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Back to School with Friends Council

Posted On: 9/4/2018 10:45 AM

Bringing in the New School Year with Friends Council Workshops

Opening faculty meetings are a tried and true part of kicking off each new school year. This year several Friends schools engaged the talent and expertise of Friends Council on Education as a part of that new school year start.

In late August, Executive Director Drew Smith led the Educators New to Quakerism George School workshop. This was a great way to start the year with an introduction to Quakerism and Quaker education for thirty new and recently new colleagues from Buckingham Friends School, George School, Gwynedd Friends School, Haddonfield Friends School, Lansdowne Friends School, United Friends School, Westfield Friends School and Wilmington Friends School.

Also in August, Executive Director Drew Smith and Associate Director Deborra Sines Pancoe met with the Upper School faculty at William Penn Charter School to explore Quaker-based decision-making and shared governance at Friends Schools.

Germantown Friends School faculty and staff also met with Drew for a talk on "Why Quaker Education Matters. This presentation was part of a morning of professional development planning by the school's Quaker Life Committee.


The month of August closed out with a two-day workshop at Friends Select School facilitated by FCE's associate director Deborra Sines Pancoe and Friends Select alum Ingrid Lakey. The workshop examined spirituality, meeting for worship, and the heart of Quaker education. “We have had a fabulous two part workshop with @FriendsCouncil to get us ready for the start of the school year,” tweeted Upper School Director Chris Singler. “Thank you for the opportunity to do a deep dive.”

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