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285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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January 2020

Planning and Creating a Mixed-Age Waldorf Grade School: Methods and Strategies for Sustainability and Success

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States

A pedagogical leadership workshop for school directors/administrators, faculty chairs, teachers, and board members interested in exploring the intentionality and the process of combining grades With facilitator Jody Spanglet of Ashwood Waldorf School   Description While a departure from typical Waldorf convention, mixed-age classrooms are a growing reality in many Waldorf schools today. Combining grades can strengthen a school and its pedagogy---and benefit students---by Helping a school maintain a healthy student population Requiring innovation and fresh thinking on the part of the…

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

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States

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

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February 2020

Open Day

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States

For anyone interested in exploring Waldorf Education, teaching, and teacher education Attend a presentation by Director of Education Linda Ogden-Wolgemuth and participate in a conversation about Waldorf teaching and teacher education Experience an artistic activity common to a Waldorf classroom Tour our campus and some early childhood and elementary classrooms of Green Meadow Waldorf School next door Meet with a current Green Meadow grades teacher/Sunbridge alum Learn about our admissions process Schedule Wednesday, February 12. Doors will open at 9am for…

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Subject Teachers Conference: Collaboration, Classroom Management, Child Development, and More–A Toolbox for Subject Teachers

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Saturday, February 29, 2020 @ 5:30 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States

A conference for subject teachers, faculty chairs, and pedagogical administrators. Class teachers and teachers-in-training are also encouraged to attend.   With Jeannine Davis of The Waldorf School of Garden City, Erin Fitzgerald of The Waldorf School of Garden City, and Jana Hawley of Sunbridge Institute and Green Meadow Waldorf School   Subject teachers play an essential role in the life of every Waldorf school and the experience of every Waldorf student. Their classes serve to enrich, balance, and support academic…

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June 2020

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

Sunday, June 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Open to everyone, including current and prospective early childhood educators, parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Join us for a wondrous journey! In this comprehensive course, you’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 circle time activities, lessons in handwork, art,…

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

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, June 21, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Open to all lovers of education and especially relevant for new and prospective Waldorf community members including teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, and board members. 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, 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…

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Approaching Grade Four: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fourth grade school year in five full days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fourth grade child in depth as they step into a more objective relationship to learning. Under…

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Approaching Grade Six: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming sixth grade school year in five full days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. Under the guidance of a master class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and learn how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the sixth grader in a lively and meaningful way. With the insights of anthroposophy,…

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A Focus on Middle School Science: A Phenomenological Approach to Teaching Science in Grades 6-8

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development  for middle school class and science teachers What do middle school educators need to know to teach the Waldorf 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? An anthroposphically-based exploration into Waldorf middle school science, this workshop is designed for sixth, seventh, and eighth grade class teachers and science teachers, as well as homeschooling parents working with a…

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Crafts in the Early Grades: Seasonal and Festival Craft Activities for Grades 1-4

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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For class teachers, handwork teachers, and home-schooling parents. If you are looking to enliven your teaching by incorporating more creative activities, this is the workshop for you! Through practical activities that are engaging to do and beautiful to behold, participants will explore how artistic hands-on projects can strengthen and support the Waldorf curriculum in grades 1-4. Approaching the curriculum of each grade, and including seasonal and festival activities, you learn several craft projects and the necessary skills to teach them…

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Exploring the World of Birth to Three: Developmental Insights and Practices for Working With Infants and Toddlers

Friday, June 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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For educators, parents, and caregivers of infants and toddlers Birth to three is a critical period of child development. During this time, children experience extraordinary change and growth as they learn to navigate relationships with parents, family, and the world beyond. Adults have a special responsibility to properly and consciously support young children during this period, with a careful and kind approach that understands and values this time of life. Dr. Emmi Pikler, a pediatrician who worked in Budapest during…

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Further Explorations Into Waldorf High School Education: A Deeper Dive Into Principles and Practices for Teaching Today’s Teens

Sunday, June 28, 2020 - Friday, July 3, 2020
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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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…

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Approaching Grade One: Inspiration and Guidance for Your Year

Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming first grade school year in full five days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. Under the guidance of a master class teacher, you’ll discover ways to enliven your teaching and learn how to approach the blocks so that they may meet the first grader in a lively and meaningful way. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through…

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Approaching Grade Two: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming second grade school year in five full days brimming 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 a master class teacher, you’ll discover…

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Approaching Grade Seven: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home schooling parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming seventh grade school year, in five full days brimming 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 seventh grader as they explore new horizons both within and without. Under the guidance of…

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Approaching Grade Eight: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, June 28, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 3, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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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 five full days brimming 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 eighth grader in depth as they stand at the point of inner revolution. Under the guidance of…

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July 2020

Approaching Grade Three: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming third grade school year in five full days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the third grade child in depth as they experience the nine-year change. Under the guidance of a…

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Approaching Grade Five: Inspiration and Guidance For Your Year

Sunday, July 12, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home school parents This course offers you an invaluable opportunity to focus entirely on your upcoming fifth grade school year in five full days brimming with discussions, presentations, practical activities, and the arts. With the insights of anthroposophy, gleaned through a daily look at child development focusing on your class’s age group, you will get to know the fifth grade child in depth as they stand on the balancing point between childhood and adolescence.…

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Creating Beautiful Drawings in the Grades: Techniques and Skills for Chalkboards and Main Lesson Books

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, July 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for Waldorf teachers and home schooling 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…

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Enriching the Classroom Through a Waldorf Perspective: New Approaches for Teaching and Learning for All Classrooms From Early Childhood Through Eighth Grade

Friday, July 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, July 19, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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Professional development for all educators The benefits of Waldorf Education need not be limited to Waldorf school children. The tenets of the Waldorf philosophy and pedagogy have a great deal to offer educators and students engaged in teaching and learning in any classroom setting. In the course of this weekend workshop, participants of all backgrounds will gain new insights and tools for the contemporary classroom. Open to any teacher (including public, private, Public Waldorf, and Independent Waldorf) or to parents,…

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

Sunday, July 26, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - Friday, July 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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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, 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, our focus is on the practical work of being a leader and decision-maker. Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being, and successfully applied in…

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