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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Christine Goodheart
Independent Consultant

Christine Goodheart is a consultant to education and arts organizations and is based in Rochester, N.Y.

From 2000-2006, she served as Executive Director of University-Community Partnerships at the University of Washington in Seattle. In this capacity, she worked to connect the resources of the University of Washington to a range of communities locally and statewide and to showcase work between the UW and diverse communities. While in Seattle, Christine served as the lead consultant for ArtsEdWashington's Principalís Leadership Initiative, served on the boards of the Seattle Center Foundation and Arts Corps and served on the education advisory committee of the Seattle Art Museum. From 1987-2000, she held in a variety of positions at the Lincoln Center Institute, the education arm of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. in New York City, most recently Program Development Director. In this capacity, she worked with over 300 K-12 schools and higher education institutions throughout the metropolitan region to link the artistic resources of Lincoln Center to their educational goals.

Christine has consulted widely with staff, constituents, and boards in school districts, higher education institutions, arts centers, arts councils, museums and education agencies to develop and expand education programs. She serves on the national faculties of VSA arts and the Empire State Partnership Project; on the board of the Rochester Education Foundation; and is a parent representative to the Brighton School District Committee on Special Education. In addition, she is currently working on projects with VSA arts, the New York State Alliance for Arts Education and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Consulting Areas

  • Project administration/logistics planning
  • Collaboration/partnership
  • Curriculum development/implementation
  • Project evaluation
  • Professional development
  • Dissemination issues
  • Collaborations with universities
  • Strategic Foundation Building Retreats

Christine Goodheart
1496 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14610
chrisgoodheart@yahoo.com
(585) 248-2159