Understanding Waldorf Education

Begin Your Journey with Foundational Understandings of Waldorf Principles

Understanding Waldorf Education

Designed for teachers not yet Waldorf trained

September 2024 – April 2025

ECE – Grade 8, homeschool, and specialty teachers welcome
In response to the challenge of finding trained teachers, Gradalis is in its 3rd successful year of an effort to support schools who wish to move teachers toward a better understanding of Waldorf education quickly. This online model allows teachers to attend webinars with experienced Waldorf educators to learn Waldorf approaches that can be applied immediately to their classrooms. Such topics as Classroom Management give a practical but deeper insight into what makes Waldorf Waldorf. Topics selected directly support teachers in their classrooms. This program lays a good foundation for understanding Waldorf Principles and teaching approaches to enhance success in the classroom. It is not a formal Waldorf training, but supports teachers and schools in their striving to become “Schools inspired by Waldorf Principles.
The Understanding Waldorf Education 8 month Program is designed for teachers who are active in Waldorf Classrooms and new to Waldorf Education Pre-Kinder through 8th grade. Includes mentoring for subject specialists: music, games, foreign language and handwork.
Instructor and Student
Instructor and Student

Offerings Include

  • 8 philosophical online classes focused on practical and applicable topics that support success in the classroom. Gradalis instructors are experienced Waldorf educators selected for their expertise on topics related to “What Makes Waldorf Waldorf?” These classes support teachers with practical topics that can be applied to their classrooms and help teachers understand how to make their classrooms into Waldorf classrooms, as well as what makes teachers Waldorf teachers. These classes touch on Core Principles & Foundational Understandings of Waldorf Education and allow for conversations with teachers through a discussion format. It is possible for these discussions to be open to Waldorf trained faculty & Board members for no additional cost, to renew and unify the entire school & faculty in working together.
  • One grade level & subject teacher mentoring session per month 8 times over 8 months and more if needed as agreed upon with the mentor. These are done virtually. The mentor will offer resources, guide Main Lessons, classroom management, and will address Curriculum Frameworks and power goals per grade (with insights on Common Core). Mentor sessions will also work with themes taken up in the philosophical classes and apply those to the grade level or special subject of teachers in their group.
  • 2 Virtual Classroom visits and mentoring
  • Conversations with administrators, as needed.
  • (Optional) 8 Visual Arts online classes over 8 months with a Visual Arts instructor. Includes Drawing, Watercolor Painting and Clay work to do with children. Access to grade level drawings, paintings and clay modeling work for children. Ability to earn additional Professional Development hours for doing this work with your class.
  • (Optional) Access to movement videos per grade for ideas to implement in your classrooms for circle and Spacial Dynamics in the older grades. Ability to earn additional PD hours class per month if you implement these in your classroom. Focused on activities based on grade-level needs. Teachers will explore concepts of sensory based learning in these films.


$3,000 per teacher for schools with 5 or more teachers in the program. $3400 PER YEAR per teacher for schools with less than 5 teachers in the program. Years 1, 2, and 3 available starting in Sept. 2024. All UWE programs are accredited by ACCET.

DISCOUNTS offered to Gradalis Teacher Training for those who’ve attended the UWE program.

“Having earned my Gradalis Teaching Certification, I feel confident providing developmentally appropriate curriculum within my classroom and providing leadership to my school. I know that I can go anywhere in the world and be welcomed within the Waldorf movement.” – 2019 Class Teacher Graduate

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