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Courage to Lead Program for Educational Administrators

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center - Corbett, OR

Sept 21-23, 2017 (Thur-Sat)
Nov 30-Dec 2, 2017 (Thur-Sat)

Menucha Retreat Center
Corbett, Oregon

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The Courage to Lead Program® for school administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, and other district administrators) is a personal and professional renewal program that meets in a retreat setting and offers school leaders time and space to reflect on the complex, challenging, and changing dimensions of their leadership experiences.

The Courage to Lead Program is designed to help leaders move beyond the “what” and “how” questions of leadership, to the “who” questions. It is rooted in the belief that effective leadership flows from the identity and integrity of the person.

The program offers participants the opportunity to connect with colleagues who understand the importance and complexity of their lives as school leaders. The level of support from colleagues is often mentioned by past participants as an important factor in the ways in which they are able to bring a new level of insight and energy to their work.

Meet Your Facilitators

Dawn Montgomery’sDawn Montgomery 32 years in K-12 education supports her service to the professional development of leaders.  Her varied work experience include elementary and middle school teacher, middle and high school vice principal, high school principal, and district office director overseeing K-12 schools and many district programs and initiatives.  Besides serving as a Courage and Renewal facilitator, she is an executive performance coach, an equity trainer and facilitator and she directs educational leadership licensing programs at Lewis & Clark College.

Kevin BaconKevin Bacon crop is principal of Boise Eliot/Humboldt  School. Mr. Bacon has been an educator for 27 years. He taught social studies at Whitaker Middle School, was a student management specialist at George Middle School, became vice principal at Jefferson High School and then served as an assistant principal at a Tigard-Tualatin middle school. He returned to Portland Public Schools as Hosford’s principal in 2007, nurturing the school’s neighborhood and Mandarin immersion programs.

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

About The Venue

Menucha Retreat & Conference Center
38711 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019  |
“Past the stone entry, a forest embraces travelers along a serpentine road. The destination: a one hundred acre sanctuary in the Columbia River Gorge. Seven hundred feet above one of the nation’s epic rivers, this is a place where bald eagles float their shadows across old growth conifers; where trails may lead to heirloom gardens or perennial springs. Menucha’s landscapes are marked by the currents of history, which have carried both aboriginal peoples and homesteaders through its woods and meadows. Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery journeyed by Menucha. Presidents walked its paths. And, over the last half-century, tens of thousands of people from around the world have found their way here. They come for purposeful work; they find a staff whose mission is to offer the gift of hospitality, food, lodging and graceful engagement.”

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Registration, Credits and Fees

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Credit Cost: A retreat session can be taken for 2 semester hours of graduate-degree applicable credit (and applied to a Professional Administrator License). Please contact Dawn Montgomery for more details at The current tuition rate is $801 per semester hour, plus $250 per retreat for food and lodging.

Noncredit Cost: $1,000.

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