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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Jack Langerak
Arts-in-Education Consultant

In addition to being the Director of the Rochester Wolf Trap Program, Jack is an Arts-in-Ed. consultant providing leadership to a broad range of AIE particulars including: arts partnership residency projects, strategic planning, professional development, assessment and evaluation, grant-writing, networking, and other areas of this growing field. A retired English and Theatre teacher, he also served his district as its Arts-In-Ed. Coordinator. A past President of Young Audiences of Rochester,Jack also served as its Associate Director. He was honored by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as one of 31 of the most “Outstanding Arts Educators” in the country. Jack is President of the board of Partners for Arts Education, a board member of the NYS Alliance for Arts Education, and co-chair of the WNY Regional Leadership and Learning Network for the Empire State Partnerships Project.

Consulting Areas

  • Partnership Processes
  • Strategic Planning
  • Best Practices in Arts Integration
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Networking (all levels)

Jack Langerak
12 Granite Dr.
Penfield, NY 14526
LangerakJ@aol.com
585-389-2949