Welcome to our fortnightly news update where we share progress of our charity’s aims, spanning a broad spectrum of ambition; from future schools and teacher trainings, to promoting access and inclusion for Waldorf Education, and celebrating creativity not just as a skill but a core human attribute.
With the renewal of our regular newsletter and updates has come a growing participation in our work through offers of support, a sharing in the promotion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Waldorf Education and Creative Pedagogies (PG Dip), and conversations around progressing our charitable aims.
Zoom meetings, phone calls and emails have linked Hong Kong, Indiana, Sydney, Brazil and Germany this week as we continue to discuss with a very diverse band of colleagues, associates and participants the mission of the charity itself and the vision of the course we are offering with Bath Spa University.
Part of that outreach and conversation includes the ongoing use of social media, and whilst the culture of our schools is ‘purposefully unplugged’, certainly in terms of early years and lower school classrooms, this wider professional and community use of social media is supporting the wider conversation, and if you could help with extending this conversation we would be very grateful.
We would therefore very much appreciate you sharing this newsletter with those in your household, networks and community, and inviting them to share our updates through either:
Newsletter: sign up to our newsletter (either on our website or just asking me by email)
Posters and flyers: let us know if you have the opportunity to display a poster or some flyers
Social media: follow us if you use it, or share with those who do:
It’s deeply exciting to be working on projects that seek to develop Waldorf education’s contribution through our changing times and to support its evolution going forward.
Another element of our wider conversations has been the Learning Moments video archive project that we have been undertaking to support teachers who will undertake the PG Dip.
This is a growing library of videos from between 3 and 30 minutes long that have been filmed in Steiner Waldorf schools. Their role is to serve as prompts for reflection on the distinctiveness of Waldorf Education across ages, subjects and themes and are an integral part of our approach to Waldorf Teachers’ Standards across both modules of the programme. We are very grateful for the support of those schools who have already hosted us in this filming project, and whilst we are approaching a level of completion for the videos required for this first, inaugural year, we will be commencing filming again in September to both complete and refine the archive. Please contact us if your school would welcome our very discrete camera operator/s once term has started.
And from other conversations we have had, it’s important to say that there are still spaces on the programme, and it is not too late to sign up. Read more.
Details of the programme can be found on the Bath Spa University website which includes the route through which to apply as well as contact details to ask further questions. The outcomes for the programme and how it has been designed for qualified teachers we have addressed in short videos that can be accessed through the links provided here.
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