Lectures & Workshops

We offer a variety of lectures and workshops throughout the school year.  These events are for adults only and open to the public.  Current parents, prospective parents and members of the community interested in Waldorf Education are invited to join us. 

Waldorf Education, Does it Really Make a Difference?
With Jack Petrash, Thursday, October 10th, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room
Does Waldorf Education really make a difference? The short answer is, "Yes!," but an important question is "How?"  This talk will explore the ways in which Waldorf Education truly prepares students for the life they will lead. 

Jack Petrash is the founder and director of the Nova Institute. He is an educator with over thirty years of classroom experience (having just completed his fourth class at the Washington Waldorf School) and a teacher of teachers. He has written extensively on issues pertaining to innovative classroom instruction, has served on the editorial board of the journal Encounter, and is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out. In addition, has traveled extensively to work with parents. His parenting pieces have appeared in the Washington Post and on National Public Radio and he is also the author of Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, which received the National Parenting Publication's gold award. His third book, Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guidebook for Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline was released in August of 2004, the Nova Institute Press' first publication. 

Social Understanding of Gender & Sexuality from Birth to Puberty & Beyond
With Lisa Romero, Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30-8 p.m., Multi-Purpose Room
Lisa will discuss how the ideas and expectations (gender or otherwise) that we put on children can undermine healthy growth and development of their unique human spirit. 

Lisa Romero is an author of inner development books, a complementary health practitioner and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993.  Ms. Romero has published many books including, ‘The Inner Work Path’ focusing on meditation practice, ‘Developing the Self’ support teachers’ inner work and pedagogical understanding of child development, ‘Living Inner Development’ offering an understanding of the inner experiences and results of various inner development exercises, and ‘Sex Education and The Spirit’ to help awaken an understanding of our communal responsibility for the healthy development of gender and sexuality within society, and “Spirit-led Community” which introduces spiritually healthy guidelines for lessening the negative influence of technology on the inner life.