Golden Valley's Parent Enrichment Program is designed to support families in the Golden Valley community. Throughout the year, we offer workshops and lectures covering a number of subject areas, including Waldorf philosophy and curriculum, child development, and discipline. By providing Golden Valley families with opportunities for learning and deepening of knowledge, we aim to help build a strong community of parents, staff, and teachers. Thus, we hope to bring further insight and knowledge to the vitally important task of parenting, while creating a common vision and understanding to help us in our working together in support of the children.
Thursday, April 12, 2018: Enlivening the Virtues and Building Resilience, presented by Wendy Mather
In this workshop, we will explore the connection between acknowledging virtues in our children and their capacity for resilience, and learn The Five Strategies of the Virtues Project to:
· Effectively communicate using virtues-based language
· Define and set clear virtues-based boundaries
· Recognize, acknowledge and offer virtues-based guidance for teachable moments
· Create daily opportunities to honor the spirit
· Offer companioning, a simple virtues-based strategy to support individuals in getting to the heart of the matter.
Thursday, April 26, 2018: Waldorf Education: Does it Still Work?, presented by Jack Petrash
Waldorf Education has been around for nearly 100 years and begs the question, “Are these educational principles still relevant in our 21st Century world? Contemporary educators and brain research have interesting perspectives to bring this question into consideration. This talk will explore some of the basic understandings of Waldorf Education in the light of these new findings.
Jack Petrash is the founder and director of the Nova Institute, an organization seeking to build a bridge between Waldorf Education and public education. He has over 35 year of Waldorf teaching experience and is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out, Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, and Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guide to Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline. In addition, Jack’s Ted talk, Educating Children for the Journey has been viewed extensively.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016: Lee Sturgeon-Day lead a workshop titled: Nurturing the Nurturers
Wednesday, February 1, 2017: Allegra Alessandri leads a workshop titled: Navigating Your Teen's Development
Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Megan Sullivan & Kelly McNeely-Nutting present Adolescents and Media Workshop
Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Edmund Knighton PhD leads a movement workshop titled: Movement Education, Cognition, and Socioemotional Intelligence