The GWT Blog

Blog Category: Professional Development

GoodWork Pilot in Radboud Academic Hospital, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

May 13, 2011

By Alexandrien van der Burgt-Franken
The Professional Pride Foundation in the Netherlands is starting to use the GoodWork Toolkit to lead sessions on GoodWork in an academic hospital. The translated GoodWork Toolkit will be used during four sessions. For these sessions, three groups of hospital employees will be selected: the junior staff, the nurses, and the heads of the different departments of the hospital, including senior doctors and educators. The first session took place in April, and the second session will start this week.

Opening of the GoodWork Hub, Netherlands

March 02, 2011

By Alexandra Gabrielli
On January 26, 2011 the Good Work Hub started its program in The Hague, Netherlands, a spot for people “who want to turn their profession into work, realizing that as such it has meaning. Whether you are a teacher, policeman, nurse, doctor or social worker, you contribute a building block to our society, development and civilization."

The New and Improved GW Toolkit

October 14, 2010

By Lynn Barendsen
This past summer, Wendy and I reworked the GoodWork Toolkit. We’re very excited by the result – and hope you will be too.

GoodWork in Nursing

March 17, 2010

By Joan Miller
My name is Joan Miller. I have been a nurse for over 35 years. I currently teach in a baccalaureate nursing program at Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA. I entered the profession with a desire to provide excellent care for my patients. I wanted to be known as a caring nurse, one willing to work hard, listen well, and show that my patients were always my top priority. I've worked hard to foster professional growth and excellence among my students. However, much to my dismay, many new graduates become disillusioned when they enter the work place.

Success in Teaching

February 26, 2010

By Wendy Fischman
Today is the second day of the Expeditionary Learning (EL) National Conference 2010, in Kansas City (where the temperature outside seems to be "warming up" to a whopping 30 degrees!). The conference has been inspiring and powerful thus far, and even more so for us on the GoodWork Project because of its focus on "good work."

"Good work. It's what we're all about."

February 25, 2010

By Lynn Barendsen

Expeditionary Learning 2010 National Conference

Wendy and I are attending the Expeditionary Learning Schools National Conference in Kansas City. An amazing group of educators, and an inspiring series of discussions. This year's focus is on good work and we're honored to be a part of it. For those of you who aren't yet familiar with Expeditionary Learning, let me tell you a little bit about it, because it's growing, it's having impact, and that impact is of exceptional quality.

A Choice with Real Value

October 27, 2009

By Kathleen Kury Farrell
Choice and opportunity are emblems of freedom. But researchers tell us that the myriad options available to us are no longer liberating but quite oppressive. Studies indicate that the number of decisions we make every day – in the cereal aisle, at the espresso stand, on our cable TVs - are literally exhausting us. Perhaps more significant is the implication that the constant stream of relatively minor decisions we make may lead us to make poorer choices across all areas of our lives.

Looking for Good Work

September 25, 2009

By Amy Quon
A year ago, I was content in California—finishing up graduate school coursework and working in educational program assessment. Based on what I hear from everyone who’s ever spent a winter in New England, I probably should have appreciated the sunshine and cool breezes back home (read: the opposite of gray skies and icy wind) a bit more.