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Continuing Education

Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

Date: June 24 Location: Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

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Menucha Retreat and Conference Center

Leading for Democracy is a Courage to Lead retreat for school administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, and other district administrators) offering the time and space to reflect and focus on how we can hold the tensions of our world, and work toward connecting, healing and changing our communities. We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from technology and the usual pace of your life in leadership.


Through writing, listening and dialogue, the retreat will focus on understanding and building the habits of the heart of democracy, adapted from Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create A Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.

At the heart of authentic leadership is the courage to be fully human, to take risks, to care deeply and to take action even in the midst of change and uncertainty. In this retreat you will join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion. This retreat offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn, experience and reflect on the critical elements or “habits of the heart” that support our democracy.
  • Build thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges.
  • Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance.
  • Engage with others holding similar questions for their lives, listening deeply and sharing our stories.
  • Learn and participate in a Clearness Committee, designed after a beautiful problem-solving model from the 1600’s.

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.

Questions? Please contact Dawn Montgomery dawnm@lclark.edu

Spring/Summer Session Details & Registration

Dates: Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3 and Sunday-Tuesday, June 24-26, 2018

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, EdD; Sherri Carreker, MEd; Kevin Bacon

Credits and Fees

Noncredit: $1,000, CEUs or PDUs available.

  • *Please note: Completed registration forms containing social security numbers and/or credit card information should not be submitted via email. If you choose to pay by credit card, please mail or fax your registration to the Center for Community Engagement, using the contact information on the right-hand side of this webpage.

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Degree Applicable Credit: A retreat session can be taken for 2 semester hours of graduate-degree applicable credit (and applied to a Professional Administrator License). The current tuition rate is $801 per semester hour plus $250 per retreat for food and lodging. Please contact Dawn Montgomery for more details at dawnm@lclark.edu.

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)

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.

Sherri Carreker has served 44 years in public education Pre-K through 12.  Her roles varied from teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal to professional development consultant. In addition to her public school experience, she worked within the Teacher Education Department, chaired the Educational Leadership Department, and directed the Center for Community Engagement at the Graduate School of Education and Counseling at Lewis and Clark College.  Currently, she serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and volunteers in the community.

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.  

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