an education that uncovers and develops gifts while expanding horizons and possibilities.

It’s a very personal “why”.

It’s also a very simple “why”.

My favourite line from Simon Sinek’s (TEDxPugetSound) talk “Start With Why” is this:

“It’s those who start with why who inspire others, and who find others who inspire them”.

I have been fortunate to be surrounded by inspirational colleagues for several decades.

As I begin a new leadership opportunity, starting with my why could be the most important first step.


What is your Why? And yes, it’s good enough! This is not an evaluative culture, it’s a learning culture, and we learn when we share and have conversations.

I challenge you to share it with the world: #WhatIsYourWhy

Featured Image:

Ken Treloar

2 thoughts on “#WhatIsYourWHY

  1. Donna, as I tweeted to you, I absolutely love your “why,” for again, it focuses on the kids. I wonder how many people’s “why” ties directly to students.

    What I find really interesting both in this post and in your tweet is the fear with putting ourselves out there. It can be scary. Is it this same fear that stops people from blogging? I love how you encourage people to share without the worry of being judged. I hope this encouragement works. To really hear more diverse voices in education, we need more of this sharing. How do we get this to happen? (This part of the comment isn’t directly tied to your post, but your post inspired this thinking of mine. Thank you!)


  2. A really good question and one that we all need to take time and reflect on our why. I do believe as you stated that our why changes. I the past few years my why has been so much more focused on the voice of the student. I was always here for the students but I find myself wanting to be more in tune with student voice/need. A strong belief in the essential need to build relationships with students in your building! Thanks for the blog and challenging us to think about our “why “

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