At Urban Prairie, we consider parent education to be an essential part of the work of our school, and we strive to offer a wide range of lectures, workshops, and experiences. These events are intended to enrich the parent experience at UPWS and strengthen the bridge between school and home; however, they are not limited to UPWS parents. We welcome all who are interested in learning about child development, education, and how Urban Prairie brings Waldorf education to life.
We present a robust parent education calendar each semester. We realize that parents are very busy and cannot attend all events. If you can come though, please do. You will not be disappointed! Please direct all questions regarding Parent Education events to Heather Berhalter.
2018/19 Fall-Winter Parent Education Calendar
High School Entrance Testing
Monday, October 1, 7pm
Lisa Romero: Social Understanding of Gender and Sexuality
Wednesday, October 10, 7pm
Douglas Gerwin: The Sword and the Rose
November 2, 6-8pm
The last installment of the Foundation Studies workshop is taking place this weekend. Participants among our faculty, staff, and parent body will complete this journey they started during the summer of 2017.
Community members are invited to join the Foundation Studies group for a Friday lecture by Douglas Gerwin with exercises in clay led by Frances Vig. The lecture will explore the developmental stage of “earthly maturity”––specifically the unfolding of the complementary powers of intellectuality and sexuality––in a talk entitled “The Sword and the Rose.” What is really happening during the parallel processes of sexual and intellectual maturing? How does Waldorf education support human development through the tumult of puberty to young adulthood? These are among the questions Dr. Gerwin will address in his talk.
Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for over 35 years. As Executive Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA), he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America.
Frances Vig has been a class teacher and art teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School for more than 30 years.
Suggested donation $25 to help defray the cost of the event.
November 10, 9:30am – 3:15pm
Join current and prospective parents for this event to experience how challenging and inspiring Waldorf education can be! We have a wide range of classes for you to choose from (1st grade math up to middle school science) as well as childcare available upon request for a small fee. This event will fill up. Sign up today to reserve your spot and choose your classes. (https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aba92ba5fa7-2018)
“Understanding Waldorf Education”
December 11, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Christian Community Priest and former Class Teacher from Tamarack Waldorf School Ann Burfeind is visiting UPWS for one last time before she moves! She’ll discuss Waldorf education, child development, and how the Waldorf curriculum is designed to foster the healthy growth of the human being. Ann is a great resource for our community, and we are happy to welcome her back. Don’t miss this great opportunity not only to hear her speak but also to bid her a fond farewell!
There are also several upcoming community events including:
The Changing Nature of Childhood Health & Illness (morning lecture)Thursday
November 15, 2018
10:30 am – 12:00 pm and 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618)
Please join the Rudolf Steiner Branch in welcoming world-renowned doctor and author Dr. Thomas Cowan, M.D. from San Francisco, CA as he describes his research and experience with today’s children and their health, based on his newest book, Vaccines, Autoimmunity and the Changing Nature of Childhood Illness. Tickets are $12 and will be available soon. We are providing two opportunities to hear Dr. Cowan speak. We hope to provide childcare for the morning session in an adjoining space to the lecture, to help parents of young children attend.
Dr. Cowan is a founding Board Member of the Weston A Price Foundation.
This series is presented and sponsored by:
Waldorf Learning Support
Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program
December 8, 2018
1:00 – 4:00pm
Urban Prairie Waldorf School, 1310 S Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60608
Shop super local at our annual community shopping event. There will be food, handmade items, toys, and more.
January – May 2019