Session II: Working Together in Community
Conversation, Team Work, Facilitation and Decision-making
June 28 to July 3rd, 2015
*Part two of the series “Leading with Spirit: The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools
*The same seminar series is being offered at the Whidbey Island Waldorf School in Clinton, Washington, with Michael Soule and in Ann Arbor, Michigan with Marti Stewart. Please contact the instructors by email for further details.
“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
This session is led by Christopher Schaefer, Marti Stewart, and Mara White, and is a continuation of the series Leading with Spirit: The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools that began in Summer 2014 at the Alkion Center.
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
8:45 to 10:15am – Singing, Verse and Morning Presentation
10:15 to 10:45am – Morning Break
10:45am to 12:15pm – Case Work in Groups
12:15 to 2pm – Lunch Break
2 to 2:30pm – Biography or Group Exercises
2:30 to 3:30pm – Painting and Observation or other arts.
3:30 to 4pm Afternoon Break
4 to 5pm – Inner Development Seminar
5 to 5:30 – Singing and Review of the Day
Reading : R. Steiner, “ Brotherhood and the Struggle for Existence,” R.Steiner Archive, Marjorie Spock, Group Moral Artistry, R. Steiner College Press, Christopher Schaefer, Partnerships of Hope, Ch. 4., Fritz Glasl, Confronting Conflict, Hawthorn Press, U.K., plus hand-outs.
Christopher Schaefer was a co-founder of the Centre for Social Development at Emerson College in England before teaching for many years at Sunbridge College where he founded and directed the program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development. He is the co-author of Vision in Action : Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations, and in 2012, the author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities. Although semi-retired, Chris is presently the co-director of the Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association and both he and Signe have been involved in supporting the development of Waldorf education in China in recent years.
Marti Stewart has worked in Waldorf School Administration since 2002. She has enjoyed serving as the Lead Administrator at City of Lakes Waldorf School in urban Minneapolis for the past eight years. Marti earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a program in Waldorf School Administration at Sunbridge College. Ms. Stewart currently serves as a delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and as Regional Co-coordinator of the Development and Administrative Network of the Association (DANA). She has also served as the Administrator and on the board of Novalis Institute which provides adult education and Waldorf Teacher training foundation studies courses in the Twin Cities. Prior to her work in school administration, Ms. Stewart worked for several human service organizations serving children and families in NYC and the Twin Cities. Ms. Stewart is passionate about Waldorf education and its capacity to enhance human impulses towards the renewal of human society throughout the world. She enjoys the complexities (and the art) of working collaboratively with teachers, parents and volunteer leaders to bring forth the vision of Waldorf education at City of Lakes Waldorf School.