What Professional Development does Gradalis offer?
Professional Development for Teachers in Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles : Anthroposophically-informed professional development 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 2019. Apply now!
More for specifics on Professional Development for Teachers in Independent and Public Schools Inspired by Waldorf Principles :
How long is the full program – ECE and Grades ?
Two school years. The proram 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 program
- When can I get into a program?
Each program 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?
The Summer Intensives 2016-2018 were at Wasatch Charter School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and will continue beginning in fall 2018 in Denver, Colorado. We enjoyed our time at Wasatch Charter School in Holladay, Utah, and are excited for our move to Denver, near our corporate office. Gradalis is open to starting other cohorts, but for now, we are focused in the mid-west, Rocky Mountain region. Teachers from 10 states fly in to attend the Summer Intensives and Practicum Weekends. Denver provides easy access due to Denver International Airport. There are many schools in the independent and public Waldorf movement in the greater Denver area.
What can I expect in each semester of the Professional Development program?
- The Summer Intensives include: Arts (eurythmy and movement, painting and drawing, singing and instruments), biography, anthroposophical foundations, 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 generally held from early Friday through early. afternoon on Sunday.
- There are nine grade-level webinars to support ECE and upcoming main lesson blocks in each grade, as well as four philosophical webinars per school year that teach foundations in Anthroposophy, 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, standards, assessment and remedial approaches in schools inspired by Waldorf principles.
- Internship/Externship is allowed in your own classroom, as Gradalis students are generally working teachers in public and independent schools inspired by Waldorf principles. Homework and reflections on classroom practice are integral to this part of the program.
- 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 program 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 main program, 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 Professional Development Program?
This type of program allows teachers to stay in the classroom while completing their professional development hours. Experienced Waldorf 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 schools inspired by Waldorf principles.
Will I have homework?
Yes, you will have homework. The homework is designed to implement the philosophical understanding of the pedagogy through three main avenues:
- Lectures by experienced Waldorf educators
- 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 reccurring 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 in school’s inspired by Waldorf principles. Ask your school’s education director and board if your school offers any type of financial support for this type of program. Schools often contribute part, half or even full tuition for its teachers.
Does Gradalis offer college credit?
Gradalis is not a degree granting institution. We do offer accredited professional development hours that fulfill requirements in states for maintaining teaching certificates etc.
Will charter school start-up grants cover tuition for Teacher Professional Development?
Depending on your Start up Grant—Yes. Tuition payments are generally covered by Start-up grants. Make sure you check on your particular grant to be sure.
Our professional development program does not offer credits or a degree, but is accredited by ACCET, the Accreditation Council of Continuing Education and Trainings out of Washington D.C. As an accredited institution, Gradalis’ Professional Development hours count toward State Teacher Licensure. ACCET is overseen by the Federal Department of Education, allowing accredited programs such as Gradalis to qualify as professional development hours in all states and across state lines. Individual states have their own protocols for how this is done, so checking in with your school, district and/or State Department of Education will be wise.