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Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

Date: 5:00pm PST March 5 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. 

Questions? 
Please contact Sherri Carreker carreker@lclark.edu, Dawn Montgomery dawnm@lclark.edu, or Kevin Bacon kbacon@pps.k12.or.us.

Retreat Cycle Details & Registration

Participants commit to attending a minimum of two retreats.

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, March 5-7 and Sunday-Tuesday, June 28-30, 2015
Thursday-Saturday, September 24-26, 2015 and Thursday-Saturday, December 3-5, 2015

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, Sherri Carreker, M.Ed.

Credits and Fees

Credit: The March and June retreats can be taken for 2 semester hours of CAL credit (EDAD 641, Courage to Lead: Sustaining a Vision), and the September and December retreats (EDAD 642, Courage to Lead for Democracy) are offered for an additional 2 semester hours of CAL credit. 

The cost for credit is $1,456 for each 2 semester hour course plus $150 per retreat for food and lodging.

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: $1,100 for two retreats, or $2,200 for the entire cycle. If not attending the full cycle, participants must commit to attending the March and June retreats, or the September and December retreats.

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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.  She also serves as a Courage and Renewal facilitator and a trainer for Uniting to Understand Racism. 

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.

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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