“When I began reading Define Your Why, I was pulled in by Barbara’s personal stories. When I reached Chapter 6, “find your ikigai”, I was struck that deep personal reflection work pushes readers to think and feel in ways that expand our understanding of concepts of self and connections to others. In reading this chapter, it became evident that living inside our vulnerability is essential to growing who we are socially and emotionally. It’s an SEL curriculum for adults!”
––Dr. Pam Moran, co-author Timeless Learning and Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium of Learning
“With her trademark warmth and authenticity, Barbara shares her own personal journey that took her from ‘dental flossing to mental flossing.’ Along with the insights she has gained from forging her own path as an educator, coach, and edupreneur, Barbara will provide you with many practical tools to help you find your own ikigai (“reason for being”) and more importantly to move from “me to we” as you help your learners discover theirs.
Excerpts from interviews with a number of experts in the field (Barbara is the ultimate connector) provide a variety of rich perspectives on the topics discussed in the book. The book comes at an important time. Decades of a negative narrative have left many educators wondering why they do what they do – this book is a great way to get reoriented to the passion and commitment to equity that brought you into education in the first place. I highly recommend it, especially to educators who are just getting started in their careers.”
–– Luis F. Pérez, Technical Assistance Specialist for CAST, author of Learning on the Go, Mobile Learning for All, and Dive into UDL
“More than ever educators need to refuel their passion for teaching and learning but don’t have a plan of action. Define Your Why provides that spark to ignite even those who are burnt out. This book also goes the extra mile and provides a blueprint with inspirational stories, calls to action, and models to ensure one’s passion for teaching doesn’t extinguish.”
––Shelly Sanchez Terrell, Author: 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers and Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go Founder: #Edchat, 30Goals.com, @EdspeakersCo
“When I think about the educators who made the deepest impression in my life, wonderful memories of men and women who were passionate about teaching and who took a personal interest in my learning come to mind immediately. They had a great sense of humor and they pushed me when they knew they could but were there to never let me fail. In reading Barbara Bray’s book, Define Your Why, I have finally realized why these educators were so impressionable. Barbara shares her insightful journey through her childhood and adult learning and through that reflection, creates opportunities for you personally to dig deep into who you are and to then challenge you to bring it into your classroom strategies. That’s it! This is what made my most memorable teachers such a gift in my life!
Barbara creates your backpack for this journey allowing you to pack it with your particular assets and talents and allows you to be open to those things that challenge you. The many activities she describes are engaging for both you and your students to Define their Why. From there, the journey through designing personalized learning experiences is at your fingertips. You will grow as an educator from your teacher-centered/directed instructional strategies to a teacher who embraces the growth of the journey in moving to student-centered and directed learning. I know you will find Define Your Why will be inspirational, educational, and a wealth of new knowledge about yourself and your learners.”
––Rose Colby, Competency-based consultant, author of Architecture for K-12 Education, 2Revolutions Fellow, speaker
“Barbara Bray is as wonderful a storyteller in writing as she is in person. This book will inspire readers to discover their why.”
––Nancy Weinstein, founder MindPrint Learning, and co-author The Empowered Student
“If you are struggling to discover your WHY, you must read Barbara Bray’s new book. Through powerful storytelling, practical advice, and personal self-discovery activities, DEFINE YOUR WHY provides the blueprint to figure out what you were put on this earth to do! Each of us deserves to live our lives with PURPOSE, and this book needs to be the start of your journey. Discover your WHY, embrace it, and share it so that others know exactly what you are bringing to the world!”
–– Rich Czyz, principal, founder of 4 O’Clock Faculty #40CF, author of The Four O’Clock Faculty and The Secret Sauce