Gradalis focuses on Professional Development for Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles, administrator training and Board support such schools. This Professional Development Program is uniquely designed to support the working teacher.
We provide professional development teachers for Early Childhood, Elementary Grades from 1st through 8th, as well as for teachers working with children with special needs. We also offer Business Services and work with school Boards. Our students are a healthy cohort of both public and private school teachers in schools inspired by Waldorf principles.
Our program offers:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Grades 1-8
- Working with Children with Special Needs
- Gradalis Professional Business Consulting Services including:
- Teacher Mentoring & Evaluation
- Professional Development Program for Teachers
- Training for Administrators & Directors
- Training and Consultation for Boards in Schools inspired by Waldorf Principles
- Strategic Planning
- Self Study Consultation
- Business Plan Development and/or Financial Feasibility Studies –
- Can be utilized for fund raising
- Can be used for bond submittals
- Bond Planning and Financing
- Teacher Mentoring and Outside Evaluation Services
We offer teacher mentoring and outside evaluators, bringing our expertise to your school! Our business services faculty are trained and experienced Waldorf educators as well as administrators.
The Gradalis Approach
Our approach to professional development makes it possible for schools to support training their teachers while they teach! Our cohorts bring teachers from across the country who share their experiences. Coming together creates a unique and incomparable ‘bond’ while uniting faculty and community members through a common experience. Teachers gain an understanding of what lies behind this type of education while meeting daily challenges of teaching.
The program includes main lesson blocks support throughout the school year. Understanding the blocks and what lies behind them gives teachers confidence as they endeavor to provide this type of education to their own students while in training. It gives teachers the background for understanding what it means to be a school inspired by Waldorf principles!
We know it takes special people who are willing to strive and transform themselves to become true educators in schools inspired by Waldorf principles while teaching a class. GRADALIS professional development weaves this development throughout the coursework so that it becomes deeply integrated into the life of our students.
Program Overview – Professional Development for Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles
For more details, see our Gradalis Program Overview for descriptions of the courses and topics covered in our professional development program. The program includes pedagogical and especially relevant Anthroposophical understandings behind the methods. Insight and experience in the Arts transform and translate into teacher’s work both personally and professionally.
Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to assist with any questions while bringing years of experience from public and private schools inspired by Waldorf principles. They are and have been class teachers, remedial teachers, and school leaders and as a result, have decades of wisdom to share!
If your heart moves you to contribute to our scholarship fund for teachers in professional development, please go to our Friends of Gradalis 501(c)(3) page to find information on how to donate.
With a warm heart, we at Gradalis welcome you—sending blessings to all your future endeavors.
Donna Newberg-Long, Ph.D.
Gradalis Executive Director
for the Gradalis Staff