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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
If you have difficulty accessing the application (survey) site, please email Maggie at
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
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.