Here, Katrina and Carrie share a few highlights:
It was Stephan Sagarin, PhD, who summed up the weekend for us in this very tweetable and meaningful quote:
“Rudolf Steiner spoke about education, children, and teaching teachers, not ‘Waldorf’.”
His point was one that weaved throughout the conversations and lectures, re-igniting the spark of freedom that is at the heart of this movement. Dr. Sagarin, along with other keynoters, Martyn Rawson and Eugene Schwartz, reminded us that Waldorf Education is not dogma nor a commodity to be sold. Rather than get caught up in the trappings of how Waldorf should look, we were invited to return to what is at the heart.
Dr. Sagarin spoke to the activity of creation as core to this education-- that students can enter into a relationship with the world as it is, and have an impact into how it might be. They are creators, each and every student. Martyn Rawson, who addressed international perspectives on Waldorf essentials, mentioned experiential learning, creating new concepts, meaningful work, caring for the world and doing things beautifully. He said a Waldorf school essential is that everyone deserves to be seen, heard, accepted and understood.
Just a year ago, when SCCS was an idea, we were imagining these things brought to life in a school building that would serve our local community children. We believed and continue to hold the vision that an excellent public education is both the core of a democratic society and every child’s right. Our inaugural year began when our teachers gathered in a supportive circle, preparing to meet our children, grounding themselves in a core element of education inspired by Waldorf: the view of the unfolding human being- head, heart and hands.
Our time spent with our fellow Alliance for Public Waldorf Schools re-affirmed that we are a part of a collective, larger community invested in and devoted to bringing this beautiful approach to learning to all children. We were lovingly welcomed as the first public school inspired by Waldorf in Florida.