Summer Intensive: Working Together in Community
Conversation, Team Work, Facilitation and Decision-making
“Seek the real practical life but seek it in a way that does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but do not seek it from spiritual egoism, from spiritual greed but look for it because you want to apply it unselfishly in practical life, in the material world. Make use of the ancient principle spirit is never without matter, matter never without spirit.”
– R. Steiner
Waldorf schools work with a new pedagogy based on a holistic, age-appropriate image of child development. They also practice a new form of community life in which teachers, administrative staff and parents are partners in developing the community of the school. The working together of these three groups in the life of the school requires insight, social sensitivity and competence so that the school can be healthy and best serve the needs of the children. These one-week professional development seminars offer teachers, administrators, board members and parents an opportunity to reflect on and work with the challenges of building a Waldorf School Community that is vibrant, innovative and effective, while honoring the unique contributions of each member of the community. Each seminar can be taken on its own but, when taken in sequence, they will build a deeper capacity for serving the community of Waldorf education.
The seminars are based on the successful certificate and Master’s Program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development offered at Sunbridge College between 1993-2008.
- Dialogue and Human Encounter
- Group Roles and Team Development
- Decision-making, Consensus and Facilitation
- Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Individual and Community Development