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Courage to Teach® Autumn 2017 Edition: Renewing Your Heart as an Educator – Gathering Our Selves, Harvesting Our Gifts

Tony Vento

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM (EST)

Courage to Teach® Autumn 2017 Edition: Renewing Your...

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We think we teach what we learned in graduate school. But we teach who we are… good teaching flows from the identity and integrity of the teacher. Teaching cannot be reduced to techniques and methods. - Parker J Palmer

What: Experience Courage to Teach, the premier program helping teachers (re)connect who they are with what they do. Over 25,000 educators across the United States have participated, rekindling and fueling their wholeheartedness for educating. 

Each seasonal program offers fresh themes and content.

Who: Open to all those who shape learning for others,whether in classroom settings or not.

  • Staff, trustees and administrators, in preK-12, higher education or adult education, from public, private, religious, charter, or community settings.
  • Includes coaches, child care workers, religious leaders and volunteers, and community organizers.
  • Whether one is paid or unpaid for shaping the learning for others.
  • Whether or not one has previous experience in this gently powerful approach.

Why: The world needs more wholehearted educators. Inner work can change the outer world of teachers, students, classrooms, schools, teams, communities, congregations and beyond. 

  • Remember why you became an educator in the first place. Trying to sustain yourself and thrive in the midst of heavy demands?
  • Professional development through reflective practices feeds hope & resilience, as antidote & preventative to burn-out.

Outcomes: For a summary of the outcomes from Courage to Teach, as seen in rigorous evaluations, please see HERE.   “As a professional development opportunity, the Courage to Teach series has done more to improve my overall practice as a classroom teacher than any other of my previous courses combined.” – past participant from Wisconsin.

“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to true self, and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves,  but for the many others whose lives we touch.”  ~Parker J. Palmer

How:  In large-group, small-group, and solitary settings, “the heart of a teacher” is explored, making use of insights from poets, storytellers, seasonal metaphors, various wisdom traditions, personal stories, and reflections on classroom practice.

Skilled facilitators create an open, hospitable, reflective, focused space — a Circle of Trust — which invites the noise within us and around us to subside. The Circle of Trust® approach developed by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal. For a summary of the innovative process, please visit the Center for Courage and Renewal. There you can find extensive resources about Courage to Teach including stories, online resources, podcasts, and books. Please note that Clearness Committees, a communal process of discernment and the hallmark of the Courage & Renewal approach, will be included in this retreat.

CEUs and graduate credits are pending.

When: Friday, November 10, 6 pm until Sunday, November 12, 1 pm

Where: River's Edge, 3430 Rocky River Dr, Cleveland, OH 44111

Application Deadline: October 26.  Most Ohio retreats have had more applicants than spaces, so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will be fielded until 22 spots are filled, or October 26. After October 26, please inquire with Tony Vento to learn if spaces remain. Early discount deadline: October 1.

Application Process: There are 3 parts to the application.

1. Please begin the process by registering online here and paying your $50 application fee.  

2. Please write a short personal statement (no more than 2 pages, and it can be much less) that includes the following information:

    a) Please briefly describe your past, current and future journey as an educator, and how you hope to benefit from participating in Courage to Teach.

     b) Please share any background information or experience that might add to the diversity of the Courage to Teach group. (Optional) 

These responses are taken into account for the retreat design. Your personal statement can be emailed to Tony Vento It will not be shared with the other participants, but only among the retreat team of three.

3. Your $50 application fee is applied toward your total tuition, and the fee is refundable if you are not accepted.

Until both your personal statement and application fee are received, your application is not considered complete. You will be notified when your application is complete, and it will be acted upon within 10 days.

Tuition: Includes program and all materials, all meals, and lodging (single occupancy). Full-Tuition/Institutional Rate: $550. Partial Scholarships Rate: $290 for those who request scholarships. Further financial aid and payment plans are available due to underwriting via anonymous donors. Please contact Tony Vento via or call (216) 313- 0546 for more information, or for determining an alternate payment plan if needed. 

Discounts: 1) Early registration $40 discount for all who apply before October 1. This discount will be applied to the remainder of your tuition after you've been accepted. 2) From full tuition, 5% for your 2nd retreat in Ohio, 10% for your 3rd retreat and 15% for your 4th retreat. Discounts are combinable.

Cancellation policy: We understand that life challenges emerge and changes happen. Please keep in mind that once funds have been committed on your behalf, there are no refunds for your co-payment. If your slot can be filled by another admitted applicant, refunds of your co-payments are possible, except for the application fee.

For more information, please visit HERE or contact Tony Vento via or (216) 313- 0546.

The question we most commonly ask is the “what” question—what subjects shall we teach?
When the conversation goes a bit deeper, we ask the “how” question—what methods and techniques are required to teach well?
Occasionally, when it goes deeper still, we ask the “why” question—for what purpose and to what ends do we teach?
But seldom, if ever, do we ask the “who” question—who is the self that teaches?
How does the quality of my selfhood form—or deform—the way I relate to my students, my subject, my colleagues, my world?  How can educational institutions sustain and deepen the selfhood from which good teaching comes?  –Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach


Have questions about Courage to Teach® Autumn 2017 Edition: Renewing Your Heart as an Educator – Gathering Our Selves, Harvesting Our Gifts? Contact Tony Vento

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River's Edge
3430 Rocky River Drive
Cleveland, OH 44111

Friday, November 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Tony Vento

Tony Vento, of Purpose Matters, knows in his very soul the power of people coming together in respectful small circles, linked with other circles, for renewing and transforming ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities. Tony trained with Parker Palmer in facilitating reflective practices for renewal, vocation and leadership. He has designed and led over 60 retreats in the past 10 years.


An independent consultant, facilitator and trainer for reconnecting who we are with what we do at the interior and organizational level, Tony aligns purpose-centered outcomes and processes. He is known for convening transformational conversations that lead to action, bringing people together respectfully from across differences.


Native to South Florida, Tony loves all water sports especially whitewater kayaking – which, like much of his life, gathers circles of trusted people to share stories, chart paths, quiet fears and enjoy what can be created by making the most of lively currents.  He lives in Ohio City with his wife and daughter. As a neighbor to St Paul UCC for 23 years, his family donated the Norfolk pine that stands witness in the sanctuary.


Previously Tony served Case Western Reserve University as President of the InterReligious Council and Director of the Newman Campus Ministry.  He also served as Pax Christi USA’s National Program Director, Coordinator of the Cleveland InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), and Program Director for InterAct Cleveland, the regional multifaith and multiracial coalition (now of blessed memory).


His education includes Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and graduate studies in Theology and Social Ethics at St. Michaels/University of Toronto, including study in Italy and Peru.  Recipient of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Social Justice Award in 1997 from the Interchurch Council of Greater Cleveland, Tony was also named among “Twenty People to Watch in the Twenty-First Century” by Northern Ohio Live magazine.

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