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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Janet Rassweiler

Janet L. Rassweiler is a consultant to arts, culture, and community organizations. In this capacity she assesses and plans programs, designs and implements audience cultivation strategies and organizational partnerships, and facilitates strategic and interpretive planning projects and related staff development. Janet is currently faculty advisor at Bank Street Collegeís Leadership in Museum Education graduate program. Recent clients include the Old Stone House, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Save Ellis Island, Inc., Gotham Center for New York City History and Creative Forces, New Orleans.

Janet has over 25 years experience working in and with a broad spectrum of arts, culture, and community organizations. She was Program Director for Young Audiences New York, overseeing the initiation and implementation of in-depth partnerships, professional development for school teachers and teaching artists, in-school and family/community arts programming, and research and development projects. Prior to that she was Director for Programs and Collections at The New Jersey Historical Society for nearly 12 years during which the organization moved from being an exclusive institution to an inclusive, community-focused entity and Janet oversaw the exhibition, education and museum collections departments. Janet also served as Director of Education at the South Street Seaport Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, and the Museum of Television and Radio, all in New York City.

A graduate of the Getty Foundationís Museum Leadership Institute, Janet holds an M.S. combined degree in Museum Education and Special Education from Bank Street College of Education, a certificate in Management and Supervision from the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and a B.A. from Smith College. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, and Bank Street College of Education. She has served on the boards of New York City Museum Educators Roundtable, New Jersey Association of Museums, and the American Association of Museumsí Education Committee and has worked on numerous projects for a variety of professional organizations, including the Visitor Studies Association, American Association of Museums, American Association of State and Local History, and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums. In addition, Janet is a frequent presenter at local, regional and national museum and education meetings and conferences.

Consulting Areas

  • Partnership development to create most effective relationships among culture and community organizations
  • Team building
  • Learning theory expertise: To plan, design, and implement the most appropriate programming in informal and free-choice learning environments; To inform quality exhibition development; To inform effect
  • Knowledge and expertise in art history, arts-in-education, and history: organizations, practice and theory
  • Non-profit strategic and interpretive planning
  • Efficient and effective non-profit management

Janet Rassweiler
241 W 108th Street, 6C
New York, NY 10025