This one-day workshop introduces educators to protocols that build relational trust among faculty, leaders, and students with approaches that provide personal and professional renewal and reflection, SEL, and mindfulness practices. Explore how relational trust supports the teaching and learning environment in schools, colleges, universities, and organizations through shifting school culture. This workshop is based, in part, on Leading Together, an evidence-based professional development program for whole school change of the Center for Courage & Renewal founded by American educator Parker J. Palmer.


Valerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, speaker, accredited leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership. Her books include, The Road that Teaches: Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014). She has written numerous articles and essays on the topic of spirituality and mindfulness and has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and as certified Kundalini yoga teacher, she helps leaders discover the wisdom of the body. She leads an annual transformational pilgrimage to El Camino de Santiago, Spain, to celebrate the power of sacred places.


Jack Petrash is the founder and the director of the Nova Institute, a non-profit organization  working to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. He is a former Waldorf School teacher and the author of Understanding  Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out. Jack has been involved with the Courage to  Teach for the last fifteen years as a trained facilitator and has incorporated the Courage principles and  practices into his work with educators and with parents.


Kathleen Glaser is a Center for Courage and Renewal facilitator and conducts Courage to Teach and Lead retreats. She has over thirty years experience in public schools, serving as a teacher, elementary school principal, college professor, and supervisor of student teachers. She received the Washington Post Distinguished Educational Leadership Award and is a co-founder of the Chesapeake Public Charter School in southern Maryland. Her passion is creating trustworthy learning spaces and communities.


John R. Marston, PhD, has forty years of experience as a special education teacher, principal, district level administrator, and adjunct professor. Currently, he is an independent consultant and Circle of TrustR facilitator for the Center for Courage and Renewal.  Dr. Marston is trained in Action Learning, Restorative Justice, Cognitive Coaching, and has taught Collaboration for Educators at the John’s Hopkins University.  John is particularly interested in Restorative Justice and using the principles of Courage Work in community development.


Lori Schulman Yadin is an Experiential Educator, Retreat Facilitator, Relationship Coach, Mentor and Writer. Lori is a lifelong learner with a twenty-year daily meditative practice that has included numerous week long silent retreats, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training, incorporating Mindful practice in her Coaching, Teaching and Retreat Facilitation. Lori holds a B.A. in Experiential Education, a Masters in History of Land Design, Understanding Our Relationship to Land and Place from George Washington University, and Post-Graduate Work in Educational Psychology and Diversity. She studied at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management – choosing this specific program philosophically grounded in emotional intelligence, receiving her Executive Coaching Certification. Lori has also attended the Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley Summer Institute for Educators focusing on Prosocial Human Development. Her second book, Creating Safe Space was published in 2017.

Kathy Gille is a Courage & Renewal facilitator and an ICF accredited Leadership Coach who works with people in the non-profit sector, especially those who engaged in advocacy for social justice and social change.  She served as a senior leadership aide in the U.S. Congress and is now a senior fellow at a human rights organization, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), where she focuses on strategic communications and leadership development.  She has received advanced training from Capacitar International, a popular education program of holistic wellness and healing practices.


Registration and Coffee: 8:00am

Super Early Bird: $100 (Before Feb. 22)
Early Bird: $140 (Feb. 23 – Feb. 28)
Regular: $200 (March 1 – March 9)

March 16 @ 09:00
9:00 am — 3:00 pm (6h)

Student Center Ballroom A

Jack Petrash, John R. Marston, Kathleen Glaser, Kathy Gille, Lori Schulman Yadin, Valerie Brown