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.

Committed faculty and board members of Sound Circle Center are continually exploring three basic questions about our teacher preparation program:

How can we make it more affordable?

How can we make it more accessible?

How can we deepen the experience to make it more transformative?

Principles:

Based on our work together, we have created a new path/course for our teacher development program based on three principles:

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.

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.

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.

Structure:

The program is completed over 25 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. The program looks like this:

YEAR ONE

Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle), Begins in June

October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

Regular online conferences,

Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

YEAR TWO

Summer Retreat (3 wks. on Whidbey and in Seattle), Begins in June

October and February Retreats (5 days each on Whidbey)

Regular online conferences/support sessions,

Observations and practicum (6 weeks)

COMPLETION SESSION (includes graduation)

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

TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE

8:00 Warm up

8:30 Session 1 - study

10:00 Break

10:30 Session 2- applications

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Session 3 - movement

2:15 Session 4 - study

3:30 Break

4:00 Session 5 - Artistic work

5:30 closing, chores, review

6:00 End

Tuition:

The total course cost is $8,750/year ($17,500 total) payable in various payment plans. Some tuition assistance loans and grants may be available through AWSNA.

We invite you to join us on this exciting endeavor beginning in June this year. Contact us for more information or complete an application today.

Faculty:

Tommi Morgan, Nancy Pfeiffer, Bonnie Freundlich, Daniel Stokes, Anouk Tompot, 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.