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AWSNA Southeast Regional Conference
Schedule and Workshop Choices
Main Conference Schedule March 8, 7:00 pm - March 9, 4:00 pm
Optional Activities on Sunday March 10
In order to participate in any of the events March 8-10, 2013, you must be registered as a conference participant, delegate, or presenter.
Please be sure to register for a catered lunch if you would like to eat on-site. Vegetarian, dairy-free, and gluten free options will be available. There are many restaurants within a ten minute drive, but time for the lunch break is limited.
The conference agenda with workshop descriptions, times, and biographies of presenters is listed below for you to review. Please choose only 1 workshop per time frame on Saturday.
Workshop spaces are limited and workshops will fill.
The Sunday "work-alike" groups are optional for conference participants.
Friday, March 8
4:00 – 7:00 Registration, hospitality, meet and greet, prearranged appointments with delegates
7:00 – 8:30 Keynote Address, Jack Petrash
Saturday, March 9
9:00 – 9:20 Hospitality (coffee and light snacks available all day)
9:20 – 9:30 Singing
9:30 – 10:45 Keynote Address
10:45 – 12:15 Workshop
Choice 1: Demystifying the "Waldorf Way" for the Administrative Office with Lisa Grupe, Ph.D., of the Alabama Waldorf School
Focus: administration, board
This is "Waldorf 101 for Admin Staff" for new and seasoned staff members, for anthroposophists and those without an anthroposophical background. We will explore Steiner's ideals of governance as well as practical governance and decision-making models in Waldorf schools that run counter to the top-down hierarchical world in which we usually find ourselves. Managing relationships between colleagues, between administrative office and faculty, and with parents will also be a focus of the workshop.
Lisa Grupe, Ph.D. is a certified Waldorf Grades teacher and a certified Waldorf Administrator from Alabama Waldorf School. After taking a class through from 2000-2008, she took the Administrator position which she currently occupies. Dr. Grupe also serves on the AWSNA Accreditation Committee.
Choice 2: Working with the middle school student with Jack Petrash
Choice 3: Anthroposophy: Up Close and Personal with Lynn Jericho of the Anthroposophical Society of North Carolina
Focus:general interest, anthroposophy
After a presentation of the basics of anthroposophy, we will focus on the personal application of anthroposophical inner development and how it offers the adult soul a healing, liberating and empowering perspective for resolving the challenges of the personal past, meeting the needs of the present moment, and preparing for the unpredictable individual and global future. Anthroposphy brings to modern consciousness an inner path and a worldview that is both intellectually sound and emotionally resonant. There will be time for your questions of all sorts, the wildly esoteric, the earthy and practical, and the heartfelt and courageous.
Lynn Jericho met anthroposophy as a pioneer parent of the Waldorf School of Princeton, New Jersey. In the last twenty years, she had given over 300 talks and workshops. Her blog, http://imagineself.com, and her Inner Christmas messages are read by an international audience of over 6000. Known for making anthroposophy juicy, intimate, and practical, many individuals seek out her for personal guidance and counseling.
Choice 4: The Effects of Early Reading on the Child with Dani Mouawad, MD of the Anthroposophical Society of North Carolina
Focus:teachers, parents, general interest, curative education
Explore child development and the growing mind, especially the ways in which a child's creativity and comprehension skills are shaped by the development of the brain's sensory integration in the early years. This workshop explores the impact of an early introduction to reading in this context. Could Waldorf education be considered curative for children with learning challenges such as dyslexia? Could early introduction to reading be in part promoting learning disabilities? Join Dr Mouawad to explore and share your personal experiences on these challenging and controversial issues.
Dr. Dani Mouawad is an integrative and anthroposophical healthcare provider who is currently working to found the Integrative Healing Center in Chapel Hill. Before moving to Chapel Hill, he ran two medical offices in Louisiana for many years. His credentials include studies in dyslexia and psychological testing
Choice 5: Teacher Evaluations with Ed Meade, director of academics at the Baltimore Waldorf School
Focus: administration, teachers, board
Ed Meade will present his experiences and insights into teacher evaluation, followed by a roundtable sharing and discussion of best practices at schools throughout the region. Come prepared to share, or just listen and learn.
Ed Meade is the Director of Academics at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. Ed received his Waldorf Training at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto in 1992, and has been a class teacher at the Meadowbrook Waldorf School in Rhode Island and the Waldorf School of Baltimore. He has even been the class teacher for more than one class at once! In August of 2011 Ed assumed the newly created position of Director of Academics at WSB. Ed has been concerned with issues surrounding governance for almost the entirety of his teaching career.
Choice 6: Simple guide to make your spring fundraiser event successful and profitable with Amanda Tiption and Mario Erazo of the Charlottesville Waldorf School
Focus: administration, board
Fundraising is a fundamental aspect of non-profit organizations, especially for independent schools.
This workshop will explore a blueprint for how to set your fundraiser event to be fun, successful and grow it's profits year after year. This workshop will cover: choosing leadership roles, volunteer management, event concept development, silent & live auctions , short and long term goal setting, marketing, business sponsorship, and local community outreach.
Amanda Tipton is the School Coordinator for the Charlottesville Waldorf School. She has taken an active role in the school's fundraising events and has also headed up the school's auction.
Mario Erazo is a parent at the Charlottesville Waldorf School and former spring fundraiser organizer. Mario is an entrepreneur whose professional experience includes from securities sells, online business development, And social media and E-mail marketing coaching.
Choice 7: Soul Portraits: Approaching the Unseen through Art
A "soul portrait" and is done with chalk pastels and is an exercise to strengthen perception of the invisible. Proper use of the ordinary senses leads to tangible perceptions of the extra-ordinary. We can imagine such things as "the being of the school" or the social organism, the presence of angels or elementals, my own higher self, the inner nature of plants or music, etc. This artistic work demonstrates in part the significance of artistic work in the Waldorf School and as an ongoing practice in our daily lives.
Rob Lanier is the Faculty Chair 3rd Grade teacher at the Waldorf School of Louisville. He earned a Master’s in Education from Antioch New England Graduate School in New Hampshire and then took his first Waldorf class from grade 1 through 5, graduating them in 2010. Rob's professional background includes leadership, directing, and teaching positions with Louisville Youth Choir and Walden Theatre. He has also serves as a music and anthroposophical studies teacher at the Kentahten Waldorf Teacher Training Institute at Bellarmine University.
12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Workshop
Choice 1: Outreach with Rachel Dangermond of the New Orleans Waldorf School
Focus: administration, board
The Outreach Workshop will focus on best practices and how to generate awareness, engagement and retention for your Waldorf School. Attendees will be asked to identify unique aspects of place and people and how Waldorf in particular serves or could serve their community. In addition, attendees will generate a strategy for outreach for a Waldorf School, a slogan for a particular school, and learn more about how social media can help bring awareness to Waldorf schools in general.
Rachel Dangermond is a writer and President of Greenlight Global Research (www.greenlightglobalresearch.com). Rachel has been an investigative journalist for almost two decades and has worked specifically covering Media for most of this span. In addition, she is a writer and blogger (dangermond.org and transracialparenting.com, which will launch in 2013). Rachel is also a parent of a nursery student at Waldorf School New Orleans and a member of the school's Outreach Committee. She developed the slogan "Ask a Waldorf Kid" and is helping to launch a social media campaign around this slogan. The Committee is also instrumental in creating and attracting diversity within the school.
Choice 2: "Why Hand Tools?" with Peter Moyers of the Emerson Waldorf School
Focus: general interest
This will be primarily "hands on" workshop. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the satisfaction of "doing" something with their hands. We will use simple tools - no previous experience necessary - to create a beautiful candle holder from cedar harvested form the Emerson woodlands.
Peter Moyers became a Waldorf teacher in 1993, and spent fifteen years as a class teacher. He has been the Practical Arts teacher at the Emerson Waldorf School since 2009. He did his Waldorf teacher training at Emerson College. Mr. Moyers has also worked as a carpenter in England, France and the USA. He has also been an actor in a professional theater company and his many other "careers" attempted include surveyor, building construction manager, social worker, traveler and arts administrator.
Choice 3: Teaching 8th-Grade Algebra 1 To Heterogeneously Grouped Students with Robert LaRue of the Charlottesville Waldorf School
With eighth-grade algebra being the expected norm in public schools, it becomes a challenge to give our eighth-grade graduates all the algebra they need--in a Waldorf way. I will demonstrate lessons, techniques, methods, and stories for teaching high-school level Algebra 1 to mixed ability Waldorf School eighth Graders. Although these techniques would also be appropriate for teaching Algebra 1 in any setting, they are particularly suited for Waldorf schools that terminate with the eighth grade--schools that need to give a thought to students going on to public-school ninth-grade mathematics.
Robert LaRue has been a Va and NJ certified K-8, and K-12 Math and English teacher. He has taught middle-school math at the Charlottesville Waldorf School for the last twelve years, where eighth-graders complete a high school level Algebra 1 course that satisfies the local public school requirements for high school credit.
Choice 4: Storytelling as a Speech Art with Colene Turner of the Waldorf School of New Orleans
Storytelling engages the whole person -- head, heart, and hands, while of course being an essential component of language arts lessons and literacy building in Waldorf schools. But not only is the threefoldness of being human worked upon during story time; the two-fold, the four-fold, the seven-fold, and the 12-fold aspects are also engaged. Storytelling, when done with insight, can address questions of temperament, planetary affinity, and even learning styles. Storytelling, as an art of speaking, using the excercises and indications that Rudolf S Storytelling as a Speech Art teiner gave for "creative speech" or "speech formation" -- the one subject that he spoke and wrote about above all others.
Colene Turner has been parenting, training, and teaching with Waldorf methods since 2001. A graduate of Rudolf Steiner College, she draws upon experience in early childhood, remedial work, and class teaching to bring insights, skills, and clarity to storytelling as a speech art. She currently is class teacher of an amazing group of 5th and 6th graders at Waldorf School of New Orleans, has worked as a mentor teacher in the LifeWays early childhood program at RSC, and has presented at the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education conference in Fair Oaks, California.
Choice 5: Rudolph Steiner and Anthroposophy - Then and Now with Rob Bowers of Whitted Bowers Biodynamic Farm
Focus: general interest, anthroposophy
This workshop will explore the fundamentals of anthroposophy through discussion of Ruldolf Steiner's life and work. We will focus on core experiences in Steiner's life that led to his contributions in the arts, medicine, education, agriculture, and spiritual sciences and how those contributions manifest today. From his early years in village school to his work with farmers in Northern Europe, Steiner's life path was vast and dense. Join us as we walk along this path and share his extraordinary work.
Rob Bowers and his wife Cheri run Whitted Bowers Farm, a Demeter-certified Biodynamic farm in Cedar Grove, NC. Prior to farming, Rob was an officer at the Moore Foundation in San Francisco responsible for the investment portfolio. He has served as Chairman for Tricycle Magazine, The Buddhist Review and The National Land Trust Alliance.
Choice 6: Unfolding the Potential of the Heart for the Michaelic Age with Nancy Moore of the Anthroposophical Society of North Carolina
How do we live courageously in a world where tragedy seems to happen almost daily? Often when we learn of bad news, it is a natural response to be overcome with negative feelings, obsession and worry. This weakens the heart. It is heart wrenching, we become heart broken, or heavy hearted. Under these circumstances our potential for doing good is greatly compromised. In this workshop we will learn the importance of strengthening the heart so that it can be used consciously. There will be exercises, individual and group, for working to transform tragedies small and large and project positive outcomes.
Nancy has been drawing and painting all her life. After studying illustration at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale she exhibited and won awards for pastels and watercolors. Nancy spent 15 years as a Waldorf mom studying Goethe's color theory, Eurythmy, eastern spirituality, and all things Steiner.
Choice 7: The Human Body as a Mirror of Chemical Elements in the Nature
Focus: teaching, science, phenomenology
It was through an analysis of the substances of the earth's "body" that chemists discovered a periodic system embracing all the elements. So, if we analyze the human body we would expect to find just those elemental substances which are especially significant for the life-processes.
This class is an introduction to the periodical table of chemical elements based on an approach presented by Fritz H. Julius in his book “Fundamentals for a Phenomenological Study of Chemistry”. The second half of the class will include a number of chemistry demos and experiments.
Dan Moise is teaching science in high school at Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC. His journey of exploring goethean science and Waldorf pedagogy has started 20 years ago when he completed his Waldorf Teacher Training in Bucharest in the class of Prof. Dr. Ernst Schubert. After receiving his BS in Chemistry and Physics from University of Bucharest, Dan spent three years in Dornach, Switzerland, where he completed his Foundation Year studies. In USA, Dan has worked in a Camphill School, in pharmaceutical research, has taught science in a public school and for the last five years he teaches science and coppersmithing in Waldorf schools.
3:00 – 4:00 Closing Plenum
7:00 - 8:30 Social and reception
oin faculty and friends of the Emerson Waldorf School for light beverages, light snacks, home-grown live music, and socializing.
Sunday, March 18 (optional sessions, no charge for conference attendees)
8:30 – 11:30 "Work-Alike" groups
These are open, round-table discussion sessions
Admissions- hosted by Raelee Pierce, Emerson Waldorf School admissions officer
Administration- hosted by Steve Bennett, Emerson Waldorf School director of administration
Subject Teaching- hosted by Jason Child, Emerson Waldorf School music teacher
High School Teaching- hosted by Jessie Rabius, Emerson Waldorf School humanities teacher and chair
When & Where
Emerson Waldorf School
The Emerson Waldorf School, founded in 1984, is a Pre-K to Grade 12 Waldorf school with about 240 enrolled students. The 54-acre (0.22 km2) campus is located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The school offers a curriculum based on the philosophical and pedagogical indications of Rudolf Steiner, designed to promote interdisciplinary and multi-sensory learning. The school celebrated its twenty-fifth anniversary in 2009.