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Why Courage to Teach®?

  • Educators are our “culture heroes,” individuals on whom our society depends for so much, but for whom we provide so little support and encouragement.
  • Educators have little, if any, time for reflection or shared contemplation with others in their field.
  • Having time to reflect on how or if one’s values are guiding their personal and professional development becomes increasingly essential for job satisfaction and effectiveness.

reflections in a lakeOver the past decade, Dr. Parker Palmer, an educational activist and author of Courage to Teach®, and colleagues across the country have created an extraordinary approach to addressing this need for personal and professional renewal.

Focused initially on public school teachers and leaders, Courage to Teach® programs include day-long, multi-day and seasonal weekend gatherings  to renew the personal identity, professional integrity and vocational vitality of educators.

The retreats focus neither on “technique” nor on school reform, but on renewing the inner lives of professionals in education.

To familiarize yourself with the work of Parker Palmer, you may wish to read, The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life, and visit his website at

Who would benefit from Courage to Teach®?

We welcome all educators in Maine, from pre-K teachers through university faculty, professionals and para-professionals and school leaders who are committed to their own personal and professional development and renewal in their work in diverse settings across the state.