Grades Teacher Training Program

"Through study we cannot become teachers. We cannot drill others into being teachers, because each one of us is already a teacher. Every human being is a teacher but he is sleeping and must be awakened, and art is the awakener. Nevertheless he will still be a good teacher because it does not depend on the giving out of knowledge but on activating the individuality of the soul upon the pre-earthly existence. Then it is really the child who educates himself through us. And that is the truth. In reality we do not educate at all. We only disturb the process of education when we intervene too energetically. We only educate when we behave in such a way that through our own behavior the child can educate himself. " - Rudolf Steiner

Help shape the second 100 years of Waldorf Education

In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach his or her highest potential. Waldorf teacher preparation gives you a deep understanding of the whole human being as it unfolds through the critical phases of toddler, child and teenager - so that you can guide students on their life journey. Equally important is the Waldorf teacher's commitment to ongoing self-development. Waldorf teacher preparation stretches you in all directions - socially, intellectually, physically and artistically - to push you beyond your comfort zones and help you develop the capacities to inspire your students. The course integrates foundations studies and teacher training into one program.

SCC has developed a Grades Teacher Training program incorporating the wisdom of our 20 year history in teacher training and based on a new intensive model that is more affordable and more accessible.

Grade School Waldorf Teacher Training Program

New Cohort Starting June 26, 2022 - Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 (In person)

Application deadline is May 31st.

Grades Teacher Training Principles

The path/course for our teacher development program is based on three principles

    1. Artistic, experiential practice is the foundation of developing the new capacities we need as adults. Education at every level is an artistic, experience-based schooling of the soul.

    2. Our development as individuals is a collaborative journey including students and faculty alike. We are all learning, growing and gaining insight together on a continuous path of development – we are never finished.

    3. The proving ground of learning is in the classroom, where we can observe, interact and practice with mentors and peers where we can make mistakes and learn from them. We become teachers by teaching! We start with experience, reflect on it and gain insight, and try again.

Program Structure

The program is completed over 27 months and includes 3 summer intensives (3 wks. each), and week-long retreats in fall and midwinter, during the intervening school years, practical classroom internships, regular online conferencing, ongoing advising and mentoring and independent study/research. This program will be integrated with our current EC program.


2021-2022 calendar

Monthly Friday classes (4-6 pacific time) and Saturdays (9-1 pacific time) (Online)

9/17-18, 10/8-9, 11/12-13, 12/10-11, 1/7-8, 3/11-12, 4/8-9, 5/13-14 (No distance learning class in February)

February session, Langley WA campus, Feb 20-24, 2022 (In person)

Summer session, Langley WA campus, June 27-July 15, 2022 (In person)

2022-2023 Calendar

Monthly Friday classes (4-6 pacific time) and Saturdays (9-1 pacific time) (Online) Dates TBD

February session, Langley WA campus, February 19-23 or 20-24 (TBD), 2023 (In person)

Summer session, 2023 (In-Person) Dates TBD


YEAR A

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle, Summer 2022 will be held on Whidbey Island only)

  • Summer 2022 will take place on Whidbey Island June 27 - July 15 (South Whidbey Community Center - 723 Camano Ave, Langley, WA 98260)

YEAR B

  • Fall - Spring (online) and February Retreat (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle)

YEAR C

  • Fall - Spring (online) and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

  • Regular online conferences,

  • Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

  • COMPLETION SESSION (includes graduation)

  • Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle)

Program Overview - Three Year Course Plan

2022-23 Three Year Grades Teacher Training Rotation

Orientation Weekend for new EC and GS students (Sun-Mon)

Spatial Dynamics

Sculpture

SD 2. Working with Biographical Questions

IAT 7. New Student Orientation

Intro to Inner Work

Intro to Group Work & historical context for anthroposophy and

Waldorf education

CHD 1. Milestones in Human Development- Birth to 21

CHD 5. Overview of the Grades Curriculum

Overview of Waldorf Child Development and Curriculum

Intro to Mood of the Fifth singing & instruments

Festival experience

Summer 1- Three weeks

Principles & Practices - sharing homework

Festival prep and experience

IAT 1. Rudolf Steiner's Understanding of the Human Being and Evolution of Consciousness

SD 3. Developing Capacities for Imagination, Inspiration and Intuition

Goethean Observation

The Cycle of the Year and Seasonal Festivals w/Visual Arts

PAEC 1. Use of Stories and Fairy Tales in Waldorf EC Education

IAT 4. The Cycle of the Year and Seasonal Festivals

A 4. Visual Arts

A 1. Eurythmy

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

Cultural Consciousness:

1.current issues and social life in education

2. consciousness soul impulses 3. Biography, Karmic relationships and anti-bias work

Singing

Human Development in relation to education - 12 year change and high school transition

Language Arts 3 - middle school humanities

Math -Middle school: algebra, platonic solids, geometric drawing

Science PHYSICS, chemistry, nutrition, physiology, anatomy

Distance Learning 1 (yearlong weekends)

Drawing 3 : Drawing in the Main Lesson book

Understanding Anthroposophy in Education

Inner Work/painting

Principles & Practices

October 1

CHD 3. Child Observation I, II, III

Children’s Drawings and Birth of the Etheric (Schoorel Ch 2-3)


February 1

IAT 2. Consciousness and the Philosophy of Freedom

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues

Social art and building community in a Waldorf school: collaboration, communication & conflict resolution

A 2. Spatial Dynamics

PSD 1 Group Singing

Music 2: grades 4-6

Science 1: Nature Studies, K-5

Math 2: GS thru 6 - Fractions, decimals, percentages, business math, geometry

Speech


Summer 2- Three weeks

Festival Prep and Experience

Principles and Practices - sharing homework

IAT 3. The Foundations of Human Experience

CHD 6. The Unique Needs of the Very Young Child from Birth to Three

Birth to Three, Birth of the Etheric and First Grade Readiness (children's drawings)

CHD 2. Understanding the Transformation of Life and Growth Forces

PAEC 5. Incarnational Support and First Grade Readiness

A 1. Eurythmy

A 3. Speech and Storytelling

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

Cultural Consciousness:

1.current issues and social life in education

2. consciousness soul impulses 3. Biography, Karmic relationships and anti-bias work

PSD 1 Group Singing

A 5. Handcrafts

Yr 1- Handwork, Yr 2- Standing Puppets, Yr 3- Marionettes (wk I- create, wk II-perform)

PAEC 2. Puppetry, Puppet-making, and Performing with Puppets

Practical Advice and Discussions

Language Arts 1 fairy tales, folk tales, Hebrew legends, pre- reading, early reading, steps toward literacy, writing to read

Math 1 grades 1-4: number sense, numeracy, four operations, place value, time & money, rhythmic activities

Rhythmic Activities

Drawing 1: Form Drawing 1-4 (4 days)

Sculpture 1: Modeling and Handwork

Painting 2: Gr 1-3, Colors - complementary, tertiary and mood

Distance Learning 2 (yearlong weekends)

How to know Higher Worlds

Education as a Force for Social Change

Inner Work (six basic exercises

Language Arts 2 - 9-year change, heart of childhood, love of literature, reading to learn, grammar, composition, legends and mythology

Drawing 2 - Chalkboard drawing

Painting as Inner Development

February 2

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues

The Social art and building community in a Waldorf School: meeting cultures, parents & colleagues

A 2. Spatial Dynamics

CHD 3. Child Observation I, II, III

PSD 1. Group Singing

Painting

Speech

Science 1 - Geography

Music 1

Summer 3- Three weeks

Festival Preparation and Experience

Research Presentations

PSD 1. Group Singing

Speech 3 14

A 1. Eurythmy

PSD 2. Working with Parents I, II and III

The Social Art: Stepping into the work: 1. Governance in relation to threefold social order, 2. inner work, 3. strategies & practical questions

PSD 3. Working with Colleagues

PSD 4. Social Dynamics of a Waldorf School

A 6. Exploring Creativity through Improvisational Theater Games

PSD 5. Cultural Consciousness and Social Justice

Cultural Consciousness:

1.current issues and social life in education

2. consciousness soul impulses 3. Biography, Karmic relationships and anti-bias work

CHD. 10 Therapeutic Awareness and Approaches A 4. Visual Arts

Graduation Preparation

Differentiation and Individuation


Periodic Online Cohort Check-ins - Peer Mentoring Conversations

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Tuition

Faculty

Tommi Morgan, Nancy Pfeiffer, Bonnie Freundlich, Daniel Stokes, Holly Koteen Soule, Robyn Jones, Michael Soule

We are a group of colleagues who have been working together in Waldorf schools and in adult education in various ways over the past 25 years.