QuakerEd News
November 14, 2018

Putting Our Heads Together

Every year, as part of our work supporting Quaker schools, Friends Council brings together heads of Quaker schools from across the country for our Fall Heads Gathering. This year over 42 heads of school from 14 states came together for conversation, connection, support and learning.

This year's gathering featured Marc Frankel, Senior Consultant and partner in Triangle Associates, who shared his wisdom regarding the significant changes that are ahead for independent schools and the governance and leadership necessary to facilitate that change. Heads also visited Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (@PAFA) to view artist Rina Banerjee's installation in progress, "Make Me A Summary of the World". Banerjee's large-scale sculptures made from materials sourced throughout the world investigate the splintered experiences of identity, tradition and culture. Insightful tours and discussion lead by Monica Zimmerman and Abby King, along with a surprise visit from PAFA President and CEO David R. Brigham and Brooke Davis Anderson, Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum, made for a rich and inspiring afternoon. View our full album of photos from the Fall 2018 Heads Gathering.

Speaking Up for What Friends Schools Stand For

This fall, in light of several events that were antithetical to the beliefs and practices in Quaker schools, Friends Council on Education issued several statements. These statements speak to what Friends schools stand for and are a part of Friends Council on Education’s strategic initiative to position FCE as a thought leader and guide on behalf of Friends education.

 

First Ever QuakerMakers Peer Network!

Perception vs Reality of Maker Spaces


Friends Council on Education held our first-ever QuakerMakers Peer Network on November 8th. Organized through by energetic Maker Space educators at Friends’ Central School and Friends Select School, this peer network was centered on the theme “Perception vs Reality of Maker Spaces” and explored the topics of “What is a Quaker Maker?”, "Gender Bias & Equity in MarkerSpaces" and  “How do Maker Spaces fit with Friends education?”

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Quaker Decision Making in Friends Schools

A Clerking Workshop with Arthur Larrabee


At the start of every school year, Friends Council offers a clerking workshop for Friends School heads, trustees, division heads, faculty, committee and task force clerks. Through this workshop, run by Arthur Larrabee, educators explore the attitudes, practices, and skills that can help implement the Quaker decision-making process in Friends schools.


Educators New to Quakerism Continues to Expand

One of the main ways Friends Council on Education nurtures the Quaker essence of Friends schools is through our premier program, Educators New to Quakerism (ENTQ.)

In October Friends Council hosted two ENTQ workshops, one at Sandy Spring Friends School in Maryland and the second at the Pendle Hill Retreat Center in Pennsylvania. Thirty-one educators from 11 Friends schools attended the latter workshop, facilitated by FCE associate director Deborra Sines Pancoe and FCE Board member and Moorestown Friends School educator, Chris Kimberly.
 
At both workshops, educators learn more about the roots of Quakerism, Quaker practices such as Meeting for Worship and Quaker decision-making, and Quaker processes such as Clearness committees, clerking and more.  Through interactive exercises, dialogue, and small group engagement, the group deepened their understanding of Quaker process and practices and will take that learning back to their schools.

In addition to our fall ENTQ at Pendle Hill, Friends Council is expanding our ENTQ offerings across the country:

  • November 29-30: ENTQ Southern Region at New Garden Friends School, Greensboro, NC
  • January 10-11, 2019: ENTQ at Westtown School
  • February 4-5, 2019, ENTQ New York City at Mary McDowell Friends School
  • March 11-12, 2019, ENTQ Pendle Hill
  • April 8-9, 2019, ENTQ Pendle Hill

To learn more: Educators New to Quakerism.
View our photo album from ENTQ Pendle Hill Fall 2018.


Go Green with your Annual Fund Gift to Friends Council

Looking for ways to live a greener lifestyle by reducing paper mailings you receive?

Become a Friends Council Sustainer Once enrolled, you will not receive another Annual Fund appeal letter this year. Sending fewer mailings means using less energy and paper! Simply authorizing a periodic deduction from your credit card or checking account on whatever schedule works best for you, which you can stop or change at any time. Learn more about our Sustainer Program here.


Friends School Students and Educators Letting their Lives Speak

GFS and Get out the Vote
In advance of Election Day on Tuesday, November 6th, students at Germantown Friends School (GFS) in Philadelphia organized a postcard writing campaign to Get Out the Vote (GOTV). They spent their free periods hand-writing postcards to registered voters near and far, reminding them about Monday’s election, urging them to exercise their right and voice their opinions at the polls. Asaf Lebovic, a sophomore, one of the organizers of the student campaign, said, “We hope our postcard campaign encourages people to vote and realize how important it is. The handwritten notes show that we care." Asaf adds, “We want to show students how activism is accessible.” Sona Wink, another organizer of the campaign, said “Since we cannot vote yet, this is our way to make a difference and encourage voter turnout.”  Read about GFS student efforts here.
 
West Chester Friends School: Lozowski named Teacher of the Year for environmental appreciation work
Michelle Lozowski, a kindergarten teacher at West Chester Friends School, has been named the 2018 Teacher of the Year by the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance. The annual award recognizes a teacher working in the Brandywine Watershed who dedicates their time to helping students develop an appreciation for the environment and spending time outdoors. Lozowski recently organized a peer gathering for the Friends Council on Education during which early childhood educators presented collaborative ways to integrate nature in their curriculums. A story about Michelle and the award was featured in MyChesCo.com 
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