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Summer 2018 Learning Institute

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 a Summer institute as part of a 4 year educational program. To learn more please call the TRCCS office at 715-346-2730 or email info@trccs.org.

July 22nd to August 3rd

Classes run for two weeks during the summer.

Language Arts & Eurythmy: The first half of the day the class focus is on Language Arts with Eurythmy in the morning for an hour during the second week.

Equity & Diversity/Arts: the second half of the day the class focus is on Equity and Diversity. In week one students will have additional classes in watercolor painting and singing. In week two students will have additional classes in blackboard drawing and assessments.


  • Full Two Weeks:$1,300
  • Language Arts (morning session, 9 am until noon): $550
  • Equity & Diversity/Arts (afternoon session: 1 pm until 5 pm): $750
  • Full Supply Fee: $100 (1/2 day: $50)
  • Optional Lunch: $70


Course Description: 


Eurythmy is an enlivening movement art enjoyed by both children and adults. In eurythmy class we will work with the primal forces of vowels and consonants and how they build language. We will explore the qualities of different spatial forms and learn exercises for strength and mobility.

Literacy Skills

English Language Arts is at the core of every subject in the 21st Century classroom. Proficiency in these areas is necessary for academic success in school and college and career readiness. This course will focus on braiding research-based literacy methods, such as Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop, with teaching methods that are developed out of the core principles of Public Waldorf Education to help students master Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. The class will cover various methods for teaching reading and writing skills along with suggestions for tracking academic growth and communicating growth with students and families. Class sessions will include reading case studies and theory of teaching reading, modeling of workshop methods, group discussions of blending teaching methods in current classroom settings, and opportunities for collaboration and planning.

Equity and Diversity

Students will experience an active discussion and inquiry-based course format with direct application to the issues of equity and diversity.  Focus will be placed on an analysis of Zaretta Hammond’s text, “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students”. Comparing and contrasting Hammond’s book with Waldorf curriculum and pedagogy will come into play as well.  Students will experience an interactive course with practical application to their own work.

Teaching Language Arts

This course will introduce students to the language arts curriculum for grades K-8 that is developed out of the core principles of Public Waldorf Education.  Students will delve deeply into storytelling, imagery, and the whole to part method of teaching students to read and write. The integration of music, poetry, drama, movement and art will be stressed.  Connections and methods to weave the Common Core Language Arts Standards into the curriculum will be emphasized.

Water Color Painting

This course will introduce students to pedagogical Painting techniques for Grades 1-7. Students will learn basic color theory as it applies to major themes of each grade. Focus will be placed on the process of painting beginning with basic color stories in first and ending with three-fold landscapes in the seventh grade.  Students will make connections between painting and math, language arts, science and history.


Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D., began her career in education over 30 years ago.  After teaching in the public schools in Bloomington, IN for 11 years, she received both her masters and doctorate in curriculum studies and math education from Indiana University.  Dr. Goral taught in higher education for 12 years and she currently works with Public Waldorf schools, coaching and training teachers through her educational organization, Transformational Teaching.  Dr. Goral pioneered two other Waldorf teacher trainings, Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training in Milwaukee, WI (started in 2002) and Kentahten Teacher Training, a regional teacher training in Louisville, KY (started in 2005). She currently serves as Executive Director of Kentahten Teacher Training. Her book, “Transformational Teaching: Waldorf-inspired Methods in the Public School”, tells the story of teachers in Louisville who use Waldorf-inspired methods with their public school students.  Dr. Goral served on the board of trustees of Rudolf Steiner College and presently is on the advisory board of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

Delana Hill is a founding teacher at Community School for Creative Education in Oakland, California. A critical thinker, Ms. Hill feels confined by the ways of the traditional classroom and works to bring her passion for life to the students at Community School and inspire them to push forth into the world with empathetic hearts and critical minds in order to make positive change for our future. In her time at Community School, Ms. Hill has taught grades 1 to 5 and served in various other capacities on the staff, including teacher coach and leader. Ms. Hill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Waldorf training from Kentahten teacher training in Louisville and has continued her training in Oakland through Transformational Teaching. Ms. Hill is currently working on a Masters of Arts in School Administration at California State University.

Mary Ruud has worked in schools and with teachers for nearly 40 years. She taught in public and private Waldorf schools and worked with homeschool children. Mary has taught eurythmy to all ages and has worked with eurythmy therapy with several anthroposophical doctors. Mary was President of the Association for Therapeutic Eurythmy in North American and she has presented at the World Therapeutic Eurythmy conference in Dornach, Switzerland. Mary loves working with and supporting teachers in this important work with young people. She is currently on the board of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

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: Substitutions can be made at any time, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee.