Spring Conference 2018
March 2 & 3
Keynote Speaker: Douglas Gerwin
Due to weather conditions which prevent the speaker from traveling to our areat, the Spring Conference has been canceled. We hope to reschedule it for the Fall.
March 6, 2018
May 15, 2018
Please call (716) 655-2029 for more info.
March 10, 2018
at the Roycroft Inn was a success. Thank you!
Douglas Gerwin, Director of the Center for Anthroposophy, has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at the Waldorf high school level since 1983. He presently divides his time between adult education and teaching in various North American Waldorf schools. Douglas is the founder of the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the Center for Anthroposophy and editor of several books related to Waldorf education.
Root, Shoot, and Fruit: Cultivating Imagination in Childhood & Adolescence
Children typically go through three major phases along the path of their development, starting with birth and early childhood, passing through the elementary years, and culminating with puberty and adolescence. During each of these developmental phases they learn in radically different ways, partly for reasons of their changing physiology--including the maturation of the brain--and partly because of their burgeoning inner life.
A Waldorf program responds to these inner and outer changes by helping children unfold their nascent capacities. Chief of these is the imagination as a faculty of cognition. Imagination can be trained to perceive truth and reality just as effectively as rational intellectuality. Out of childhood imagination, cultivated in the lower school, arise in the high school teenager those crucial abilities to weigh, to assess, and to arrive at truth.
Through examples drawn from the artistic as well as the academic curriculum, we will explore in a practical way what it means to learn “from the inside of things” rather than to be instructed about them from the outside.
Coming of Age in a Technological Society
All too easily, technology can provoke in us two responses: fascination and fear. Both constitute the basis for an unhealthy -- because unfree -- encounter with a crucial feature of our times.
This workshop explores the deeper origins of technology, its true gifts and false promises. Why the fascination and whence the fear? How do we prepare our children to embrace the worlds of technology without their being strangled by them?