Course List and Registration

Summer Series 2015

We are pleased to present our Summer Series 2015 courses and workshops. Click on each title for full  information (including dates, description, faculty bios, schedule, cost, and registration).

Not sure which title is right for you? Go here to see our recommendations. Or contact Ayla Dunn, our Admissions & Summer Series Coordinator, at 845-425-0055 x20 or summer@sunbridge.edu for assistance.

Discounts are available when combining select offerings; see registration form for full details.

Schools registering more than 10 participants get an 11th course/workshop free. Contact Ayla Dunn (845-425-0055 x20 / summer@sunbridge.edu) to learn more.

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 you get into the course you want, be sure to get your registration in as soon as possible. Check our registration form or course descriptions for updates on course closures.

For a pdf of our summer brochure, please click here.

 

Leadership in Schools and Other Workplace Settings

Practical planning and problem-solving for decision-makers (administrators, directors, board and committee members, faculty chairs, and others) in Waldorf schools or other organizations or businesses

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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 19-24

Are you an administrator, department head, board member, faculty or section chair, director, administrative committee member, college of teachers member,  staffer, or key volunteer in a school, organization, or business? No matter what your position or title is, if you participate in a planning or problem-solving process in your workplace you have leadership responsibilities. In this highly-useful course for leaders and 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.

This course includes movement with Will Crane of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY).

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 gaining further insights, understanding, and expertise.

This course includes “Warm-up Singing” with Patti Regan of  The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA) and Movement with Will Crane of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY).

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.

Students who took Collaborative Leadership in Summer 2014 had this to say:

Joachim and Jessica did an excellent job delivering content and facilitating the group. Loved the humor. I thought both of them were very personable and set a great example.

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

Excellent content, excellent presenters. Joachim and Jessica were knowledgeable and complemented one another very well.

The content and process were individually- and group-focused, set a culture of deep exploration, and challenged us to materialize our ideas.

I would hire Joachim for my organization. He is an outstanding presenter and facilitator.

It was amazing to have been part of a workshop lead by Jessica.

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 workshop was 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
$815 (includes all materials, year-long coaching, and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Register

Specialized Courses in Grades 1-8 Education

Four new opportunities for Waldorf teachers and friends

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Teaching Literacy in the Early Grades: Developing Your Skills to Teach Writing and Reading in Grades 1-3

with Margot Amrine of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

June 21-24

A professional development course for teachers, remedial and reading specialists, and homeschooling parents 

Explore the genius of the Waldorf approach to literacy as together we draw on current resources and practices to inform your teaching. You’ll discover ways to integrate treasures from Orton-Gillingham and Project Read into your Waldorf classroom while learning practical, effective, and imaginative techniques for teaching writing and reading in the early grades.

Incorporating speech, spelling, writing, and reading, this course covers:

  • Moving from oral to written tradition
  • Learning a structured, yet flexible, way to teach reading skills
  • Decoding and encoding the English language through a linguistic understanding
  • Working with different types of learners
  • Using a multi-sensory approach for all
  • Developing scope and sequence of a literacy curriculum
  • Ways of assessing and tracking reading progress
  • Working with parents on literacy questions

This course includes music and eurythmy with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA).

In addition to grades 1-3 class teachers, remedial and reading specialists, and homeschooling parents working with a Waldorf curriculum, those who would also benefit from the information this course brings include Waldorf kindergarten teachers, upper grades class teachers, world language teachers, and pedagogical and faculty chairs.

Margot AmrineMargot Amrine is currently second grade class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI). This is Margot’s third lower school class since joining the School’s faculty in 1989; she also chairs the School’s College and was a founding teacher of their high school. Margot recently retired as Director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM); previously, she taught at the Waldorf School of Lexington (MA) and before that, was a kindergarten teacher in public schools in Ohio and Vermont. In addition to teaching, Margot mentors Waldorf teachers in the Midwest area, and also especially enjoys working with parents.  A member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1981, Margot holds a BMA in Music/Art History from the University of Michigan School of Music.

As a teacher of literacy skills to children from preschool to grade 12 since 1976, Margot has a particular interest in language arts. While at WISM, she co-organized “Opening the Book,” a set of annual conferences on literacy, and as a high school teacher, she taught etymology for years. Margot has completed training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and has attended many literacy-related seminars, including Project Read. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing the cello.

Students who took a course with Margot in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ Margot is an experienced, inspiring teacher who reminds us all what a gift teaching can be.

~ Very high quality information about how to teach reading

~ I felt the quality of the course was outstanding.

~ Margot was wonderful, engaging, helpful, and answered every question.

Dynamic, informative, magical, practical

~ Margot was an excellent instructor. She kept us focused and on track and facilitated a lively, fun, informative time. Bravo!

~ Please bring Margot back next year!

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

Course Fee
$465 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

Update: This course is now full. Contact our registrar, Tamara Photiadis, at registrar@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x16, if you wish to be placed on our wait list in the event of a cancellation.

Register

Teaching Science in the Middle School: An Experiential Exploration into the Waldorf Grades 6-8 Science Curriculum

with Gary Banks of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor and Teaching Sensible Science

July 5-10

A professional development course for middle school class and science teachers

What do middle school educators need to know to teach the grades 6-8 science curriculum? How can you go about teaching science lessons in a phenomenological way—and how can this approach help to develop new capacities of thinking in your students?

Designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade class teachers and science teachers, as well as homeschooling parents working with a Waldorf middle school curriculum, this practical course will help you uncover and transform your own habits of thinking and assist you in a myriad of ways as you approach and prepare for your lessons in the coming year. Through presentations, discussions, and demonstrations, you will

  • Address important themes in middle school science, including topics in physics, chemistry, and human anatomy
  • Learn how the Waldorf science curriculum supports the developing adolescent
  • Discover how phenomenological-based science can enhance all of your teaching, in and out of the sciences

This course includes drawing with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY) and eurythmy with Elsa Macauley and Virginia Hermann of Eurythmy Spring Valley.

Gary Banks croppedGary Banks currently teaches chemistry and math and is faculty chair of the high school at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI) where he has also taught biology and other science blocks and teaches middle school lessons such as Bicycle Physics. Gary is also on the faculty of the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan and has been a presenter in the popular Teaching Sensible Science course since 2003.  From 1993-2001, Gary took a class from first to eighth grade at the Denver Waldorf School (CO), then worked as a high school science teacher at High Mowing School (NH) and a class teacher at Pine Hill Waldorf School (NH) before moving to Michigan.  He has a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering (worked as a research engineer on the NASA Space Station project before entering teaching) and completed his MEd at Antioch New England. Gary is passionate about science and has enjoyed developing the phenomenological approach to science in his courses; he is also an enthusiastic backpacker, singer, and musician.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

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Art and the Adolescent: Supporting the Middle School Child Through Artistic Experience

with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School 

July 5-10

A skills-based, professional development course for currently practicing Waldorf middle school educators, including class, subject, and art teachers

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?

This course will give you an understanding of the needs of the developing adolescent, the tools to build your own confidence as an artist, and the means to bring out the artist in your students.

Under the guidance of an experienced Waldorf class teacher/artist, you will:

  • Hone your own skills in various media, including painting, chalkboard drawing, and Morning Lesson book illustrations (including portraiture, perspective drawing, and scientific drawing)
  • Learn how to develop your students’ artistic skills
  • Examine the role of the arts in the grades 6-8 curriculum
  • Discover color theory based out of anthroposophy
  • Study child development of the developing adolescent

This course includes color study with Steve Sagarin of Berkshire Waldorf High School (MA) and Sunbridge Institute, and Eurythmy with Virginia Hermann of Eurythmy Spring Valley.

SBSU14-7.3-1270016 Steve Simonak croppedSteve Simonak is currently teaching seventh grade at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), where he has been a class and high school teacher since 1991. While at Hawthorne Valley, Steve has also taught middle school arts and math, 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 medieval Christian painting, mapmaking and surveying, gardening, birdwatching, and New York State history.

Students who took a course with Steve in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ Steve is one of the best teachers I know.

~ Steve was an engaging art teacher–authentic, positive, and inspiring.

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

~ 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.

~ Steve’s class was wonderful. We produced various pieces of artwork and his instruction was thorough and very supportive. I will use what we practiced next year.

~ Steve was fabulous!

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Register

Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching: An Introduction into the Waldorf Grades 1-8 Classroom Experience

with Kevin Kilb of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School
and Anna Silber of Sunbridge Institute

June 21-24

A  hands-on course for those considering a career in Waldorf elementary education or anyone (teachers, parents, grandparents, and others) interested in better understanding the Waldorf elementary curriculum and classroom experience

If you’ve ever wondered:

  • Whether Waldorf teaching is a career for you
  • What it takes to become—and to be—a Waldorf elementary class teacher
  • What your Waldorf grades 1-8 child (or grandchild) is experiencing each day

this course is for you!

Through presentation, discussion, hands-on classroom activities, and singing and moving together, we’ll connect to Waldorf elementary education in a personal and meaningful way.  Among the unique hallmarks of Waldorf Education we’ll cover are:

  • Child development and the ways in which the Waldorf curriculum responds to and supports each stage
  • The role of the class teacher
  • How the arts enhance education
  • How fairy tales, legends, mythologies, and historical biographies accompany the growing child
  • The Waldorf approach to literacy
  • How the science and math curriculum moves through the grades

If you’ve come to a Waldorf Weekend and want to explore the grades 1-8 classroom experience in a deeper way, this course is a great next step.

This course includes singing with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), eurythmy with Elsa Macualey of Eurythmy Spring Valley, and speech/drama with Barbara Renold.

Kevin Kilb from Hawthorne ValleyKevin Kilb is currently fifth grade class teacher and lower school 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 especially interested in local anthroposophical initiatives and enjoys reading about sensory integration (Waldorf/mainstream) and extra lesson work.

Anna SilberAnna Silber 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 U.C. Berkeley and a master’s degree in elementary education from Sunbridge College.

Students who took Sunbridge offerings with Kevin and Anna in Summer 2014 had this to say:

Kevin was well prepared and offered a great amount of advice on child development as well as practical classroom tools. He has been the best lead I have had in a long time.

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

~ Kevin approaches his work in such a thoughtful way. It is evident that he reads, reflects, and continues to expand upon his own understandings and brought to our class this same thoughtfulness and preparedness.

~ (Kevin was) knowledgeable, calm, kind, humble, smart. Great!

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

Anna was great! Easy to follow and presented in an informative and fun way.

~ Anna was so genuine in her discussion and was able to provide a background of Waldorf Education that we could really connect to.

Anna is an awesome teacher, and I feel privileged to have learned from her.

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

Course Fee
$465 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee)

Register

Courses in Early Childhood Education

Three exciting explorations for Waldorf educators and others

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Bringing Puppetry to Life: A Journey Through the Seasons with Puppet Play, Music, and Song

with Connie Manson of Starlite Puppets and Suncoast Waldorf School

July 12-15

An informative—and joyous!—course for early childhood educators, parents, grandparents, eldercare-givers, and anyone interested in puppet play

Puppetry creates an opening for magic in both the watcher and the puppet story teller. It nourishes the senses, creates connection, and requires unique participation on the part of the audience; the more we believe the more real it becomes! Puppetry can be as uncomplicated as tucking a simple handkerchief over the hand or as elaborate as manipulating a many-tiered harness tied with multiple strings. But one look into the eyes of a rapt audience filled with children and the “young at heart,” and the certainty exists that puppetry speaks to everyone.

In this course, led by a master puppeteer, you will explore the roots of puppetry, create and bring to life beautiful yet simple puppets, explore their use in seasonal puppet storytelling, and discover ways to bring puppet delight to home life. When possible, we will create and share puppetry in peaceful outdoor campus settings.

Our experience will be filled with musical exploration using simple percussive instruments, the pentatonic lyre, choroi flutes, enchanting melodies, and simple harmonies (bring your favorite songs).  Eurythmy sessions will deepen your puppetry journey as we joyfully explore archetypal characters and storytelling with gesture.

For those of you who have worked with Connie previously, this is your chance to further deepen your work; for those of you who haven’t yet met Connie, this is a wonderful opportunity. No prior experience is necessary. Bring your questions and your sense of wonder!

This course includes eurythmy with Elsa Macauley of Eurythmy Spring Valley.

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 Sunbridge course with Connie in Summer 2014 had this to say:

Connie was patient and knowledgeable…she had a lightness and flow that kept us laughing and playful.

Loved her playful energy and true engagement.

Connie’s passion for puppetry, music and Waldorf Education overall was so contagious. I really felt the heart she put into everything she did, and she inspired more magic within me.

Always prepared and welcoming of comments/questions

- Connie speaks from herself and gets on your level to meet all curiosity, questions, and points of view. Talented singer and puppeteer. What a pleasure to learn from her!

It was a joy working with her.

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

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

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The Art and Craft of Storytelling: Becoming the Storyteller that Childhood Calls for

with Nancy Mellon of Healing Story

July 19-24

A professional development course for currently practicing and/or experienced Waldorf early childhood educators

Storytelling is vital, essential sustenance for children, needed more so today than ever. How can the eloquence and integrity of our words and imagination match the needs of the children in our care?  Join us to discover the wise ways of storytelling, new and old, that nourish and guide children. Through an experience brimming with creativity, you will have many opportunities to develop insight, skill, and courage to become more fully the storyteller that children need today.

You and your colleagues will learn how to:

  • Weave stories to help children navigate challenges, small and major
  • Attune intuition and imagination to present-time needs
  • Strengthen creative courage, and voice of adults and children
  • Develop plot lines and characters to meet life now
  • Learn essential collaborative ways to inspire storytelling at home

This course includes eurythmy with Elsa Macauley of Eurythmy Spring Valley and singing with Patti Regan of Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA).

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.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Register

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

with Lisa Miccio of Green Meadow Waldorf School

June 21-26 

A fundamental course for anyone interested in Waldorf Early Childhood Education

Join us for a wondrous journey! In this comprehensive course designed for prospective teachers, parents, and anyone interested in working with young children, we’ll explore the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. Through the guidance of highly experienced Waldorf early childhood educators, 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!

This course includes singing with Sally Willig of The Clover Hill School (CT), puppetry with Motria Shuhan of Acorn School for Little Oaks (NY),  and exploring the cycle of the year with Carol Grieder of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY).

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 18 years, with 15 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. 

Students who took this course with Lisa in Summer 2013 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
$775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Update: This course is now full. Contact our registrar, Tamara Photiadis, at registrar@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x16, if you wish to be placed on our wait list in the event of a cancellation.

Register

Waldorf Weekend 

A lively, hands-on workshop exploring the basis—and basics—of Waldorf Education for new and prospective Waldorf teachers, parents, community members, and friends.

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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 Stephen Sagarin of Berkshire Waldorf High School

July 17-19
(Note: Our June Waldorf Weekend has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict; we apologize for any inconvenience.)

Open to all, but especially relevant for current, new, and prospective members of Waldorf communities, including teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, and board members, our popular Waldorf Weekends are designed to provide an in-depth and experiential survey of the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf Education.

In addition to exploring the Waldorf curriculum, your workshop will include 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.

Participants continuing on to another Summer Series offering will leave with a more solid foundation with which to begin their next Sunbridge course. All participants will leave with a greater appreciation for Waldorf Education, and a most memorable—and fun!—learning experience.

Anna SilberAnna 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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Stephen Sagarin (High School Curriculum) is faculty chair, co-founder, and a teacher at the Berkshire (formerly Great Barrington) Waldorf High School (MA) where he teaches history, math, and English, and is a longtime core faculty member of Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program. He is also a former teacher and administrator at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA) and the Waldorf School of Garden City (NY), the high school from which he graduated. Steve has taught history of education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and human development at the City University of New York; is the former editor of the Research Bulletin of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education; and writes, lectures, mentors teachers, and consults with Waldorf schools on teaching and administration. The author of The History of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present and Future, he has a PhD in history from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in art history, with a certificate of proficiency in fine art, from Princeton University.

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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: 7pm registration. Session runs from 7:15pm-9pm

Saturday: Session runs from 9:30am-6pm, with time for breaks and lunch.

Sunday: Session runs from 9:30am-1pm.

Workshop Fee
$110 when registering for another Summer Series 3- or 5-day offering or $215 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Inspiration and Guidance for Teaching through the Grades

These eight grade-specific courses are designed for Waldorf class teachers looking ahead to the coming school year. Our focus is on building skills and deepening knowledge of child development.

Under the guidance of an experienced class teacher, you will journey through your grade’s subjects and explore ways to approach the blocks so that they may be imbued with depth and meaning. There will be time and space to consider and hone your skills in such practical matters as main lesson books, circle activities, classroom management, block planning, and projects. Each course also includes a daily in-depth look at child development in light of anthroposophy, focusing specifically on the age group you will be teaching. This study is intended to serve as the wellspring of inspiration for the guiding thoughts and themes that will support your teaching throughout the year.

In addition to inspiration and guidance for your upcoming year, your course will give you many opportunities to build connections among a community of parallel colleagues from across the country, to carry with you into your teaching.

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Approaching Grade One

with Margot Amrine of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

July 5-10

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming first grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the first grade child as he or she crosses the bridge into elementary school. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the first grader in a meaningful and lively way.  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, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), drawing with Susan Stevenson of the Waldorf School of Philadelphia (PA), and speech with Barbara Renold.

Margot AmrineMargot Amrine is currently second grade class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI). This is Margot’s third lower school class since joining the School’s faculty in 1989; she also chairs the School’s College and was a founding teacher of their high school. Margot recently retired as Director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM); previously, she taught at the Waldorf School of Lexington (MA) and before that, was a kindergarten teacher in public schools in Ohio and Vermont. In addition to teaching, Margot mentors Waldorf teachers in the Midwest area, and also especially enjoys working with parents.  A member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1981, Margot holds a BMA in Music/Art History from the University of Michigan School of Music.

As a teacher of literacy skills to children from preschool to grade 12 since 1976, Margot has a particular interest in language arts. While at WISM, she co-organized “Opening the Book,” a set of annual conferences on literacy, and as a high school teacher, she taught etymology for years. Margot has completed training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and has attended many literacy-related seminars, including Project Read. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing the cello.

Students who took a Grades course with Margot in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ Outstanding! Please ask Margot back!! She was awesome! Everything was phenomenal!

~ Dynamic, informative, magical, practical.

~ Margot was warm, welcoming, and wonderful.

~ I felt the quality of the course was outstanding.

~ Margot was an excellent instructor. She kept us focused and on track and facilitated a lively, fun, informative time. Bravo!

~ This was a complete soup-to-nuts tour of (the) grade.

~ Margot is extremely knowledgeable and nurturing. I have gained much confidence teaching first grade having attended her course.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Two

with Margot Amrine of the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

June 28-July 3

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming second grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the second grade child in depth. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the second grader in a meaningful and lively way.  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, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), drawing with Dania Guido of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), and speech with Barbara Renold.

Margot AmrineMargot Amrine is currently second grade class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (MI). This is Margot’s third lower school class since joining the School’s faculty in 1989; she also chairs the School’s College and was a founding teacher of their high school. Margot recently retired as Director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan (WISM); previously, she taught at the Waldorf School of Lexington (MA) and before that, was a kindergarten teacher in public schools in Ohio and Vermont. In addition to teaching, Margot mentors Waldorf teachers in the Midwest area, and also especially enjoys working with parents.  A member of the Anthroposophical Society since 1981, Margot holds a BMA in Music/Art History from the University of Michigan School of Music.

As a teacher of literacy skills to children from preschool to grade 12 since 1976, Margot has a particular interest in language arts. While at WISM, she co-organized “Opening the Book,” a set of annual conferences on literacy, and as a high school teacher, she taught etymology for years. Margot has completed training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching reading and has attended many literacy-related seminars, including Project Read. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing the cello.

Students who took a Grades course with Margot in Summer 2014  had this to say:

~ Margot was an excellent instructor. She kept us focused and on track and facilitated a lively, fun, informative time. Bravo!

~ Dynamic, informative, magical, practical.

~ Margot was warm, welcoming, and wonderful.

~ Outstanding! Please ask Margot back!! She was awesome! Everything was phenomenal!

~ Margot was wonderful, engaging, helpful, and answered every question.

~ Margot is an experienced, inspiring teacher who reminds us all what a gift teaching can be.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Three

with Karen Crandall of the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs

July 19-24

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming third grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the third grade child as he or she approaches the nine-year change. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the third grader in a meaningful and lively way.  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 singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), painting with Maike Haupt-Vaterlaus of Otto Specht School (NY), and speech with Barbara Renold.

Karen Crandall croppedKaren Crandall is currently class teacher for the third grade at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs (NY). This is Karen’s third class cycle; from 1992-2001, she led a class from grades one through eight at the School before leaving to become a Lead Family Educator for the Head Start program. She returned to Waldorf teaching in Saratoga Springs in 2006 as the class teacher for the class of 2016. Karen holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.

Students who took a Grades course with Karen in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ It was an inspiring experience. In a short time I felt a profound warmth that embraced my doubts, questions, and worries, and that helped to build up the confidence in me.

~ I found Karen’s method of teaching, as well as all that she shared, to be inspiring, helpful, unique and pedagogically beautiful.

~ Karen is a gem. She reads the group well and brings us just what we are needing.

~ Karen set a beautiful tone of openness and compassion. She demonstrated for us the heart of Waldorf as she was always looking to her students for our needs but she held the rudder strong and set a great feast before us. I am nourished, inspired, and courageous.

~ Karen was well-prepared, organized, and thorough.

~ I chose Sunbridge because I knew from last year that Karen’s approach would provide real guidance.

~ Karen is truly a master teacher.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Four

with Wendy Kelly of the Rudolf Steiner School, New York City

June 28-July 3

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the fourth grade child as he or she steps into a more objective relationship to learning. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the fourth grader in a meaningful and lively way. 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, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), drawing with Dania Guido of Green Meadow Waldorf School, and speech with Barbara Renold.

NM-SBSU13-6552 Wendy croppedWendy Kelly currently teaches fourth 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.

Students who took a Grades course with Wendy in Summer 2013 had this to say:

Wendy Kelly was an exceptional guide.

She couldn’t have been any more wonderful

Wendy’s beautiful gestures were such an inspiration. Truly the first I’ve seen that are “worthy of imitation.”

Wendy brought a great deal of material but was also very open to ideas brought by the group.

She’s amazing. Brought and allowed so much richness.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Five

with Kevin Kilb of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

June 28-July 3

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year, in five days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the fifth grade child in depth as he or she stands on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence.  In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the fifth grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your week will be chock-full of key fifth grade topics including the teaching of ancient cultures, culminating in 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, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA), drawing with Dania Guido of Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), and speech with Barbara Renold.

Kevin Kilb from Hawthorne ValleyKevin Kilb is currently fifth grade class teacher and lower school 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.

Students who took a Grades course with Kevin in Summer 2014 had this to say:

Kevin was well prepared and offered a great amount of advice on child development as well as practical classroom tools. He has been the best lead I have had in a long time.

Kevin was fantastic. He had wonderful rapport within our class and you could feel the love he had for his students.

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

~ Really enriching/enlivening experience

~ Kevin approaches his work in such a thoughtful way. It is evident that he reads, reflects, and continues to expand upon his own understandings and brought to our class this same thoughtfulness and preparedness.

~ 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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Six

with David Heberlein of the Waldorf School of Princeton

July 12-17

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the sixth grader as he or she enters early adolescence. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the sixth grader in a meaningful and lively way. 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, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes science and art with Tom Clark of The Denver Waldorf School (CO), additional art with Betsy Gimenez of the Brooklyn Waldorf School (NY), and music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School.

David HeberleinDavid Heberlein currently teaches sixth 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.

Students who took Approaching Grade Six in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ I found this course to be helpful and invaluable on many levels.

~ The hands-on elements are great.

~ Our teachers were professional, inspiring, and well-organized. They gave far beyond what was expected and required.

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Seven

with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School 

July 12-17

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the seventh grader in depth as he or she explores new horizons both within and without. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the seventh grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your course will be chock-full of 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 art, movement, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

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

This course includes science and art with Tom Clark of The Denver Waldorf School (CO) and music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA).

SBSU14-7.3-1270016 Steve Simonak croppedSteve Simonak is currently teaching seventh 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 a Grades course with Steve in Summer 2014 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-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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Approaching Grade Eight

with Betsy Gimenez of The Brooklyn Waldorf School

July 12-17

This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming eighth grade school year, in five full days filled with discussions, lectures, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, you will get to know the eighth grader in depth, as he or she stands at the point of inner revolution. In addition to child development, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching so that it meets the eighth grader in a meaningful and lively way. Your week will be chock-full of key eighth grade topics, including teaching history from the Age of Revolution through modern times; algebra; eighth grade science including chemistry, physics, and physiology; exploring platonic solids; and discovering the world through geography. These subjects will be supported by explorations in art, movement, and, and singing, giving you practical tools to take into your school year.

This course includes science with Tom Clark of The Denver Waldorf School (CO), art with Steve Simonak of Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (NY), and music with Patti Regan of The Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (MA).

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

Betsy photoBetsy Gimenez is currently eighth grade class teacher at The Brooklyn Waldorf School (NY); this is Betsy’s fourth eighth grade class in her long teaching career. Prior to joining the Brooklyn faculty four years ago, she taught at the Waldorf School of Baltimore, the Charlottesville Waldorf School, and Camp Hill Special Schools. In addition to class teaching, Betsy has experience as a Waldorf middle school art teacher and early childhood educator. She served the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America as Leadership Council representative for the Atlantic/Southeast for seven years, and prior to that, served on the Association’s Eastern Regional Committee. Betsy did her teacher training with Werner Glas at the Detroit Waldorf Institute and is a member of the Sunbridge Board of Trustees.

Students who took Approaching Grade Eight in Summer 2014 had this to say:

~ The course was excellent. I am so satisfied. Thank you!

~The course was very full and covered a wide variety of topics. 

~ This was a helpful, filling course. I am leaving with so many ideas and guidance to work with.

~ Outstanding! 

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
$750 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 registration fee)

Note: This course is taught with the expectation that you have a background in Waldorf Education. If you are new to Waldorf Education, we strongly recommend also registering for Exploring Waldorf Elementary Class Teaching (June 21-24) or our Waldorf Weekend workshop (July 17-19) as a complement to your Grades course. To further enrich your experience and expand your knowledge, we  recommend registering for our Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop (June 28).

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Mini Workshops

Two active afternoon workshops designed to accompany another Summer Series offering or to stand alone. For Waldorf educators, parents, grandparents, and friends.

 

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

with Laura Radefeld of Eurythmy Spring Valley and Green Meadow Waldorf School

June 28

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 2015 offering.

Laura RadefeldLaura Radefeld teaches eurythmy at Green Meadow Waldorf School, where she has been a member of the faculty since 2010. Laura is also on the faculty of Eurythmy Spring Valley’s Pedagogical eurythmy program, Antioch University New England, and the Center for Anthroposophy and has taught in Waldorf schools throughout North America. She is a graduate of Eurythmy Spring Valley’s four-year artistic eurythmy training and Emerson College’s Waldorf Teacher Training.

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

Mini Workshop Fee
$25 when registering for a Summer Series 3- or 5-day course or Waldorf Weekend or $35 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

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Rediscovering How to Play: Revealing the Clown Within

with Angie Foster of Kimberton Waldorf School

     July 12

We regret that this workshop has been cancelled.

Clowning is a state of playfulness. By listening and being receptive (essential skills for any creative and imaginative endeavor), we learn and grow—and it is only in letting go that we can be surprised by the magic within us. Through movement, games, and short improvisations, this workshop will help you remember what it is to play. Together, we will discover that what is most valuable is not being clever or “getting it right,” but rather the magic of being surprised by what reveals itself when we are vulnerable and open to the moment.

This workshop will help you:

  • Awaken your imagination
  • Find new and creative ways of listening to yourself and those around you
  • Learn new techniques to imbue your teaching and parenting with playfulness, humor, and joy

For teachers, parents, and anyone wanting to become more playful. No prior experience necessary!

Angie FosterAngie Foster is high school drama teacher at Kimberton Waldorf School (PA), where she has been directing plays for 17 years, and is a clowning facilitator on the team of Nose to Nose of North America.  Her training includes clowning facilitation with Vivian Gladwell, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, theatre work with Andre Gregory, and Spacial Dynamics with Jaimen McMillan. Angie has performed on Broadway as well as off-Broadway and in repertory theatre in Philadelphia and throughout the US.

Angie has taught clowning workshops at Rudolf Steiner College, Green Meadow Waldorf School, the Threefold Community, the Heartbeet Community, and at AGM and AWSNA conferences, and has worked with the faculty at Acorn Hill and Kimberton Waldorf Schools and with co-workers at Kimberton Hills and Beaver Run Camphill Communities. Clowning combines Angie’s passion for improvisation and theatre, her joy for teaching, and her love of play.

Mini Workshop Schedule
Sunday: 1:15pm registration. Workshop runs from 1:30-4:30pm

Mini Workshop Fee
$40 when also registering for a 3- or 5-day Summer Series course or Waldorf Weekend or $50 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee)

Course 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.