Blog Month: February 2019

High 5 Challenge Course Stories

Making Peace the High 5 Way: Iraq & USA By Jim Grout (Blog Archive 2010 with Photos from 2018) Preface – A popular word every holiday season is Peace. And while World Peace may be a lofty goal, I’m reminded how achievable it is when I experience our programs each and every day throughout the year. […]




School Culture Thrives

Positive School Culture Thrives When Relationships Abound – By Jim Grout I had an “Ah Ha” moment when I read a recent article titled What Makes a Good School Culture? It is written by Harvard’s Leah Shafer and published under the column Usable Knowledge, Relevant research for today’s educators. (https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/18/07/what-makes-good-school-culture)  I encourage you to click […]




Ubuntu Cards – The Backstory

Ubuntu Cards – Q & A with Ryan McCormick What inspired you to create Ubuntu Cards in 2011? Both Chris Ortiz and I love the “I Spy Books” – I’d say that was a primary catalyst of inspiration for Ubuntu.  By using random objects in combination with fun activities, we wanted to invite people to connect, […]




Social Emotional Learning

What The World Needs Now…  And What Schools Can Provide By Jim Grout What does it take to educate a child today, to equip them with diverse skills and inner motivation to learn and make their mark in the world?  The short answer is, it takes a lot. A more comprehensive answer to those daunting […]