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[Online] Leading for Sustainable Change: A Courage to Lead Retreat

Date: March 4, 2021 Location: Online


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.

Leading for Sustainable Change: A Courage to Lead Retreat offers leaders the time and space to reflect and focus on how we can hold the tensions of our world and our leadership, and work toward connecting, healing and changing ourselves and our communities. In this retreat, participants will explore social justice-centered tools and resources to build personal resilience amid the challenges they navigate as leaders, and to build plans for building sustainable changes in their organizations.

We invite you to join us in this opportunity to pause and disconnect from the fast pace and distractions of daily life and join other change-makers who dare to engage their work with presence and compassion.

The retreat will provide time and space for deep reflection, renewal, and the opportunity to:

  • Learn, experience and reflect on the critical elements or “habits of the heart” that support our democracy (from Parker Palmer’s book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create A Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit).
  • Build anti-racist leadership practices and a thoughtful understanding of your leadership challenges with sustainable change (using multiple sources, including How to be an Antiracist by Ibram Kendi)
  • Kindle your passion to lead change, resilience and resistance. (Judy Brown’s Art & Spirit of Leadership.)
  • 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.

Who should attend? Courage to Lead is open to those in leadership roles from diverse fields. Leadership can be reflected in whichever way we show up in the world through our professional, family, or community life.

Details & Retreat Format

Virtual Retreats: Thursday-Saturday, March 4-6, 2021. Retreats will be held online using the Zoom platform.

  • Thursday: 4-7 p.m. Pacific Time 
  • Friday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. & 1-4 p.m. Pacific Time
  • Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Pacific Time 

Facilitators: Kevin Bacon, MEd, Sheri Carreker, MEd, Dawn Montgomery, EdD

Noncredit (PDU): $250. Includes 12 PDUs and all program materials. Online registration will close Thursday, February 25, 2021.

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Credit: Two credit options are available for Professional Administrator License students. See below for detailed descriptions. The current tuition rate is $875 per semester hour plus $125 fee paid to the Center for Community Engagement.

If you are a current Lewis & Clark graduate student, please register through WebAdvisor. Non-Lewis & Clark students seeking degree-applicable credit, please contact Dawn Montgomery at

  • We are committed to making our events accessible to all needs and abilities. When registering, let us know your access needs. Please contact us at 503-768-6040 or with questions.

    Please note: Discounted ‘Student Rate’ registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)


Options for Credit

EDAD 641 Courage to Lead: Sustaining a Vision (Strand 1) This hybrid course begins with a retreat, Leading for Sustainable Change, a Courage to Lead retreat, and includes online content and discussions with an opportunity for participants to explore and develop a personal leadership vision, a basis for exploring the difficult dilemmas experienced in their work. Each student is responsible for developing a personal platform based on their reflection on seminar readings and the investigation of a particular issue or dilemma in their administrative work life. The participant concludes the course with a 3-5 page paper illustrating plans for resolving a work dilemma and shares it at the end of the term. The retreat and online reflections focus on practicing the generation of open and honest questions, and the use the 12 Principles from The Art and Spirit of Leadership by Judy Brown. 2 Credits

EDAD 642 Courage to Lead for Democracy (Strand 4) This hybrid course begins with a retreat, Leading for Sustainable Change, a Courage to Lead retreat, and includes online content and discussions with an opportunity for participants to explore the powerful practice of self-reflection and personal change related to supporting democracy in schools. It offers a context for participants to explore the difficult dilemmas related to working with diverse students, staff and community. Each member of the seminar group is responsible for the investigation of their leadership focusing on developing one or more of the five habits of the heart of democracy, from Parker Palmer’ book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit. The participant prepares a case study and an overview document for the final seminar. 2 Credits

About the Facilitators

Kevin Bacon is a seasoned educator who has has dedicated his life work to student outcomes and community engagement. Prior to his appointment as Director of the Condordia 3 to PhD Collaborative, Kevin served as principal of Boise-Eliot/Humboldt PK-12 school in northeast Portland. In addition, he has over 32 years of educational experience working in all sectors of the city with every community and student demographic. He has been a teacher, student management specialist, biotech education coordinator, vice principal, principal and facilitator of Courage to Lead, a professional development series for school administrators. Over the years, by building partnerships and focusing on the collective impact of the students and community, Kevin has ensured that his schools have had a healthy balance of support for whole-child development and health. Kevin has a wife and three children and loves spending his leisure time golfing and enjoying sports.

Sherri Carreker Sherri 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 & Clark College. Currently, she serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator and volunteers in the community.

Dawn Montgomery has served her educational community for the past 40 years as a teacher, principal, director and assistant professor. She continues her work as an executive performance coach, equity facilitator, adjunct professor, and as a certified Courage and Renewal (CCR) facilitator offering Courage to Lead and Leading Together retreats and professional development for schools, districts, and nonprofit businesses. Marge Piercy’s poem To Be of Use illustrates her philosophy to coaching leaders. “I want to be with people who… submerge in the task…who are not parlor generals and field deserters but move in a common rhythm when the food must come in or the fire be put out…” Her heart and efforts lie in the work necessary to make a difference in this world.