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The Courage to Teach

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.
—Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

 

You may know The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life as one of the best books you’ve ever read as an educator. Read the first chapter here, The Heart of a Teacher.

Watch and listen to Courage to Teach Conversations.

Courage to Teach focuses neither on technique, nor directly on school reform, but rather on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education.

Courage to Teach® programs help teachers:

  • Renew heart, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the inner landscape of a teacher’s life.
  • Reconnect to one’s identity and integrity—identifying and honoring gifts and strengths, and acknowledging limits.
  • Create a context for careful listening and deep connection that also honors diversity in person and profession.
  • Create safe spaces and trusting relationships in their schools, with their students and colleagues, and within their communities.
  • Explore the connection between attending to the inner life of educators and the renewal of public education.

Read more research and evaluation of The Courage to Teach programs.

Each Courage to Teach program consists of twenty to thirty educators. In large-group, small-group, and solitary settings, “the heart of a teacher” is explored, making use of personal stories, reflections on classroom practice, and insights from poets, storytellers, and various wisdom traditions.

Programs for Whole School Teams

Our program called Leading Together supports whole school change by bringing the principles and practices of the Courage to Teach® program into schools. This evidence-based professional development program supports whole school change initiatives by strengthening shared leadership, positive relationships, and relational trust in the adult community.

Educator Events on the Calendar

Date Event

Feb
26
2018

Leading Together: a Courage to Lead program
Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling, South Chapel – Portland, OR

Mar
01
2018

Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center – Corbett, OR

Mar
16
2018

Leading Together: Strengthening Relational Trust in the Adult School Community at the Mindfulness in Education Network Annual Conference
University of the District of Columbia – Washington, DC

Apr
06
2018

Strengthening Courageous Leadership A Spring Cross-Professional Circle of Trust ® Retreat
Jericho House – Wainfleet, ON, Canada

Apr
12
2018

Leading for Democracy: A Courage to Lead Retreat for Women
Menucha Retreat & Conference Center – Corbett, OR

Apr
21
2018

Courage to Lead® Day Reflection Series: Leading from the Inside Out
Holy Cross Centre – Melbourne, VIC, Australia

May
22
2018

Journey Toward Wholeness at Ghost Ranch
Ghost Ranch Education & Retreat Center – Abiquiu, NM

May
25
2018

A Mindful Society Conference 2018
Chestnut Conference Centre – Toronto, ON, Canada

Jun
27
2018

Being Brave Hearted: Creating a Life of Courage and Resilience A Circle of Trust® Retreat
Rock Springs 4-H Center – Junction City, KS

Jul
06
2018

2018 Introductory Courage to Teach Retreat
Santa Sabina Center – San Rafael, CA

Jul
14
2018

The Soul Never Forgets: Leading from Your Deepest Values, Finding Sanctuary, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA

Sep
24
2018

Finding What You Didn't Lose: A Circle of Trust® Retreat for Women at Mid-Life Who Seek to Let their Lives Speak with Integrity and Intention
Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center – Bangor, PA

Oct
08
2018

Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) - WAIT LISTED
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Oct
14
2018

Searching for the Soul of Social Justice in Sacred and Storied Places
Embassy Suites – Montgomery, Alabama

Oct
27
2018

The Courage to Teach: Bringing wholeheartedness to our Mindfulness teaching
Kagyu Samye Dzong – London, UK

Dec
01
2018

Leap of Faith: Creating the Life You Want and the Work You Love, A Courage & Renewal® Retreat
Cranaleith Spiritual Retreat Center – Philadelphia, PA