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The Courage to Teach Guide for Reflection and Renewal


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FOREWORD vii INTRODUCTION 1 PART ONE Guidelines for Individual and Group Study 7 Individual Study 8 Group Study 9 Membership and Leadership Physical Space Intellectual Space Emotional Space Spiritual Space Six Paradoxes of Space The Clearness Committee Touchstones for Creating Safe Spaces A Word of Encouragement 19 PART TWO Questions and Activities for Each Chapter 21 I The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching 25 II A Culture of Fear: Education and the Disconnected Life 35 III The Hidden Wholeness: Paradox in Teaching and Learning 45 IV Knowing in Community: Joined by the Grace of Great Things 51 V Teaching in Community: A Subject-Centered Education 59 VI Learning in Community: The Conversation of Colleagues 65 VII Divided No More: Teaching from a Heart of Hope 73 Afterword to the Tenth Anniversary Edition: The New Professional: Education for Transformation 81 APPENDIXES 93 A Suggestions for Organizing a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group, by David Leo-Nyquist 95 Sample Invitation Letter for a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group Sample Follow-Up Letter for a Courage to Teach Book Discussion Group B The Heart of a Teacher: Identity and Integrity in Teaching (an essay from Change magazine that summarizes The Courage to Teach) 101 C The Clearness Committee: A Communal Approach to Discernment 123 D About the Center for Courage & Renewal 143 E The Courage to Teach: A Retreat Program for Personal Renewal and Institutional Transformation, by Parker J. Palmer 147 F Resources for Courage to Teach Discussion Groups 157 THE AUTHORS 171 ABOUT THE COMPANION MEDIA 175

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PARKER J. PALMER is a highly respected writer, lecturer, teacher, and activist. He is founder and Senior Partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal, which offers long-term retreat programs for people in the serving professions, including teachers, administrators, physicians, philanthropists, nonprofit leaders, and clergy. Author of nine books, including Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, Healing the Heart of Democracy, and The Heart of Higher Education, Palmer has been recognized with thirteen honorary doctorates and a number of national awards. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and lives in Madison, Wisconsin. MEGAN SCRIBNER is a freelance writer and editor with over 30 years of experience working with a wide range of authors and organizations. She is co-editor with Sam Intrator of the books Teaching with Heart, Teaching with Fire, and Leading from Within, and lives in Takoma Park, Maryland.

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