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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Russell Granet
Arts Education Resource

Russell Granet founded Arts Education Resource (AER) in 2007 after serving as the Director of Professional Development and Peer Exchange at the Center for Arts Education in New York City. AER was founded with two priorities in mind: making assessment interesting and doable, and ensuring that teaching artists are trained to work effectively with students with disabilities. Russell is the former Director of Education at The American Place Theatre and worked as a Senior Teaching Artist for the Creative Arts Teamís special needs program, Special Express. He is currently on the national faculty for VSA arts and is an adjunct professor at the City University of New York. Since 1995 has been teaching a three part, graduate level course on special education and the arts for New York Universityís Program in Educational Theatre. His work with both public and independent schools has taken him throughout the United States and abroad, including projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Egypt. He has served as an arts panelist, commencement and keynote speaker, as well as a conference presenter at local and national conferences on arts education partnerships, evaluation and assessment, and artist training in arts education. He was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable and currently serves on the boards of The American Place Theatre and the Hilary Easton Dance Company and was the Art Education Chair of the Columbia County (NY) Council for the Arts Board from 2001 to 2004. He is a graduate of Emerson College, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and holds an M.A. in Educational Theatre from New York University.

Consulting Areas

  • Disability awareness
  • Effectively involving parents as advocates
  • Arts assessment
  • Facilitation skills
  • Partnership and collaboration

Russell Granet
PO Box 1055
Ansonia Station
New York, NY 10023
(917) 974-1904