Northridge, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
On November 12, at 7pm, Highland Hall Waldorf School will present renowned speaker and educator, Doug Gerwin, PhD. He will discuss how the critical thinking skills developed in the high school build on what is provided in the lower school curriculum of Waldorf education. Walk ins are welcome or you may register in advance at http://douggerwinevent.eventbrite.com/ Suggested donation is $10.
“Douglas is a warm and engaging speaker with a remarkable understanding of the educational needs of today’s teenagers,” says Lynn Kern, Administrative Director of Highland Hall. “His perspectives on the ways in which Waldorf education serves the needs of adolescents in the high school are sure to be thought provoking for parents and educators alike. This is a `must hear’ presentation for anyone interested in education and the healthy development of youth today.”
Dr. Gerwin is the Director of the Center for Anthroposophy and Chair of its High School Teacher Education Program. He also serves as Co-Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is a Waldorf graduate and has taught for more than 30 years at the university and high school level. He is the editor of four books related to Waldorf education and the author of several articles on adolescence and the Waldorf curriculum. He currently resides in Amherst, MA with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.
Highland Hall Waldorf School is located in Northridge, California. Founded in 1955, it is the oldest Waldorf school in the western United States and offers an independent alternative to public and other private schools, providing the Waldorf Curriculum from Early Childhood through High School graduation. Its mission is to guide students in the unique Waldorf curriculum, striving to endow each student with discernment in thought and action, a joy of learning, and a sense of wonder and reverence for life.
Highland Hall's students graduate with a solid academic foundation, the ability to think creatively, a sympathetic interest in the world, self-confidence, and an abiding moral purpose. They move on to renowned colleges and universities of their choosing and continue onto accomplished careers in their chosen professions.
The Research Institute for Waldorf Education is an initiative working on behalf of the Waldorf movement. It has received support and guidance from the Pedagogical Section of the School of Spiritual Science and financial support through the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), the Midwest Shared Gifting Group and the Waldorf Schools Fund and The Waldorf Curriculum Fund. It was founded in 1996 in order to deepen and enhance the quality of Waldorf education, to engage in serious and sustained dialogue with the wider educational-cultural community and to support research that would serve educators in all types of schools in their work with children and adolescents.
They have supported research projects that deal with essential contemporary educational issues such as attention-related disorders, trends in adolescent development and innovations in the high school curriculum, learning expectations and assessment, computers in education, the role of art in education and new ways to identify and address different learning styles, and have sponsored colloquia and conferences that have brought together educators, psychologists, doctors, and social scientists. We have published a Research Bulletin twice a year for the last nine years, and we are developing and distributing educational resources to help teachers in all aspects of their work.