For educators, administrators, board members, and staff
We are excited to be returning in person for our 2022 teachers conference!
As we emerge from the extraordinary challenges of the past 2.5 years, this year’s conference takes up the timely topic of exploring strategies for developing strong bonds and successfully navigating tough times in your classroom and school community—strategies that can make all the difference in retaining families, faculties, and staff, and in ensuring the health of your school.
Join presenters Siân Owen-Cruise and Calisa Tucker as they address:
- How to develop a strong parent, teacher, and class relationship (including establishing norms early on, ensuring that new families are woven in, and making parents partners)
- How to keep these relationships strong through the hard times (including keeping assumptions about intention positive, establishing structures for handling conflicts and challenging behaviors, and what to do when boundaries are crossed)
- How to support the relationships in each classroom (including strategies for parent support and education programs, holding festivals and events, and managing the differences between classes while still having consistency in experience)
We look forward to welcoming everyone back to campus for this important event!
Siân Owen-Cruise came to her position as school administrator at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor (RSSAA) with over 25 years of experience in Waldorf education as a class teacher and administrator at the Minnesota Waldorf School, director of the Waldorf Institute of Southeastern Michigan, and high school coordinator at RSSAA. Prior to her work in Waldorf education, Siân was a faculty member at the University of Minnesota. She also has experience in the public side of education, working for the Washtenaw (MI) Intermediate School District as an early childhood program administrator for five years. Siân has a BS in Technical Communication and an MA and PhD in Rhetoric and Argumentation.
Siân’s colleague, Calisa Tucker, has been a class teacher at RSSAA since 2002 and currently teaches grade four. Calisa’s first class, which she taught from second through eighth grade, completed their eighth-grade year in 2010; her second class, which she taught from first through eighth grade, completed their eighth-grade year in 2018. Prior to becoming a Waldorf teacher, Calisa worked on an organizational learning and lean manufacturing internal consulting team for Ford Motor Company. Lessons learned in the automotive industry inspired her to seek out an education that nurtured systems thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. In 1999 during her Montessori teacher training, Calisa rediscovered Waldorf education; after completing her Montessori training, she completed her Waldorf teacher training through the Waldorf Institute of Southeast Michigan. Calisa received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial and Operations Engineering from the University of Michigan and completed her studies through the Engineering Global Leadership Honors program.
Friday, November 11: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Saturday, November 12: 9:00am-5:00pm
$225 includes Saturday breakfast, lunch, and snacks, and non-refundable $25 registration fee
- 15% off for schools sending two or more registrants
- 15% off for Sunbridge program graduates
- Free to current Sunbridge program students in good standing
- 25% off for payment made in Canadian dollars
Discount codes will appear on your registration form. Other than CAD, discounts may not be combined.
NOTE: ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES END OF DAY TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8. We will place a message on this page on November 9 indicating whether at-the-door registration is an option. An additional $15 fee will be applied for walk-ins.
Our on-campus Threefold Cafe will be open Friday night for dinner from 5:30-8:30pm, should you wish to dine locally before the conference begins. Information regarding local housing and area accommodations can be found here.
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. See registration form for refund policy.
Sunbridge is a New York State Education Department Approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (NYSED CTLE), enabling teachers of any background to choose Sunbridge for their CLTE/CEU professional development credits. Check to see if your state honors our status.