I taught for more than 35 years, and I remember August. It was a month of optimism, new ideas and best of all, fresh energy. There were plans to be made, materials to be sourced, and schedules to be sorted.
And, as much as I didn’t want to admit it, there was trepidation.
Teaching is one of the most important and difficult of human endeavours, and as much as I loved it, deep down I wondered: Was I up to it? How would I make it through the year?
Sometimes it was hard to sleep.
Connecting with colleagues who were feeling the same was reassuring. Setting up the classroom gave comfort. But putting aside all the prepping and planning, and giving myself the time to reconnect with why I teach helped me return to teaching with clarity and intention.
If August presents you with a similar challenge, I’m inviting you to put aside one day just for you: to pause, relax your mind, and reconnect with your teaching heart. You can do that on your own of course, but this Courage to Teach® retreat will offer you dedicated, protected time and space.
We’ll follow the principles and practices of the Courage & Renewal® approach. We’ll engage with texts, images, and music to prompt reflection and contemplation. There will be time for quiet reflection, listening, and responding to one another. Short texts, poetry, music, and images will offer inspiration and provocation. Guided by The Courage & Renewal Touchstones® we’ll create an accepting and protected space together.
If we care for the hearts and minds of teachers, they will care for the hearts and minds of their students.
The Centre for Social Innovation envisions a world where our systems – economy, government, culture and communities – serve to create a healthy, just, resilient & regenerative society full of meaning, equity & happiness. At its core the Centre for Social Innovation is supporting a platform and growing a community of social innovators that are building a world that puts people and planet first. The Annex location is easily accessible by public transit, and the building itself is accessible and provides gender neutral washrooms.
CSI acknowledges that we are on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. CSI also acknowledges that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
Use the code: renew for a $25 reduction to the registration fee.
If cost presents a barrier to your participation please be in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to consider a further reduction.
Cancellations up to August 10 will receive a full refund minus a small administrative fee.
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