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Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

Date: 5:00pm PDT September 24 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR 97019

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Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR 97019

The Courage to Lead Program® for school administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, and other district administrators) is a personal and professional renewal program that meets in a retreat setting and offers school leaders time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of their leadership experiences. 

The Courage to Lead Program is designed to help leaders move beyond the “what” and “how” questions of leadership, to the “who” questions. It is rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the person.

The program offers participants the opportunity to connect with colleagues who understand the importance and complexity of their lives as school leaders. The level of support from colleagues is often mentioned by past participants as an important factor in the ways in which they are able to bring a new level of insight and energy to their work. 

“Courage to Lead is the best professional development I have had as a leader. It was life-changing.”

—Kenney Polson, Portland Public Schools

Please contact Dawn Montgomery

Retreat Cycle Details & Registration

Participants commit to attending a minimum of two consecutive retreats.

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, 2015 and Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 2015; Thursday-Saturday, March 3-5, 2016 and Sunday-Tuesday, June 26-28, 2016; Thursday-Saturday, September 22-24, 2016 and Thursday-Saturday, December 1-3, 2016

Times: Each retreat begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. 

Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR

Facilitators: Dawn Montgomery, Ed.D., Kevin Bacon, Sue Brent

Credits and Fees

Credit: Two consecutive retreats (fall/winter and/or spring/summer) can be taken for 2 semester hours of graduate-degree applicable credit (and applied to a continuing administrator license). Fall/Winter course: EDAD 642 Courage to Lead for Democracy.  Spring/Summer course: EDAD 641 Courage to Lead—Sustaining a Vision.

The cost for credit is $1,506 for each 2 semester hour course plus $150 per retreat for food and lodging. Tuition rates are subject to change in May 2016.

If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor. Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please complete the Special Student Registration form (PDF)

Noncredit: The 2016 cost is $1,200 for two retreats, or $2,300 for the complete four retreat cycle. 

Register now for 2016

About the Facilitators

Dawn Montgomery’s 32 years in K-12 education supports her service to the professional development of leaders.  Her varied work experience include elementary and middle school teacher, middle and high school vice principal, high school principal, and district office director overseeing many district programs and initiatives including: alternative education, mathematics, counseling, high school diplomas, college prep, district equity team, grading and assessment, professional learning communities, etc.  Besides serving as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she is an executive performance coach, a trainer for Uniting to Understand Racism, and a facilitator of teacher inquiry teams. 

Kevin Bacon is principal of Boise Eliot/Humboldt  School. Mr. Bacon has been an educator for 27 years. He taught social studies at Whitaker Middle School, was a student management specialist at George Middle School, became vice principal at Jefferson High School and then served as an assistant principal at aTigard-Tualatin middle school. He returned to Portland Public Schools as  Hosford’s principal in 2007, nurturing the school’s neighborhood and Mandarin immersion programs.

Sue Brent’s 35+ year career as a public school teacher and administrator includes 20 years teaching grades 1-9 as well as contracted special programs in three districts. As a school administrator Sue served15 years in Portland Public Schools. Retired from Wilson and PPS in June 2012, Sue completed facilitation training with the Center for Courage and Renewal and began co-facilitating retreats.  In addition to helping with Courage to lead retreats, Sue is currently working at Roosevelt High School assisting with the bond modernization project.  

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