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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Amy Poux

Amy Poux has been trained in the theory and practical application of Systems-Centered Training in group dynamics, developed by Yvonne Agazarian. This training has provided Poux with a consensus-building approach to her work with groups of all sizes and functions. Systems Theory is a vital, creative and accepting approach to working with groups of any size. It is a communication method that acknowledges diversity within collaboration. This approach to working with groups along with Poux’s 17 years experience as a fundraiser and arts educator, has given her the ability to work with groups at various stages of development through tough issues as well as set up strategies for taking on big projects – and exceeding financial and programmatic goals.

Over the past 17 years, Poux has provided strategic planning and community building trainings that foster conscientious work environments and classrooms for multiple non-profit organizations, school principals, administrators, specialists, faculty, cultural groups, and school districts from Ulster County, NY to New York City. She has provided workshops at the Common Ground Conference, Empire State Partnerships’ Summer Seminar conference as well as professional development trainings at The Bank Street College of Education (NYC), City Teacher’s College (NYC) and in school districts throughout the state of New York.

Poux is the former Executive Director of Working Playground, which she founded in 1991. She has served on the Art and Design Commission at the New York City Board of Education and as a panelist for the following grants and programs: New York State Council on the Arts’ ESP programs (currently), Goals 2000, US Department of Education, The After School Corporation, The Open Society Institute, The NYC Annenberg Challenge for Arts Education, The Center for Arts Education, and the Juilliard School’s Theater Arts Symposium and Festival.

As an arts-educator, Poux’s received an Award of Merit from the New York State Council on the Arts for Working Playground’s arts-integrated Curricular designs. Her arts education work has also been recognized by, the New York Times’ Neediest Fund, The US Department of Education and the Consortium of International Arts Educators, and the New York City Department of Education.

Poux currently lives in Rosendale, NY with her husband and two children.

Consulting Areas

  • Designing Arts-integrated curriculum
  • Working with adolescents & Pre-adolescents
  • Fundraising & Development for arts education organizations
  • Strategic planning

Amy Poux
High Meadow Arts, Inc.
1020 Creek Locks Road
Rosendale, NY 12472
amyp@highmeadowarts.org
(845) 255-2761