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.

Tuesday, July 12 • 10:00am - 10:50am
Social Justice Perspective to the Grades Curriculum (Day 2)

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Through this three-day course, participants will delve into strategies to bridge the gap between modern social justice work and the K-8 Waldorf curriculum. We will explore ways of incorporating lessons that bring an anti-racist, feminist, class conscious, multicultural, indigenous, and LGBTQ+ perspective to the traditional Waldorf approach. Using the social justice curriculum created by the Social Justice Committee at Yuba River Charter School as a jumping-off point, participants will gain resources and awareness of ways of deepening and augmenting the traditional Waldorf approach to bring in marginalized voices. I will use my own experience as a veteran classroom teacher to lead conversations around the age-appropriateness of different content and how to connect this social justice work to Steiner's indications. This course will seek to build a bridge between the wisdom of the Waldorf approach and the pressing needs of the social issues of our time.

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Elliot Calloway

6th grade lead teacher, Yuba River Charter School
I discovered Waldorf education as a high school student at Kimberton Waldorf School in Pennsylvania. Ever since, then, I have been hooked. After graduating from Prescott College with a BA and Chapman University with an MAT, I worked as a class teacher at Journey School in Orange County... Read More →

Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am PDT