Women’s History Month is here and #We’reStillClimbing….

This article is part of a series of posts from National Life’s Women’s Inclusion Network. WIN is a concentration of bright and forward-thinking women (and men!) who collaborate on the leadership development, diversification, and empowerment of National Life’s female field affiliates and home office employees.

In January 2021, as Kamala Harris took the oath of office, another glass ceiling was shattered in our country’s history. As the first Woman, first Black American and first South Asian America to be Vice President of the United States, Kamala has lived empowered by the words her late mother, Shyamala Gopalan imparted on her as a young girl:

“Kamala, you may be the first to do many things, but make sure you are not the last.”

If we lean into a theme for Women’s History Month this year, perhaps we can take note from Gopalan’s imparted wisdom. As a collective of Servant Leaders, let’s challenge each other to continue the work to pave a way for progress and help foster a path for others to do the same.

#TogetherWeWIN #BeTheChange #Dogood #Begood #Makegood


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Black History Month was initially conceived by Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, who hoped to raise awareness of Black people’s contributions to civilizations.  The first celebration was held in February 1926 to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.  Negro History Week later became African American History Month when our nation celebrated its bicentennial. 


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Imagine A Day Without Black History

I’ve always been told that “you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.”  As we embark on another February celebration of Black History, my first urge is that we don’t forget about the past when March hits.  Black History is all around us from January to December, so let’s take this time to reflect on how life would be if this weren’t the case. (more…)

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Lessons from LifeChangers: Using Technology in the Classroom

This is part of a series of posts from nominees for our LifeChanger of the Year educator recognition program. We meet scores of fascinating LifeChangers every year who have interesting perspectives to share about children, education and life.

The LifeChanger of the Year program recently invited some of us who are nominees for the annual reward to write an essay about how we use technology in the classroom. I initially thought that was beyond my skill set. But I challenged myself to offer my thoughts with the hope that other educators will gain an idea or two about how and when to use technology. Or maybe these thoughts will cause you to step back and think about how you approach technology in your classroom in these very difficult times.


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