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I teach courses and workshops focused on parenting, youth development, resilience, and addictions prevention. My work is about finding ways to build self-awareness, cultivate empathy, and develop character.
I work with organizations to develop leadership and authentic mentorship.
I help addictions treatment facilities develop innovative programming.
I work with post-secondary institutions on themes of renewal and innovation.
I help parents deal with the changing landscape of family life and culture.
I work with a wide range of individuals and groups on the interconnected themes of personal development, creativity, and mentorship.
Self-awareness is the most important skill we can develop. It is the key to effective parenting, successful careers, and life fulfillment.
Empathy is the foundation of all healthy relationships. Empathy facilitates trust, cultivates intimacy, and encourages meaningful relationships.
Character is how we act in the world toward others and toward ourselves. It arises from the integration of self-awareness and empathy.
Creativity is the source of our wisdom, the path of our greatest potential, and the route through our most difficult challenges.
Building a resilient character allows us to thrive in the midst of adversity and to help others persevere through daunting and difficult challenges.
Many people feel disconnected from deeper meaning and purpose. Exploring spirituality is one path toward greater awareness and connection.
Assisting others is the most purposeful way to deepen our empathy, utilize our self-awareness, and cultivate our character.
Our relationship with the natural world is a frequently neglected but essential part of our humanity. Nature is an exemplary teacher.
Ross has stretched and supported me far more than anyone else has in growing into my potential, and I know he has done the same for others. He gave us the opportunity to be, and to see each other, as fully human. What more could we ask for?
Ross is one of the most genuinely creative individuals I have had the pleasure of knowing. I would recommend Ross to any organization that wants an exceptional and memorable experience.
Ross imparts his wisdom with such ease and playful enthusiasm one is often surprised at just how much skill and knowledge is acquired.
Ross was a catalyst in my development to reconnect with my passion for leadership. Through his example of consistency, compassion, and intelligence, I felt empowered to take control of my education. I feel inspired by his integrity and his intense love of education, cultural understanding, and knowledge.
Based on conversations I’ve had with many students over the years, I know that I’m not alone in believing that Ross Laird has been one of the most influential people in my life.
Ross is simultaneously brilliant and humble; forceful and gentle; present and silent. He is a front line educator who is on fire and who has that rare talent for igniting the minds and hearts of every learner and colleague he encounters.
Ross is a creative genius. He uses his creativity enrich the lives of his students by showing them how they can be successful not just in school but in life.
In his classrooms I have observed students, including myself, come out of their shells, contribute with purpose and meaning to class discussion and activities, and have transformative learning experiences.
Ross is more than just an educator. Ross is a mentor, a tutor and a learner himself.
Ross Laird teaches like no other. He leads by example and is always ready to share his knowledge and wisdom. The enthusiasm that is found in and outside of the classroom with his students is phenomenal.
His experiences have given him an abundance of empathy and universal wisdom. His enthusiasm for learning is palpable and invigorating.
Ross’ teaching has inspired me to do more than I thought possible, to view challenges as opportunities for growth and exploration, and it has utterly changed how I view education.
Ross’ welcoming and caring nature helps to foster an environment whereby leaners can engage with one another on a more intimate and understanding level. Ross encourages us to push boundaries, to play, to explore, to create, and to reflect.
I have never had an educator influence me more. I have learned more in my time with Ross than in the rest of my education combined. I am a better student, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend because of my opportunity to learn from Ross.
Ross has made such a positive impact on my life, and on those of my peers. He has helped us realize that we are able of creating and walking our own paths. And for that, I am eternally grateful.
I write about themes of interest to me: personal development, education, addictions, technology, parenting, and creativity. If you like what you see, feel free to leave a comment or get in touch to continue the conversation.
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