The protests that followed the killings of members of our Black communities last spring served to wake many people up to the realities of racism in America—realities to which the Waldorf movement is not immune. Accepting the fact that racism exists within Waldorf Education and taking on the work of recognizing and eradicating it from our classrooms is a goal to which we must commit ourselves if we are to truly educate our children (and ourselves) toward freedom.
To this end, Sunbridge’s Teachers Conference tackles the important task of uncovering racism in the Waldorf movement and identifying steps we must take to dismantle it.
Over the course of three one-and-a-half-hour sessions taking place Friday evening and Saturday, we will:
Define and articulate the ways many Waldorf school curricula center whiteness and set it up as an ideal, to the detriment of all;
Use the frameworks of racial identity formation and biography work to better understand how we become who we are in a racialized society and how that impacts our engagement with the children in our care;
Share practical tools, resources, and success stories with the goal of dismantling racism in Waldorf schools and communities.
Join us over Zoom for this real-time, virtual event.
Keelah Helwig is currently an early childhood educator and chair of the Early Childhood program at The Waldorf School of Garden City (her alma mater). Keelah has served as chair of WSGS’s College of Teachers and is a founding member and chair of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. She is proud to be a founding member of the Sunbridge Institute Diversity Scholarship Fund Committee and is also a Sunbridge Board trustee as well as a new WECAN Board trustee. A skilled facilitator, mentor, evaluator, and shepherd, Keelah is passionate about motivating school communities and inspiring lasting and meaningful change. Following her WSGS graduation, Keelah earned a BA in theatre from Spelman College and her masters in early childhood education from Sunbridge College.
Vicki Larson, director of communications and marketing at Green Meadow Waldorf School since 2011 and a founding member of Sunbridge’s Diversity Scholarship Fund Committee, has been involved in anti-racism initiatives and community organizing for social justice for more than 20 years. Vicki has held positions in publishing, resource development, translation and interpretation (English/Spanish), international women’s human rights, marketing, communications, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. A skilled trainer/facilitator, writer, and editor who loves working with young people and adults, she has been a consultant to Waldorf schools across the US since 2014. Vicki graduated with honors from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a major in English and minors in Religion and Women’s Studies.
Meggan Gill is currently lead toddler teacher at City of Lakes Waldorf School. Between 2009 and 2020, she was on the faculty of the Brooklyn Waldorf School, leading parent-and-child and kindergarten classes and being active on the school’s Faculty Council and Board of Trustees. Prior to joining BWS, she taught parent-and-child and nursery classes at NYC’s New Amsterdam School. Meggan, who is also an adjunct faculty member in Sunbridge’s teacher education programs, first learned about Waldorf Education when she visited the Olympia Waldorf School as part of her “Arts and the Child” class at Evergreen State College and soon thereafter began working in OWS’s extended day and early childhood programs. She earned her undergraduate degree in health sciences at Evergreen State and her certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from Sunbridge.
Heather Scott is currently a high school humanities teacher at The Waldorf School of San Diego. Heather has taught at WSSD for 16 years, including graduating two eighth grade classes. Her teaching experience also includes a year spent at The Community School for Creative Education, a public, Waldorf-inspired charter in Oakland, CA. Heather’s interests are in diversifying Waldorf middle- and high-school curricula. She is passionate about supporting anti-racism through a grounding in history and biography and has a decades’ long interest in African-American culture and literature, especially attuned to Black women writers. Heather earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her MA from The University of New Hampshire, Durham.
This conference will take place in live Zoom sessions.
Friday, March 19: 7-8:30pm ET
Saturday, March 20: 10-11:30am and 12:30-2pm ET
NOTE: All times are US EASTERN
Due to the sensitive nature of these discussions and because each builds on the next, we strongly encourage registrants to be able to attend all three sessions.
- 10% off if you are a Sunbridge program alum OR for schools sending two or more registrants
- Current Sunbridge program students: Contact us if you haven’t already made arrangements to attend (gratis)
Discount codes for Sunbridge program alumni and students will appear on your registration form once you identify yourself. Use discount code VOLUME if your school is sending more than one registrant; qualification for coupon use will be verified when the workshop begins. Only one discount may be applied.
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Please contact Barbara Vitale, admissions and summer coordinator, at [email protected] or 845-425-0055 x20
Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty substitutions when necessary.