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.

Community Education Events 2018-2019

Robin Cook: A Short Lecture on Parzival
Tuesday, September 25 at 7 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
Parzival is studied by 11th graders all over the world. Robin Cook, a Waldorf teacher who has taught the Parzival main lesson block for many years in England, has retold the story in modern language.

Eurythmy Workshop with Alexandra Spadea/Denise Crane
Tuesdays & Thursdays, October 9 to November 15, 8:30 am – 9:30 am, Upper School Assembly Room
Would you like to invigorate your start into the day? Join Alexandra Spadea or Denise Crane! Each session is designed to give every participant an introduction into the harmonizing art of Eurythmy.  No previous experience required. Eurythmy slippers will be provided.

The Spiral Talk with Carol Bärtges
Tuesday, October 16 at 7 pm, Upper School Assembly Room
Your child’s journey through their twelve-year experience at Steiner is at the core of this unique presentation on the essence and purpose of the Waldorf curriculum. Carol Bärtges, an alumna of the school and a member of our Upper School faculty will share her reflections on the “spiraling relationships” inherent in the curriculum.

Eurythmy – What is That? by Gail Langstroth
Monday, October 22 at 6:30 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
A talk and presentation about Eurythmy’s relevance in our time, its place amongst the Arts and, why eurythmy holds such a central place in Waldorf Education. Ms. Langstroth is an award-winning poet and international performing artist.

Book Signing: Working Reclaimed Wood, A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers and Designers, by Yoav Liberman
Thursday, November 8 at 6:30 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
In conjunction with the release of his new book, Yoav Liberman, Steiner’s Woodwork teacher, will offer a short introduction on the art of working with reclaimed wood. Signed copies will be available to purchase.

A Waldorf Orientation with Anna Silber, Director of Program at Sunbridge College
Tuesday, November 27 at 6:30 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
An introduction to Waldorf Education and the work of Rudolf Steiner.  Ms. Silber will describe the foundational underpinnings of this unique educational movement and its relevance in today’s world.

Poetry Café: Celebrating the Literary Work of Our Community
Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
This lively evening presented by The Key, the school’s literary magazine, will showcase the love of poetry and literature that lives deeply in our community. It features original student work from grades 6 through 12 as well as faculty and parent contributions. This year, the event will have the author and 12th grade parent, Maissa Hamed, as a special guest.

The Teaching of Reading in a Waldorf School with Giannina Zlatar
Tuesday, February 5 at 7 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
How do Waldorf students read? This talk offers parents the opportunity to understand the rich ways literacy is approached. Giannina Zlatar has been a class teacher both here and at the Brooklyn Waldorf School for many years.

From Stories to Screens, by Chip Weems
Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm, Lower School Assembly Room
How do Waldorf teachers help students not only move their research on to devices as they gain independence, but lead them across the narrow, wind-blown, bridge of adolescence?  Chip Weems is a professor of Technology Science at UMass and a high school teacher of Science and Technology at Hartsbrook Waldorf School.

Celebrating 45 years of Hawthorne Valley Farm
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
Learning through doing is a hallmark of Waldorf education; caring for the earth is another.  Come learn more about both aspects of the school’s curriculum through our unique farm program at the Hawthorne Valley Farm in Columbia County. Matt Davis, Director of the Children’s Learning Program at the farm, will share highlights of this program.

A Mathematical Evening, hosted by the Upper School Students and the Math Department
Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 pm
, Upper School Assembly Room
Come discover the wealth of the mathematical program in the upper grades. Topics will range from perfect squares (6th grade) to advanced calculus-based proofs (12th grade Math elective) as students and teachers share their research and activities.

Health and Sexuality in Waldorf Education, by Lisa Romero
Tuesday, April 30 at 6:30 pm, Upper School Assembly Room
Back by popular demand, Lisa Romero, author, speaker and consultant for Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy, will present thoughts from her book “Sex Education and the Spirit” (Steiner Press).  She will be addressing the questions of gender, sexuality and health that students confront in today’s world.

The Science of Play, by Dr. Gerald Karnow
Tuesday, May 7 at 6 pm, Lower School Assembly Room
Waldorf early childhood and early grades program are notable for their emphasis on play, experience in nature, and the stimulation of the child’s imagination.  Noted Homeopathic Physician, Director of the Fellowship Community in Spring Valley and co-founder of the Otto Specht School, Dr. Karnow will discuss the physiological impact and importance of physical movement on the development of cognition.