AWSNA Mentoring Course. The Healing Power of the Word: How can Waldorf Education Meet the Needs of Children Today?
with Virginia McWilliam, Barbara Richardson, Ron Richardson, and Rachel Ross
The theme for the second summer session of the collaborative mentoring seminar for the Northeast Region of the Association for the Waldorf Schools in North America will be: "How can Waldorf Education meet the needs of children today?"
"Our rightful place as educators is to be removers of hindrances. Each child in every age brings something new into the world from divine regions and it is our task as educators to remove bodily and psychical obstacles out of the child’s way, to remove hindrances so that the child’s spirit can enter, in full freedom into life." - Rudolf Steiner
As teachers we experience vibrant students bringing a new approach to the world and learning in the classroom. The collaborative mentor seminar will take up the question of how do we develop as teachers to better understand and support the growth of the children in our classrooms today. We will create a more conscious understanding of the healing potential of Waldorf education. Barbara and Ron Richardson, who bring experience in Eurythmy and Speech, will offer guest presentations. Rachel Ross, who is a practicing Extra Lesson teacher and consultant, will help us become more careful observers of the children we teach and reflect on how movement can be used to support the healthy development of each child. We will also continue the initial work we began in the first session of sharing our biographies, developing individual and teacher education research plans, as well as strengthening the mentor practices in our regional Waldorf Schools.
Ron Richardson attended the Waldorf Teacher Training Institute in Detroit and then the London School of Speech Formation. He was a class teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School for 22 years and also at Merriconeag Waldorf School for 5 years. Ron co-founded the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program and was Director of Teacher Training at the Waldorf Institute of the Great Lakes in Michigan. He has also been on the faculty of the summer programs of Antioch University New England. Ron is an active member of the Pedagogical Mentors Colloquium.
Barbara Richardson, a practicing eurythmist and Coordinator of Foundation Studies at the Center for Anthroposophy, teaches at Merriconeag Waldorf School as well as leading workshops of Eurythmy in the Workplace.
Virginia McWilliams, currently serving on the Teacher Education Network of AWSNA, is an active member of the Pedagogical Mentors Colloquium. She was a class teacher at the Cape Ann Waldorf School for many years and is currently taking a class at the Hartsbrook School in Hadley, MA as well as consulting in various Waldorf Schools.
Rachel Ross has studied and taught Eurythmy for over thirty-five years. A graduate of the London School Eurythmy (1974) and Emerson College (1967), England, she received her Therapeutic Eurythmy diploma and certification from the Medical Section of the Goetheanum, Switzerland in 1989. She earned a Master of Science in Education from Sunbridge College, NY and holds Massachusetts State Teacher’s Certifications in Elementary Education 1-6 and two certifications covering Moderate Special Needs Pre K-12.
A consultant and mentor to many Waldorf and private schools nationwide, Rachel is actively involved in the AHE Remedial Teacher Programs in Brazil and co-directs the trainings in Canada, Ireland, and Spain.