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Courage to Teach 2013-2014 Retreat Cycle

Date: 5:00pm PDT April 18 Location: Oregon and Washington

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Oregon and Washington

Courage to Teach® focuses neither on teacher techniques nor on school reform; instead, it focuses on renewing something much more personal: the inner life of the teacher. 

The program is designed especially for pre-K-12 teachers, as well as others who participate in the lives of pre-K-12 students: counselors, administrators, teachers outside of the classroom. 

In large groups, small groups, and solitary settings, participants will explore “the heart of the teacher” by sharing stories from their own journeys, reflecting on classroom practice, and drawing upon the insights of poets, storytellers, and diverse cultural traditions.   

Because inner work takes time, participants in Courage to Teach are asked to commit themselves to faithful attendance at four retreats scheduled from Thursday evening through Saturday lunch between October 2013 and July 2014. 

These sessions are held at retreat centers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Between retreats, participants are offered opportunities to stay in contact with each other and to continue their inner growth. Participation is limited to 24 educators.  

We are explicitly seeking to attract novice and well as experienced teachers. Our hope is that informal mentoring relationships will form during retreats that will provide a community of support for people just coming into the education profession. 

Program Details & Registration

Dates: 4 weekend retreats, October 3-5, 2013; January 16-18, 2014; April 18-19, 2014

Time: Each retreat in the cycle meets from Thursday evening through lunch on Saturday

Facilitators: Ruth Shagoury, Ph.D., Andie Cunningham, M.A.T., Sherri Carreker, M.Ed.

Locations: October and January: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, OR; April: Lewis & Clark College

Credits: Graduate degree-applicable and continuing education credit are available

Applications will be accepted until the program is full.

Click here for more details including program fees and application (PDF)

About the Facilitators

Andie Cunningham and Ruth Shagoury coordinate the Language and Literacy Reading Endorsement Program at the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. They frequently present at both local and national conferences, often with teaching colleagues in public schools. 

Sherri Carreker started her teaching career at a kindergarten and preschool program in Berlin, Germany. She continued her teaching career in elementary, middle, and high schools within the southeast United States. For 14 years she served as principal in an elementary school and a high school within North Carolina. Currently, Sherri serves as the Director for the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). 

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