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Courage to Teach

Courage to Teach ® Retreats and Book groups

“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: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life

The research on inclusive pedagogy informs us that what we know about good teaching and learning are is foundational! Toward that end, faculty development efforts within Campus Climate work closely with the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning( CETL). We encourage faculty and instructors to take advantage of the workshops and offerings that CETL provides.

Paula J. Pedersen, Director of Education for Inclusive Excellence, is also a facilitator trained through the Center for Courage and Renewal and is able to bring the work of Parker Palmer’s Courage to Teach to UMD through an annual back to school retreat (held in August of each year) and annual Courage to Teach book groups.

Register HERE or email with questions

Retreats are at the Cloquet Forestry Center

This residential retreat offering is held for 2-half and one-full day. It begins at 4:00 on the first day and ends at 1:00 on the third day. We will nurture your body as well as your soul with all meals provided. You can expect time to reflect on your own heart as a teacher, to renew and re-align your soul with that role, to ground yourself through spacious witness in the community.

UMD instructors are asked to commit with a $50.00 down payment (the equivalent of one-night stay) to reserve their spot. The balance of the program costs will be covered by Campus Climate/Instructional Development Funding.

  • 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.