What Programs and Teacher Training does Gradalis offer?
Gradalis offers: Waldorf teacher training
Teacher Training Program for Teachers in independent & public schools within the Waldorf movement: Anthroposophically-informed professional development & training for teachers and administrators in public and independent schools. New Cohort begins June 26–July 11th, 2020) Concentration areas are:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Grades 1 – 8
- Educational Leadership (Educational School Leaders can get their Waldorf Teacher Certificate and included are webinars focused on administrative duties/responsibilities and how to manage schools effectively. Meet with other administrators and learn from highly qualified leaders in independent and public Waldorf schools inspired by Waldorf principles.)
Teaching as an Art Week to prepare Class & Subject Teachers for the coming School Year: Specifically for Working Teachers within the Waldorf school movement: Anthroposophically-informed professional development & training for teachers and administrators in public and independent schools. (July 12th to July 17th, 2020). Classes will be as follows:
- Early Childhood/KG
- Elementary Grades 1 – 8
- Foreign Language (TBA)
- Music (orchestra; band; singing; recorder) (TBA)
- Handwork (TBA)
Gradalis is an accredited institution with ACCET, the Accrediting Council of Continuing Education & Trainings:
Gradalis professional development & training hours qualify across state lines to fulfill teacher requirements to maintain teacher certification, etc. As an approved and accredited institution, Gradalis maintains high standards in all aspects of the program.
How long is the Gradalis Teacher Training Program – All concentration areas?
Two school years–26 months. The program is divided into 7 Semester Units.
- 2-Day Orientation for teachers new to this type of education
- three Summer Intensives (two weeks each)
- one practicum weekend all fall & spring semesters
- four grade level webinars all fall & spring semesters
- two philosophical webinars all fall & spring semesters
- two pedagogical webinars per fall & spring semesters
- one field mentor visit to your classroom all fall & spring semesters
- total of 26 months of instruction
When can I get into the Program?
New students are welcome to apply anytime during the year to join a training. We strongly encourage students to begin their program in the summer, however, in extraordinary cases, fall enrollment is possible. 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 Program in the Summer?
Summer Professional Development & Programs for teachers in public & independent schools inspired by Waldorf principles has moved to Denver, Colorado. The next training cohort will begin in summer of 2020. Contact us to get more information on our programs.
What can I expect in each semester of the program?
- The Summer Intensives include: Visual Arts (painting, sculpting and drawing); Temporal Arts (eurythmy, spacial dynamics, speech arts & music: singing and instruments); Biography work; Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy & anthroposophical foundations; Student Study (remedial approaches, standards & assessment; School Culture; and Curriculum & Methodology.
- The fall and spring semesters include one practicum weekend each. These are held from early Friday through early Sunday afternoon or Thursday through Saturday afternoon to allow students to fly or drive home. Sometimes, when scheduled on Presidents’ Day weekend, the program will run from early Saturday through early Monday (Presidents’ Day). Annual Calendars for Gradalis Scheduling are available by February of the prior year so schools with many teachers in the training can align their calendars to ours to facilitate days off and avoid the need for multiple substitutes for Practicum Weekends.
- There are eight grade-level webinars per year to support upcoming main lesson blocks, and four philosophical webinars per school year that teach Anthroposophical foundations and inner development, as well as instruction useful to teachers and administrators. Also included are two pedagogical webinars per year focused on Waldorf standards, assessment and remedial approaches in our schools.
- Internship/Externship is allowed in your own classroom, as Gradalis students are generally working teachers in public and private schools inspired by Waldorf principles. 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 2 school years to observe to provide insight in the pedagogy and best practices for your classroom and your growth as a teacher.
- Work with other teachers across the nations and share techniques, songs, stories, art and much more. Many students say that one of the best parts of the program is creating life long friendships and a support network for the journey throughout the program and into the future.
- Curriculum & Methodology Block content per each grade in a variety of forms.
What is the result of this type of program?
This type of program allows teachers to continue teaching in the classroom while completing their training. Experienced Waldorf instructors lead students through blocks, artistic work, working with diverse students, and classroom management. Students will experience the arts and story-telling in a classroom setting to support 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. Gradalis candidate-teachers are able to document their internship in their own classrooms, thereby benefiting themselves, their students and the school in which they teach.
We encourage our graduates to continue their education in Waldorf offerings including Annual Teaching as an Art Weeks in the summer.
Early Childhood Levels 2, 3 & 4 are recommended after graduation to continue deepening work with Early Childhood at an annual week each summer which coincides with our Teacher Training Week(s).
Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have homework. The homework is designed to impart the philosophical understanding of pedagogy through three main avenues:
- Lectures and webinars by experienced & certified Waldorf instructors
- Reading of the basic books by Steiner and other assigned articles (some written papers are assigned)
- Discussion with mentors and fellow classmates
Other homework includes:
- Journaling inner work
- Preparation and demonstration of your work in the classroom. This demonstration takes two forms and is meant to focus on your actual classroom work.
Such work includes:
- Sharing photos of your 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.
- Visitation to the classroom of an experienced Waldorf teacher at another school
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 assistance in the future, however at this time, funding is up to the student and/othe school.
What are the methods of payment?
Tuition is payable by on-line invoice, check or automatic transfer. Gradalis invoices students as per their personal Tuition Agreement. Monthly and Semester Payments Plans are possible. Tuition must be paid in advance of each semester if paying by semester. Tuition must be paid in full prior to the last semester of the program.
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. 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 professional development hours. 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. Waldorf teacher training
Does Gradalis offer college credit?
Gradalis is not a degree granting institution.
Will charter school start-up grants cover tuition of Gradalis Professional Development hours?
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.
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