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CULTIVATING AWE AND WONDER IN THE HOME AND CLASSROOM
July 24-28, on the campus of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Education has become the great mystery. We test, disseminate information, require homework, and expend much effort to prepare our children to succeed in high school and college. Yet what is it that truly inspires? What deepens the imagination of children? How can we create enthusiasm inwardly so that they enter the world with optimism? Awe and wonder are the keys, the true preparation, that nourish our children and strengthen their resolve.
Participants in the 5th annual Live Education! Summer Seminar will explore this theme through morning presentations, artistic activities, and inner development conversations in the evenings. One-on-one planning sessions will be offered once again each afternoon, with a choice to focus on Waldorf curriculum, music, the arts, early childhood, or academic practice periods. Each of our master teachers has experience working both with homeschool parents and Waldorf class teachers.
We will enjoy community snacks and lunches each day, prepared with local, organic ingredients, and mostly gluten-free. Our Waldorf camp will be available to the children of participants aged 5-14; the camp includes meals and evening story.
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The Live Education! Summer Seminar is an ongoing Waldorf homeschool teacher preparation course. We meet for 5 days during July on the beautiful campus of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, in proximity to the local pristine beaches and redwood forests. The mornings are spent singing, arts, and with curriculum presentations, while the afternoons are set aside for individual tutoring in handwork, math, and music......in addition to one-on-one curriculum planning for the next year's homeschooling journey with our consultants. We always advise to create time then to also explore our beautiful surroundings for hiking, swimming, and locally-flavored cafes and coffeehouses.
The evenings include a course to focus on the inner work of the teacher, starting with the indications of Steiner, and includes opportunities for examining the larger picture of Waldorf education and human development. Conversations about spirituality, balance, relationships abound, and many have remarked that this aspect of the Seminar meets their deepest needs.
We limit the attendance so as to keep the community feel of our Seminar. We have snacks and lunch together each day as families and friends participating in a learning community, with an emphasis on healthy, local, organic food, most of which is vegan and gluten-free. We also have a Waldorf-oriented camp for 5-14 year olds on site, and a storytime/childcare in the evenings.
Rainbow Rosenbloom founded Live Education! in the fall of 1997, after 12 years of working with homeschooling families and co-ops, both privately and within the public schools. He studied Waldorf Education at Emerson College in England and worked as a class teacher and a high school teacher in several Waldorf schools. Rainbow also helped to construct an innovative Waldorf charter school program in Monterey, CA and served as its director for 3 years. He has a BA in Philosophy from The University of Tulsa and a Masters degree in Education from Harvard, where he studied Multiple Intelligence Theory with Howard Gardner.
Bruce Bischof joined Rainbow in the beginning stages of Live Education! in 1998 as the principal writer and artist of the curriculum materials. He is the co-owner (with Rainbow) of Live Education!. Bruce has 14 years of experience as a Waldorf class teacher in addition to several years as a mentor to class teachers in a Waldorf charter school. He completed his Waldorf training from Rudolf Steiner College in 1983. He recently completed a masters degree in Philosophy and Humanities from California State University and holds a B.A. with honors in Philosophy from the University of California in addition to 2 years of formal training in Art History and 2 years of Music Theory. Bruce, the father of two children (now grown), resides with his wife Susan near Mt. Shasta in northern California. Bruce will be leading some artistic activity.
Daniel Bittleston delights in leading workshops on creating your own stories. He is a member of the Western Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and over the course of his life, he attended six different Waldorf schools and taught in four. Daniel's hobby, Imagination Troubador, involves interviewing people in all walks of life about how they use Imagination.
His father was a Christian Community priest, and his mother was a puppetry teacher at Emerson College. He now has three sons and three daughters, all of whom are working hard to beautify the world, enrich community and find their own deepest truths (he can tell you stories about them all day!). Daniel has been close friends with Rainbow for the best part of a lifetime.
David has consulted with Live Education! clients since 2006. He completed his Waldorf training at Rudolf Steiner College in 1992, and was a class teacher, admissions director and high school humanities teacher at Austin Waldorf School. He has given many presentations about Waldorf education to university education classes, and has worked with homeschoolers since 2000. He helped found The Harvest, a Waldorf School in The Woodlands, TX, and has written a curriculum integrating Waldorf activities into a program for homeless students. He currently teaches a small, mixed age class at his home. He and his wife live in Austin and have three Waldorf-educated children, ages 21, 23 and 25.
Mia Michael has been a teacher for twenty years in California and in Europe. She has a B.A. in Aesthetics and Education from U.C. Santa Cruz, a teaching credential from San Jose State University, and her Waldorf credential from Wynstones, England. Ms. Michael was a founding teacher for the East Bay Waldorf School in Berkeley, California. Ms. Michael is coauthor of the Kindergarten series Waldorf home schooling program, Live Education. She is an artist and offers workshops in weaving art and spirituality in daily life. Mia has been teaching Kindergarten the last 12 years at the Monterey Bay Charter School in Pacific Grove, CA.
Melanie Hatch has been leading the handwork program at the East Bay Waldorf School for the past few years. She completed her handwork training at Rudolf Steiner College. Melanie also homeschooled her four children prior to enrolling them in the Waldorf school. She has great insight into colors, costumes, and fabrics and joins our seminar faculty with great enthusiasm.
Virginia Fish started her career as a Montessori teacher on the Big Island of Hawaii and began her Waldorf teaching in 1980 at Haleakala Waldorf School on the island of Maui, after training at Rudolf Steiner College. She enriched her experience with the Extra Lesson training with Gradalis and her work as an Educational Consultant. In addition to being a class teacher she has also begun Educational Support groups at the schools where she has taught. Having finished a masters in Trans-formative Education, she is completing a dissertation on narrative therapy and the uses of story in an educational setting. Her interests are in supporting Waldorf Education in the public sphere and helping the educational impulse meet the children and needs of the 21st century. Virginia is the Educational Director for the Sebastopol Independent Charter School in Sebastopol, CA.
Michael will be leading us in song. Bio coming soon.
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