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.

Monday, July 18 • 8:30am - Friday, July 22 • 3:20pm
Picture of 4th Grade

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8:30-8:50am: Opening

Picture of 4th Grade with Anna Tosick
Monday: Creating Community & Developmental Stages & Riddles and Puzzles
Tuesday: Structuring the Main Lesson Block Rotation for the Year
Wednesday: Crafting the Main Lesson: Rhythm and Breathing
Thursday: Storytelling and Archetypes
Friday: Testing & Assessments: How to Infuse Measurement with Understanding and Artistry

10:20-11: Break
11-11:50: Math with Elizbeth Zettler
12-12:50: Literacy with Elizabeth Zettler
1-2: Lunch

Monday: Form Drawing with Laura Embrey Stine
This course for teachers will show a healthy sequence of forms and the best types of forms to present and teach to the children in the third and fourth grades. We will cover single forms and running forms for both grades. Fourth-grade forms will be of the woven, Celtic variety, and coloring/shading techniques will be offered. Please be prepared for class with a graphite pencil and eraser, a set of colored pencils, pencil sharpener, white paper, and a flat surface for drawing. It is helpful to have large paper for some of the forms.
Tuesday: Practical Handwork with Elizabeth Seward
3rd grade is pivotal in handwork, as in so many other ways. Children learn practical skills, and learn to take raw material – fluffy, formless, sheep’s wool – in their hands and by their own steadfast efforts to transform it into strong yarn – that can even pull their teacher across the room! This, for me, epitomizes Waldorf Education (the effort of will and the transformation, not pulling me across the room!). They may learn to dye wool, are introduced to many natural fibers and fabrics, and may also learn to weave as well as crochet.
4th grade is often a year when the social fabric of the class seems to crumble, factions or cliques appear, and in Main Lesson, fractions are taught, as well as the Götterdämmerung (Norse Myths), when things go horribly wrong. In handwork, students are taught to achieve balance and symmetry in their embroidery work and to harmonize color and form in cross-stitch.
In this session, I will introduce you to the ancient technology of spinning and we will work towards an understanding of form and color as used in cross-stitch work.
Materials Required:
For spinning: Drop spindle or make your own (instructional video), unspun wool
For cross stitch design work: 2 sheets of blank copy paper and block crayons.
Wednesday: Watercolor Painting with Neal Kennerk
Thursday: Chalkboard Drawing with Brian Wolf
Friday: Singing Games and Folk Dancing with Anna Rainville

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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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Elizabeth Zettler

Lead Teacher Grade 2/Faculty Co-Chair
Elizabeth Zettler is currently a 2nd Grade teacher at Spring River School where she integrates Waldorf teaching methods in an outdoor forest classroom.Elizabeth has Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees in Vocal Performance both with a focus in operatic singing, as well as a Masters... 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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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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Anna Tosick

teacher, Bolinas-Stinson Union School District
Anna raised her son on the Big Island  of Hawai'i where she was one of the founding teachers at Kona Pacific Public Charter school, the first Title 1 Waldorf Charter school in the country. She looped with her first class from grade 2- 8, taught  a 3-4 loop, served as the Teacher... 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 →

Anna Elise Rainville

Class Teacher, Golden Valley Orchard School

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