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New Thank You, Teachers Project Launches Wave of Gratitude for Nation’s Teachers

Every day in classrooms across the country, dedicated professionals put in long hours educating students, preparing lessons, grading homework, engaging with families, collaborating with colleagues, and overcoming obstacles. Their work is vital to children, parents, communities, and our future, yet rarely do teachers receive the thanks they deserve. The new Thank You, Teachers Project wants  Continue Reading »

My First Year Teaching – The Courage to Teach with Gratitude

Teaching is a challenging endeavor. With all the demands on a teacher’s time and energy, it is easy to lose the enthusiasm that brought us into the classroom. The situation is not getting any easier with new requirements added to our load, including standardized testing and dealing with changing curriculums. My first year teaching, I  Continue Reading »

Thank You from Parker Palmer

It’s hard to find just the right way to say THANK YOU to all who blessed me with kind and generous words on my 76th birthday! But please know that I’ve taken in every birthday greeting with gratitude and wonderment. Thanks, too, for supporting the work of the Center for Courage & Renewal with your  Continue Reading »

Three Times – Lessons in Gratitude from My Old Dog

Three times this winter I walked my old dog, Sophie, to the veil between this world and the next. But each time we stood at the threshold, she lifted her graying head, looked at the thing, and thought better of it. She peered into the mystery and decided to walk back to her memory foam  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #21 March 2013

Dear Friends, We’re aiming in 2013 to bring you Words of EnCOURAGEment in a shorter format delivered monthly that we hope inspires you to listen, live and lead with more integrity. We welcome your feedback! And we invite you to visit our blog for more stories and event news. At Courage & Renewal, we believe  Continue Reading »

Deep Meets Deep at the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program

What follows is a letter to Parker J. Palmer from an inmate student about how she has extended the lessons of his book A Hidden Wholeness from the classroom into her own life as she works through the reasons behind her incarceration. But first, we put this prison program into context. A note from the  Continue Reading »

Words of EnCOURAGEment #19 Summer 2012

Terry Chadseyby Terry Chadsey, Executive Director

As we delve deeper into building a networked organization that both embodies and grows distinctive programs and resources to help you connect who you are with what you do, we’ve been revisiting Jim Collins’ monograph, “Good to Great and the Social Sectors.” Collins finds great organizations have “piercing clarity” about the intersection of three questions:

What are you deeply passionate about?

What can you be best in the world at?

What drives your resource engine?

This frame is helpful as we deliver on our mission to nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it.

Building Capacity

Last week I had the opportunity to sit with a group of non-profit leaders in Southern California. It was their seventh Courage to Lead® retreat together. They had completed a retreat series a year before and had committed to continuing meeting twice a year for retreats. It was evident that this circle of trust was  Continue Reading »