Continuum Teachers
Association history

The organizational structure of the CTA is inspired by the principles of Dynamic Governance & the Quaker approach to decision-making.

The Continuum Teachers Association arose out of the need for an on-going container to hold the movement of change and transformation within the body of Continuum teachers after the passing of Continuum’s founder, Emilie Conrad, in the spring of 2014.

The initial wave of Continuum teachers were first authorized by Emilie Conrad and Susan Harper from 1999-2001. The following waves of teachers were apprenticed and authorized by Emilie until her death in 2014. Groups of these teachers began to co-develop the Continuum Teachers Association to support and continue to evolve the work as an international collective. Teachers began to exchange regularly between themselves regionally and globally — meeting and sharing in small and large groups. We felt both the need and desire to be in dialogue with one another as we moved through grief and found our new form, without a centralized leader.

We wanted to develop a lateral, non-hierarchical organization where everyone has an equal voice. The organizational structure of the CTA is inspired by the principles of Dynamic Governance and the Quaker approach to decision-making. Starting in 2014, the body of teachers began to meet annually on the West Coast of the U.S., the East Coast, and in Europe to share ideas about, and reflect on, ways we could more clearly define, embody, communicate, and move towards creating a Continuum Teachers Association.

In June of 2017 the Continuum Teachers Association was established as a non-profit corporation in the state of Pennsylvania. The CTA provides support for the existing body of teachers to further innovate the practice of Continuum and welcomes new CTA members as they seek membership.