Rudolf Steiner College Roots
Successful RSC hybrid program now at gradalis
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. At that time, 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 summer 2015, when RSC changed course, no longer offering this successful Hybrid Program.
During her time at Rudolf Steiner College, Bonnie completed
2 cycles of 3-Year trainings and graduated over 100 students. Throughout these 2 experiences at colleges, Bonnie realized teachers needing this training did not need degree programs. These teachers had degrees and were working in schools inspired by Waldorf principles. What they needed was adult continuing education and receipt of a Waldorf certification. Hence, Gradalis Stewards’ intuition led to a revival of Gradalis Teacher Training Certification. As such, Gradalis Stewards responded to the need for working teachers by reducing costs while maintaining program quality.
The Gradalis training approach is Unique
It assists teachers and schools seeking to train their teachers in 3 major ways:
- Offering a program of quality teacher training for less cost
- 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
- 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 guidance towards Inner Development
established in 1994
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 its Professional Development Program—allowing the organization to potentially receive grants and scholarship funds to assist students and schools enrolled in the Gradalis Teacher Training Program.