2016 Educators’ Conference

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Waldorf Education: Principles, Practices, and Innovation

February 17 to February 19
A conference for Waldorf teachers, administrators, and staff

The task of bringing Waldorf Education to children has two sides: on the one hand are the abiding principles that make Waldorf what it is, that make “Waldorf” a meaningful term. On the other hand, there are continually changing, specific circumstances that create a context for these principles. In this conference, we will look at the tension between the abiding principles and the specific circumstances, and how a truly creative education can arise out of conscious engagement with both poles.

The opening lecture given by Elan Leibner, Chair of the Pedagogical Section Council of North America, will look at social networks as representative phenomena of the world into which children are being born. Without prejudice, we have to observe the nature and impact of these ubiquitous networks, and see what may be asked of us as educators as consequence.

In the late morning, we will then set to work on a process called “Responsible Innovation” through which a faculty can establish baseline agreements for what the task of educating the children in a particular school entails. Each teacher will then develop one innovative idea and refine it through conversations and support from peers. We will end with a series of demonstrations of responsible new possibilities, hoping to inspire everyone to meet the specific children and circumstances of his/her school while remaining true to the abiding principles of Waldorf pedagogy.

Afternoon sessions will include a variety of pedagogical and artistic offerings.  The topics include: Teaching Math in the Middle School, Understanding Person, House, Tree Drawings, Movement Journeys in Kindergarten and First Grade Readiness, Drawing with Block Crayons in the Early Grades, Blackboard Drawing, Felting, Learning to Play the Recorder, Singing, and Speech.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, February 17

The schedule for Wednesday is as follows:

  • 8:15 a.m.  Welcome and Singing  (with Carma Feigal)
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.    Opening Lecture – Waldorf Education in the Age of Social Media (Elan Leibner)
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.   Break
  • 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.   Discussion – Core Principles, Practices and Innovations  (Elan Leibner)
  • 11:15 to 11:30 a.m.   Short Break
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Artistic work – Speech (based on the theme of the morning)
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.   Lunch and Optional Conversation Groups (initiated by attendees)
  • 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.   Focus Groups on Pedagogy (choose one): Teaching Math in the Middle School,  Understanding Person, House, Tree Drawings, Movement Journeys in Kindergarten and First Grade Readiness,  or Drawing with Block Crayons in the Early Grades
  • 2:45 to 3:00 p.m.   Short break
  • 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   Artistic Work (choose one): Blackboard Drawing, Felting, Learning to Play the Recorder, Singing, or Speech

Thursday, February 18

The schedule for Thursday is as follows:

  • 8:15 a.m.   Singing  (with Carma Feigal)
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.   An Introduction to Innovation in Waldorf Education (Elan Leibner)
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.   Break
  • 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.   Working Session on Innovation (Elan Leibner)
  • 11:15 to 11:30 a.m. Short Break
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Artistic work – Speech (based on the theme of the morning)
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.    Lunch and Optional Conversation Groups (initiated by attendees)
  • 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.    Focus Groups on Pedagogy continue:  Teaching Math in the Middle School,  Understanding Person, House, Tree Drawings,  Movement Journeys in Kindergarten and First Grade Readiness,  or Drawing with Block Crayons in the Early Grades
  • 2:45 to 3:00 p.m.    Short break
  • 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.   Artistic Work continues: Blackboard Drawing, Felting, Learning to Play the Recorder, Singing, or Speech

Friday, February 19

The schedule for Friday is as follows:

  • 8:15 a.m.   Singing  (with Carma Feigal)
  • 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.    Recap of Work on Innovation in Waldorf Education (Elan Leibner)
  • 9:30 to 10:00 a.m.    Break
  • 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.    Group work to prepare for Presentations (Elan Leibner)
  • 10:45 to 11:00 a.m.    Short Break
  • 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.   Presentations
  • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.   Reflections and Closing

Registration

To confirm your spot, please chose the full-day or half-day option and then register using the link below:

  • Full-Day Option – Cost  $175 *early bird special* by February 1 , $195 after February 1.  The full-day conference fee includes snacks and two lunches.
  • Half-Day Option – Option to pay $110 to attend only the 3 morning sessions (until 12:30 p.m.) focused on the theme of Waldorf Education: Principles, Practices, and Innovation.

To register, click here.

Location

The conference will be hosted by Mountain Phoenix Community School on our beautiful campus:

4725 Miller Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80211

Questions?

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Kelly Morrow, the conference coordinator. She can be reached at klmorrow@jeffco.k12.co.us.

 

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