Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Parent Education Overview

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.


2016/17 Spring Parent Education Calendar


Biography Workshops

April 1 and 22

Raising our children often unwittingly reminds us of unfinished business from our own childhood and youth.  In this series of biography workshops, we will look at some of the milestones of human development and consider, through activities and conversation, how our experiences of these milestones have shaped the adults and parents we are today. This workshop is highly recommended for all parents!  Please sign up here.  


Denia and Thomas Barrett, “Parenting the Only Child”

April 6, 7pm 

As accomplished child and adolescent psychoanalysts, the Barretts bring a wealth of professional (and personal) experience on the topic of raising a singleton.  They will discuss the ups and downs of raising and being an “only” child.   Many of the issues common for singletons also affect oldest children or youngest children separated from siblings by a large age gap.  This topic is of great social relevance and should be an informative night for all.  


Film Series:  Beyond Measure

April 29, 3 & 7pm

Join us for a screening of this award-winning film about what’s possible in American education when communities decide they are ready for change.  Rather than ask why students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the aim of high school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators?  The High School Working Group will host a discussion afterwards.  Childcare will be available for the 3pm showing.

Click here to buy tickets for the 3pm showing 

 Click here to buy tickets for the 7pm showing