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SOUTH DAKOTA COURAGE TO TEACH A Personal and Professional Renewal Program for Educators Leaders at TIE (Technology & Innovation in Education) invite you to apply to participate in Courage to Teach (CTT), a program of quarterly retreats for the personal and professional renewal of teachers in public schools and universities. We will be offering our next South Dakota Courage to Teach program beginning this Fall 2011. Participants in the program will gather for a series of five retreats over a period of 12 months. This will be the fifth CTT program offered in South Dakota. Participants in our earlier cohorts offered the following thoughts on this program: South Dakota Courage to Teach gave me: the heart to be real… courage to open doors and to be proud of my accomplishments… the best gift I’ve ever received… insights and wisdom that inform and guide my work… This whole experience has been affirming to who I am as a person and a professional… I learned I need to take care of myself so I can take better care of my students… APPLICATION AND SELECTION CTT is primarily offered for public school and university educators. We are committed to creating diverse CTT groups through our selection process. Participants for this retreat series will be selected from TIE grant partners. Space is limited to twenty-two participants. TO APPLY Please complete the enclosed application form and return it along with a personal statement of one or two pages in length. Your personal statement should describe your journey as an educator and how you believe your participation in this program might contribute to your personal and professional life. In addition, please affirm your desire and ability to commit the time and energy – including attendance at all five retreats, which this program requires. Application deadline is September 16, 2011. Participants will be notified of acceptance in early October, 2011. RETREAT DATES: Retreat 1: FALL –Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6, 2011 Retreat 2: WINTER – Friday, February 3 - Sunday, February 5, 2012 Retreat 3: SPRING – Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29, 2012 Retreat 4: SUMMER – Tuesday, July 24 - Friday, July 27, 2012 Retreat 5: FINAL RETREAT – Friday, October 19- Sunday, October 21, 2012 Please note: FALL, WINTER, and SPRING retreats are two nights/three days in duration. The SUMMER retreat is three nights/four days in duration. Fall, Winter, and Spring retreats begin with Friday lunch at noon, and end after noon lunch on Sunday. The Summer retreat begins on Tuesday with a noon luncheon and ends on Friday after lunch. RETREAT VENUES Fall, and Winter 2011 retreats will be held at Storm Mountain Center, near Rapid City. The Spring and Final Retreat will be held at Outlaw Ranch, near Custer, in the Black Hills. Both of these locations provide serene and secluded settings away from everyday distractions – one that encourages creative thinking and meaningful exchange. Accommodations are comfortable and rustic. Rooms are double occupancy with full bathrooms in each room. The summer retreat will be held at the Moreau River Sanctuary, near Isabel, SD. Rooms are double occupancy. Storm Mountain Center: http://www.dakcamps.org/ Outlaw Ranch: http://www.losd.org/outlaw/index.html Moreau River Sanctuary: http://www.moreauriversanctuary.com/ COST FOR THE PROGRAM The cost for five retreats is typically $2,500 or more. This series of retreats will be funded by various grant sources that are appropriate to this work. Lodging, meals at the event, program fees and materials will all be covered by grant dollars. Participants and/or their school district or university are responsible for substitute costs (if applicable) and travel to and from each retreat. COURAGE TO TEACH FACILITATORS Courage to Teach facilitators Marléne Rothermel and Maggie Austin are former classroom teachers currently working as Education Specialists at TIE. They have received intensive training from leaders at the Center for Courage and Renewal and are members of the Center’s national facilitators’ group. They were members of South Dakota’s first Courage to Teach retreat series cohort, and they share a passion for this work. Working with Maggie and Marléne during this retreat series will be Dr. David Scott Simpson, also an Education Specialist at TIE, and a member of SD CTT Cadre 3. We teach who we are. Teaching, like any truly human activity, emerges from one’s inwardness, for better or worse. As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together. The entanglements I experience in the classroom are often no more or less than the convolutions of my inner life. Viewed from this angle, teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self- knowledge—and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject… The work required to “know thyself” is neither selfish nor narcissistic. Whatever self- knowledge we attain as teachers will serve our students and our scholarship well. Good teaching requires self-knowledge: it is a secret hidden in plain sight. from The Courage to Teach by Parker J. Palmer The Courage and Renewal Program The Courage and Renewal programs (Courage to Teach/Courage to Lead) are retreats for the personal and professional renewal of teachers, administrators, and counselors in the public schools and universities. The programs are designed for pre-K-16 educators, on whom our society depends for so much but for whom we provide so little encouragement and support. Courage and Renewal retreats focus neither on “technique” nor on school reform, but on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education. This approach to professional development is founded on the belief that quality leadership and service flows from the identity and integrity of the individual. In its root meaning, to educate means to “lead out” the truth that is in the learner. But in our culture it has largely come to mean the process of filling people up with knowledge and information. This program is an opportunity to be faithful to the true meaning of education, beginning with ourselves. Good teaching can never be reduced to technique. Good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher. And so it is with good leadership. The Courage and Renewal Programs focus on: Renewing heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of an educator’s life Reconnecting to one’s identity and integrity; identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits Creating a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession Helping educators create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities Exploring the relationship between attending to the inner dimension of teachers and teaching – of leaders and leading – and the renewal of public education Programs are affiliated with The Center for Courage and Renewal – www.couragerenewal.org SOUTH DAKOTA COURAGE TO TEACH APPLICATION PROCESS 1. ON-LINE APPLICATION Please complete the application at our survey site. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BRTY3W3 If you have difficulty accessing the application (survey) site, please email Maggie at firstname.lastname@example.org . Deadline for completing the application is September 16, 2011. 2. PERSONAL STATEMENT Please write a personal statement that describes your journey as an educator and expresses how participation in the Courage to Teach Program could contribute to your future as an educator. Please include comments on your desire and ability to make the commitment of time and energy that this program requires. Please send your personal statement (paper or electronic form) to: Maggie Austin - TIE 1925 Plaza Blvd. Rapid City, SD 57702 Phone: (605) 394-1876 Email: email@example.com Deadline for your Personal Statement is September 16, 2011. 3. AWAIT CADRE PARTICIPANT NOTIFICATION. We hope to notify applicants of cadre participation status in early October. Program updates will be sent to the email address on the application.
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