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Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

Date: 5:00pm PDT June 26 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center, 38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy Corbett, OR

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

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. 

Past participants have said…

“In Courage to Lead…we learned more about ourselves and why we do the hard work that we do with passion and excellence. Courage to Lead taught us how to connect who we are with the work that we do. 

It was about discovering our identity, showcasing our integrity and participating in deep self reflection. These powerful components of solid leadership helped us design a shared vision for the future of our school district.”
–Karen Gray, Superintendent, Parkrose School District

“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

Spring/Summer Session Details & Registration

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, March 2-5, 2016 Sunday-Tuesday, June 26-28, 2016 (this retreat session is full)

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

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

December Location: Alton L. Collins Retreat Center, 32867 OR-211, Eagle Creek, OR

Facilitators: Dawn Montgomery, Ed.D., Sherri Carreker, M.Ed., Kevin Bacon

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). Please contact Dawn Montgomery for more details at

The current tuition rate is $779 per semester hour plus $250 per retreat for food and lodging. Tuition rates are subject to change in May 2017.

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: $1,000

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 K-12 schools and many district programs and initiatives.  Besides serving as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she is an executive performance coach, an equity trainer and facilitator and she directs educational leadership licensing programs at Lewis & Clark College.

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 a Tigard-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 began facilitation training with the Center for Courage and Renewal. Sue is currently working as an administrative substitute and helping to co-facilitate Courage to Lead retreats.  


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