Leading for Democracy: a Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

09/20/2018 - 2:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels, Professional Development, Higher ed

Content areas: All Content Areas, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Professional Development

Topics: democracy, change, resilience, Educational Leadership

District/Organization: Lewis and Clark Graduate School

Thursday-Saturday, September 20-22, and November 29-December 1, 2018. The retreat will begin with a group dinner on Thursday and conclude before lunch on Saturday. 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.