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 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Handwork for Mindfulness

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Children (and adults) are still working hard to re-gain their balance and find their footing again after the disruption of the last two years. Engaging in handwork will help them. The rhythmical, repetitive, bilateral movements increase the production of serotonin, helping to calm and comfort a person. Holding the work in your hands creates a personal ‘safe space’; working alongside others can facilitate companionable silence or easy conversation. Working with your hands means you are taking hold of something real, and the world is no longer at arm’s length. Giving away something you have made re-establishes a tangible relationship.
Together we will explore the healing value of mindful handwork as we engage in a slow stitching project together.

Materials required:
Small scraps of attractive fabric, needle, scissors, and sewing thread.
I will provide an instructional video that you may like to watch ahead of time.

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Elizabeth Seward

Director, Waldorf Handwork Educators
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you and sharing and discussing with you what I have learned in my career teaching (mostly) handwork, but with an equally balanced eye – and my other foot – indulging my love for academia.On Saturday, my session at 2pm is  "It all Makes Sense"On... Read More →

Friday July 15, 2022 1:00pm - 1:50pm PDT