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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Friday, July 15 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Student Support in our Public Waldorf Schools: Day 5

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Now more than ever, students need support in removing obstacles to their access to their natural capacities for learning in the areas of mathematics, reading, writing, and more. While some students benefit from extra time and practice to hone their skills, others continually struggle despite apparent high capacity. Accommodations help day-to-day, but should we stop there?

Rudolf Steiner suggested that educators learn to identify developmental gaps/delays that reveal the origins of learning difficulties and clues to offer ways to overcome them. In the present time, teachers of students of all ages must develop an understanding of how foundations for learning develop so that the individual support we offer becomes a regular practice interwoven into the fabric of the rich Waldorf curriculum.

General education, special educators, and administrators will benefit over the week as we explore the development of the foundations for learning, how to identify gaps/delays that underlie many learning difficulties, and ways to support our students in the removal of obstacles within the classroom setting.

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Kris Boshell

Co-Manager, Waldorf Learning Support
I discovered Rudolf Steiner’s work in 2003 through my two children through Waldorf Education. I earned my certificate for Anthroposophical training for Waldorf Grades Teaching and Remedial Education from Rudolf Steiner College (RSC) in 2009, and M.A. in Psychology from Sonoma State... Read More →

Friday July 15, 2022 11:00am - 11:50am PDT