Parent/Guardian Forum: Schools Toronto Students Deserve

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On Friday, December 2, 2016, from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., the Elementary Teachers of Toronto is holding a forum at the Toronto Congress Centre to talk with parents/guardians about how we can work together to build a strong public education system for our children. 
 
Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Limited child care is available.
 
Registration deadline is Monday November 21, by 5pm
 

Parent Talk with Marg Beard – Web. June 5th

Join us tonight as Marg presents:

Summertime tips and tricks to support our children between the school years

6:00-8:00 p.m. at the school

Marg Beard lives in Wingham with her husband Phil. They home-schooled their three now university aged children and co-founded Rosewood – a Waldorf-inspired home schooling group.  Marg is presently an education consultant, remedial support teacher and outdoor education consultant working in one on one or group settings with community organizations as well as with Waldorf, public and alternative schools. She is a faculty member of Chiron providing workshops for parents and teachers, distance education program mentor with the Rudolph Steiner Centre, Toronto, and graduate of the Healing Education and Remedial Training Program (HEART)

What Does It Mean to Be a Waldorf-Inspired Alternative School?

An Evening Workshop – Thursday, April 11. 6-8pm

with Marg Beard – da Vinci School Mentor

At our last parent meeting we explored what Waldorf Education and Leonardo da Vinci had in common and discovered that they fit beautifully together. Like much of Leonardo da Vinci work, Waldorf education is based on the understanding of the development of the human being as well as having a strong connection to the earth, plants, animals, and the cosmos; it requires the adult to work out of their higher consciousness and develop the capacity for keen, objective observation skills; and that the opportunities for parents and teachers to make discoveries about the children who stand before them comes about through passionate and dedicated endeavours to develop one’s own spiritual forces.

We also explored the basic premise that the Waldorf curriculum is based on Rudolf Steiner’s vision of the 4-fold human being (physical, life forces, astral forces and ego), the path of human development, and how the curriculum meets the developmental phases of the child.

At the beginning of the workshop, we each had the opportunity to share our ‘individuality’ with the group. Upon conclusion of the presentation we discovered, again through an artistic activity, how as individuals we are working towards a common goal – to become Waldorf-inspired parents and educators within an alternative school setting.

We were left with the questions : How do we keep that common vision/goal in front of us? How do we work together as parents to meet the developmental needs of our children and assist in the development of a supportive, encouraging and enriching environment for parents and faculty? How can we develop a strong parent body to move forward? How do solidify our efforts in order to be supportive to the newcomers to our school?

With regards to learning more about the phases of childhood, based on Steiner’s vision of the human being, and ways to meet the developmental needs of our children, Marg offered to the parent body the opportunity for form a study group.

With regards to the remaining questions, come to the workshop on April 11th. Marg will provide us with hands-on activities to explore these questions. To move them from the head to the heart with the hopes of arriving at some creative possibilities………..

 

February Parent Talk with Marg Beard

6:00-8:00 p.m. at the school

In this workshop, we will learn about Waldorf education, as well as our role as parents of the school to support and promote the school in creative and positive ways that reinforce the Waldorf approach.   We have chosen this school for our children, and it is important that we understand the approach of the school, how the teachers are incorporating it, and what we can do to help our school to thrive.

Childcare and refreshments will be provided.

 

Marg Beard lives in Wingham with her husband Phil. They home-schooled their three now university aged children and co-founded Rosewood – a Waldorf-inspired home schooling group.  Marg is presently an education consultant, remedial support teacher and outdoor education consultant working in one on one or group settings with community organizations as well as with Waldorf, public and alternative schools. She is a faculty member of Chiron providing workshops for parents and teachers, distance education program mentor with the Rudolph Steiner Centre, Toronto, and graduate of the Healing Education and Remedial Training Program (HEART)

First Parent Talk: Thursday, Nov. 1

Topic- Awakening the Parent

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be strong, resilient, loving and healthy. We wish truth, beauty and goodness to befall them.
We also hope they will have the strength and courage as well as wonder and reverence to meet what life brings their way. In our times, we are asked to consciously carry these ideals and qualities into our parenting. We can set intentions and resolve to bring what our children need when they need it. We can actively work to provide them with a sound basis into the future. In this workshop, we will learn about the developing child, explore our personal experiences through biographical exercises and art processes and find means of support for the parenting journey ahead.

The talk will take place from 6-8pm. (refreshments and childcare provided!)

About the speaker:

Marg lives in Wingham with her husband Phil. They home-schooled their three now university aged children and co-founded Rosewood – a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling group. Marg is presently an education consultant, remedial support teacher and outdoor education consultant working in one on one or group settings with community organizations as well as with Waldorf, public and alternative schools. She is a faculty member of Chiron providing workshops for parents and teachers; distance education program mentor with the Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto, and graduate of the Healing Education and Remedial Training program (HEART).

Future parent talk nights will be held on Thurs Feb 28, Thurs April 11, and Thurs June 6

Parent Talk: May 26 – Awakening the Parent

As parents, we want our children to grow up to be strong, resilient, loving and healthy. We wish truth, beauty and goodness to befall them. We also hope they will have the strength and courage as well wonder and reverence to meet what life brings their way. In our times, we are asked to consciously carry these ideals and qualities into our parenting. We can set intentions and resolve to bring what our children need when they need it. We can actively work to provide them with a sound basis into the future. In this workshop, we will learn about the developing child, explore our personal experiences through biographical exercises and art processes and find means of support for the parenting journey ahead.

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2012
Time: Registration ~ 8:15am – 8:45am
Program ~ 9am – 5pm
Location:  Wawanosh Valley Conservation Education Centre
38854 Nature Centre Road
Blyth, Ontario
519-523-4788

Registration Fee: by May 20 – $50
(cash or cheque)
after May 20 – $65

Morning/afternoon snacks and refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch and comfortable walking shoes for an short, easy outdoor hike (weather permitting).

To register and for more information please contact:

Marg Beard, Box 1476
Wingham, Ontario N0G 2W
519-357-9995
kallias@live.com
Please make cheques payable to Kallias

Workshop Presenters:

Marg Beard – Marg lives in Wingham with her husband Phil. They home-schooled their three now university aged children and co-founded Rosewood – a Waldorf-inspired homeschooling group. Marg is presently an education consultant, remedial support teacher and outdoor educator working in one on one or group setting as well as with Waldorf, public and alternative schools. She is a faculty member of Chiron, providing workshops for Waldorf parents and teachers; Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto Foundation Studies Distance Education Program mentor (homeschooling/parenting stream); graduate of the Healing Education and Remedial Training program (Toronto) and an outdoor educator with the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority.

Kathy Grant – Kathy Grant works individually and with groups in adult development through therapeutic art process and biographical work. She has a diploma in Art in the Healing and Social Fields, degrees in environmental studies and teaching, and is a graduate of the professional development program Biography and Social Art. Over the years, Kathy has taught in many settings including Waldorf, public and alternative schools; outdoor education centres; and in rural and urban centres as an environmental educator.

Upcoming Parent Talks with Marg Beard

Friday April 13, 6-8pm
Understanding the philosophy/underpinnings of Waldorf education and importance of the inner work of the adult.
Friday June 15, 6-8 pm
Learning about the stages of child development, developing objective observation skills so one’s parenting can meet those development needs.

Talks will be held in room 303.
Childcare provided in a separate class room.

Talks will begin at 6pm.

Print out and share the Parent Talk Flyer.