QuakerEd News
January 31, 2018

National & Local Press Coverage for #QuakerEd

Quaker education received some top-notch press coverage recently, including pieces in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Supporting the Quaker Nature of Friends Schools

Friends Council on Education kicked off the new year 2018 by traveling to Friends schools across the country to support their work in several areas, including strategic visioning and planning, and deepening their Quaker nature and practice.


Ken Aldridge selected as Klingenstein Fellow

Ken Aldridge, head of Wilmington Friends School and a former Friends Council Board member, was selected to be one of twenty Klingenstein Head of Schools fellows for 2018.

Register for Upcoming Programs and Events

February 2, 2018
Librarians as Social Justice Change Agents
Come together with other librarians in Friends schools to explore how you might best support teachers and students through these tumultuous times and actively serve as social justice change agents within your school.

February 15, 2018
Community Conversations - Part 2 - growing out of the screening of the film - "I'm Not Racist, Am I?"
Those connected with Friends education are invited to join with others in the northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia (Cheltenham, Abington, Jenkintown and beyond) to continue dialogue about racism in our society.

At the end of a very successful inaugural "Community Conversation on Race" at Abington Friends School in December, one participant said, "We need to continue this--and make it even bigger."

We hope to spread the meetings around the community, so this one will take place at:
Uptown at the Piazza on the Square 309 Old York Rd. Jenkintown, PA 19046 (Enter from the Leedom Street Town Square side. The Uptown is in the same building as Marzano's Restaurant.)
We need your voices to make this conversation happen. So please come, and please invite someone to join you so we can "make it bigger."

March 2, 2018
Immigration/Immigration/Community Engagement – Service Learning Peer Network
When she was fourteen, Liliana Velásquez fled horrific violence and poverty in her native Guatemala and headed out alone on foot to the US in pursuit of sanctuary. Come hear Liliana's story and engage in conversation about what it means to be a sanctuary city, what role Friends school communities can support those who come to the U.S. in search of freedom and safety and how Friends school communities can find a balance between teaching advocacy for social justice without political partisanship.

April 12-13, 2018
Early Childhood Using Outdoor Play Space – Learning in Natural Areas


Equity in Education Award to Anne Renninger

Anne Renninger, head of physical education at Sidwell Friends School, was awarded the Patsy T. Mink Equity in Education Award this month.


Check out our Sponsors

Friends Council receives support from a range of corporate sponsors that provide services and resources to independent schools.

This year, Friends Council’s sponsors include:

Giving Made Easier: Become a Sustainer

Are you a longtime loyal supporter who has been giving to Friends Council annually for years? First off, we thank you! Loyal donors like you are critical to funding our programs and services in support of Friends schools. Next, we invite you to become a Friends Council Sustainer. As a sustainer, you sign up to make recurring gifts throughout the year on an automatic pay cycle, freeing yourself from having to remember to make a gift each year. This also provides Friends Council with regular bursts of income throughout the year. Being a sustainer also means you're giving in a more environmentally friendly way! You will no longer receive print appeals in the mail. Signing up is easy. Become a Friends Council Sustainer today.

Great Opportunities for Friends School Students and Schools

Friends Journal Student Voices Project – deadline is Feb 12, 2018
This year’s theme is Testimony Stories.

The Fifth Annual Friends Journal Student Voices Project is underway! Middle school and high school students (Quaker and non-Quaker) at Friends schools as well as Quaker students in other educational venues, are invited to submit entries. Find out more information here. 

Bridge Film Festival - deadline is March 16, 2018
The Bridge Film Festival is an international festival of student made films from Friends Schools and Meetings worldwide that is dedicated to making films that depict Quaker values in action. Encourage your students to apply. Find out more information here.

Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund Grants Available - Deadline is March 1, 2018
Looking to further enhance the understanding and practice of Quaker faith in your school? Funding for this very purpose is available through the Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund (STTQEF).

Sue Thomas Turner Quaker Education Fund grants are intended for the following:
  • Materials, lectures and consultants, workshops and retreats, programs and activities to be brought into the school which help to explain Quaker faith and practice to members of the school communities
  • Individuals or groups from the school communities to attend workshops, classes or retreats on Quaker faith and practice and Spiritual development
  • The creation and distribution of materials related to these issues by members of the school community

Friends Council member schools have often requested funding for Friends Council related activities. For example, your school could apply for funding to send faculty and staff to an FCE workshop such as Educators New to Quakerism or our Quaker Life in Lower and Middle Schools peer network. You could also apply for funding to bring FCE staff to your school as consultants to run a retreat.
Apply today.

Friends School Alum Brings Schools Together

Recent collaboration between Friends School Wilmington, NC and Carolina Friends School is the handiwork of Friends school graduate, Kyle Gouchoe-Hanas. Gouchoe-Hanas, an alum of Carolina Friends School, brought students from the two schools together for the first ever Middle School Basketball Invitational. Gouchoe-Hanas is middle school science teacher and coach at Friends School Wilmington. “Along with her stellar coaching and teaching skills, she is bringing the two schools together, sharing traditions (like the game closing Spirit Circle) and celebrating Quaker philosophy and practice in sport,” says head of Friends School Wilmington, Brenda Esch. For the record, FSW won by a basket at the buzzer. Students went on to team up to play coaches and Carolina Friends School alums. Good stuff!

Friends Council on Education

1507 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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