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Introduction: Making a Difference
Introduction: Making a difference

[Your calling to purpose] is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.

—Frederick Buechner (1973)

I felt a deep, clear calling to the vocation of teaching. It felt attached to my own life’s purpose, directing me when I made a career change from the corporate arena to education. The larger world seemed to be calling out to me with the message. Making a difference is the reason I chose to teach. It could be the reason you did, too. Not only to “do no harm,” but actually to promote something good and of value. We want to make a positive difference—in the lives of our students, colleagues, teams, our personal lives, society, and beyond. Sometimes, ...

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