Community Education is a vital part of our community life. It is fundamental to building awareness through the sharing of topics relevant to Waldorf curriculum, as well as issues and ideas that enrich and deepen our understanding of our world. Each year we present programs that appeal to our diverse community. These events are designed to explore ideas pertinent to parents of all students.

Faculty and parents work together to develop events that broaden the larger community’s understanding of Waldorf education. Past events have included:

  • talks by Steiner faculty and visiting educators about how Waldorf education is a complete arc from early childhood to high school;
  • a teach-in on the current state of Islam, including lectures from two practicing Muslims;
  • and recently, a screening of the documentary, “Screenagers” was offered in conjunction with the Media Committee, with a group discussion on the influence and use of technology following the film.

 

Community Education Events, 2017-2018

 

Responsible Innovation: Waldorf Education and the Future, by Elan Leibner
April 10, at 7 pm
Lower School Assembly Room

Elan Leibner will share his reflections on the core principles of Waldorf Education and how they can be both understood and made visible in the ever- changing forms of our evolving school movement. Mr Leibner was a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Princeton (1990-2008) and directed the Teacher Education program at Emerson College (UK). He is currently teaching an eighth grade and is the editor of the Research Bulletin for Waldorf Education. He also serves as mentor to schools in the United States.

A Mathematical Evening, hosted by Marisha Plotnik and Dan Marsch

April 25, 6 pm
Lower School Assembly Room

New this year! Come to enjoy and admire student presentations of mathematical work. Topics will range from Perfect Squares (6th grade) to advanced calculus-based proofs (12th grade Math Elective.)

PAST EVENTS

Why Waldorf Education? Meeting the needs of 21st Century Children, by Lisa Romero
March 13, 2018, 6.30 pm
Lower School Assembly Room
This presentation is a great opportunity for those wishing to gain insight into the Waldorf understanding of child development and the pedagogical approaches that support healthy growth. The talk will also explore the need and possibilities of healing the impacts of technology on the growing child. Ms Romero has been offeringhealthcare and adult education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993.

Screening: “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”

March 1, 6 pm
Lower School Assembly Room
This two-part documentary by British filmmaker Jonathan Stedall tells the story of Rudolf Steiner’s remarkable life (1861-1925). Filmed during 2011, the 150th anniversary of Steiner’s birth, it explores the influence of his ideas and insights into different areas, such as education, agriculture, medicine, social and financial issues, and the arts.

Poetry Café

January 18, 6.30 pm
Lower School Assembly Room
This is a lively evening of sharing the love of poetry and literature that is fostered and lives deeply in our community. It features original student work from grades 6 though 12. This year, the event will celebrate the work of Gwendolyn Brooks. Parents of all grades are invited.

The Twelve Senses, with Anke Scheinfeld, Gianina Zlatar and Dan Marsch

November 29, 7 pm
Lower School Assembly Room
Our senses allow us to take in our surroundings and confirm our very existence. They shape our experience and define the outlines of our inner and outer worlds. Without them, we would live as isolated entities. Rudolf Steiner spoke of twelve senses, the five broadly accepted ones included. What are these senses and how do we work with them from the early childhood, through the elementary school, into the high school?
Ms Scheinfeld, Ms Zlatar and Mr Marsch, teachers in the Upstairs Kindergarten, First Grade and the Upper School, will address this question, offering an overview of the twelve senses and giving examples of how Waldorf education nurtures these senses.

The Spiral Talk, with Carol Bärtges

October 26, at 7 pm

Upper School Assembly Room
This presentation is a unique opportunity to understand the essence and purpose of the Waldorf curriculum and what awaits your child through the twelve years of this education. An alumna of the school and a member of our Upper School faculty, Ms Bärtges will share her reflections on the “spiraling relationships” inherent in the curriculum and trace its thematic development from the grade years to high school.