GATEWAYS 2018 Overview
FRIDAY EVENING APRIL 27 AND SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Torin M. Finser, PhD
Torin M. Finser has his PhD in Educational Leadership and an MA in Education with Waldorf specialization. Dr. Finser was a Waldorf student himself, having attended Waldorf schools in the United States and Germany. He has been an educator for more than three decades (as a class teacher, subject specialty teacher, and teacher of teachers) and is an international speaker, consultant, advisor, and advocate for school renewal. Torin has served on the Board of six Waldorf schools, and he has served as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Torin has for many years worked as an organizational consultant for a wide variety and number of schools, in the areas of leadership development, conflict resolution, organizational and group dynamics, mentoring, and teacher development. He has led workshops and conferences on healthy school relationships; stress transformation; individual, school and community renewal; and the arts and foreign languages in the curriculum. Dr. Finser is the author of ten books, including School as a Journey; In Search of Ethical Leadership; School Renewal; Organizational Integrity; A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School; Finding Your Self: Exercises and Suggestions for Teachers; Leadership Development; and most recently Education for Nonviolence: The Waldorf Way.
GATEWAYS 2018 KEYNOTE TALKS
FRIDAY EVENING KEYNOTE TALK
Parents and Teachers as Role Models for Social and Ethical Interactions
Through a living practice of relational work, we can foster social intelligence and the capacity in our children to form ethical judgements. The key is how we work together as adults. As parents and teachers, we can model forms of relationship and leadership that can release initiative and support social health in our children as they develop into ethical adults.
SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE TALK
How We Can Help our Children Learn to Tell “Right” from “Wrong”
As they grow from year to year, children are faced with situations that provide opportunities to learn right from wrong and how to make decisions. What are the crucial elements that support good choices? How can we help our children to make ethical choices? How does Waldorf curriculum and pedagogy provide ways for children to learn to process emotions and problem-solve? These are the key questions Torin Finser will address during this keynote presentation.