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Educators New to Quakerism @ Pendle Hill [Day 1]

Mon, 8 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT - Mon, 8 Apr 2019 19:00:00 GMT

Details & Registration

2-day residential workshop
Day one (9am - 9pm) - Day two (7:30am- 3pm)

Educators New to Quakerism workshops give teachers and staff new to Friends schools the opportunity to explore the Quaker identity of their schools. Through engaging presentations and discussions with seasoned Friends school educators on topics such as Quaker history, beliefs, testimonies, and meeting for worship, participants gain a deeper understanding of the strong spiritual roots of their schools.

Learning more about Quakerism gives me a much better understanding of how I as a teacher can interact in the lives of my students and make my class a "meeting for learning."

Schools report that participants return to their communities with a greater understanding of the mission of their schools and renewed energy and enthusiasm for strengthening the Quaker dimension.

ENTQ workshops are highly experiential
Participants registered for this workshop are asked to make a clear commitment to arrive on time and stay the full span of the seminar. Each person's part in building community and creating the workshop's tone and content is crucial. Staying for the entirety of the workshop is encouraged for all, as fellowship and community building are part of the experience. Participants often report learning as much or more from each other as from the facilitators, which is really the point.

Early Childhood Peer Network Gathering [Day 1]

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:00:00 GMT - Thu, 11 Apr 2019 19:00:00 GMT


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Early Childhood Educators (Infant - Age 5) Peer Network

Many thanks to this year's clerks - Lisa Dainton, Media Providence Friends School and Mingh Whitfield and Kathi Hajjar, Lansdowne Friends School. The gathering will be held at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA with visits to both Media Providence and Lansdowne Friends Schools.
This year’s Early Childhood Educators (ECE) peer networking will be structured as an “unconference,” where we will discuss the topics that you are most interested in covering.
Please give us ideas and/or insight about any issues that appeal to you, by filling out the following survey.
Examples of possible topics include: 
  • creating a network of EC educators in Friends Schools who could observe and help to evaluate one another’s teaching
  • how to support students who identify as transgender and their families
  • enrollment cut-off young is too young to be enrolled in our ECE classes? 
Thursday, April 11
Arrival and introductions; light refreshments 
  Welcome, overview, and centering silence
Un-conference - bring your "hot topics"
Walk & talks - enjoying the serene grounds of Pendle Hill.
Film and discussion
8:30pm Have a good night!

 Friday, April 12
 7:30am Breakfast
 8:30 Meeting for Worship with the Pendle Hill Community
 9:00 Travel to Media Providence Friends School and Lansdowne Friends School for tours.
 12:00 Evaluation and What’s next? Planning for 2020 Peer Network Gathering
Contact Friends Council office if you need tips on public transportation. 
April 11-12, 2019
Thursday (12:30pm) - Friday (12:00 noon)

Lisa Dainton, Media Providence Friends School; Kathi Hajjar & Mingh Whitfield, Lansdowne Friends School

Workshop held at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA
Click here for info about your Pendle Hill stay.

$140 pp (includes program, lodging & meals)



Institute for Engaging Leadership in a Friends School (Day 1)

Tue, 16 Apr 2019 17:00:00 GMT - Wed, 17 Apr 2019 01:00:00 GMT

Quaker-based Decision-Making

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT - Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:30:00 GMT

Facilitated by Margaret Haviland and Betsy Swan, Westtown School
8:30 Registration, light refreshments, social time
9:00 Welcome, introductions and centering Meeting for Worship
Quaker-based Decision-Making with Students – Panel of educators
  • Why do we value it?
  • What is its relevance to helping student engage beyond the walls of the school?
10:30 Workshop style sharing in small groups
Building a deeper understanding of next steps to implement a program for using student-led Meeting for Business or improving existing programs.
11:30 Sharing steps toward implementation in your school
12:30 Lunch
1:15 Next Steps
Is there energy for planning a 2019 student leadership gathering?
How might we connect with QYLC?
Is there a place for helping students understand more about the how and whys of Quaker-based Decision-making?
1:45 Closing Worship

Division Directors and Association Heads Peer Network Gathering

Thu, 25 Apr 2019 12:30:00 GMT - Thu, 25 Apr 2019 18:30:00 GMT

C O N T I N U A L    R E V E L A T I O N
a Day of Connection, Support, and Sharing

Goals for our time together:
  • Connecting with administrator colleagues from Quaker schools to talk about successes, common challenges, and questions.
  • Strengthening the network of support and collaboration between Friends school educators.
Send your ideas for topics, questions, themes when you register.

Tuesday 8:30am - 2:30pm

Chris Singler, Upper School Director, Friends Select School
Jonathan Oglesbee, Head of Upper School, Sandy Spring Friends School

The gathering is being held at Friends Center
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

FEES $88 pp (includes light breakfast & lunch)

Draft Agenda
Arrival and introductions 
9:00  Welcome, overview, and centering silence
Round 1 - Affinity grouping by division level
Including information on the Quaker Schools Learning Collaborative (QSLC) - Hybrid Learning Collaborative
Round 2 - Discussion group choices
Possibilities include:
  • Education in the “Me, too” era - What are we doing to help our communities heal regarding events of the world?
  • Giving and getting feedback - How does the framework of being a Quaker school inform the way we give and receive feedback?
  • Peer observations and building an open door culture.
  • How do Quaker values inform management of difficulty personnel issues?
  • Mental health issues - substance use and abuse.
  • Developing and encouraging growth mindset for professional development.
  • What reflective practices are schools using to understand their culture and practices?
Lunch and networking; sharing surprises, learnings, satisfactions, discoveries from the morning sessions.
Afternoon session – Round 3 - led by and facilitated by Chris & Jonathan
What is the value proposition of a Quaker education?
Why choose a Quaker school for your child?
What language do you use to talk with families?
Evaluation and Closing Worship
What’s next? Planning for 2019-2020 Peer Network Gathering
3:00 Farewells!
Contact Friends Council office if you need tips on public transportation.