2001 The Council’s Membership Committee develops a New Schools Kit in response to many requests for developing new Quaker schools.
2001 Responding to the crisis of September 11, 2001, the
Friends Council compiles and publishes Coping Strategies and Positive
Actions, a sharing of Friends’ initial reactions to the tragedy.
2001 First annual workshop for heads new to Friends school headship.
2002 The Council and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting co-publish the Governance Handbook for Friends Schools.
2002 A financial aid fund is established to support schools in need and educators of color in Friends schools with fees for Council workshops.
2003 SPARC begins (Spirited Practice and Renewed Courage for Teachers in Friends Schools).
2003 Council’s five-year Strategic Plan is launched, including initiatives for Leadership, Governance, School-Meeting Relationships, Renewal for Teachers, National Voice, and Financial Stability.
2003 Thanks to 356 individuals, 186 of them new supporters, the Council matches the Clark Foundation’s challenge to raise $100,000 for the Friends Council’s strategic initiatives.
Photo: SPARC retreat, 2004
2003 The Institute for Engaging Leadership in Friends Schools launches.
2004 Readings on Quaker Pedagogy is published, reflecting back to schools that which makes a Friends education distinctive – our philosophy and practice.
2004 The Friends Council Board approves a new membership category, Affiliate Educational Organizations, including: Vihiga Friends Council on Education, Kenya; Bolivian Quaker Education Fund; Farm & Wilderness Camp; Pendle Hill; and William Penn House.
2005 In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Council creates an on-line message board for sharing news of relief efforts and student placement.
2005 The Council Board works with Arthur Larrabee to prepare and publish Principles of Good Practice for Friends School Boards and for Every Trustee.
Photo: Leadership Institute, 2004
2005 The Council publishes Schooled in Diversity Action Research: Student and African-American Alumni Collaboration for School Change, through research coordinated by Pat Macpherson.
2005 Council Executive Director Irene McHenry named as Vice President of the Board of the Council for American Private Education.
2006 The Council publishes The Care Relationship:
Friends Schools and the Religious Society of Friends, which presents best practices for school/meeting relationships.
2006 The Council welcomes its newest member school, San Francisco Friends School.
2006 The Council consults in the founding of two new schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Portland, Maine.