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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Hollis Headrick
Independent Consultant

Hollis Headrick is a consultant for arts, education and philanthropic organizations focusing on program development and strategic planning. His clients have included the Arts Education Partnership/Ford Foundation, Joy 2 Learn Foundation, Children's Museum of Manhattan, and Putumayo World Music among others. From 2003-2006 he was the Director of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and managed all education activities, including pre-K-12 school programs, family and neighborhood concerts, professional training workshops, online resources, and distance learning. He was the founding Executive Director of the Center for Arts Education (CAE) from 1996-2003, a public-private initiative to restore arts education in New York City public schools. He was Director of the Arts in Education Program of the New York State Council on the Arts from 1990-96, and was responsible for funding cultural organizations for collaborative school programs and establishing the Empire State Partnerships program (ESP).

Consulting Areas

  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Development
  • Strategic Communications
  • Fundraising Analysis

Hollis Headrick
184 Rutland Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11225
hollisheadrick@aol.com
(718) 284-0343
(917) 687-8653