Magazine article Montessori Life

Heads' Retreat: The "Courage to Lead"

Magazine article Montessori Life

Heads' Retreat: The "Courage to Lead"

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The AMS Heads of Schools Retreat is set for January 16-18, 2009, over the Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend. Our workshop, the Courage to Lead, will be directed by Dr. Paul Michalec from the Center for Courage and Renewal. This organization, located on Bainbridge Island in the state of Washington, was founded upon the work of Parker J. Palmer, author of The Courage to Teach. Because it is so inspirational, I use Dr. Palmer's book with my Secondary I teacher trainees for reading and for written reflections during the last week of their 8 weeks of summer training. The center's program originally targeted college educators and administrators, and is now being used with teachers and administrators of all age levels, as well as physicians, nurses, attorneys, clergy, directors of nonprofits, and other professionals. The essence of the workshop will be to help us renew the courage and inspiration we had when we entered our profession, and to establish congruency integrity, and authenticity between our deepest personal beliefs and our professional lives. Just as Aline Wolf has encouraged us to nurture the spirit of the child, this is an opportunity for us to nurture our own spirits and learn ways to nurture the spirits of our colleagues. Please join us for this invigorating workshop, where you will also have opportunities to network and relax with friends and colleagues in a beautiful tropical setting.

The 2009 retreat will be held at the Park Royal Cozumel in Cozumel, Mexico. The Park Royal is an all-inclusive resort, with beautiful gardens, located directly in front of a barrier reef, close to Puerta Maya. Features include a private underpass leading to a natural secluded beach in a small cove; a large, freeform swimming pool; plenty of fun-inthe-sun activities; as well as cooking classes, Spanish classes, and a variety of restaurants and bars. …

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