HeART of Teaching Seminar



A collaboration of Friends Council, the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools, and Westtown School, this program, focused on teachers with 8+ years of experience, is a transformative experience for seasoned teachers seeking growth and renewal in their teaching practice.

The goals of this program include:

  • Providing a retreat for veteran educators to restore and nourish their commitment to the teaching life
  • Using the pastoral setting of Westtown as a place that is restorative to the soul
  • Creating a cohort that remains committed and supportive beyond the program

The daily themes of this program are:

Sunday, June 16, 2024 • Theme: AFFIRMATION
3:00-4:00pm - Arrival & Check-In
4:00-5:00pm - Welcome & Introductions
5:00-6:00pm - Dinner
6:00-9:00pm - Keynote Session One

Monday, June 17, 2024 • Theme: REJUVENATION
7:30-8:00am - Breakfast
8:30-9:00am - Circle Time
9:15-10:45am - Workshop Session Two
11:00-11:45am - Lunch
12:00-2:00pm - Workshop Session Three
2:15-4:00pm - Workshop Session Four
4:00-5:00pm - Free Time
5:00-5:50pm - Dinner
6:00-8:00pm - Keynote Film Screening & Discussion Session Five

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 • Theme: ASPIRATION
7:30-8:00am - Breakfast
8:30-9:00am - Circle Time
9:15-10:45am - Keynote Session Six
11:00-11:45am - Lunch
12:00-3:30pm - Workshop Session Seven
3:45-5:00pm - Closing Circle Time
5:00-5:40pm - Optional Dinner

All participants are requested to remain in community at Westtown for the duration of the program. Each participant will have an individual room.

An endorsement from the Head of School or an Academic Supervisor is required and will be emailed to you in your application confirmation email.

June 16-18, 2024

Westtown School
West Chester, PA

Program Collaborators:


Jen Cort
Founder of Jen Cort Educational Consulting

Shu Shu Costa
Friends Council Consultant & Associate at
Leadership + Design

Ted Fish
Leadership Consultant Founder of Fish Leadership

Rodney Glasgow
President, The Glasgow Group, LLC & Head of School Sandy Spring Friends School

Andre Robert Lee
Filmmaker, Executive Producer New York Public Radio, Teacher Germantown Friends School

Deborra Sines Pancoe
Associate Director
Friends Council on Education

Chris Wills
Dean of Faculty and Innovation
Westtown School


$1,600 per participant
(no payment due unless application accepted)

Limited to 33 participants from member schools of Friends Council or PAIS

Deadline for applications: Extended to December 1, 2023  November 17, 2023

All applicants will be notified on or before
December 8, 2023