Alliance Summer 2022 Professional Development
The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education is offering Summer Professional Development designed for the Public Waldorf Community

Week 1: July 11th-15th Theory and Practice

Week One of Professional Development offers a combination of theory and practice for educators working out of the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education.  Designed for all members of the Public Waldorf community, participants can choose from a variety of offerings, including introductory/orientation sessions for those new to Public Waldorf education (these sessions are prerequisites for all grades teachers new to Public Waldorf who wish to enroll in Week #2). In addition to the orientation sessions, teachers have the opportunity to participate in courses in child development, special education, therapeutic education, DEI, leadership, and mindfulness.  Artistic courses are designed to help develop the teacher’s inner life.  Participants can sign up for the entire week or may select individual courses that meet their professional/inner development needs.  

Week 2: July 18th-22nd Early Childhood through 8th Grade

Week two is designed for teachers in schools working out of the core principles of Public Waldorf Education. The schedule reflects a professional development experience to support and prepare teachers for entering the classroom.  Instructors have all been involved with schools working out of the core principles and look forward to forming cohorts specific to each grade/area in the morning course.  The courses in math, literacy, and the arts will form as cohorts combining two grades.  Please expect to participate in all the courses for your grade/area, as the instructors are working together to build up a complete picture.  Our hope is that new friendships will form, new insights and practical skills will be gained and that participants will leave feeling refreshed and enthusiastic to begin teaching their classes.

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Monday, July 18 • 8:30am - Friday, July 22 • 3:20pm
Picture of 5th Grade

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8:30-8:50am: Opening

Picture of 5th Grade with Julie Ludvigsen
Monday: Creating Community & Developmental Stages
Tuesday: Structuring the Main Lesson Block Rotation for the Year
Wednesday: Crafting the Main Lesson: Rhythm and Breathing
Thursday: Storytelling and Archetypes, Story to Biography
Friday: Testing & Assessments: How to Infuse Measurement with Understanding and Artistry

10:20-11: Break

Math with Kimberly Telfer-Radzat (Monday-Wednesday)
Over the course of three days, we will identify the topics that are best introduced and solidified at this grade level and discuss how they might connect to the state standards. As well, we will do a lot of work understanding how to use concrete manipulatives with the students so that they can develop deep understanding of concepts rather than memorize rules and procedures. I will talk about using Big Ideas as a way to develop strong thinking and reasoning skills. I suggest purchasing the book Mindset Mathematics: Visualizing and Investigating Big Ideas for your grade. Actually, your school should have the whole set!
I look forward to working with everyone!
Science with Bill Kobabe (Thursday & Friday)

Literacy with Anna Rainville (Monday - Wednesday)
Social-Emotional Learning with Ashley Radzat (Thursday & Friday)

1-2: Lunch

Monday: Chalkboard Drawing with Brian Wolfe
Tuesday: Geometric Drawing with Laura Embrey Stine
This course for teachers will offer a healthy sequence of geometric forms to present and teach to the fifth and sixth graders. Fifth-grade forms will be done freehand, while the sixth-grade forms will involve the use of a compass and straightedge. Please be prepared for class with a graphite pencil, eraser, ruler/straightedge, compass, white paper, and a drawing surface. 9" x 12" white drawing paper is recommended, but printer paper will do.
Wednesday: Practical Handwork with Elizabeth Seward
Both 5th and 6th grade require the students to think and work in 3 dimensions in handwork. Previously, they have made one flat fabric into a 3-dimensional object, by stuffing, forming, and sewing. Now they are led to conceptualize a 3-dimensional form in their hands as they work. In 5th grade, students often knit socks; in 6th grade, they design and sew an animal with four legs. We will make a small felt mouse together (or a family of mice), to introduce the concept of a gusset, and talk about the best way to introduce these skills to students who may also be new to Waldorf education. We will also highlight the unique nature of the human being and the interdependence with the animal kingdom animal, a theme central to Waldorf education, as we work.
Materials required:
1 or 2 pieces of wool felt in a mouse color, approx. 8” x 8”
A sharp sewing needle, matching thread or perle cotton, wool stuffing
2 sheets of blank copy paper, block crayons
Thursday: Spacial Dynamic Informed Movement with Jan Lyndes
Spacial Dynamic informed movement along with the developmental perspective. We will focus on informing our teaching and lessons with movement that meets the development of the 5th/6th-grade student.
Friday: Watercolor Painting with Neal Kennerk 

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Elizabeth Seward

Director, Waldorf Handwork Educators
A little about me: I have been teaching handwork for 40+ years in private, public, and homeschool settings, and teaching teachers. In 2018 I published a book "Teaching Through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit", which gathers as much as I could from my experiences teaching knitting... Read More →
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Julie Ludvigsen

6th Grade Teacher, Gathering Waters Charter School
Julie Ludvigsen has been teaching at Waldorf and other independent schools for the past 18 years. She received her certificate for Waldorf Teacher Training from the Micha-el Institute in Portland, Oregon, her MA-TESOL from St. Michael's College, Vermont, and her BS in Elementary Education... Read More →
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Anna Rainville

mentor, Waldorf School of the Peninsula
A Waldorf educator since 1978, Anna travels widely as a mentor and teacher. She has experience as a class teacher at the Lexington Waldorf School and the Waldorf School of the Peninsula and as a public school kindergarten teacher where she received an award from the California Kindergarten... Read More →
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Neal Kennerk

Art Integrationist, Brooklin School
As an educator, I have been teaching in schools for 21 years and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs for 13 years. I have an undergraduate in Philosophy/Theology from Hanover College and a Master's in education from Antioch University Northeast. I was a Waldorf teacher... Read More →
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Ashley Radzat

Teacher, The Sebastopol Charter School
Ashley Radzat has been involved in Waldorf education since 2001. Currently, Ashley is teaching at The Sebastopol Independent Charter School. After leading a class 1st-8th Ashley cycled back around and picked up a 7th-grade class. She is looking forward to graduating the class come... Read More →
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Laura Embrey-Stine

Pedagogical Chair, Camellia Waldorf School
I have been a teacher for 40 years and a form drawing teacher and enthusiast for over 25 years, working as a class teacher and high school teacher in three different Waldorf schools. I co-authored with Ernst Schuberth Form Drawing Grades 1-4 in 1998, and in the years 2016-2021, I... Read More →
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Brian Wolfe

Co-founder, Waldorfish
Brian Wolfe has spent the past 15 years teaching art & geometry to Waldorf-inspired children at local schools. So basically, creating a generation of grounded families with beautiful memories! Currently, he works with homeschooling families via Waldorfish.com, where he has been developing... Read More →
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Kimberly Telfer-Radzat

Lead Teacher, Sycamore Creek Community Charter School
Hello! My name in Kimberly Telfer-Radzat and I am a 20 year Waldorf class and remedial teacher with passions in math, equity and equality in the classroom. I am finishing my PhD in education in Educational Policy and Social Context at UC Irvine, studying the ways in which executive... Read More →

Bill Kobabe

Class 7 teacher, Charter Council member, WSCS
Hello!Bill Kobabe here... I have been teaching here at Woodland Star (it's a wild flower, FYI) In Sonoma CA for 10 years, and I've teaught at Waldorf schools of various types for 15 years. I have taught every grade at one time or another, and I just completed teaching 6th grade for... Read More →

Monday July 18, 2022 8:30am - Friday July 22, 2022 3:20pm PDT