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 • 3:00pm
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Early Childhood Education: A Week of Renewal & Practical Application:                                      
Rejuvenating yourself and your Kindergarten Community

8:30-8:50: Opening - This includes grade-level colleagues and EC participants

9:00-9:45: Song, Circle, and Movement with Anna Rainville
We will start our time together with traditional and new songs, gestures, and movements that you can bring to your classroom.

9:45-10:00: nature stretch/transition

  • Monday: Introductions - Come with a living question for the week.  This will support our two-part presentation and discussion of Developmental Stages: Core Principle #2 with Hellene Brodsky. Understanding the age level we serve and why we do what we do. What is essential?                                                         
  • Tuesday: Math in the Kindergarten with Monica Alexandra. Relevant math awareness in our classes - how what, and why?                                                                               
  • Wednesday: ELA in the Kindergarten with Monica Alexandra. The foundation of language development and critical thinking.                                                                                    
  • Thursday:    Developmental Stages: Core Principle #2 with Hellene Brodsky. Understanding the age level we serve and why we do what we do. What is essential?  Do we offer windows and mirrors in our classrooms? 
  • Friday: Beyond the Gender Binary with Ellinoa Blake. A conversation about building a classroom that fosters inclusive language, representation, and advocacy for LGBTQ.

  • Monday: Dancing Hands, Finger Games, and Therapeutic Gestures Lynn St Pierre. Experience hand games, movement, and songs to support our student development.       
  • Tuesday: Dancing Hands, Finger Games, and Therapeutic Gestures Lynn St Pierre 
  • Wednesday: Spatial Dynamics: Balance of the Teacher Lynn St Pierre 
  • Thursday: Therapeutic Eurythmy with Mary Rudd. Eurythmy stories and movements you can bring to your class!                                                                              
  • Friday: Therapeutic Eurythmy with Mary Rudd

12:00-1:00: Lunch, Nature Break, SOCIAL

1:00-3:00:  Practical Arts: Handwork as a Healing Art - Hellene S. Brodsky.
Each day we will explore a seasonal craft that you can share with the parent body, students, and community. You will need the following supplies: a sewing kit, felt sheets, wooden peg doll/s, wool roving (a variety of colors, a bar of soap, needle felting supplies, embroidery thread, painting paper and paint, a large candle, and decorating wax, silk that can be cut. Together, we will map out the week!
Monday: Friendship/Kindness Ball of yarn
Tuesday: Sew Pouch and Make Special Gnome Friend
Wednesday: Soap on a Rope - felt with hands and feet
Thursday: Single String Marionette
Friday: Share our favorite yearly projects, crafts...

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Monica Alexandra

Alliance conference
Monica Alexandra taught at Green Meadow Waldorf School for twelve years before leaving to co-found a Waldorf-inspired public school in New York City. She later helped found a Waldorf-inspired Charter school in Oakland, CA. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Sunbridge College... 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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Hellene S. Brodsky, MA

APWE BOARD/Journey School, APWE
Hellene has been a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator for over 25 years.  She has served in the Public and Independent movements working with both children and adults.  She has a Master’s in Waldorf Education with a background in School Psychology and Clinical Psychology.  Hellene... Read More →
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Ellinoa Blake

Ellinoa Blake was shaped by her Waldorf education in K-8, and went on to attend Humboldt State University where she earned a B.A. in Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Sparked by an interest around the intersection between equity and education she continued her studies... Read More →
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Lynn St. Pierre

Early Childhood Educator, Dancing Hands & Frolicking Voices
Lynn St. Pierre joyfully presents professional development for early childhood educators through in-person trainings, workshops, “live streaming” or online courses. Topics include early childhood developmental movement - loving touch, hand gesture and large movement plays, singing... Read More →
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Mary Ruud

Eurythmist, Eurythmist
Mary Ruud has taught eurythmy and has offered eurythmy therapy for 40 years in public, private and charter schools. Mary is a eurythmist, a therapeutic eurythmist and a therapeutic horsemanship instructor. She has been teaching teachers for more than 20 years, in the Great Lakes Teacher... Read More →

Monday July 18, 2022 8:30am - Friday July 22, 2022 3:00pm PDT