Education

The work that I do in education (both as an educator and as a consultant) is focused on deepening self-awareness, broadening empathy, and cultivating personal development. I want learners and educators to ask foundational questions and pursue meaningful answers (including about education itself). Personalized, whole-person learning is both deeper and more challenging than most people are used to. The discovery of unique paths and purposes is illuminating but also uncomfortable (and these two, necessarily, go together). And yet, when the right blend of challenge and discovery can be found — and that blend is unique for each one of us — education becomes an authentic search for knowledge, wisdom, and personal connection. I support learners and educators in that search and encourage them to follow it — wherever it may lead.

Education and the Unhappy Family

Changing education is like doing family therapy

June 19, 2021, 2:16 a.m. • Ross Laird

Counselling is my primary career, the practice to which I am most devoted and for which I have the longest, deepest experience. Counseling will always be my primary vocation. But I am also an edu...


Intelligence of the Heart

Education as Personal Development

June 18, 2021, 8:27 p.m. • Ross Laird

I spend a great deal of time with two kinds of people: teachers and students. In some ways, these two groups are at opposite ends of the continuum of learning. Sure, teachers and students co-crea...


Creativity and the True Teacher

On Teaching, Learning, and Leading

June 18, 2021, 11:05 p.m. • Ross Laird

I stand in the dark, watching the lighted lamps pass. Lantern-bearers follow one another upon the spiraling path. They glide through the darkness, almost silent, their faces dimly lit by the glow...


Lamplighters

Finding My Way through Educational Culture

June 18, 2021, 8:58 p.m. • Ross Laird

On the first day of the semester I come across one of my students huddled in her car, shivering, crippled by panic. Later that morning, another student begins to cry as I walk with her toward the...


Taking Learning Outside

Our Heritage in the Natural World

June 18, 2021, 11:18 p.m. • Ross Laird

We meander up the gravel path, through the evergreens, between the stands of alder. The shoulder of the hill rises toward the plateau, and we can see that soon we will emerge from the forest. We ...


On Developing Knowledge

Building Capacity, Exploring the Edges of Knowledge, and Finding Ways Forward

June 25, 2021, 12:57 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the first of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts two and three to read the com...


Skills for Working with People

Integrating Academic Knowledge with Personal and Community Development

June 25, 2021, 1:06 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the second of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts one and three for the full s...


Skills for Working on Yourself

The Inward Journey as an Educational Pathway

June 25, 2021, 1:11 p.m. • Ross Laird

This page is the third of three resources that focus on contemporary research and philosophy for developing more human (and humane) forms of education. See parts one and two for the full set....