Professional development for high school educators, faculty chairs, and all those interested in Waldorf high school education
This course explores Waldorf high school education from several vantage points and with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities that teaching today’s teenagers offers us. Through lecture, conversation, and practical activities that express the signature of Waldorf high school education, you’ll explore elements of the Waldorf curriculum with master teachers from a variety of subject areas, all of whom possess decades of Waldorf teaching experience and are currently involved in teaching and in leading Waldorf high schools around the country.
During this week, you will
- Examine the principles, methods, and curricula of Waldorf high school education
- Examine major subject areas—math, science, humanities, and the arts—to better understand Waldorf high school education
- Explore the challenges and rewards of leading a Waldorf high school and maintaining the social health of the school community
- Examine practical challenges in Waldorf high schools—admissions; tensions between freedom and responsibility in school culture; college preparation and guidance; and other topics
This course is useful for seasoned educators who are new to Waldorf teaching, specialists looking to become Waldorf high school teachers, current Waldorf high school teachers, and those looking to develop new Waldorf high schools.
NOTE: This course is a “second week” that continues and builds on the Exploring Waldorf High School Education Summer Series course of the past three summers. Participation in one of those previous courses is not a requirement for attendance this year. New students will get as much out of this week as those who have attended previously.
Stephen Sagarin (Lead; Child Development, School Governance, History) is co-founder and faculty chair at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, where he teaches history and art. He is also a core faculty member of Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program, where he has been teaching since 2000. Steve is a former teacher and administrator at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and the Waldorf School of Garden City, the high school from which he graduated. He also 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, Steve 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.
Gary Banks (Science) currently teaches high school math and science at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, where he is also the high school faculty chair. Gary is also a presenter in the Teaching Sensible Science course and has taught in a number of teacher training programs and foundation studies courses. From 1993-2001, he took a class from first to eighth grade at the Denver Waldorf School, then worked as a high school science teacher at High Mowing School and a class teacher at Pine Hill Waldorf School before moving to Michigan. Gary earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aerospace engineering and worked as a research engineer on the NASA Space Station project before entering teaching. He completed his MEd at Antioch New England Graduate School.
Your course also includes visual art with Kelly Beekman, music and movement specialists TBD.
Students who took an earlier version of this course had this to say:
~ This has been one of the rewarding professional development experiences I have had. I loved the level of depth and rich philosophical conversations.
~ Steve was fantastic. His flexibility, knowledge, and sense of humor cultivated an energetic environment.
~ I found the course to be of the highest quality overall. Each instructor was immensely qualified, engaging, and helpful. The other class participants were also large contributors to the success of the week.
~ The quality of the course was excellent! I especially appreciated how accessible Steve Sagarin made this course and his willingness to meet for additional discussion during lunch.
~ I thought the quality of the course was excellent, in particular the “lecture” classes with Steve that helped me gain a clearer and deeper understanding of Steiner’s ideas of what a human being is.
~ Steve is an excellent teacher and very knowledgeable about the material. I learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Sunday, June 28: Optional campus tour: 5:30-6pm; registration: 6-7pm; orientation and your first class: 7-9pm
Monday, June 29-Thursday, July 2: Classes begin each day at 8-8:30am and run through 5:30-6pm, with time for lunch and short mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.
Friday, July 3: Classes begin 8-8:30am and end between 12-1pm, with a mid-morning break.
$860 includes all materials and non-refundable $75 registration fee
Discount Options (Options 1-3 may not be combined)
- Volume Discounts for Schools
- If a school sends between 2-4 attendees, that school’s invoice will reflect an overall 20% discount.
- If a school sends 5 or more attendees, that school’s invoice will reflect an overall 30% discount.
These discounts do not apply to Waldorf Weekend registrations, as all Waldorf Weekend registrants receive a regular $85 discounted rate if that Waldorf Weekend registration is an add-on to another course.
Qualifying for a volume discount is a two-step process:
- Step One: Schools should submit a volume discount form, listing all teachers/staffers the school intends to pay for and the title/s of their chosen course/s and/or workshop/s.
- Step Two: Each teacher/staffer listed on the volume discount form completes an individual registration form. Teachers/staffers who do not complete this final step of submitting an individual registration form are not considered registered.
Schools will be invoiced in late July, based on actual attendance. A non-refundable fee—as specified on the registration form—applies to any canceled registration.
2. Combined Offerings
- 20% discounts on subsequent registrations (of equal or lesser value) will automatically appear on your registration form when you register for more than one course and/or workshop. (Exception: Waldorf Weekend, which offers an $85 discount when selected as a subsequent registration.)
3. Sunbridge Family
- Current Sunbridge program students receive a 50% discount on 1 or more registrations.
- Sunbridge program alumni receive a 15% discount on 1 or more registrations.
Discount instructions will appear on your registration form after you answer questions about your Sunbridge background in the Participant Profile section. Accounts must be in good standing.
4. Canadian Dollars
- Payments made in CAD will receive a 25% discount off the full price in US dollars. (Instructions will pop up on your registration form when you indicate you are paying in Canadian currency.)
- This discount will be applied after any other applicable discount is made.
Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary. See registration form for refund policy.