What Teacher Training does Gradalis offer?
Training for Teachers in Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles : An Anthroposophically-informed training for teachers and administrators.
- Early Childhood Education Training
- Elementary Grades 1 – 8
- Working with Special Needs
- Educational Leadership
Our next enrollment period is for summer 2018. Apply now!
More for specifics on Training for Teachers in Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles :
How long is the teacher training – ECE and Grades ?
Two school years. The training is divided into 7 Semester Units.
- Orientation for new students 2 days prior to the first Summer Semester
- Three Summer Intensives (two weeks each)
- One Practicum Weekend each fall & spring semester of the training
- Four grade-level specific webinars each semester
- Two philosophical webinars each fall & spring semester
- Two pedagogical webinars each fall & spring
- One field mentor visit to your classroom each fall & spring semester
- Total of 26 months of instruction to complete the training
When can I get into a training?
Each training begins in the Summer. Be sure to apply as soon as possible. Click HERE to go straight to the on-line application.
Where is the Training in the Summer?
Summer training has been at Wasatch Charter School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will continue there through the summer of 2018. Our lovely facilities are housed in the Wasatch Charter School in Holladay, Utah. Over time, the training may move to another location in the mid-west, Rocky Mountain region based on enrollment from a school with the most teachers in the training and/or easy access for those flying in from other states. Summer of 2019, may move to Denver or Colorado Springs, Colorado. We’ll keep you posted.
What can I expect in each semester of the teacher training program?
- The Summer Intensives include: Arts (eurythmy and movement, painting and drawing, singing and instruments), biography, Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy, and curriculum overview and preparation for the grade you will be entering in the coming school year.
- The fall and spring include one 3-day practicum weekend each. These are held from early Thursday or Friday through late Saturday or Sunday afternoon.
- There are eight grade-level webinars to support upcoming main lesson blocks, and four philosophical webinars per school year that teach Anthroposophical philosophy, child development and inner development, as well as instruction useful to teachers and administrators. Also included are four pedagogical webinars per year focused on Child Study, Waldorf standards, assessment and remedial approaches in Waldorf schools.
- Internship/Externship is allowed in your own classroom, as Gradalis students are generally working teachers in Waldorf public and private schools. Homework and reflections on classroom practice are integral to this part of the training.
- A Field Mentor will visit you in your classroom once each semester during the school year to observe and provide insight into pedagogy and best practices for your classroom and your growth as a teacher.
- Work with other teachers across the nation and share techniques, songs, stories, art and much more. Many students say that one of the best parts of the training is creating life long friendships and a support network for the journey of teaching.
- Main Lesson block content per grade level cohorts are taught in a variety of forms.
- In addition to the teacher training, Gradalis Stewards & instructors strongly suggest teachers also take a week of grade level preparation through the Gradalis Teaching as an Art Week or some other offering.
What is the result of this type of training?
This type of training allows teachers to stay in the classroom while completing their training. Experienced Waldorf Teacher instructors lead students through blocks, artistic work and classroom management strategies to improve your teaching. Students will experience the arts and story telling in a classroom setting to prepare them to be the best teacher they can be. As a result of this multifaceted training, teachers feel more prepared and confident to face the ongoing challenges of running a classroom in a Waldorf school.
Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have homework. The homework is designed to implement the philosophical understanding of Waldorf pedagogy through three main avenues:
- Lectures by experienced Waldorf teachers
- Reading of the basic books by Steiner and other assigned articles & books
- Discussion with mentors and fellow classmates
Other homework includes:
- Journaling of inner work
- Preparation and demonstration of your work in the classroom. This demonstration takes two forms and is meant to come from work done in your actual classroom.
This work includes:
- Sharing pictures of your students’ Main Lesson books, paintings, board drawings, etc. These are shared during Grade Level Webinars.
- Field Mentoring on-site at your school and in your classroom.
Instructors are respectful of the daily demands on our students as class teachers when assigning homework. However, keep in mind that the homework must be done in order to successfully complete the program. We hope to be able to offer some financial assistance in the future, however at this time, funding is up to the student and/or the school.
What are the methods of payment?
Tuition is payable by cash, check or automatic transfer. The Gradalis business office invoices students as per their personal Tuition Agreement. Schools who pay tuition receive a Memorandum of Understanding for tuition payments and are given discounts for 4 or more students enrolled in the training. Monthly and Semester Payment Plans are possible. Tuition must be paid in advance of each semester. Full Tuition must be paid completely prior to the last semester of the program. Automatic reoccurring payments or payments on-line through our invoice system are preferred.
Does Gradalis offer student loans or tuition assistance?
Our program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid. We do not offer loans, but they may be acquired from a bank or private lending institution. We do not provide tuition assistance at his time. Friends of Gradalis is our non-profit organization designed to obtain grants and funding for program development and student scholarships. We hope to be able to offer some assistance in the future, however at this time, funding is up to the student and/or the school. Schools often subsidize teacher professional development and Waldorf training. Ask your school’s education director and board if your school offers any type of financial support for your training. Schools often contribute part, half or even full tuition for its teachers in training.
Does Gradalis offer college credit?
Gradalis is not a degree granting institution.
Will charter school start-up grants cover tuition for Teacher Training?
Depending on your Start up Grant—Yes. Our professional development program does not offer credits or a degree. Tuition payments are generally covered by Start-up grants. Make sure you check on your particular grant to be sure.