Strategic Foundation Building

Strategic Foundation Building retreats are day long gatherings in which a school’s faculty and staff-- including teachers, principals, teachers aides, librarians, parents, and others-- meet with their colleagues from their partnering cultural organization—such as administrators, program managers, program directors and teaching artists. 

Under the guidance of a trained facilitator, participants in a Strategic Foundation Building (SFB) retreat engage in a series of exercises and discussion topics tailored to the partnership.  As a group, participants collectively develop a long range vision, discuss goals for the partnership, and address “nuts and bolts” issues.


The goals of the retreat are:
  • to articulate a school-based vision
  • to cultivate a shared commitment
  • to build a trusting relationship among partners
  • to empower teacher leadership.

To learn more about SFB retreats, download the SFB Chapter of the ESP Resource Handbook, click here.
(You can also download the entire ESP Resource Handbook here.)

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Nan Westervelt
Nan Westervelt Consulting

After serving as the Executive Director of Young Audiences of Rochester, Inc. for 15 years, Nan Westervelt currently works as a consultant for non-profit management and arts in education and supports ESP Partnerships as a Strategic Foundation Building Initiative retreat facilitator. Ever active in the arts and education community, Ms. Westervelt has served as the President of the New York State Alliance for Arts Education (NYSAAE), Vice President of the Colorado Alliance for Arts Education and as a member of the Kennedy Center Alliances for Arts Education Governance Committee. Though her current administrative career may be a far cry from her former profession as an actress and teacher of creative drama, Ms. Westervelt has always understood the bigger picture of arts and arts education administration. Thirty years ago she conceived and directed the Gates-Chili School/Community Volunteer Program that continues today. Currently she is a coach/consultant for the Rochester Education Foundation, an entity dedicated to creating and proliferating community partnerships as well as raising funds and resources to support Rochester city school students.

Consulting Areas

  • Project Administration/Logistics Planning
  • Collaboration/Partnership
  • Assessment and Project Design
  • Project Sustainability and Evaluation
  • Professional & Leadership Development
  • Advocacy Issues
  • Dissemination Issues
  • Marketing & Fundraising
  • Mission/Vision Development
  • Strategic Planning

Nan Westervelt
9 Countryside Road
Fairport, NY 14450
nan@westerveltconsulting.com
(585) 381-2347