Educators New to Quakerism [ENTQ]

Three Regions: Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina

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.

Learning more about Quakerism gives me a much better understanding of how I as a teacher can interact in the lives of my students and make my class a "meeting for learning."

Schools report that participants return to their communities with a greater understanding of the mission of their schools and renewed energy and enthusiasm for strengthening the Quaker dimension.

ENTQ workshops are highly experiential

Participants registered for this workshop are asked to make a clear commitment to arrive on time and stay the full span of the seminar. Each person's part in building community and creating the workshop's tone and content is crucial. Staying overnight is encouraged for all, as fellowship and community building are part of the experience. Participants often report learning as much or more from each other as from the facilitators, which is really the point.

in New York City

ENTQ in New York City

February 4-5, 2019
Monday [9am - 6:00pm] - Tuesday [9am - 3:00pm]

Mary McDowell Friends School
133-135 Summit Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

$220 pp, includes program, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
Financial assistance is available for this program. Please contact the Friends Council (

Optional LODGING
NU Hotel - Brooklyn NY [Click here to book] or call 855-752-2010 (Dial 3)
85 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Special rate: $119 +tax & fees 
Mention: Friends Council on Education
Deadline: January 5, 2019

at Westtown School

ENTQ @ Westtown School

January 10- 11, 2019

Thursday [8:30am - 4:00pm] - Friday [8:30am - 12:00pm]


Westtown School
975 Westtown Rd, West Chester, PA 19382 

$180 pp, includes program, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
Financial assistance is available for this program. Please contact the Friends Council (

Optional LODGING

Southern Region

ENTQ Southern Region

November 29-30, 2019
Thursday [9am - 6:00pm] - Friday [9am - 3:00pm]

Workshop held at New Garden Friends School
1128 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC 27410

$220 pp, includes program, materials, continental breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
Financial assistance is available for this program. Please contact the Friends Council (

Optional LODGING
Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport [Click here to book]
One Marriott Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409
Special rate: $119 +tax
Mention: Friends Council on Education
Deadline: November 15, 2018

in Pennsylvania [Pendle Hill]

ENTQ in Pennsylvania [Pendle Hill]

2-day residential workshops, day one (9am - 9pm) - day two (7:30am- 3pm)

October 23-24, 2018 [Tues-Wed] Wait List ONLY!
March 11-12, 2019 [Mon-Tues]
April 8-9, 2019 [Mon-Tues]

Workshops held at Pendle Hill, Wallingford, PA

$415 per person, includes program, meals and lodging.

Information for Pendle Hill Conference Attendees

  • Conference attendees may be housed in any of the houses on the Pendle Hill campus. Some of the rooms are designed for two or three occupants. Shared bathrooms are in or near bedrooms.
  • Rooms are furnished with all linens and blankets. We do try to conserve energy, and room temperatures are around 68° at night during the cooler months. A sweater or afghan may help you be comfortable during sessions.
  • Dress is informal, and clothes suitable for simplicity and comfort are appropriate.
  • A flashlight is very useful, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Pendle Hill campus.  An alarm clock may also be helpful.
  • A vegetarian alternative is provided at every meal. While Pendle Hill is able to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs, all foods are prepared in the same kitchen. We prepare delicious gluten-free fare for those who prefer not to eat gluten, but our kitchen is not gluten free. Those who have been diagnosed by a doctor with a life threatening food allergy, such as celiac disease, should consider supplementing our meals. Staff is available to discuss individual needs in advance of your arrival. If you have a dietary question, please call the Friends Council ahead of time. A refrigerator is available to participants.
  • Pendle Hill seeks to be accessible to friends with physical limitations. We ask our guests, residents and staff to refrain from using perfumes, aftershave and other highly scented grooming products.
  • Pendle Hill has no planned program nor special recreational facilities for children and, with our limited staff, we cannot provide the supervision of children that we feel is necessary.  Therefore, for your own peace of mind and for your children's safety and happiness, we urge you to make other arrangements for your youngsters while you are at Pendle Hill.

In case of emergency call 610-566-4507 ext. 135, or after business hours at 610-613-7660, and a message will be forwarded to our conference.

at George School [Summer 2019]

ENTQ @ George School
Registration will open July 1, 2019

August 22-23, 2019
Thursday [8:30am - 4:00pm] - Friday [8:30am - 12:00pm]​

George Schoolin the Coffeehouse located in Marshall Center
1690 Newtown Langhorne Rd, Newtown, PA 18940 

TBA, includes program, materials, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks
Financial assistance is available for this program. Please contact the Friends Council (

Optional LODGING

Workshop Schedule

This schedule is subject to change. Check times on the actual location details.

Day One
9:00 Arrivals & Settling In
10:00 Opening Worship, Introductions
10:30 Questions, curiosities, & issues: What did you come to learn?
11:30 Quaker History & Beliefs
12:00-12:40 Lunch
1:00 Friends Testimonies in the Life of Quaker Schools
3:00 Inquiry & Reflective Listening: Intro. to the Clearness Process
4:00-6:00 Friends Council Book Display & Free Time
6:00-6:40 Dinner
7:00 Evening Session on Clearness: Problem-Solving in Community
9:00 pm Snacks & conversation, evening activities as you wish.

Day Two
7:30am Breakfast
8:30-9:00 Meeting for Worship with the Pendle Hill Community
9:30 Meeting for Worship in the Life of Friends Schools
10:45 Quaker-Based Decision-making in Friends Schools / Meeting for Worship for Business
12:00-12:40 Lunch
12:45 Quaker Pedagogy - What makes a Friends school a "Friends" school?
2:30 Evaluations & Closing Worship-Sharing
3:00 Goodbye

"I have a much better understanding about the Quaker nature of my school and concrete ideas about how to bring change to the school I am in. It was valuable to brainstorm strategies to combat the forces that stand in the way of nurturing spirituality."


Christopher Kimberly began his career in education two decades ago as a high school science teacher. He has since held roles as a science department chair, dean of faculty, upper school director, and is currently the associate head and academic dean at Moorestown Friends School, a Nursery-12 Quaker school located in New Jersey. In addition to overseeing the school’s daily operations, he manages hiring and professional development and works with the faculty on curriculum design. Chris is a member of the board of trustees for Friends School Mullica Hill, where clerks the head’s support and evaluation committee. He also serves on the nominations and governance and the membership renewal committees for the Friends Council on Education board. Chris discovered Quakerism in college but did not become a “convinced Quaker” until many years later. He is currently a member of Moorestown Monthly Meeting. Chris’s belief in the Quaker principle of “letting your life speak” has led to him tutor inmates in the NJ correctional system, work as a volunteer trail maintainer, and organize youth involvement in the sport, ultimate frisbee.

Deborra Sines Pancoe’s commitment to education for over twenty-five years has led her to a variety of roles in independent and Friends schools, especially Abington Friends School and Friends Select School. She has served as upper school dean/assistant director, lower school division director, department chair, librarian, program coordinator for community outreach and internships and director of Quaker life. Deborra leads professional development workshops for the Friends Council on Education and serves as the Associate Director for the Council. Deborra holds an elected seat on the Jenkintown Borough Council and is part of Tribe 1, a performance ensemble for music of spiritual growth and transformation. She has served as a trustee for Plymouth Meeting Friends School, is a member of Plymouth Monthly Meeting and an alumni parent at both Friends Select and Plymouth Meeting Friends schools. A co-leader for the SEED diversity seminar at Abington Friends, Deborra’s focus is personal transformation, working for peace and social justice and guiding people of all ages to develop and deepen their spiritual selves. 

Melissa McCourt is the Lower and Middle School Quaker Education Coordinator at Moorestown Friends School. Melissa holds a B.A. from Guilford College and is a graduate of Westtown School.

Drew Smith attended Earlham College, where he received a bachelor's degree in History. In addition, he has completed graduate work in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. Drew’s professional experience in Quaker education spanned almost 25 years at Friends School Mullica Hill, where he served as a middle school teacher, director of admissions, middle school principal, associate head of school, and head of school for nine years. Prior to joining Friends Council on Education as Executive Director this past July, he served as the CEO and Principal of the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia from 2010 through June 2014. He is a former trustee at both Westtown School and Moorestown Friends School. In addition, he was a founding board member of Friends Mutual Health Group, and has served as the clerk of the Cadbury Foundation, a member of the Committee on Friends Education for Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and as a board member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. He is currently serving as a member of the Board of Earlham College and the Haverford College Corporation. A member of Haddonfield Monthly Meeting, Drew serves as the Executive Director of the Friends Council of Education, the member organization of the seventy-eight, Quaker elementary and secondary schools in the United States.