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Institute for Teaching and Learning

A Global Resource and Exemplar for Child-Centered Education

For almost six decades, Carolina Friends has pioneered and modeled educational practices that honor the authentic voice of children in their own learning.

As one of three components of The Dream That Drives US strategic vision, the Institute for Teaching and Learning offers exciting opportunities for students, educators and other adults, and families. 

Programs serve the wider community as well as Carolina Friends School constituents.

The Institute embraces five programmatic strands:

Learn about upcoming programs for educators and other curious adults

PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL WELLNESS

Experiential Anatomy with Annie and Leah: Recognizing and Repatterning Movement Habits 

Habit, imagination, and imagery shape our movement and our bodies.  We will be tuning into gravity and space in the body as well as different approaches to viewing the body as a whole. Join longtime CFS dance teacher Annie Dwyer and dancer and choreographer Leah Wilks ‘05 for simple practices you can incorporate into your day to promote efficient movement. 6-7 Jan 2024 

[We're finalizing details for the next edition of this workshop, 27-28 April 2024--please stay tuned!]

Male-Identifying Teachers of Young Children, a powerful day of connection, rejuvenation, and joy supports male-identifying educators working with preschool and elementary age children, 2024-2025

TRANSFORMATIONAL TRAVEL-LEARNING

  • Beloved Community Journey, a six-day, five-night bus tour exploring civil rights history and contemporary social justice issues in the South, 5-10 March 2024 [registration open]
  • Quaker Journey, a weeklong visit to the 17th-century roots of Quakerism in the breathtaking Lake District of Northern England, 23-30 June 2024 [registration open]
  • Racial Myth and Memory | Wilmington, a weekend dissecting the weight of race at a plantation and an in-town home, sites associated with the 1898 Wilmington race massacre, and a Black Lives Matter sculpture that also connects with the miscarriage of justice of the Wilmington 10. Fall 2024
  • Coastal Journey | Charleston + Savannah, a six-day bus tour exploring important aspects of American, Southern, and Black history spanning 300+ years--from enduring Gullah Geechee traditions to the 2015 white supremacist violence at Mother Emmanuel--in two beautiful and complex coastal cities. Spring 2025
  • American Musical Journey | Memphis + Mississippi, a six-day tour exploring the connections between race and the rich musical history and traditions--blues, gospel, country, rock, and more--in Memphis and Mississippi. Spring 2026

Coming Soon!

Details about additional Racial Myth & Memory experiences in Richmond (Fall 2025) and Charlotte (Fall 2026) and the Bayou Journey to New Orleans and beyond (Spring 2027)!

Meet the Team

Anthony L. Clay

Anthony L. Clay

Director of Extended Learning, Director & Chief Imagination Officer of the Institute for Teaching and Learning
Tracy Hayes

Tracy Hayes

Assistant Director of Extended Learning
Brad Stackhouse

Brad Stackhouse

Lower School Extended Day Lead Teacher, Middle School Math Teacher, Extended Learning Associate