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From Roots to Fruit -- Parenting & Education Toward Goodness, Beauty and Truth
Prairie Hill Waldorf School
Pewaukee, WI
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Saturday Mar 03, 2018 8:00 AM - Saturday Mar 03, 2018 4:30 PM | Free - $40.00


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From Roots to Fruit -- Parenting & Education Toward Goodness, Beauty and Truth
Registration closes at 8:00 pm, Friday, March 2. You may register at the door on Saturday morning.

This year's 6th Community Education Conference is a one-day conference for parents, caregivers and educators parents of children from infancy through adolescence and young adulthood. Hosted by Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Tamarack Waldorf School, Madison Waldorf School, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, and Lifeways Milwaukee. Sponsored by Lifeways North America.

Keynote Speakers:

Mary O'Connell "GOODNESS --Encountering Goodness in Today's World"
If the young child experiences the world as good, he develops goodness in himself and develops soul forces that lead to an innate sense of gratitude and respect for others. How do we reclaim our own joy to help children "gather the good" in this volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous time?

Bente Goldstein "BEAUTY -- Developing Emotional Depth During the Grade School Years"
How can we challenge and nurture our children emotionally in middle childhood, so they are able to grow and learn in a deeper, more meaningful way?
Registration Closes at 8:00pm, Friday, March 2. You may register at the door on Saturday.

Philip Chard: "TRUTH -- Becoming One's Authentic Self; How Young People Discover Who They Are"
Throughout adolescence and young adulthood, young people strive to explore and discover what they believe to be true about themselves and the world around them. These truths, once clarified, become a kind of "existential GPS," guiding her or him in making decisions, setting goals, forming relationships and, eventually, creating a life reflective of one's core values and intentions. The emotional and interpersonal turbulence, challenges and risks inherent in this process often leave parents and educators uncertain how to lend support and guidance. We will examine what helps, what doesn't, and how to make the most of the brief window of time during which young people "come of age."

Several exhibitors will be showcasing their products and/or services.

Cost (includes lunch)
   Before February 15: $30
   After February 15: $35
   At the door: $40

Conference Schedule:
7:45-8:15          Registration
8:15                   Opening of Conference; Welcome
8:30-9:30        "GOODNESS --Encountering Goodness in Today's World", Mary O'Connell
9:45-10:45        Morning Session Breakout Workshops
11:00                 "BEAUTY -- Developing Emotional Depth During the Grade School Years",
                          Bente Goldstein    
Noon-1:15          Lunch and Exhibitors
1:20                    Conference Notes
1:30-2:30          "TRUTH -- Becoming One's Authentic Self; How Young People Discover Who
                          They Are", Philip Chard
2:45-3:45          Afternoon Session Breakout Workshops
4:00-4:30          Closing (and Door Prizes!)


After you have registered, you will be able to select your preferences for a Morning and an Afternoon Workshop. Please read these descriptions and note your preference so you can enter it later.

MORNING SESSION BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

Workshop #1: "Discipline  Becoming a Loving Authority for Children"
With Kim Bair ~ Please note this workshop is closed.

This workshop will explore how to be a loving authority for children  calmly, quietly, centered, and without anger. You will learn tips to be responsive, engaged and present while providing the boundaries children need to feel safe, know they are an integral part of family life, and feel their contributions are meaningful.

Workshop #2: "Creating Your Family Culture with Goodness, Beauty and Truth"
With Mary O'Connell and Jane Sustar

Before you had children, did you ever dream of what your family would be like? Did you imagine a happy atmosphere in which everyone genuinely loved, respected and cared for each other, enjoyed spending time together, and shared the same values?  Now you are a parent, and you're living the dream! And while you love it, is it what you expected? Are you finding, or making, time to really live your values as a family?

In this workshop, we will combine reflection, discussion and artistic experiences to explore how to create your own unique family culture in based in the three fundamental values of Goodness, Beauty and Truth. And you'll have fun doing it!

Workshop #3: "Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations"
With Mark Kamsler, MD
(This workshop is also being offered in the afternoon session.)

This hot-button topic often creates heated discussions, including potentially inflammatory comments from both sides of the debate.  We can look more closely at how the insights of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophic medicine can inform the conversation, explore the vital role of a spiritual (ideally Waldorf) education, and provide practical and health bringing possibilities for both those who immunize and for those who choose no immunizations.

We will discuss:

~Childhood illnesses and their fundamental role in health and development.
~Review current standards for immunizations and changing laws that will gradually require immunization for most individuals.
~Anthroposophic remedies and supplements that one can use to help when immunizations are given, AND when they are not.
~The vital importance of a spiritualized education (broadly viewed) to help balance the unwanted effects of immunization and support the unimmunized child.

Immunizations, in many ways, are a sign post of our digital age. Join the discussion of how Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education can promote a more healthful world.

Workshop #4: "How To Connect: Finding Balance In An Age Of Inter(Net) Connectedness"
With James Boland

This workshop will focus on how to help students in our classrooms and at home be more conscious when engaging in the online world that surrounds them. Through discussion, sharing and work with social games, we will work to connect with one another and share our collective wisdom in order to help meet this brave new world of social inter(net)connectedness.


Workshop #5: "Introduction to Storytelling"
With Michael Imes

This workshop will include an overview of different kinds of stories, choosing stories to tell, a discussion about the difference between telling and reading stories to children, and some tips for getting you started or advancing your storytelling abilities. No experience necessary.

Workshop #6: "Rhythm and Self-Care: The Keys to Navigating Life Changes"
With Bridget Scherer Schneider

As unsettling as change is, it is a fact of life. In this interactive workshop, well explore how to navigate major disruptions to the family dynamic, such as moving, job change or loss, divorce or travel, to name a few. Well focus on the helpful tools of healthy rituals surrounding sleep, meals, play and chores, along with the essential role of caring for the caregiver in bringing your family through big changes in a positive, life-affirming way.

Workshop #7: "Ready or not? Foundations for the First Three Grades Curriculum in Support of the Ease and Joy of Learning"
With Kris Boshell and Nancy Szymanski

Many questions exist regarding grade school readiness. Before us stands the archetype of the seven-year-old. How do we free hindrances to support the foundation for learning in the first three years of grade school? In this workshop we will discuss the individual incarnation process in relationship to the first three years of the Waldorf curriculum.

Workshop #8: "From Cradle to College: The Stages of Parent Development"
With Martha Buche, Ed., M.

Our awareness of the six stages of parenthood and the ways they relate to each stage of child development prepare us for what is coming and how to respond as parents in our childrens lives.  This useful framework gives us confidence and a focus as we navigate the challenging and rewarding journey of parenting.  In this workshop for parents of children of all ages, we will consider the living questions of parents at each stage of parenting, then share and brainstorm strategies we have used successfully.


AFTERNOON SESSION BREAKOUT WORKSHOPS

Workshop #1:  "Why Kids Need Chores"
With Bente Goldstein

This workshop will give parents and teachers guidelines to help your kids connect with you and each other, develop responsibility and know that they matter in todays world.

Workshop #2:  "Too Much, Too Soon, Too Easily; Parenting in a Technology-Saturated World"
With Philip Chard

The explosion in technology-based gaming, social networking, instant communication, and entertainment media has become a potent and ubiquitous force in child development. Emerging research is measuring the impact of these media on the neurology, behavior and relationships of young people, as well as their parents and teachers. We will explore the perils and promises posed by current technology, as well as rapidly emerging advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and human-machine interfaces that loom on the near-term horizon. Whats more, we will examine strategies for educators, child development professionals and parents in their efforts to raise healthy children in an IT-centric world.

Workshop #3:  "Living in Harmony with Children"
With Jaimmie Stugard

Discover how music can build harmony in the home and in the classroom.    
Learn songs, gesture games and verses to share with the young children in your life.  For parents, grandparents and caregivers of children ages 0-7.

Workshop #4:  "Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations"
With Mark Kamsler, M.D.

This hot-button topic often creates heated discussions, including potentially inflammatory comments from both sides of the debate.  We can look more closely at how the insights of Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophic medicine can inform the conversation, explore the vital role of a spiritual (ideally Waldorf) education, and provide practical and health bringing possibilities for both those who immunize and for those who choose no immunizations.

We will discuss:

~Childhood illnesses and their fundamental role in health and development.
~Review current standards for immunizations and changing laws that will gradually require immunization for most individuals.
~Anthroposophic remedies and supplements that one can use to help when immunizations are given, AND when they are not.
~The vital importance of a spiritualized education (broadly viewed) to help balance the unwanted effects of immunization and support the unimmunized child.

Immunizations, in many ways, are a sign post of our digital age. Join the discussion of how Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education can promote a more healthful world.


Workshop #5:  "Introduction to Geometric Drawing"
With Michael Imes

This interactive workshop includes a look at the early history of geometric drawing and hands on geometric drawing using: pencils, compass, straight edge and ruler. No experience necessary, tools will be supplied, but bring your own compass, ruler and colored pencils, if you have them.  

Workshop # 6:  "Art: Building Resilient Children and Teens in the Digital Age"
With Maggie Herbst

Art is the space where meaningful connections can be made.  Through repeated and meaningful artistic experiences, children build the capacity to navigate difficult and unknown challenges.  Resilience is defined as the ability to recover quickly from difficulties.  A childs confidence in expression among a variety of artistic media, their ability to create things of usefulness, and their learned preference of serendipity over perfection are foundational to building this flexibility.  The use of art in education is not to create artists out of all students, but to provide this meaningful framework of resilience for all future endeavors.

Workshop #7:  "What is Anthroposophy?"
With Robert Karp

Behind Waldorf education stands the amazing philosophy and spiritual teaching of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), one the most remarkable and mysterious figures in modern history. Who was this person? How did Waldorf schools come into being? What is the relationship of the curriculum to Steiners philosophy, which he called Anthroposophy? This workshop will provide solid foundations for further exploration and give participants a chance to ask all their juiciest questions about the mysterious philosophy and person that stands behind Waldorf Education.

Biographies of presenters:

KIM BAIR teaches first grade at Tamarack Waldorf School and has over 10 years of experience as a Waldorf teacher, holds a Certificate in Waldorf Education, Master's of Education, and a Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture.  She has developed a strong foundation of teaching children by consistently being a loving authority and holding the classroom form with joy.  She lives in a historic cobblestone house in Eagle with her husband, Rick, two children, Rosa and Henry, dog, cat, guinea pig, and flock of chickens.  

JAMES BOLAND is a grades teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School, currently teaching eighth grade. He is a graduate of Great Lakes Waldorf Institute and has taught in both the Waldorf Kindergarten and high school classroom.

KRIS BOSHELL, M.A., discovered Rudolf Steiner's work in 2003 through Waldorf Education. She received her Anthroposophical training as Grades and Remedial Education teacher at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, CA and her MA in Depth Psychology at Sonoma State University. Kris' work in Learning Support has included independent consulting for private and chartered Waldorf schools in the US, teacher training programs, conferences and workshops in North America and Europe, Waldorf Learning Support Program Co-Director (w/ Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program), and currently full-time as Learning Support Co-Coordinator and Extra Lesson Teacher at Chicago Waldorf School. She serves on the board for AHE (Association for Healing Education) and Core Group at Arcturus. She is a proud parent of two Waldorf graduates and is a member of the Anthroposophical Society of America.

MARTHA BUCHE has been working with teachers, parents and children of all ages for more than 30 years.   She has been effectively using the concepts of the six stages of parenthood in her work since the 1980s.  Martha developed the Parent-Child program at Three Rivers Waldorf School and is currently teaching Parent-Child classes at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School.  She has been working with the youngest Waldorf families in Parent-Infant and Parent-Child classes for the past 16 years.  Martha also teaches fine and practical arts classes to adolescents at Youth Initiative High School, and craft classes at Driftless Folk School.  She and her husband have raised two children, each through 15+ years of Waldorf education.  Martha has a Masters Degree in Education and a deep commitment to supporting parents on the amazing journey of raising the next generation.

PHILIP CHARD is President/CEO of Empathia, Inc., a nationwide behavioral services firm providing health, safety and productivity services for over 340 organizations representing over two million lives. He is a practicing psychotherapist who write an award-winning weekly column, Out of My Mind, in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Author of The Healing Earth and Natures Ways, Philip is a contributing writer to Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul, has been a guest expert on ABCs 20/20, and has presented at the Brookings Institution, among many other venues.  Philip holds an MS in counseling psychology from Drake University, is a licensed clinical social worker, completed five years of post-masters study in health psychology from Saybrook University, is a Master Practitioner of NLP and a nationally recognized leader in the field of applied eco-psychology.

BENTE GOLDSTEIN grew up in Waldorf environments in Norway. She is a Waldorf class teacher and taught the first class to go through Prairie Hill Waldorf School. She has run farm programs for kids for two decades on her organic family farm in East Troy, Wisconsin. She is the mother of three sons that are all musicians. Bente is the author of the book Childhood is a Verb! Why a Virtual Childhood isnt Enough.

MAGGIE HERBST has over 20 years of teaching experience.  She graduated her first Waldorf class from Prairie Hill Waldorf School in 2017 and is currently an Arts teacher and department chair at the Tamarack Waldorf High School.  She earned her BFA from Lake Forest College in 1997 and lives with her family in Milwaukee, WI.
Michael Imes has an MFA from SIU-Carbondale. He currently teaches ceramics at Carroll University and is a grades teacher and arts instructor for Great Lakes Waldorf Institute (graduate program through Mt. Mary). Michael taught Prairie Hills class of 99 (from grades 1-8) and the class of 2009 (from grades 5-8). He has taught many blocks of geometry, physics, chemistry and clay work to a number of Prairie Hill classes.

MARK KAMSLER, MD is dually Board Certified in both pediatrics and anthroposophical medicine. He is cofounder along with Dr.s Ross and Andrea Rentea of the True Botanica Company, maker of anthroposophical supplements and remedies, and the Lili Kolisko Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research and social activities related to anthroposophical health care.  The three doctors are authors of a recent book about Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations.

ROBERT KARP has been a student of anthroposophy for more than 30 years and has been active as a teacher in the anthroposophical movement for many years at both the local, regional and national levels. Robert has an MEd in Educational Leadership and works as consultant and social entrepreneur in the field of sustainable, organic and biodynamic agriculture.

MARY O'CONNELL is President of the board of LifeWays North America. Author of the book Observing Young Children, A Tool for Meaningful Assessment and co-author of the book Home Away from Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families. After operating a home childcare program for five years while her own three children were young, Mary founded LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee, WI where she served as director for 13 years. Mary teaches in LifeWays trainings across the country and serves as Training Coordinator for LifeWays North America. She also directs Paradise Farm education program in West Bend, WI.

BRIDGET SCHERER SCHNEIDER is a homeschooling, homesteading mother of three children. She has worked with children in some capacity for the past 30 years as an educator, caregiver and parent. Trained in early childhood and elementary education, Waldorf pedagogy, Simplicity Parenting and LifeWays, Bridget currently lives in rural Wisconsin with her new husband, Michael, running a business, raising pigs and chickens, and parenting their collective Brady Bunch of a family ranging from 5 to 23 years old.

JAMMIE STUGARD is the director and KinderHouse teacher at LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee.  She is also the music instructor for the Wisconsin LifeWays Training.

JANE SUSTAR is a kindergarten teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School and the mother of six Waldorf graduates who have taught her everything she needed to know about what it means to be a mother.

Location

Prairie Hill Waldorf School (View)
N14W29143 Silvernail Rd
Pewaukee, WI 53072
United States


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