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The Who that Teaches Mini-Retreat

The Who that Teaches Mini-Retreat

Sandie Merriam and Diane Petteway

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Program information

Kirkridge Retreat and Study Center is offering three mini-retreats in support of teachers and the many others serving in that role during this pandemic. With great gratitude for your work in the world, we invite you to register for any one or all three.

Saturday, March 20, 2021, 11am-12:30pm ET/8am-9:30am PT
Sandie Merriam and Diane Petteway, both longtime public school teachers and Courage to Teach® facilitators, offer The Who that Teaches.

  • 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 the 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

To see the other programs offered in the Courage to Teach series, visit

Pricing: Kirkridge is committed to providing heartfelt and generous programming that is available to all. This retreat is considered a gift to teachers. The cost of providing each program in this series is approximately $20 per person. Please support this program if you are able, including sending to others who would benefit from this and/or who can help financially support this work.  As always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

*Please register by Friday, March 19, 2021.

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