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2019 Alliance Annual Conference

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George Washington Carver School

10101 Systems Parkway

Sacramento, CA 95827

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2019 Annual Conference Widening the Circle: Courage for the Truth

February 15th 3 pm to February 17th 4 pm

Please join friends and colleagues for the 2018 Alliance Annual National Conference, an event at which teachers, administrators, parents, and board members from Public Waldorf schools, independent Waldorf schools and new initiatives from across the nation gather together for practical and renewing work. We will be addressing the theme of Widening the Circle for a third and final year and are excited to pick up crucial themes of diversity, inclusion, and access to our education. It requires courage to develop an alternative path on behalf of our children. Join us to explore the importance of inclusive, accessible whole-child education for all children. Participants are invited to reflect and to engage around topics of equity, race, inclusion and the policies needed to support Waldorf education in the public sector.


Friday

3:00-5:00: Preconference with Jonathan Raymond

5:00-7:00: Conference Registration

5:30-6:30: Dinner

7:00-7:15: Welcome and Conference Opening

7:00-9:00: Keynote I: Jonathan Raymond


Saturday

7:30-8:00: Late Conference Registration

7:30-8:00: Eurythmy with Alice Stamm

8:00-8:30: Singing with Luisa

8:30-10:30: Keynote II: Luis Versalles

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:30: Interactive Working Session with Luis Versalles

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-3:00: Workshop Session A

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-4:45: Workshop Session B

5:00-6:00: Break Out Groups

6:00-6:15: Silent Auction and Announcements

6:15-7:00: Dinner

7:00-9:00: Evening Session


Sunday

8:30-9:00: Singing with Luisa Burgess

9:00-10:30: Panel Presentation: Courage for the Truth.

10:30-10:45: Break

10:45-12:00: Workshop Session C

12:00-12:45: Plenum. Questions, answers, and next steps

12:45-1:00: Closing

1:00-1:30: Lunch

1:45-2:30: ANNUAL MEETING of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Jonathan Raymond, former superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District, and author of Wildflowers. Dr. Raymond will address the perseverance and strategies needed to establish and sustain our schools and the importance of whole-child education for every child.

  • Keynote: What do children need? Why is there a gap between what we know about child development and what many schools currently offer to children and families? Why is whole-child education still viewed as "alternative"?What is needed to address and close that gap for all children? Drawing from direct experience, Jonathan Raymond will explore this topic with us and will share his conviction of the urgent need to reform our understanding of public education, our role in strengthening our voices in the national education debate, and the need to establish whole-child education as the norm for all children.

  • Workshop: Using examples from Sacramento and other districts, Jonathan Raymond will continue his exploration of the need to reform education from a whole-child perspective and will outline strategies and actions that will help in strengthening, resourcing, and sustaining whole-child, developmentally-based public schools. This workshop is open to anyone and will be of particular benefit for principals, school administrators, and board members.

Luis Versalles, of The Pacific Education group will lead us in an exploration of our inner beliefs and attitudes about race, equity, and inclusion. His work focuses on helping educators to engage in and sustain conversations about race.

  • Keynote: Courageous Conversation As Courageous Leadership: Interrogating the Role of Race in Widening the Circle of Waldorf Education. Any attempt to widen the circle of influence of Waldorf Education that fails to acknowledge the historical and contemporary role of race in such efforts is incomplete. How can leaders apply a racially conscious and socially just lens to these conversations? How can schools leverage these conversations to create systemic equity transformation rather than settling for random acts of equity? In this session participants will discover how personal racial consciousness sets the foundation for professional and organizational effectiveness in leading for racial equity. By unpacking their “racial autobiography” participants will be guided through engaging, sustaining and deepening a Courageous Conversation about Race as a foundational strategy for re-culturing and transforming the workplace.
  • Workshop: Participants will engage with one another around the significance of the racial autobiography “bookends” elaborated during the keynote session. Journaling and discussion prompts will lead to examining connections of both early and recent racial experiences to the ways in which they lead for racial equity in their spheres of influence through extended practice with the Courageous Conversation (TM) protocol.


Pre-Conference: February 15th (3-5 pm) with Jonathan Raymond: Join Jonathan Raymond for a lively exploration of the founding and growth of Public Waldorf education. Jonathan will draw from his experience as Superintendent of Sacramento City Unified School District (and parent in one of their three Alliance schools) and his research into whole-child education to guide participants through the policies, processes, and activities needed to establish and sustain whole child schools within public education. Bring questions and examples from your own setting.


Workshop Session A: Saturday, February 16, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

#1 Curative Education (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Robin Brown

  • This workshop will address how to integrate Steiner's Curative Education in a "regular" classroom setting. We will talk about what it means to really observe, how to understand the children in a more practical way and what to do for all of the difficulties that we experience in the classroom.

#2 Double-Trouble Workshop (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Lee Sturgeon Day

  • This workshop will address the theme of our “doubles” and offer creative and healing approaches to transforming aspects of ourselves so we may strengthen our personal and professional relationships and, through this, contribute to peace and healing in the world.

#3 Culturally Relevant Science for Middle School (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Mary Goral

  • In this workshop, attendees will dig more deeply into the roots of many scientific discoveries and inventions. Presenters will discuss the fact that we cannot and should not forget that all civilizations throughout history have produced and accumulated knowledge to understand and explain the world. Contrary to popular belief, the foundations of modern science were laid long before the much-acclaimed scientific Renaissance of Europe and were particularly influenced by Islamic and Chinese scientists. Attendees will hear selected biographies about scientists from collectivist cultures and will also discuss why these ancient cultures’ contributions were and are devalued. Participants are asked to bring a biography or discovery from a traditional/indigenous culture.

#4 The Thorny Topic of Tech-Use (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Diana Graber & Shelley Kelley

  • While many people today agree with the long-held Waldorf belief that young children benefit from real-life experiences rather than too much time with tech, it’s getting harder for schools and families to enforce screen time limitations in a world filled with screens. This presentation will provide current, solid research on the benefits of limiting tech-use and will provide ideas for the healthy and safe introduction of technology as children mature. Sample lessons from “Cyber Civics” will demonstrate how middle school students learn to use tech mindfully. Attendees will leave with everything they need—including a PowerPoint presentation they can use—to share current research with their own communities.

#5 Special Education in our Schools (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Jeff Lough

  • Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) require a great deal of administrative and educational time in meeting, documenting, and implementing support for students with special needs. Participants in this workshop will learn how to integrate Waldorf-Inspired methodology, understanding the lower senses, and assessment to create a meaningful and legally sound support plan for students with special needs. This will be an opportunity to connect with other educators experiencing challenges and successes on this topic. The presenter will review eligibility requirements in determining the need for special education services and aligning your program with child development and Waldorf Pedagogy.

#6 Steiner and Racism: Meeting the Task and Seizing the Opportunity to Fulfill The Promise of Waldorf (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Ida Oberman

  • In partnership with Aeeshah Clottey of Attitudinal Healing Connection, and together with diverse members of the Community School team, this session will focus on Community School as case study, sharing of this intercultural Waldorf school’s steps to engage with questions of race and racism in service of our fulfilling the Waldorf promise.

#7 The Wonder of Number (This is a double workshop covering both Workshop Sessions A and B) with Jamie York

  • In this workshop, we will focus on the topic of “The Wonder of Number” and how it can be brought to fifth and sixth grade students. We will see examples of topics that lead the students down a path of discovery, enliven their curiosity, and peak their interest in this great subject of mathematics.

#8 Growing Waldorf Charters through CMOs with Caleb Buckley

  • Waldorf Charter Schools have evolved from district schools, independent schools, and now charter management organizations. In this workshop we will explore, “How will future school growth be supported by shared boards and resources? “

#9 Building Community Through Self-Study with Charles Burkam

  • This workshop will be a a presentation and discussion of the Self-Study process that is integral to school communities participation in the Path of Membership in that leads to service mark certification as a Public Waldorf school.

#10 Implementing NGSS Standards In The Middle School Blocks with Steve Kinney

  • Mr. Kinney will lead a practical session to help middle school teachers map and integrate the NGSS standards with current blocks, and consider new activities to address the new standards. He will also demonstrate STEMscopes, an online resource for supplementing NGSS standards into the curriculum, and prepare for the upcoming operational CAST test.

#11 The Little LEA That Could with Stephanie Lorenz and Jennifer Hoover

  • We will present our journey as a network of Public Waldorf Charter Schools of how we designed, implemented, and continue to hone and develop a district wide assessment plan for our schools. Our assessments are aligned with the CA Common Core State Standards and the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education Recommended Grade Level Placements.

#12 Whole-Child Education Reform with Jonathan Raymond

  • Using examples from Sacramento and other districts, Jonathan Raymond will continue his exploration of the need to reform education from a whole-child perspective and will outline strategies and actions that will help in strengthening, resourcing, and sustaining whole-child, developmentally-based public schools. This workshop is open to anyone and will be of particular benefit for principals, school administrators, and board members.

#13 Heart and Head in Your Hands: The Physical, Social, Therapeutic, and Academic Benefits of Handwork - and How to Teach It! with Elizabeth Seward

  • The value of handwork in the Waldorf curriculum pairs thinking with action, beauty, function, and service in the work of our hands. It is a powerful antidote to stress and isolation, and supports later academic thinking. Handwork skills are most effectively taught through stories, invoking imagination and open-ended thinking, while offering the best of pedagogical story-telling.

#14 Courageous Conversations with Luis Versailles

  • Participants will engage with one another around the significance of the racial autobiography “bookends” elaborated during the keynote session. Journaling and discussion prompts will lead to examining connections of both early and recent racial experiences to the ways in which they lead for racial equity in their spheres of influence through extended practice with the Courageous Conversation (TM) protocol.


Workshop Session B: Saturday, February 16, 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

#1 Curative Education (Part two of Double Workshop) with Robin Brown

#2 Double-Trouble Workshop (Part two of Double Workshop) with Lee Sturgeon Day

#3 Culturally Relevant Science for Middle School (Part two of Double Workshop) with Mary Goral

#4 The Thorny Topic of Tech-Use (Part two of Double Workshop) with Diana Graber & Shelley Kelley

#5 Special Education in our Schools (Part two of Double Workshop) with Jeff Lough

#6 Steiner and Racism (Part two of Double Workshop) with Ida Oberman

#7 The Wonder of Number (Part two of Double Workshop) with Jamie York

#8 Temperaments: A Modern Way to Differentiate Instruction in the Classroom with Carla Beebe Comey

  • Although the recognition of human temperaments began in Ancient India, mainstream research continues today in this field. Applications of the research are currently used to address learning differences in the classroom, but unfortunately temperaments have been labeled with names such as "high maintenance," and "industrious." Rudolf Steiner offered unique insight into the gifts and challenges of each temperament as well as unique approaches to bringing them into balance. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the history of the temperaments to the present day. We will then focus on Rudolf Steiner's insight into the gifts and challenges of each of the four temperaments. The workshop will include approaches to working with each of them when we identify them in our students and ourselves.

#9 Connection between Waldorf and Bloom's with Dr. Benjamin Johnson

  • Learn how Waldorf Head, Heart, and Hand methods directly coincide with Bloom's Taxonomy.

#10 Creativity and Courage: Nurturing the Inner Voice in Teachers and Students with Katherine G Lehman

  • How do we find the wellspring of our own inner inspiration to creatively meet the needs of our students? Can we celebrate the strengths each person brings to the work of teaching and learning? The workshop will have discussion and time for creative lesson development.

#11 Working With Parents with Jaime Lloyd

  • Are you afraid of the parents of your class? Do you wish a colleague could be with you at some of your parent-teacher conferences? Are you worried that you are going to lose another student because a parent is dissatisfied? Do you have good attendance at your parent evenings? One of the keys to success for a Waldorf Educator is a clear understanding of the progression of Waldorf curriculum, and especially its underpinnings. However, no matter how much one understands it, a teacher must approach parent work with plenty of tools and learn a sense of good timing in leading the parent community of your classroom. This workshop will address these important questions and themes.

#12 Painting out of the Color: Pastel Foundations in Color, Value and Form with Charles Andrade

  • This course offers a clear and functional approach to working with any two-dimensional imagery, with the goal of bringing into pictorial harmony the three graphic design elements of everything we see: Color, Value, & Form. Beginning with Color, we will explore its basic properties before moving on to the importance of Value as it relates to the gateway of Form and Composition. Initial exercises will be presented in an easy-to-understand landscape format. Time permitting we will move on to other pictorial forms. Material fee: $20

#13 Singing Games (This is a double workshop, the second half will take place Sunday’s Workshop Session C) with Anna Rainville

  • Singing games are a part of every culture and generation. These gems provide healthy opportunities for sensory integration while lifting spirits and building community. Singing and moving together in simple or complicated forms appeals to all ages whether at home, in a classroom, or faculty meeting. They are contagious joy.

#14 Hand Loom Building & Weaving (This is a double workshop, the second half will take place Sunday’s Workshop Session C) with Rick Tan and Jennifer Tan

  • Create your own wood hand weaving loom on Saturday and then learn how to weave on the loom on Sunday.

#15 Chalk Murals (This is a double workshop, the second half will take place Sunday’s Workshop Session C) with Rick Betz

  • Simple approaches to chalkboard drawing presented. Samples of chalkboard art shared. Opportunity to draw and practice techniques shared in class.


Workshop Session C: Sunday, February 17, 10:45 am - 12:00 pm

#1 Singing Games (Part two of Double Workshop from Saturday Workshop Session B) with Anna Rainville

#2 Hand Loom Building & Weaving (Part two of Double Workshop from Saturday Workshop Session B) with Rick Tan and Jennifer Tan

#3 Chalk Murals (Part two of Double Workshop from Saturday Workshop Session B) with Rick Betz

#4 Artistic/Integrative Movement for Teachers with Alice Stamm

  • Eurythmy enlivens and refreshes teachers. It promotes imagination and creativity for circles and stories as well as working with colleagues!

#5 Cultivating Community in our Classrooms and Beyond with Leah Lamdin

  • Kroka Expeditions is a non-profit organization offering place-based outdoor education through extended wilderness expeditions to foster a living relationship with the natural world and the development of skilled, compassionate, and community-minded young people. Over the past 25 years working with school groups (many from Waldorf or Waldorf inspired schools) Kroka has created a strong tool set in the facilitation of building community and working collaboration into all aspects of what students do. While at Kroka this is done in wilderness settings, it can also be integrated into daily school life. Come join Leah Lamdin, long time Kroka employee, in an experiential workshop centered around sharing these tools of collaboration. We will engage with questions such as "how can you enhance your class community" as we collaboratively handcraft journals which we will gift to one another at the end of the workshop. You will walk away with new ideas and inspiration for how to enliven your daily classroom rituals in ways that will cultivate the next generation to be caring, community-minded individuals.

#6 Painting out of the Color: Pastel Foundations in Color, Value and Form with Charles Andrade

  • This course offers a clear and functional approach to working with any two-dimensional imagery, with the goal of bringing into pictorial harmony the three graphic design elements of everything we see: Color, Value, & Form. Beginning with Color, we will explore its basic properties before moving on to the importance of Value as it relates to the gateway of Form and Composition. Initial exercises will be presented in an easy-to-understand landscape format. Time permitting we will move on to other pictorial forms. Material fee: $20


Break Our Groups: Saturday, February 16th, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

#1 Gender Identity: Supporting Transgender Students with Adrienne Sibrizzi

  • Schools are increasingly faced with supporting transgender students, their families, and the school community. During this session, Adrienne Sibrizzi of Novato Charter School will support an open conversation about the practicalities and resources associated with supporting transgender identity for the well being of all students.

#2 Integrating Reflexes and the Special Education Classroom with Karen Perry

  • Learn best practices to integrate Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT) and Waldorf Extra Lesson exercises into a public charter school classroom. Tools and some sample rubrics and charts of how to streamline progress monitoring in movement, math, reading, and writing will be provided. Topics for discussion will include involving students in their IEP process, and student led IEPs. Wear comfortable clothing for movement.

#3 The Power of Storytelling: Crafting Multi-Sensory Stories with Kathy Donchak

  • “Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul.” Oscar Wilde. Storytelling is nutrition for childhood. The rich sensory experiences of bringing together our natural world in stories will nurture the soul of children and their teachers. In this workshop, Kathy Donchak will guide participants through an exercise to develop their Nature’s Alphabet, an illustrated chart of the senses and guide them through crafting stories based on their sensory connections in nature. This workshop is based on practices in Applied Ecopsychology and EcoArt Therapy and can be used in any classroom setting or therapeutic, educational session.

#4 Early Childhood Collaboration with Hellene Brodsky

#5 Grades 1 & 2 Collaboration with Helen Smith & Stacey Lisker

#6 Grades 3 & 4 Collaboration with Delana Hill

#7 Grades 5 & 6 Collaboration with Ashley Radzat

#8 Grades 7 & 8 Collaboration with Leah Brosio

#9 Specialty Teachers Collaboration with Kenny Blacklock

#10 Core Principles for Public Waldorf Education 101 with Liz Beaven

#11 Administration Collaboration with Charles Burkam

ALLIANCE Annual Meeting: Sunday, February 17, 2019 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM The Annual National Conference will again this year close with an Annual Meeting of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education’s non-profit corporation, which is open to the general public. The Agenda for the meeting will be available in Conference registration packets and posted on the Alliance website. Everyone is welcome.

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