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Courage to Teach Sampler for PPS Teachers

Date: 4:30pm PDT January 9 PST Location: Loyola Jesuit Center, 3215 SE 45th Ave, Portland

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Loyola Jesuit Center, 3215 SE 45th Ave, Portland

Courage to Teach® retreats are designed to create a sustaining community for new teachers and the veteran educators who journey beside them in our schools. 

Rather than focusing on teacher techniques or school reform, Courage to Teach focuses on renewing something much more personal: the inner life of the teacher. 

In large groups, small groups, and solitary settings, participants 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.   

This introductory “sampler” will provide you with an opportunity to experience Courage work and perhaps consider participating in a full retreat cycle.

Past participants are saying…

“Courage to Teach has helped me to be mindful of my teaching. It is too easy to get caught up in the hubbub of schools…and not take the time or care that is needed to do the job. (Now) I’m taking time to see the child as a whole person.”

“Courage to Teach brings to education a process of reflection that acknowledges the human spirit as an essential and legitimate part of the essence of learning.”

“I am reaping a community of personal and professional voices….(and) the courage to speak my heart to my students and hope that they will begin to see themselves as a community of learners, as human beings…I am recognizing my own set of values, and they are now ever-present – not latent, tucked away behind curriculum and other non-flexible demands.”

Course Details and RSVP

Dates and Times: Thursdays, January 9 and 30, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 22, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Location: Loyola Jesuit Center, 3215 SE 45th Ave, Portland 

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

Degree-applicable credit: 1 semester hour, $500

Continuing education credit: 1 semester hour, $350

The cost of this course can be reimbursed by PPS. 

Formal registration will take place the first evening of this course, however please click here to RSVP if you will be joining us. Space is limited–RSVP no later than December 16. 

About the Facilitators

Andie Cunningham, M.A.T. and Ruth Shagoury, Ph.D. coordinate Lewis & Clark’s Language and Literacy Endorsement Program.They frequently present at local and national conferences, often with teaching colleagues in public schools. 

Sherri Carreker, M.Ed. started her teaching career in Berlin, Germany and continued teaching 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 in North Carolina. 

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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