QuakerEd News
October 2, 2018

Back to School with Friends Council

Start of the year 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.

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Welcome New Friends Council Board Members

Dana Weeks 
Head of School
Germantown Friends School

Sam Houser
Head of School
George School
Friends Council welcomes two new members to the Friends Council Board this year.

Welcome New Heads of Schools!

Friends Council on Education extends a warm welcome to the thirteen new heads of Friends schools for 2018-2019.  Whether you are new to Quaker education, returning or simply shifting roles, we’re glad you are here and thank you for taking on a leadership role in Quaker education this year.

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Pssst, Pass it On! Registration is Open!

Registration is open for Friends Council on Education's professional development workshops, including Educators New to Quakerism workshops at Pendle Hill and the Facilitating Friends Decision-Making in Friends Schools with Arthur Larrabee, and more.

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

Facilitating Friends Decision-Making in a Friends School: A Workshop on Clerking with Arthur Larrabee This workshop will address the attitudes, practices, and skills that can help implement the Quaker decision-making process in Friends schools.
  • How can we use the Quaker decision-making process in Friends schools?
  • How can we develop a clear understanding of roles, responsibilities, and inclusivity, especially as these relate to decision-making in a Friends school?
Teaching Black Boys: Everyday Tools and Skills Needed to Create an Equitable Classroom Join the authors of the best-selling book, The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys and walk away with insight and tools you can use immediately. 

Friends School Students Letting Their Lives Speak

Friends Schools teach young people from all walks of life habits of heart and mind so that they may go forth to create a just and more peaceful world. This month Friends Council spotlights two stories about Friends school students actively engaged in efforts to make this world a better place. Students at Sidwell Friends School are tackling issues of literacy and access to educational materials in countries far away.  West Chester Friends School young alumni -- Class of 2018! -- are playing a  leadership role in environmental sustainability right in their own back year. Read more here.

What Friends School Educators are Reading

What did educators in Friends schools read this summer and what are they reading now? Inquiring minds want to know!

Friends Council reached out to educators in Friends schools to ask and here’s just a glimpse of some of the books Quaker school educators are reading and why:

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt.
"Its fascinating and has made me think about every political ad or meme with a new perspective." Karen Carney, Head of School, Chicago Friends School.

Mothers of Feminism by Margaret Hope Bacon.
"Inspired by my trip to 1652 George Fox / Margaret Fell Country, I wanted to remind myself of the important role that women have played in the Religious Society of Friends. Stories of women who travel in the ministry and what that meant to their families. Amazed by the physical hurdles faced by women in the 17th and 18th centuries. We come from strong stock!!!"
Deborra Sines Pancoe, Associate Director, Friends Council on Education
Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie. "It's a modern take on Antigone based on being Muslim in the current western world. Beautifully told."
Judith Hill,
Access the full list of summer and ongoing reads here.

Quaker Pilgrimage 2018: Connecting with Quakers past and present

The 2018 Quaker Pilgrimage, brought Friends school educators, both present and retired, into community with Quakers from across the country in exploring 1652 Fox and Fell Country in the north of England. The group climbed Pendle Hill (in the Lake District) and worshipped in meetinghouses with British Friends, creating a sense of connection with our Quaker ancestors and with each other. View more images of the Pilgrimage here.

Friends Council extends a BIG thank you to all who supported our 2017-2018 Annual Fund and our We Believe Nine Schools Challenge! We met the challenge & raised $88,676! Thank you for supporting our work supporting Quaker schools.

To show the impact your giving has on Friends schools, educators and Friends school students, check out our 2017-2018 Highlights Video. Enjoy!
Friends Council on Education

1507 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

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