Course List and Registration

Summer Series 2016

We have an exciting roster of courses and workshops in store for summer 2016 on a variety of Waldorf-related topics, offering professional development for those already working in Waldorf Education, and introductory experiences for those contemplating a career change or simply seeking personal enrichment.

This summer’s selections include an expanded array of 3-day courses as well as several new 2-day workshops. Opportunities abound to combine shorter offerings (our 3-days fit neatly alongside relevant 2-days) or just choose your 5-day favorite. With 22 in all, there’s sure to be one (or more) Summer Series experiences right for you.

Discounts are available when combining select titles. See each description (or our registration form) for fee options.

Registration is now open! Click here to view our registration form or click open any title below.

Click here to see At a Glance listings by length & date

Click here to see our Recommended Course Combinations

Click here to see a Calendar View (scroll to bottom of pdf for color key).

Note: We have a minimum number of students needed to run each Summer Series offering, as well as a maximum number of spaces available in each classroom. To be certain to get into the course or workshop of your choice, be sure to get your registration in as soon as possible. Wait lists will be made available as necessary

If you have any questions, please contact Ayla Dunn, our Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator, at 845-425-0055 x20 or summer@sunbridge.edu, for assistance.

Descriptions and Registration (listed by category)

Leadership 

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Collaborative Leadership: Personalized Strategies for Becoming a More Effective Member of Your Leadership Team

with Joachim Ziegler, PhD, Organizational Development and Leadership Consultant and Jessica Heffernan Ziegler, Organizational Development Consultant and Sunbridge Executive Director

July 24-29

Professional development for decision-makers (including administrators, directors, board and committee members, and faculty chairs) working in Waldorf schools or other workplace settings

No matter what your position or title is (administrator, department head, board member, faculty or section chair, director, administrative committee member, college of teachers member,  staffer, key volunteer, etc.), if you participate in a planning or problem-solving process in your school, business, or organization, you have leadership responsibilities. In this highly-useful course for leaders/decision-makers, our focus is on practical work. Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being and successfully applied in organizations from multi-million dollar nationals to Waldorf schools, you will learn how to improve your effectiveness as a member of your leadership team.

Each participant is asked to bring to the course his or her own organizational question, project, or challenge. Using your real-life cases, we will apply these four core models for collaborative leadership:

  • Three main leadership tasks: maintaining and creating identity / creating space for healthy, stable relationships / assuring professional results
  • Diagnostic and planning tools: how to look at an organization as a whole and understand the dynamics of intersecting segments
  • How to create processes toward healthy decision-making
  • The balance between power and trust

Your course takeaway will be an individualized action plan for the question, project, or challenge you have brought with you, along with an understanding of the necessary skill set with which to execute it.

BonusOngoing coaching support! To support you as you implement throughout the year what you have learned and practiced during the summer, this course includes conference calls facilitated by co-instructor Jessica Heffernan Ziegler scheduled from October through May. In these one-and-a-half-hour-long coaching conversations, you and your classmates will continue to hone your collaborative leadership skills, addressing and supporting one another’s progress and challenges, and so gain further insights, understanding, and expertise.

SBSU14-7.25-1310878 Joachim croppedJoachim Ziegler, PhD, has been working in the fields of Organizational Development and Human Resources Development since 1994. A partner in MIRA, an international group of consultants, Joachim’s current list of American and international clients encompasses the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as anthroposophical institutions and Waldorf schools. Joachim is a member of the College of Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum and the international Association for Social Development and has taught at the University of Muenster and at Germany’s first private university in Herdecke. He holds an MA in Adult Education and a PhD in Medical Education.


DSC_0698 JZ April 2015Jessica Heffernan Ziegler
 is Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute. She has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers in both the US and Germany since 2004, with a focus on governance issues, personnel development, and leadership skills. Prior to joining Sunbridge in 2008, Jessica was co-founder and administrator of a Waldorf school in Everswinkel, Germany.  She holds a BS in Business Management.

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Students who took Collaborative Leadership in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ The experience and dedication to the whole process that our facilitators brought to a very rich and full week was very, very satisfying.

~The professional material was exceptional. The clarity of the presentation was superb.

~ There was a surprisingly beautiful balance of theory and artistic work that was completely relevant and complimentary.

Excellent content, excellent presenters. 

~ I am working in a school, yet I know I can also apply this training to any business.

~ I’ve been wanting to take this course for some time; I will encourage others from my school to attend.

The coaching calls have been helpful on several levels… having a like-minded community of school leadership team members reflecting on the same topic at the same time deepens the quality of our leadership process (and keeps) our summer work focused and moving forward.

~ This course exceeded my expectations!

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$840 (includes all materials, coaching calls, and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

Register

Introductory and General Topics

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Eurythmy and the Growing Child: How Does Eurythmy Support and Enhance the Waldorf Curriculum?

with Eurythmy Spring Valley

July 3

Open to all but especially relevant for Waldorf teachers and parents 

Eurythmy is essential in order for Waldorf Education to fully serve the child. But what is eurythmy? What does it actually do for the child? How does it fit into the Waldorf curriculum, and what is its contribution and impact?

In this highly experiential workshop, you will deepen your understanding of why this art form is so essential to the Waldorf pedagogy, and experience for yourself elements of the eurythmy curriculum from kindergarten across the grades. Through discussion and activity you will:

  • Discover what eurythmy reveals about human development
  • Work your way through the development of the child by means of exercises appropriate to each developmental phase
  • See how the Waldorf curriculum comes to life through movement and gesture
  • Learn about the interplay between eurythmy and academic experiences
  • Acquire the language and understanding to talk about eurythmy to Waldorf parents in a valuable way
  • Work, play, laugh, and have fun!

Eurythmy and the Growing Child is designed as both a stand-alone as well as a means of enhancing your experience in another Summer Series 2016 offering.

Workshop Schedule
Sunday: 3:15pm registration. Workshop runs from 3:30-5:30pm

Workshop Fee
$35 when also registering for any other Summer Series offering, or $40 as a stand-alone; Sunbridge program students also receive the $35 fee (NOTE: There are no refunds given for this workshop.)

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Waldorf Weekend: Foundations and Fundamentals of Waldorf Education from Early Childhood through High School

with Anna Silber of Sunbridge Institute and Harlan Gilbert of Green Meadow Waldorf School

July 22-24

Open to all, but especially relevant for new and prospective Waldorf community members (teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, board members) and lovers of education

Our popular Waldorf Weekend workshop is designed to provide an in-depth and experiential survey of the basis and the basics of Waldorf Education.

In addition to exploring the Waldorf curriculum, this workshop includes a discussion of Rudolf Steiner’s insights in human development and a look into the anthroposophical underpinnings of the Waldorf impulse. You’ll enjoy hands-on artistic activities such as music, movement, and drawing, and there’ll be plenty of time for questions and answers. Our Waldorf Weekends are a most memorable—and fun!—learning experience.

Anna Silber (Lead Instructor) is Sunbridge Institute’s Director of Education. Anna taught as a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY) for five years and served there as a member of the Teacher Development Committee; she also worked with the Green Meadow administrator on curriculum-related projects and offered teacher support. Anna is a founding member of The Clover Hill School, a Waldorf early childhood initiative in Norwalk, CT. She has been a student of anthroposophy for many years and has lectured about Waldorf Education throughout the region. Prior to her work in Waldorf Education, she had a career in commercial real estate finance at J.P. Morgan Investment Management. Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in geography from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in elementary education from Sunbridge College.

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Students who took this workshop in previous summers had this to say:

~ The weekend has been wonderful. The information was communicated in a clear way, and I feel like I have a much deeper understanding of what it means to look at the world through the Waldorf lens.

~ The weekend was outstanding! I was deeply inspired, both as a teacher and as a human being.

~ Highly informed, warm-hearted facilitators with a deep concern for the group’s understanding and experience.

~ I am in awe of Anna, and cannot say enough good things about her.

~ This was one of the single most wonderful weekends in my life. I came with the intention of learning more about Waldorf Education. I am leaving with a feeling of a shifting of my soul.

~  This was a wonderful workshop, and I highly recommend that everyone from teacher to parents take interest and reap the benefits.

Workshop Schedule
Friday: 6:45pm registration. Session runs from 7:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday: Session runs from 9:00am-5:30pm, with time for breaks and lunch.

Sunday: Session runs from 9:00am-1:00pm.

Workshop Fee
$115 when also registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or 2-day workshop, or $225 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Storytelling as Antidote for the Digital Dilemma: How to Create and Tell Stories that Rebalance and Restore

with Nancy Mellon of Healing Story

July 21-22

Open to teachers, parents, counselors, therapists, healers, and story-lovers of all backgrounds 

Led by a master (and beloved!) storyteller, this inspiring workshop delivers insight into the spells cast by electronic devices, and offers practical advice for originating and applying stories that restore balance and well-being.

You will:

  • Learn how to create specific plot-lines and characters that help relieve unhealthy electronic dependencies
  • Build a repertoire of age-appropriate stories to meet technology with increased clarity and ease
  • Develop a pharmacopeia of practical storytelling skills
  • Discover your inner storyteller as a healing presence

Nancy Mellon for websiteNancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. A psychotherapist, mentor, and author (Storytelling with ChildrenStorytelling and the Art of Imagination, Body Eloquence), for thirty years she has awakened the goodness, truth, and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy teaches widely in the US and abroad, following the path of storytelling deep into the physiological processes of the human body and pioneering new awareness of the relationship between language, imagination, and well-being. She has been connected with the Waldorf movement since 1976. To learn more about Nancy and her work, visit her website, www.healingstory.com.

Students who took a storytelling course with Nancy in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ The quality of this course was outstanding…superb!

~ I felt inspired by Nancy’s presence, generosity, and intelligent heart.

~ The course was very experiential, offering daily opportunities for both group and personal story-crafting. Nancy’s insights and lifelong study of storytelling guided our direction skillfully.

~ Nancy brought true human warmth and wisdom to our circle.

~ Nancy’s (lessons) were well-planned and thoughtful. Her insights into our soul life and the soul life of the children is what is most needed today and now.

~ It was all so excellent.

~ This class was life-changing for me.

Workshop Schedule
All day Thursday starting 8-8:30am, through 3:30pm Friday

Workshop Fee
$260 when also registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or $285 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

Register

 Early Childhood 

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Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education: An Immersion in the World of the Waldorf Nursery/Kindergarten

with Lisa Miccio of Green Meadow Waldorf School

June 26-July 1 

Open to current and prospective Waldorf early childhood educators, parents and grandparents, and anyone interested in working with young children

Join us for a wondrous journey! In this comprehensive course, we’ll explore the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. Through the guidance of a highly experienced Waldorf early childhood educator, you’ll delve into child development; learn about rhythms, transitions, and the cycle of the year; explore the importance of play; examine the inner development of the teacher; experience lessons in handwork, art, movement, and circle time activities; and develop a true practical understanding of Waldorf early childhood education. A perennial Sunbridge summer favorite, this course has launched many early childhood careers!

Lisa_Miccio Lisa Miccio teaches kindergarten at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), where she also co-chairs the Early Childhood section and sits on the Collegium Committee and the Board of Trustees. Lisa has been in education for 19 years, with 16 years experience as a Waldorf early childhood educator. In addition to her nine years as a member of the Green Meadow faculty, Lisa’s experience includes teaching at Mountain Laurel Waldorf School (NY) and Dayspring Community School (NY). She holds a BA in English from the College of Charleston, an MS in Elementary Education from CW Post, Long Island University, and an MS in Waldorf Education from Sunbridge College.

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Students who took this course with Lisa previously had this to say:

~ I have attended many, many seminars/workshops. I honestly feel this is the best I have encountered.

~ The course was amazing!

~ Lisa really brought a lot of the questions that came up back to her experience and this was so valuable to listen to. She is gentle and calm and you can tell really loves teaching this material.

~ If there is a better example of a Waldorf teacher, I would not believe it! Lisa embodied the ideals.

~ Wonderful course! A great mix of lecture, discussion, and play

~ I will carry the experience of painting with Lisa for a long time. 

~ This course came highly recommended and it far exceeded my expectations.

~ THANK YOU!! This was exceptional.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$805 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)
(NOTE: This course sold out last year. Don’t wait too long if you are thinking of registering!)

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Fostering the Mood of the Fifth: Deepening our Work in Early Childhood through Music

with Connie Manson of Suncoast Waldorf School

July 24-27

A professional development course for early childhood educators

As early childhood educators, how can we use our voices, as well as instrumental music, to meet young children where they are and to assist in their natural unfolding? Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on exercises, this course will provide you with essential insights and tools for working with the Mood of the Fifth in your own early childhood setting.

Through this course, you will:

  • Practice simple and fun vocal exercises to establish an ease and confidence in your singing voice
  • Discover and play with imaginative vocal sounds and simple instruments that can be woven into circle time activities
  • Practice bringing the kinderlyre to life and expanding your kinderlyre repertoire for story time and rest periods
  • Play with music notation and the art of creating original songs

Starlite Puppets Puppet Storytelling connie croppedConnie Manson has taught Waldorf nursery, kindergarten, and parent-child programs for two decades and currently teaches kindergarten and music in the grades at Suncoast Waldorf School (FL). The founder of Starlite Puppets, Connie has shared the magic of puppetry and music as a professional storyteller/puppeteer through many workshops for parents, performing artists, and teachers of young children in Waldorf schools and training centers nationwide (you can catch a video of Connie discussing her work here). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and earned a master’s degree in education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College.

Students who took a course with Connie in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ Connie Manson is so inspiring.

~ It was excellent. Connie is amazing!

~ So pleased and delighted by Connie’s expertise and ability to connect and share.

~ Connie lives to share her professional knowledge and experience, and creates a very fertile atmosphere for creativity and imagination.

~ Connie was masterful.  It was a joy working with her.

~ Every moment was magic.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Meaningful Crafts for Early Childhood: Creative Projects through the Cycle of the Year

with Connie Manson of Suncoast Waldorf School

July 28-29

A workshop for early childhood educators; also open to parents, grandparents, and others

The cycle of the year offers an artistic wellspring to guide our work with young children. Come join others in a studio setting and create seasonal craft projects that celebrate the unfolding year. We will explore the importance of working with nature and the seasons in both practical and artistic ways.

Workshop will include these themes and take-home projects:

  • Getting creative with small nature gardens for use on a nature table or for children to take home
  • Exploring the possibilities of wet felting with children
  • Discovering the magic of finger puppets and their accompanying songs and stories
  • Creating wool pompom animals

Starlite Puppets Puppet Storytelling connie croppedConnie Manson has taught Waldorf nursery, kindergarten, and parent-child programs for two decades and currently teaches kindergarten and music in the grades at Suncoast Waldorf School (FL). The founder of Starlite Puppets, Connie has shared the magic of puppetry and music as a professional storyteller/puppeteer through many workshops for parents, performing artists, and teachers of young children in Waldorf schools and training centers nationwide (you can catch a video of Connie discussing her work here). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and earned a master’s degree in education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College.

Students who took a course with Connie in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ Connie Manson is so inspiring.

~ It was excellent. Connie is amazing!

~ So pleased and delighted by Connie’s expertise and ability to connect and share.

~ Connie lives to share her professional knowledge and experience, and creates a very fertile atmosphere for creativity and imagination.

~ Connie was masterful.  It was a joy working with her.

~ Every moment was magic.

Workshop Schedule
All day Thursday starting at 8-8:30am, through 3:30pm Friday

Workshop Fee
$270 when also registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or $295 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Considering First Grade Readiness: Is the Child Ready for First Grade, and Is First Grade Ready for the Child?

with Valerie Poplawski of The Hartsbrook School and Elyce Perico of The Hartsbrook School

June 26-29

Professional development for early childhood educators, early grades teachers, and pedagogical chairs

What is expected and required of the child in first grade? What can kindergarten and first grade teachers do to foster a healthy transition?

This course is an opportunity to focus on a topic that affects the child, the family, and the health of a school. Through the guidance of a highly experienced working team of an early childhood educator and an educational support coordinator, we will explore the components of first grade readiness and readiness assessments; variances in child development (and ways of addressing them); and essential considerations for the first grade teacher in ensuring a successful transition. We will also cover the need for active partnering with parents throughout the kindergarten-to-first grade process and how to build those requisite communication skills.

Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice, you will explore:

  • Getting to know today’s children
  • Integration, incarnation, and the stages of development
  • The connection between movement and learning, including exploration of the four foundational senses and ways of strengthening them
  • Sharing and practicing essential components of a first grade assessment
  • Potential interventions and therapeutic activities for the classroom
  • Ideas for building a strong bridge into first grade

You will come away with helpful resource lists and study materials, as well as examples of assessment forms, letters to parents, and formats for parent information evenings.

NOTE: Since first-grade readiness is a team endeavor, we recommended signing up all members of your working team.

Elyce PericoElyce Perico is the Educational Support Coordinator at The Hartsbrook School (MA), where she is chair of the Educational Support Group and served as a class teacher for 13 years.  She also serves on the Board of the Association for a Healing Education. Elyce received a BM in Music/Performance from the University of Miami, an MAEd from Touro University/Rudolf Steiner College, and her Waldorf Teacher Certification from Sunbridge College. She holds a Trans-disciplinary Therapeutic Educator (Remedial) Certification through the Gradalis Training, is a Certified HANDLE Screener, and is certified in Initial Level Orton Gillingham Reading Approach, while currently in the Advanced Level training.

Valerie Poplawski croppedValerie Poplawski teaches a mixed-age kindergarten at The Hartsbrook School (MA). She has taught in a Waldorf school for almost 30 years, first at Wynstones School in Gloucester, England, and at Hartsbrook since 1988. Valerie initially taught eurythmy and handwork until her own two young sons led her into the world of early childhood: she co-founded Hartsbrook’s Cricket on The Hearth program, one of the first Waldorf parent/toddler programs in the country. A contributor to First Grade Readiness: Resources, Insights and Tools for Waldorf Educators (Nancy Blanning, editor), Valerie earned a BA from the University of Lancaster, a Certificate of Pedagogical Eurythmy from Emerson College, and a Diploma in Eurythmy from Camphill Eurythmy School, England.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

Register

 

Grades 9-12 

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A Fresh Look at High School English: Examining and Expanding the 9th-12th Grade Literature, Speech, and Drama Curriculum for a Global World

with Carol Bärtges of the Rudolf Steiner School

     July 10-13

Professional development for Waldorf high school English, drama, literature, and speech teachers, and faculty chairs.

What is essential for us to teach our Waldorf high schoolers and how can we further develop the grades 9-12 English curriculum?  This course takes a fresh look at the Waldorf high school literature, speech, and drama curriculum and explores ways of broadening and deepening it to reflect a global world.

In this course, you will:

  • Explore the essential (and non-essential) themes of the high school curriculum in literature, speech, and drama
  • Take an in-depth look at English main lesson blocks in grades 9-12
  • Discover ways to renew the Waldorf curriculum as we consider the 21st century world
  • Examine the capacities needed by teachers to meet today’s students

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

Carol Bärtges teaches high school Humanities at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, where she has also served as a class teacher and middle school English teacher.  A Steiner School graduate, and a faculty member of nearly four decades, she sits on the School’s Board of Trustees and College of Teachers. Carol also serves on the AWSNA Leadership Council, representing the Mid-Atlantic region. She  holds a BA in English/Drama from Williams College, an MA and MPhil in English from NYU, and is finishing her PhD in Comparative Literature at CUNY’s Graduate Center.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

Register

Grades 1-8 

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Considering First Grade Readiness: Is the Child Ready for First Grade, and Is First Grade Ready for the Child?

with Valerie Poplawski of The Hartsbrook School and Elyce Perico of The Hartsbrook School

June 26-29

Professional development  for early childhood educators, early grades teachers, and pedagogical chairs

What is expected and required of the child in first grade? What can kindergarten and first grade teachers do to foster a healthy transition?

This course is an opportunity to focus on a topic that affects the child, the family, and the health of a school. Through the guidance of a highly experienced working team of an early childhood educator and an educational support coordinator, we will explore the components of first grade readiness and readiness assessments; variances in child development (and ways of addressing them); and essential considerations for the first grade teacher in ensuring a successful transition. We will also cover the need for active partnering with parents throughout the kindergarten-to-first grade process and how to build those requisite communication skills.

Through presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice, you will explore:

  • Getting to know the child of today
  • Integration, incarnation, and the stages of development
  • The connection between movement and learning, including exploration of the four foundational senses and ways of strengthening them
  • Sharing and practicing essential components of a first grade assessment
  • Potential interventions and therapeutic activities for the classroom
  • Ideas for building a strong bridge into first grade

You will come away with helpful resource lists and study materials, as well as examples of assessment forms, letters to parents, and formats for parent information evenings.

NOTE: Since first-grade readiness is a team endeavor, we recommended signing up all members of your working team.

Elyce PericoElyce Perico is the Educational Support Coordinator at The Hartsbrook School (MA), where she is chair of the Educational Support Group and served as a class teacher for 13 years.  She also serves on the Board of the Association for a Healing Education. Elyce received a BM in Music/Performance from the University of Miami, an MAEd from Touro University/Rudolf Steiner College, and her Waldorf Teacher Certification from Sunbridge College. She holds a Trans-disciplinary Therapeutic Educator (Remedial) Certification through the Gradalis Training, is a Certified HANDLE Screener, and is certified in Initial Level Orton Gillingham Reading Approach, while currently in the Advanced Level training.

Valerie Poplawski croppedValerie Poplawski teaches a mixed-age kindergarten at The Hartsbrook School (MA). She has taught in a Waldorf school for almost 30 years, first at Wynstones School in Gloucester, England, and at Hartsbrook since 1988. Valerie initially taught eurythmy and handwork until her own two young sons led her into the world of early childhood: she co-founded Hartsbrook’s Cricket on The Hearth program, one of the first Waldorf parent/toddler programs in the country. A contributor to First Grade Readiness: Resources, Insights and Tools for Waldorf Educators (Nancy Blanning, editor), Valerie earned a BA from the University of Lancaster, a Certificate of Pedagogical Eurythmy from Emerson College, and a Diploma in Eurythmy from Camphill Eurythmy School, England.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

Register

 

Approaching Grade One: Inspiration and Guidance

with Tommi Morgan of Sunbridge Institute 

July 17-22

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming first grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the first grade child in depth as he or she crosses the bridge into elementary school. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the first grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your course will include such key first grade topics as the telling of fairy tales and nature stories; teaching form drawing; and introducing consonants and vowels;as well as the qualities of numbers and the four processes in arithmetic. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

Tommi P1050585Tommi Morgan is a faculty member in Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program where she teaches courses in science and the humanities. She is also co-director of the teacher education program at Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy (WA) and formerly directed Waldorf teacher training in China. An educator since 1985, Tommi has worked as a class teacher, a subject teacher, and a block teacher; she currently mentors and evaluates teachers at Waldorf schools across North America and continues to teach lower school blocks whenever possible. Tommi studied at the University of Washington where she received a BA in English, a Washington State teaching certificate, and an MAEd; she also attended Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College (CA). She enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her husband and three children, and has recently had a grandson added to her family joys.

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Students who took Approaching Grade One in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ This course was rich in practical, everyday ideas, as well as big-picture overview and mood.

~ The quality was excellent.

~ I was impressed by the amount of content covered.

~ I loved how the study took concepts of anthroposophy and put them into the specific context of first grade in a way that is immediately practical while also strengthening my overall understanding.

~ The information taught left me with a solid foundation from which to now build on for the year to come.

~ My expectations were not only met, they were exceeded.

Course Schedule

Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Two: Inspiration and Guidance

with Jennifer Rosenstein of the Waldorf School of Princeton

July 3-8

Professional development  for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming second grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the second grade child in depth. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the second grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your course will be chock-full of key second grade topics such as the telling of legends and saint stories, teaching form drawing, developing new steps toward literacy, and new steps in arithmetic. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

(Should you wish to further prepare for your work in the classroom, you may choose to register also for Managing Your Teaching, our 2-day workshop held immediately preceding your course. Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education, we also recommend Eurythmy and the Growing Child, our afternoon workshop held immediately preceding your course.)


Jennifer Rosenstein's pictureJennifer Rosenstein is currently class teacher for the second grade at the Waldorf School of Princeton.  Prior to coming to Princeton, she taught at the Waldorf School of Baltimore and at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. In addition to having several years of teaching experience in the grades, Jen was a founding teacher of the Shining Rivers Waldorf School in St. Louis, Missouri, and also taught in Sunbridge College’s Teacher Education Program. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English and history from the University of the Incarnate Word and received her Waldorf teacher training certification from Antioch New England Graduate School.

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Students who took Approaching Grade Two in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ The course was extremely informative, joyful, and inspiring.

~ It was comprehensive and full of great ideas and good sharing.

~ The course was great! I feel very prepared to plan and enter my grade 2 year.

~ This course was terrific! Practical application blended with artistry and personal development.

~ Overall, excellent!

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Creative Lessons in Science and Technology for Grades 1-6: Innovative Teaching and Curriculum Development

with Harlan Gilbert of Green Meadow Waldorf School

July 17-20

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

In this dynamic course, we will trace a path across the grades leading from the earliest nature studies to scientific experiment and from the simplest crafts to modern technology—all to help teachers recognize and learn how to draw out the myriad opportunities that exist within the Waldorf curriculum for developing creative, age-appropriate science and technology lessons starting in the earliest grades. We will discuss how this approach is applicable to other subject areas as well, to help you expand your facility in curriculum development across all disciplines.

Themes will include:

  • Ways to integrate science and technology as inspiring components of Waldorf Education in the lower grades, and why this is of value and importance
  • Holistic approaches to working with scientific themes
  • Examples of nature studies in the early years that bring students into deeper and more meaningful contact with their environment
  • Projects that exemplify curriculum- and age-appropriate technologies
  • Ways to communicate these concepts to colleagues and parents

During this course, participants will work collaboratively on curriculum development and develop and present sample lessons.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

Harlan resizedHarlan Gilbert is in his thirteenth year of teaching math and philosophy at Green Meadow Waldorf High School (NY). He also teaches form drawing, geometry, and anthroposophical studies in the Applied Arts teacher education program at the Fiber Craft Studio. Harlan began his involvement with Waldorf Education as an assistant in early childhood programs and served as a class teacher for six years. His book, At the Source: the Incarnation of the Child and the Development of a Modern Pedagogy, was published by AWSNA Press in 2005. Harlan’s undergraduate education was in mathematics and natural science at Yale and Reed, in architecture at the Boston Architecture Center, and in eurythmy at the Eurythmeum Zuccoli in Switzerland. He holds a Waldorf teaching certificate from Emerson College, England and a master’s in elementary education from Sunbridge College.

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Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Three: Inspiration and Guidance

Instructor TBA

July 3-8

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming third grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the third grade child in depth as he or she experiences the nine-year change. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the third grader in a deep and meaningful way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management,

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your course will be chock-full of key third grade topics, including the telling of Old Testament stories; developing literacy; expanding arithmetic skills; teaching time and measurement; and ways of approaching farming and house-building. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, movement, and music, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

(Should you wish to further prepare for your work in the classroom, you may choose to register also for Managing Your Teaching, our 2-day workshop held immediately preceding your course. Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education, we also recommend Eurythmy and the Growing Child, our afternoon workshop held immediately preceding your course.)

Students who took Approaching Grade Three in 2015 had this to say:

~ This course was exceptional.

~ I found the quality of content and detail to be quite nourishing. It laid the framework for the curriculum, and I am leaving feeling prepared for my own journey.

~ I was VERY fulfilled with our study!

~ The days (have been) full, rich, enlightening, with room given for each topic, and space for discussion and questions.

~ I enjoyed the experience that each teacher brought. It was great to also have a place to share our own experiences and journeys, and learn from each other.

~ It went beyond my expectations.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Storytelling through the Grades: Supporting a Healthy Social Life in the Classroom

with Nancy Mellon of Healing Story

July 17-20

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

Storytelling is used extensively throughout the Waldorf grades to convey curriculum content. But how can teachers also use this tool to address the social life of the classroom? This course, led by a longtime storyteller and Waldorf consultant, draws upon the grades 1-8 curriculum to explore the use of storytelling in supporting the developmental needs of school-aged children and the social fabric of the class. Participants will be guided in how to create their own stories to address a broad variety of social issues and themes.

In this course, you will:

  • Discover how the process of telling stories can artfully address and transform a myriad of social challenges in and around the classroom
  • Learn how to adapt stories from across the Waldorf curriculum
  • Explore how to develop imagination and intuition, and use personal anecdotes, in creating stories that confidently support a healthy social life
  • Practice skills of the dynamic storyteller for storytelling that meets the moment

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

(Should you wish to further expand your storytelling experience with Nancy Mellon, you may choose to register also for Storytelling as Antidote for the Digital Dilemma, our 2-day workshop held immediately following your course.)

Nancy Mellon for websiteNancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. A psychotherapist, mentor, and author (Storytelling with ChildrenStorytelling and the Art of Imagination, Body Eloquence), for thirty years she has awakened the goodness, truth, and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy teaches widely in the US and abroad, following the path of storytelling deep into the physiological processes of the human body and pioneering new awareness of the relationship between language, imagination, and well-being. She has been connected with the Waldorf movement since 1976. To learn more about Nancy and her work, visit her website, www.healingstory.com.How can the fine arts support the development of the early adolescent? What are the expectations and requirements of the arts in the middle school curriculum? How can teachers develop the skills necessary to support their students and fulfill their need for beautiful, meaningful artistic experiences?

Students who took a storytelling course with Nancy in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ The quality of this course was outstanding…superb!

~ I felt inspired by Nancy’s presence, generosity, and intelligent heart.

~ The course was very experiential, offering daily opportunities for both group and personal story-crafting. Nancy’s insights and lifelong study of storytelling guided our direction skillfully.

~ Nancy brought true human warmth and wisdom to our circle.

~ Nancy’s (lessons) were well-planned and thoughtful. Her insights into our soul life and the soul life of the children is what is most needed today and now.

~ This class was life-changing for me.

~ It was all so excellent.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Recognizing Learning Challenges: Guidance for Grades Teachers

with Connie Helms of Balance in Childhood and Adolescence

June 26-29

Professional development for Waldorf class and subject teachers and homeschool parents

This course is designed to help you hone your ability to perceive the needs of your students and gain tools for addressing hindrances to learning. Under the expert guidance of a learning and development specialist, you will deepen your understanding of the connection between cognitive skills and early child development, explore ways to address learning concerns in early and middle grades classrooms, and develop discernment to determine when referrals to specialists are called for. A familiarity with the four foundational senses is helpful.

This course will cover topics such as:

  • How to read physical, postural, and behavioral cues that inform you of a child’s needs in the classroom
  • Ways to help children focus (and daydream!)
  • Using body geography in teaching
  • Considering the movable classroom
  • Knowing when to refer to specialists

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.

Connie HelmsConnie Helms is a learning and development specialist offering a wealth of experience of working with children. Her 30 years in teaching includes serving as a special educator in public schools and as an Educational Support teacher at the Lake Champlain Waldorf School (VT.) In her Vermont-based practice, Balance in Childhood and Adolescence, Connie uses the Extra Lesson with children, adolescents, and adults. She is also a consultant to Waldorf schools in the US and mentors Waldorf Educational Support teachers. Connie serves on the board of the Association for a Healing Education and is co-director of the AHE Educational Support Training. The mother of three adult children who attended Waldorf schools from nursery through grade eight, she received a BA in psychology from Connecticut College, an MEd in special education from Lesley University, her Waldorf teacher certification from Antioch University New England, and her Waldorf remedial teacher certification from the AHE.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Four: Inspiration and Guidance

with Karen Crandall of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs

July 3-8

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fourth grade child in depth as he or she steps into a more objective relationship to learning. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the fourth grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your week will be chock-full of key fourth grade topics, including the telling of Norse myths; teaching local geography; building skills in language arts; and discovering the world of fractions. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education.

(Should you wish to further prepare for your work in the classroom, you may choose to register also for Managing Your Teaching, our 2-day workshop held immediately preceding your course. Should you wish to further expand your understanding of key elements of Waldorf Education, we also recommend Eurythmy and the Growing Child, our afternoon workshop held immediately preceding your course.)

Karen Crandall croppedKaren Crandall is currently class teacher for the fourth grade at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, NY. This is Karen’s third class cycle.  She led her first class, grades one through eight, from 1993-2001 and her second class from 2007-2012 (picking up the class in the middle of their 3rd grade year).  Karen has chaired the Teacher Development Committee in the school since 2010 and has been leading the All School Study in Anthroposophy since 2013.  She holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.

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Students who took a Grades course with Karen in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ Karen Crandall: What a special, knowledgeable, artistic, authentic teacher of teachers.

~Karen is everything that a person could hope for in an instructor… experienced, knowledgeable, insightful, and encouraging. She gives us all what we need to move ahead with courage and confidence.

~ This course was excellent. Not only do I feel better prepared for the curriculum, with lots of songs, poems, and dances in my pocket, I also feel a deeper understanding of both the child at this age and the deeper anthroposophical meaning behind this stage of development.

~ To come together with such a wide variety of other Waldorf teachers, including our sensational captain, Karen Crandall, was wonderful and nourishing.

~ This course was very rich in content and even more rich in inspiration.

~ Quality could not have been better. Karen is amazing!

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Techniques and Skills for Creating Beautiful Drawings: A Focus on Chalkboards and Main Lesson Books through the Grades

with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School
July 14-15

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

In this workshop, grades 1-8 class and subject teachers will receive instruction in the basics of how to create beautiful chalkboard drawings and how to approach Main Lesson book drawings across the Waldorf lower and middle school curricula. Regardless of your artistic background, you’ll leave with valuable skills, new-found confidence, and ideas for projects to bring to your class.

Using curricular themes, we will cover:

  • Useful techniques for drawing with chalk
  • Applying perspective drawing techniques to illustrations
  • Employing geometry and proportion
  • Drawing the human figure
  • Methods for teaching children how to lay out a page

NOTE: This workshop is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

SBSU14-7.3-1270016 Steve Simonak croppedSteve Simonak is currently teaching eighth grade at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been a class and high school teacher since 1991. While at Hawthorne Valley, he has also taught middle school math and arts, served as the Council of Teachers chairperson, literary magazine advisor, girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams coach, and established the Hawthorne Valley Surveying Practicum. Steve, who holds a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, received his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Alkion Center (where he has been a guest teacher) and has training in Foundation Studies from Antioch. Before coming to Hawthorne Valley, Steve was a teacher in New York City. His hobbies include mapmaking and surveying, New York State history, medieval Christian painting, gardening,and birdwatching.

Students who took an art course with Steve in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ Steve (brought) such a depth of knowledge and technique to this class.

~ His love for art is evident in his copious, gorgeous examples and his delivery of content.

~ Steve was wonderful. His rapport with his pupils and deep, extensive knowledge and experience was a true gift to receive.

~ Steve is a master teacher. He has great ideas and share his knowledge readily and clearly.

~ Really enjoyed the variety of projects; also, many great insights about materials, resources, and logistics.

~ Terrific!

Workshop Schedule
All day Thursday starting 8-8:30am, through 3:30pm Friday

Workshop Fee
$260 when also registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or $285 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Five: Inspiration and Guidance

with Wendy Kelly of the Rudolf Steiner School

June 26-July 1

Professional development  for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year, in five days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fifth grade child in depth as he or she stands on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the fifth grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your week will be chock-full of key fifth grade topics including the teaching of ancient cultures, including Greek history and mythology; teaching free-hand geometrical drawing; developing language skills in reading and writing; expanding the reach of geography to encompass all of North America; bringing the plant kingdom to life through botany studies; and building on fractions skills toward the discovery of the decimal fraction. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

NM-SBSU13-6552 Wendy croppedWendy Kelly currently teaches fifth grade at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Previous to teaching at the Steiner School, Wendy guided two classes at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), 1st through 6th grade, and 1st through 4th grade.  A former professional modern dance performer, teacher, and choreographer, Wendy works abundantly with movement and rhythmic activities in the early grades.  At the Steiner School she sits on the College of Teachers, is a founding member of the Media Committee, and an active member of the Social Inclusion Committee. Wendy holds a BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Temple University, and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.

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Students who took a Grades course with Wendy in summer 2015 had this to say:

Wendy Kelly always brings a delightful energy and a wealth of experience to her classes.

~ Wendy couldn’t have been any more wonderful.

~ Wendy carefully and thoughtfully prepared the course. She kept discussions focused and allowed all voices to be heard.

The course was thorough, highly relevant, and naturally presented.

~ I received a wealth of ideas for lesson content and working with parents and the class.

I cannot imagine it being any better!

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Six: Inspiration and Guidance

with Kevin Kilb of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

July 10-15

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth grade school year in five full days filled with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your class’s age group, you will get to know the sixth grader in depth as he or she enters early adolescence. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the sixth grader in a meaningful and lively way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your week will be chock-full of such key sixth grade topics as the teaching of Roman history and the early Middle Ages; geography; geometrical drawing with compass and straight edge; introducing sixth grade sciences, including earth science, physics, and observational astronomy; and the teaching of new math concepts, including business math and the percentage. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, music, and movement, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

Kevin Kilb from Hawthorne ValleyKevin Kilb is currently sixth grade class teacher and Council Chair at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been teaching for 12 years. After completing his first eight-year cycle as a class teacher in 2008, Kevin worked for Camphill Triform as a farmer/educator and then taught English for one year at the Freie Waldorfschule Karlsruhe in Germany, before returning to Hawthorne Valley. Kevin graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and received his Waldorf Teacher Certification from Sunbridge College. An avid student himself who continues to pursue education in both practical and academic subjects, he is interested in local anthroposophical initiatives, enjoys reading about sensory integration (Waldorf/mainstream) and extra lesson work.

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Students who took a Grades course with Kevin in summer 2015 had this to say:

Kevin is the best! Funny, articulate, and very knowledgeable about the subject areas. 

I love how open-minded, creative, and flexible he is about ideas to apply in the classroom.

~ I really got a lot from Kevin’s instruction. He presented the background concepts very thoroughly.

~ Kevin does a lovely job with the tempo of the class.

~ I found Kevin’s holistic approach of the WHY we do things to be very helpful.

~ The quality (of the course) was higher than I expected: very thorough and engaging.

~ Kevin is knowledgeable, calm, kind, humble, smart. Great!

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Thursday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Friday: Classes end early afternoon.

Course Fee
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee)

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Managing Your Teaching: Organizational Tools and Strategies for Effective Goal-Setting, Parent Communication, Record-Keeping, and More

with Suzanne Lynn of Green Meadow Waldorf School

June 30-July 1

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This highly practical workshop, led by a reading and remedial specialist and executive function coach, will give you the tools and framework to thoughtfully organize and proactively manage aspects of your teaching life including your students; your classroom, curriculum, and committee work; and your interaction with parents. You will leave with ideas, tools and a plan of how to prepare your workspace and handle your workload so you can be more effective with less effort in the upcoming year.

Topics we will explore include:

  • Organizing your classroom, homework systems, and record-keeping
  • Planning curriculum and adapting plans to incorporate ongoing observations
  • Communicating with and engaging parents to build class community
  • Managing myriad activities competing for your time and attention
  • Identifying and avoiding time wasters and energy drains
  • Modeling executive function skills for your students

NOTE: This workshop is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

Suzanne Lynn croppedSuzanne Lynn is the Educational Support Coordinator and Educational Support Teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), where she is also coordinator and teacher of the reading program for the third and forth grades and chair of the Care Group. For nearly a decade, Suzanne has coached Waldorf students and teachers in organizational and executive function skills and has provided remedial support using varied multi-sensory approaches. Recognizing the need for organizational tools that meet the specific needs of Waldorf students and teachers, she formed Z-Path Press to create these tools; they are now used by Waldorf schools across the US and Canada. On her Z-Path website, Suzanne blogs about the intersection of Waldorf pedagogy and executive function skills. Suzanne has been an educator since 1982, with experience in both lead teaching and administration. She holds a master’s degree in education from NYU; a Waldorf Therapeutic Educator Certification from the Association for a Healing Education (AHE); has additional training in Bal-A-Vis-X, Brain Gym, and Orton Gillingham; and is a certified Health Coach and HANDLE screener. Suzanne is a parent of a Waldorf graduate and a current Waldorf student.

Workshop Schedule
All day Thursday starting at 8:00am, through 3:30pm Friday

Workshop Fee
$260 when also registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or $285 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Seven: Inspiration and Guidance

with David Heberlein of the Waldorf School of Princeton

July 10-13 (New 3-day format!)

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschool parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh grade school year, in a condensed three-day format filled with discussions, presentations, and practical activities. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing specifically on your students’ age group, you will get to know the seventh grader as he or she explores new horizons both within and without. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the seventh grader in a deep and meaningful way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your course will include key seventh grade topics including the teaching of the Age of Exploration and Renaissance history; creative writing; algebra; and introducing seventh grade sciences, including chemistry, physics, and physiology. These subjects will be supported by explorations in the arts, giving you many practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

(Should you wish to further expand your artistic experience, you may choose to register also for Techniques and Skills for Creating Beautiful Drawings, our 2-day skills-based workshop for grades teachers held immediately following your course.)

David HeberleinDavid Heberlein currently teaches seventh grade at the Waldorf School of Princeton (NJ), for which he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. During his tenure at the School, David has carried two classes from first through eighth grade and two others through the upper grades, and has served as an administrator, board member, and college chair.  In addition to teaching, David is a trained mentor for teachers both within and beyond the School.  David received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his master’s degree in Waldorf Education from Mercy College in Detroit, and completed a mentorship training seminar with Else Gottgens.  He and his wife, Princeton kindergarten teacher Sarah Kessler, have three grown children—all Waldorf alumni.

Additional supplemental subject faculty TBA

Students who took a Grades course with David in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ The course was led beautifully by David.

~ Well-organized and well-informed instructor.

~ Wonderful! David was down-to-earth, very collegial. He brought many forms but was also open to what others had to offer.

~ Very knowledgeable about the content, great facilitator, and was very good about being general versus being specific when he needed to be.

~ I appreciated his ability to lead discussion, keep us on task, and provide useful resources.

~ It was very satisfying and helpful for me. David was really great. Thank you.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Approaching Grade Eight: Inspiration and Guidance

with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

July 10-13 (New 3-day format!)

Professional development for Waldorf teachers and homeschooling parents

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming eighth grade school year, in a condensed, three-day format filled with discussions, presentations, and practical activities. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily  look at child development focusing specifically on your students’ age group, you will get to know the eighth grader in depth, as he or she stands at the point of inner revolution. Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the eighth grader in a deep and meaningful way. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, block planning, projects and activities, and classroom management.

In addition to inspiration and guidance which will support your teaching throughout the year, you will gain many invaluable opportunities for building connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

Your course will include key eighth grade topics, including teaching history from the Age of Revolution through modern times; algebra; eighth grade science, including chemistry, physics, and anatomy; exploring platonic solids; and discovering the world through geography. These subjects will be supported by explorations in the arts, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

A useful grade-specific Resource Notebook, including poems, songs, stories, and main lesson book ideas, will be provided to you when you arrive on campus.

NOTE: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. 

(Should you wish to further expand your artistic experience, you may choose to register also for Techniques and Skills for Creating Beautiful Drawings, our 2-day skills-based workshop for grades teachers held immediately following your course.)

SBSU14-7.3-1270016 Steve Simonak croppedSteve Simonak is currently teaching eighth grade at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been a class and high school teacher since 1991. While at Hawthorne Valley, he has also taught middle school math and arts, served as the Council of Teachers chairperson, literary magazine advisor, girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams coach, and established the Hawthorne Valley Surveying Practicum. Steve, who holds a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute, received his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Alkion Center (where he has been a guest teacher) and has training in Foundation Studies from Antioch. Before coming to Hawthorne Valley, Steve was a teacher in New York City. His hobbies include mapmaking and surveying, New York State history, medieval Christian painting, gardening,and birdwatching.

Additional supplemental subject faculty TBA

Students who took a Grades course with Steve in summer 2015 had this to say:

~ Steve is one of the best teachers I know.

~ Steve is so receptive to the needs of the group. We stuck to the course as outlined, but were also given plenty of time for what the group seemed to need.

~ Lighthearted, informative, and real.

~ Steve was wonderful! His passion for teaching is clear and inspiring, and he left lots of room for questions from all of us.

~ So practical and useful. I’m leaving with a huge basket of ideas and inspiration.

Course Schedule
Sunday: 5:30-6:30pm registration; 6:30-7pm optional campus tour; 7pm opening session/first class.

Monday-Wednesday: Classes begin each day between 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with times for break and lunch. Each day includes a balanced mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions. Community-wide evening events are offered weekly.

Course Fee
$480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

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Course/Workshop Cancellations

Sunbridge Institute reserves the right to cancel any offering at any time. If Sunbridge cancels, all registrants will be notified and will receive a full refund. If the registrant cancels, he or she will receive a full refund less any non-refundable registration fee. Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.