The Courage to Teach (Spedcast #9)

Screen Shot 2013-02-09 at 7.03.12 AMSpedcast welcomes special guest:  Dr. Mary Kaye Siebert

Dr. Siebert is the Director of Learning and Instruction at Wamego Public Schools in  Wamego, Kansas. She has been working in education in many capacities for the bulk of her career. Dr. Siebert is especially passionate about building collaborative communities of trust among educators. She shares her desire to rekindle the love for teaching in the hearts of educators who are burned out, who may have lost their vision, or may need to renew their purpose as an educator.

Here are some of the highlights of this encouraging podcast:

  • The teaching profession has the highest burnout rate of any public service job
  • 50% of special education teachers leave their jobs within 5 years.
  • Half of those who make it past 5 years will leave within 10 years. This equates to a 75% turnover rate every 10 years (Dage, 2006).
  • Quality of teaching = #1 factor in student achievement
  • Currently, there are no services available to support and sustain teachers in this capacity.

The Courage to Teach Retreat (Parker Palmer’s work and the Center for Courage & Renewal)

  • What is it?
  • Who can attend?
  • What will be accomplished through your retreats

Dr. Siebert speaks of rekindling a spark for your vocation and revitalizing who we are as individuals.

**Listen in as Dr. Siebert talks about her vision for  teachers or as she refers to them as“culture heroes”.**



Thanks for joining us. Tune in next week to SPEDCAST!

Show Notes:

Welcome to the Center for Courage & Renewal

Parker Palmer’s book: The Courage to Teach

COURAGEtoTeachRetreat-July2013(final copy)-2

Courage to Teach Retreat July.13 Registration Form-1


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