GRADALIS began in 1994 as an LLC that continues today. In 1995, GRADALIS founders moved to Colorado where Bonnie River and others on our faculty offered adult continuing education courses to Waldorf teachers through remedial trainings and workshops. GRADALIS has continued its work in consulting with schools in the independent and public Waldorf movement and revived GRADALIS as a professional development program and consulting center in 2015.
In 2000, GRADALIS received its non-profit 501(c)(3) status and until 2005, this team of educators taught many courses to teachers. From 2005 until 2015, GRADALIS’ non-profit organization lay dormant as its founders branched out into other areas of Anthroposophical endeavor. It is being revived to house our Professional Development Program—allowing us to receive grants and potentially scholarship funds to assist students and schools enrolled in our Program.
History of the Program:
GRADALIS Founder, Bonnie River, developed teacher training for Waldorf teachers who are actively teaching in public and private Waldorf schools. This first became a reality at Touro University where it operated until 2010 when Rudolf Steiner College (RSC) in Fair Oaks, CA, incorporated Bonnie’s Hybrid Program for Waldorf teacher training into their Waldorf training college. Bonnie remained Program Chair of the Hybrid Training until the summer of 2015 when RSC changed course and no longer offered this successful Hybrid Program.
During her time at RSC, Bonnie completed 2 cycles of 3-Year trainings and graduated in excess of 100 students. Throughout these 2 experiences at colleges, Bonnie realized teachers needing this training did not need degree programs. They already had their degrees and were teaching in schools inspired by Waldorf principles. What they needed was adult continuing education and receipt of program certification. Hence, GRADALIS Stewards began to think about reviving Gradalis to offer just such a program. Therefore, GRADALIS Stewards have responded to the need for trained teachers by reducing costs while maintaining the quality of our program.
The Gradalis training approach is Unique. It assists teachers and schools seeking to train their teachers in 3 major ways:
1. Offering a program of quality teacher training for less cost
2. Adding components that support the working teacher and administrator in main lesson development and leadership work through webinars focused on this practical work throughout the school year
3. Including all aspects of training that provide content needed for personal transformation through coursework and support in Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophical foundations and understanding of the development of the human being, as well as Inner Development to guide our students