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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Marlene Roeder

Marlene Roeder is an artist and educator who has worked in schools and museums over the last twenty five years. She has extensive classroom experience as an elementary and middle school classroom teacher, art teacher and music teacher. She was formerly arts coordinator at Franklin Magnet School of the Arts, a Kennedy Center National School of Distinction. Roeder served as the associate curator of education at the Everson Museum of Art. She has facilitated large scale professional development opportunities for teachers and museum educators in Visual Thinking Strategies and Complex Instruction in museums and schools throughout the country. Her work with the New York State Council on the Arts includes coordination of the CNY Regional Leadership and Learning Network, program audits, and facilitation of Strategic Foundation Building Retreats. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the importance of community partnerships in the arts.

Consulting Areas

  • Museum/school partnerships
  • Visual Thinking Strategies
  • Professional development
  • Curriculum integration
  • Collaborative school/community theatre
  • Visual arts partnerships
  • Weaving workshops

Marlene Roeder
4 County Route 23B
Constantia, NY 13044
puttrville@aol.com
(315) 474-6064