"Our rightful place as educators is to be removers of hindrances.
“...Each child in every age brings something new into the world from divine regions, and it is our task as educators to remove bodily and psychical obstacles out of its way; to remove hindrances so that his spirit may enter in full freedom into life. These then must be regarded as the three golden rules of the art of education, rules which must imbue the teacher's whole attitude and all the impulse of his work. The golden rules which must be embraced by the teacher's whole being, not held as theory, are: reverent gratitude to the world in the person of the child which we contemplate every day, for the child presents a problem set us by divine worlds: Thankfulness to the universe. Love for what we have to do with the child. Respect for the freedom of the child — a freedom we must not endanger; for it is to this freedom we educate the child, that he may stand in freedom in the world at our side. ...If we realise the full import of this we shall say to ourselves: the main task of the teacher or educator is to bring up the body to be as healthy as it possibly can be; this means, to use every spiritual measure to ensure that in later life a man's body shall give the least possible hindrance to the will of his spirit. If we make this our purpose in school we can develop the powers which lead to an education for freedom.”
Rudolf Steiner, “Spiritual Ground of Education”, Lecture 4
Waldorf Education Fund provides grant for professional development workshops
Recently, AWSNA and the Association for a Healing Education (AHE) received grant funds from the Waldorf Education Fund for professional development workshops in schools. We are very excited that this makes it possible for AHE to offer, free of charge, a Professional Development series to four or five AWSNA-affiliated schools during the 2014/2015 school year.
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Videos from the International Extra Lesson Conferences
In 2012 and 2013, select lectures from the International Extra Lesson Conference, held respectively at Sunbridge Institute in New York and Rudolf Steiner College in California, were videoed in an effort to allow the information to be disseminated to a wider audience. The 19 keynote lectures from both years, delivered by Joep Eikenboom, are now available. They provide valuable information that draws on the original lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in 1909, and on The Extra Lesson by Audrey McAllen and Foundations of the Extra Lesson by Joep Eikenboom. Any individual who desires to deepen his or her understanding of the archetype of the human being and develop a richer understanding of human development from an anthroposophical perspective will find the material within these lectures to be rich and rewarding. Joep shares this knowledge with warmth and humor that makes watching these lectures (over and over again!) a wonderful experience.
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Services for Schools from AHE
Many of our speakers and consultants can travel to other areas of the country for school visits, education programs and workshops. A number of them work internationally in teacher development programs.
Workshops & Conferences
Schools and groups can contract with Association for a Healing Education to provide workshops and conferences. Our speakers, whose qualifications include post-graduate degrees in specialized fields of learning and years of proven success in their particular areas of expertise, address a variety of topics that pertain to the child of today.
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