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Summer Learning Institute 2017

Summer Learning Institute 2017

Working Out Of The Principles Of Public Waldorf Education for K-8 Educators

The Tomorrow River Community Charter School (TRCCS) in partnership with Transformation Teaching is offering two institutes working out of the principles of the Public Waldorf curriculum. This is part of a 4 year educational program. To learn more please call the TRCCS office at 715-346-2730 or email info@trccs.org. I

f you would like to take the courses for graduate credit from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point please contact the TRCCS office for details. 

Teaching Integrated Mathematics: Head, Hands and Heart

Dates: July 24-28, 2017; 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst Junction, WI, in the TRCCS classrooms.

Institute: $650

  • Supply Fee $50
  • Lunch $35

Course Description: Students will be introduced to the Waldorf approach to teaching mathematics, as well as the curriculum and the theory behind this approach.  Pedagogical stories and games for mathematics, as well as music, movement, poetry, handwork, and art will be integrated into this course. Students will examine how the Public Waldorf approach to teaching mathematics aligns to the Common Core mathematics standards.


  1. Students will deepen their understanding of the Waldorf approach to teaching mathematics and the curricula taught at the 3-5 grade level.
  2. Students will compare and contrast the suggested curriculum with the Common Core Standards and will see where and how the curriculum aligns.
  3. Students will examine alternative assessment in mathematics education and develop a keen knowledge of the challenges and possibilities in mathematics assessment.
  4. Students will examine learning theories in the Waldorf approach to teaching mathematics and will be able to analyze and critique these different approaches to teaching mathematics.
  5. Students will be introduced to the range of mathematics teaching techniques available using the Waldorf approach.
  6. Students will come to understand the nature of mathematics and how the teaching of mathematics can be related to other content areas and can be applied in real world situations.
  7. Students will investigate how the teaching of mathematics using Rudolf Steiner’s indications can be developed to meet individual student needs.
  8. Students will gain meaningful experience in the planning and teaching of mathematics lessons using the Waldorf approach.
  9. Students will become more knowledgeable of mathematics manipulatives used in Waldorf pedagogy and how they may be used in the learning and teaching of elementary school mathematics.
  10. Students will gain understanding in how to teach to the whole child, how to engage children in deep and meaningful ways, and how to bring a sense of aesthetics to the teaching of mathematics.
  11. Students will learn the importance of honoring each human being, of integrating the teaching of reverence and respect into every lesson, and of connecting the teaching of mathematics to the human being.

Special Education for Public Waldorf: The Extra Lesson

Dates: July 31st to August 4th, 2017; 9 am to 5 pm

Location: Central Wisconsin Environmental Station in Amherst Junction, WI, in the TRCCS classrooms.

Institute: $650

  • Supply Fee $50
  • Lunch $35

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the developmental milestones from birth to seven and will offer assessment tools for analyzing student progress toward these milestones. Students will be immersed in activities they can use to support children with learning differences as they learn about the lower senses, the 6 planes of space, and rhythmic movement exercises.  The integration of movement, drawing, woodworking and painting will be modeled and connected to cognitive development.


  1. Students will gain an understanding of the 6 planes of space and their relationship overall development as well as to academic work.
  2. Students will be taught the importance of spatial orientation and body geography and will practice exercises for supporting their healthy development.
  3. Students will learn the importance of working in the symmetry stage to get to lateralization and practice exercises for integrating the horizontal and vertical midlines these.
  4. Students will be introduced to several assessment tools to gain insight into children’s learning difficulties. They will use the tools to analyze student work.
  5. Students will learn how developing the rhythmic system impacts literacy development.
  6. Students will learn the relationship of the four lower senses to the twelve senses.

Instructor – Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D.

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Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D. began her career in education over 30 years ago. After teaching in the public schools in Bloomington, Indiana for 11 years, she received both her master’s and doctorate in curriculum studies and math education from Indiana University.

Mary taught in higher education for 12 years, and she currently works with public Waldorf schools coaching and training their teachers through her educational organization, Transformational Teaching.

Mary pioneered two other Waldorf teacher trainings, Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training in Milwaukee (started in 2002) and Kentahten Teacher Training, a regional teacher training in Louisville (started in 2005).

Her book, Transformational Teaching: Waldorf-inspired Methods in the Public School, tells the story of teachers in Louisville who use Waldorf-inspired methods with the public school students.

Mary has served on the board of trustees of Rudolf Steiner College and is currently on the advisory board of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

Instructor – Donna Stottmann

Donna Stottmann received her Masters degree in elementary education and Rank I (30 credit hours beyond the masters) in literacy from the University of Louisville. Donna taught at in urban public schools for 20 years and worked as an   instructional coach for an additional seven years. She served as a literacy consultant and staff developer for the Louisville Writing Project. After pursuing her Waldorf teaching certification she completed the Remedial Training course at the Rudolf Steiner College in order to meet the needs of students with learning differences.  She currently works as the remedial teacher at the Waldorf School of Louisville and is a core faculty member for Transformational Teaching.

What is the Waldorf Approach to Education?

  • Awaken imagination and wonder
  • Enliven and expand the breadth of student learning, bringing joy into the classroom
  • Address the developmental needs of all children, through integrated, art-filled learning
  • Use creativity in the classroom while nurturing emotional intelligences, kindness and responsibility through character building activities
  • Benefit students of a variety of backgrounds with an experiential and integrated approach
  • Strengthen literacy and numeracy with innovative and practical pedagogical methods
  • Protect childhood by creating a healthy and nurturing environment and using developmentally appropriate teaching methods.
  • Energize a love of learning
  • Teach through the arts, including drawing, painting, poetry, drama, storytelling & movement.

Cancellations: Full refunds granted upon written request when received on or before Friday, July 10, 2017. Refunds requested after July 10, 2017 will be assessed a 50% cancellation fee. Substitutions can be made at any time, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee.

To register for an institute: Institute Application-2017