How and Why to Provide the Necessary Education on Gender and Sexuality, Technology, and Drug Use in Alignment with Waldorf Pedagogy
23 June, 2021 - 26 June, 2021
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America Conference “Learn to Change the World Innovation Summit and Waldorf 100 Celebration”. This conference was originally planned for June 2020 and moved to some time in June 2021.
Lisa Romero and Seamus Maynard will deliver a 6-part workshop and will be joined by Sarah Hearn and Meaghan Witri for additional pre and post conference sessions on the same theme.
The 6-part workshop introduces the essentials from Developing the Self Developing the World’s Health and Well-being Programs: Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality, Healing the Impacts of Technology, and Understanding the Effects of Substance and Addiction, as well as an understanding of the importance of working with these topics through the light of Waldorf education, as opposed to just adopting the latest mainstream approach. The workshop will provide an anthroposophical understanding of these themes, and how we work pedagogically and with appropriate curricula for children and young people. We will work through the common questions and struggles that arise on these themes for teachers, parents, and students of various ages, as well as the following sub-topics:
1) The Child’s Changing Consciousness: Understanding where children and young people are in their development year-by-year so that we/they can better understand and support them.
2) Social Understanding, Gender and Sexuality: Understanding the body and inner life; the complexity of attraction, including biology, social conditioning, emotional development; sexual responses in predominantly male/female bodies; individual responsibility and sexuality, and more.
3) Healing the Impacts of Technology: Supporting children’s ability to develop attention, attachment, and self-regulation with simple strategies and methods for harmonizing the sensory system toward health and healing, as well as practical tools for working with technology at home and in school, including addiction to technology.
4) Consciousness-Altering Substance Use: Understanding substances and their impact on healthy development, including how and why they are used, short- and long-term risks and effects of alcohol and drugs on thinking, feeling, and will impulses, and ways of supporting young people in their growth and development.
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