Putting Soul Work Before School Work

The aim of this session is to help school leaders reflect meaningfully, unleash their imagination, and build their capacity for more effective school and community leadership as they navigate an increasingly complex future.


The last three years have been challenging and exhausting for all of us, especially educators. Now, as the urgency of the pandemic abates, it’s imperative that we reflect deeply on how we’ve changed and how we want to move forward in a moment filled with continuing challenges and amazing opportunities at the same time.
In these Soul Work sessions, Big Questions Institute co-founders Homa Tavangar and Will Richardson will help you understand what’s changing, what it means for school and education moving forward, and they’ll help you build the dispositions you need to remain energized and curious for the work ahead.

As a result of participating at this institute, attendees can expect to:

  • Understand with more clarity how the last three years have changed us as individuals and as institutions.
  • Develop a deeper sense of the powerful new and changing contexts for learning and schooling that are evolving throughout the world.
  • Develop new leadership lenses to apply to decisions about all aspects of the school experience for teachers and students.
  • Understand a “strategic design” process for thinking about a future of schools that centers more deeply on wellness, relevance, equity, and sustainability.

The sessions are free and do not require registration. School leaders will receive details on how to access the Zoom sessions from the AISA Executive Director.

Sesssion time: 13:30 – 14:30 GMT

Mon. 21 Nov. 2022 & Mon. 16 Jan. 2023
Reflect: Where have you been brave? How have you changed? What gives you hope and how do you maintain hope?

Mon. 20 Feb. & Mon. 20 Mar. 2023
Reset: What are you determined to keep or carry through the “portal” coming out of Covid and the tumult of the past three years? What will you leave behind? If rest is resistance, how do we use rest as a way to reset? What other ways do you reset?

Mon. 17 Apr. & Mon. 15 May 2023
Reinvent: In what ways might you use your imagination more regularly in your daily work? How can you begin to work and live with greater coherence between your values and actions? Dream about what school can be: What changes? What do you want to start building (or dismantling)?


  • Homa Tavangar
    Big Questions Institute

    For over three decades, Homa Sabet Tavangar’s work has addressed themes of culture, innovation, leadership, global citizenship and global competence, and deep diversity, equity, belonging and inclusion. She connects timely topics of the moment with the timeless desire to work with purpose and make a difference – whatever one’s circumstances.

    Homa is the author of widely-acclaimed Growing Up Global: Raising Children to Be At Home in the World, Global Kids, and The Global Education Toolkit for Elementary Learners.

    Homa’s clients range from Fortune 50 corporations to public, international and independent K-12 schools around the world; from an Ivy League university to Disney Channel and numerous not-for-profit public and multilateral organizations and professional associations. Co-founding the Big Questions Institute represents a natural extension of her work, especially during a time of unprecedented global challenges.

  • Will Richardson
    Big Questions Institute

    A former public school educator of 22 years, Will has spent the last 15 years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks, education, and systemic change.

    Most recently, Will is a co-founder of The Big Questions Institute which was created to help educators use “fearless inquiry” to make sense of this complex moment and an uncertain future.

    In addition to his focus and expertise on classroom pedagogies, learning theory, and emerging technologies and trends, his current interests include the use of Design Fiction, Speculative Design, and Regenerative Design to help schools and districts envision potential futures.

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