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Welcome to your first monthly GIFTLearning Newsletter!

We have the capacity to author our own lives from a place of resourcefulness, creativity, and possibility.
Welcome to our new look as we transform into our newer identity!

Welcome to the new newsletter from the Graduate Institute for Transformative Learning, or GIFTLearning! You may have known us in our earlier identity, the SelfDesign Graduate Institute (SDGI). In this launch of our new newsletter, you can read about our transition to GIFTLearning, read our latest online articles, and (re-)acquaint yourselves with some of our outstanding faculty. Self-authored learning. It really is a gift!

Remember to follow us on our NEW Facebook page, and our NEW Twitter page, where we will always be posting the latest. You can also visit us on Youtube.

Featured Articles

Emerging as Graduate Institute for Transformative Learning

On becoming GIFTLearning You may have heard about SelfDesign® Graduate Institute (SDGI), a post-modern graduate institute first authorized in 2011. The initial goal of SDGI was to unfold the adult learner's inner genius through a self-authored masters degree program, and facilitate their becoming educational mentors for home-schooled K-12 learners in British Columbia, Canada. Just as the M.A. graduates have grown, …
Emerging as Graduate Institute for Transformative Learning

Tour our new online space at this Free Virtual Open House

Tour our new online space at this Free Virtual Open House
Have you considered returning to school, but don’t want to be stuck in a desk listening to lectures? Are you an educator looking for a holistic graduate school experience? Do you desire an educational environment where your life experiences are validated and your insight is valuable? Do you crave real conversations and want to be challenged to become a more …

Meet Your Mentors

The following three spotlight mentors are presenting at the AERO Conference happening on June 26 - 31. Also presenting will be Renee Beth Poindexter (Chair, Transformative Learning Foundation), Paul Freedman (President), Laurel Tien (Dean designate), Milt Markewitz, Ba Luvmour and Abbie Wellington.
Peter Berg

Peter Berg

Walden University, Ed.D. 2013
Main Interests:
Educational leadership, holistic health, alternative schools
Fleurette Sweeney

Fleurette Sweeney

University of British Columbia, Ph.D. (Education), 2002
Main Interests:
Education and learning, the effect of social play and movement on learning, the connection between singing and speaking, economy of place as antidote to globalization, inter-cultural relations
Josette Luvmour

Josette Luvmour

Fielding Graduate University. M.A. Human Development. 2006. Arnold Fletcher Award for exceptional achievement in academic learning, and achievement as a self-directed learner.
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Virtual Open House

We offer monthly virtual tours, hosted on the third Sunday of every month. Learn how GIFTLearning can assist you in an experiential journey where you design your higher education, where your wisdom and your experience truly matters.

We'd like to invite you to our GIFT-L Virtual Open House on the third Sunday of every month, at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time.

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Cafe Conversation

GIFTLearning Cafe Conversations are an opportunity to learn more about our community as well as experience what learning in our MA program feels like. Engage in dialogue with our Faculty, Alumni and current Learners about Transformative learning.

Samples of previous conversations are on our new Youtube channel.

Our Cafe Conversations take place on the fourth Sunday of every month, at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Pacific Time.

June's Calendar

  • June 16: Join us for our free Virtual Open House to learn more about what we have to offer; details and registration information below.
  • June 23: Grab a cuppa coffee and join us for our free Cafe Conversation and hear from our mentors, faculty and graduate students; details and registration information below.
  • June 26: Look for us at the AERO Conference 2019, where several of our faculty mentors will be presenting (see the Meet Your Mentors section above for the list).

Quote of the week

Be a lamp to yourself. Be your own confidence. Hold on to the truth within yourself as to the only truth.

Buddha
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