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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Hawley Hussey

Hawley Hussey is an artist, writer, performer and the Director of Education at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in Brooklyn. Hawley has performed at The Bowery Poetry Club, KGB Bar, St. Marks Church and the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. Her hand-made limited edition books are collected internationally and are housed in collections from the Smithsonian to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She moved to NY in 2000 and worked as a teaching artist for BRIC Rotunda and moved quickly into arts administration becoming Brooklyn's first Local Capacity Building Coordinator for NYSCA. Since then, her collaborative and partnership building work has been shared state wide. Hawley is also a Roundtable coordinator for the borough of Brooklyn and a Regional Leadership and Learning Network Coordinator for NYSCA’s Empire State Partnerships. Hawley received her BFA from UMASS Amherst and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Consulting Areas

  • Inspirational hands on team building
  • Mission/Vision development
  • Curriculum Integration
  • Collaboration/Partnership
  • Project Administration/Logistics Planning
  • Exhibiting student work
  • Making process visible

Hawley Hussey
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
hawley@briconline.org
(718) 875-4047 ext 12