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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Arthur Brown

Arthur is a theatre teaching artist and training consultant. He enjoys working and mentoring individuals in achieving their personal and professional goals. His areas of expertise include; Theatre, Cultural Competency & Diversity training, Leadership Development, and Standardized Patient training. He has held many managerial positions in the not-for-profit sector over the last 15 years. He holds a BA degree in Hotel Management and MS degree in Service Management (organizational development) from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Arthur is the President of Teaching & Training by Design. T & T’s philosophy is “Investing in People, Producing Results.” Teaching & Training by Design has worked with training organizations such as Thalia Productions and R.O.O.T.S. Clients have included, Day & Zimmermann, The National Training Lab, Perfetti Van Melle, FedEx, The City of Rochester, Family Medicine of Rochester, The Community Place of Rochester, Rochester City School District, Lyons Central School District, Nextel, Baltimore Gas & Electric, Constellation Energy, Lewis Street Center, and The Advocacy Center. Mr. Brown has worked with Learn it Live, Inc., as a Performance Trainer for over 7 years. Teaching & Training by Design continues to be a strategic partner of The Winters Group, Inc. & Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

He presently works as a Conservatory Associate at GEVA Theatre Center’s in the Education Department. He also teaches Acting III at SUNY Brockport for GEVA Theatre Center and Acting I & II at The University of Rochester’s, International Theatre Program. He has also worked as a Theatre Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Rochester & Aesthetic Education. He has been involved with curriculum partnerships as a theatre teaching artist for many years. His partnerships have focused on the following core subjects:
  • English
  • History
  • Science
  • Performing Arts

This work has broadened the possibilities and ways of bringing the arts to our youth and giving them new choices in learning.

Consulting Areas

Arthur Brown
686 Melville Street
Rochester, NY 14609
aalbrow@aol.com
(585) 414-3124