Waldorf School Administration: The Human Encounter

With Carla Beebe Comey and Torin Finser

Torin Finser and Carla Beebe Comey

When Rudolf Steiner was asked, “How many children can I have in one class?”, he answered, “How many parents can you work with?” When asked for guidance on school governance, he spoke about self-administration and insight-based decision making. These and many other indications have now been informed by a hundred years of practice in Waldorf schools around the world.

In this course, we will consider what has been learned and what needs further development concerning the parent/teacher partnership, leadership roles, shared board/faculty governance, communication, and other aspects. We will also intensify our search by practicing karma exercises. Eurythmy in the workplace and movement exercises will open and close each day.

Suggested reading ahead of time: A Second Classroom by Torin Finser.

Torin Finser served as Chair of the Department of Education and is currently part of the Senior Core Faculty in the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England. Education: PhD in Educational Leadership, Union Graduate School, MA in Education with Waldorf specialization, Adelphi University, BA from Bowdoin College. Torin has served as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Author of eleven books, most recently, Education for Nonviolence: The Waldorf Way. He is an international speaker at conferences around the world, consultant, and advocate for school renewal.

Carla Beebe Comey joined the faculty of the Education Department at Antioch University New England in 2016. Over the course of the previous 26 years it was her joy to serve as eurythmy teacher, class teacher, math teacher, drama teacher, faculty chair, college chair and faculty administrator at Waldorf schools in Massachusetts, Oregon and Colorado. She has also been a Waldorf mentor and evaluator as well as an AWSNA delegate and team member. She was honored to serve on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in North America, 2011-2017. Education: M.Ed., Antioch University New England; B.A., Rudolf Steiner College; Eurythmy Diploma, Eurythmy Spring Valley.

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