Leading with Spirit is a part-time two-year professional development program designed to support administrative leadership in Waldorf Schools and Collaborative Institutions across the continent.
The program includes three week-long summer intensives, professional mentoring over two years, independent research projects and participation with a cohort of colleagues online over two years. Completion of the course also requires participation in four weekend professional development seminars.
Cost for the complete certificate program over three summers and two years is $4500 and includes the three summer sessions, ongoing professional mentoring and independent research support.
The fee for each summer week taken separately is $650 plus a $50 registration fee.
The three week series is outlined below.
The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools:
Understanding the Social and Spiritual Foundations with Mara White and Lisa Mahar
Harlemville, NY, July 9 – 14
- School and the Image of the Human Being
- The Dynamics of School Governance
- Leadership in a Collaborative Spiritual Organization
- The Healing Social Life: Working Together
Please contact Mara White at email@example.com
Working Together in Community with Sian Owen Cruise and Guests
Ann Arbor, Michigan July 23 -28
- Dialogue in Human Encounter
- Group Roles and Team Development
- Decision-making, Consensus and Facilitation
- Understanding Conflict
- Developing Community Dialogue over Time
Please contact Sian Owen-Cruise at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deepening Principles, Roles and Practices with Marti Stewart and Michael Soule
Whidbey Island, Washington, July 2-7
- Self-Administration and Collaboration
- Phases of Administrative Development and Administrative Leadership
- Our Dialogue with the World: Marketing, Enrollment, Finance and Development
- A New Imagination for Partnership: Administration, Board and Faculty Relationships
Please contact Michael Soule at email@example.com
Waldorf Schools work with a new pedagogy based on a holistic, age appropriate image of child development. They also practice a new form of community life in which teachers, administrative staff and parents are partners in developing the community of the school. The working together of these three groups in the life of the school requires insight, social sensitivity and competence so that the school can be healthy and best serve the needs of the children. This new professional development course offers teachers, administrators, board members and parents an opportunity to reflect on and work with the challenges of building a Waldorf School Community that is vibrant, innovative and effective, while honoring the unique contributions of each member of the community.
The summer intensives are based on the successful certificate and Master’s Program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development offered at Sunbridge College between 1991 and 2008.
Each summer seminar can be taken on its own but, when taken in sequence, the seminars will build a deeper capacity for serving the community of Waldorf education.
(see about us page for more background)
Mara D. White Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay, Director of School
Marti Stewart Administrative Director, City of Lakes Waldorf School
Sian Owen-Cruise, PhD High School Coordinator, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Michael Soule, MA Administrator, Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Lisa Mahar, MA, Lead Administrator, Monadnock Waldorf School
Christopher Schaefer, PhD Author, Consultant, Past Faculty Member, Sunbridge College
Full Program Option and Cost
The full program runs over two years with a week long intensive each of three summers, a requirement to attend two weekend courses each year (paid for separately), an independent study and research project each year, mentoring from program faculty and professionals in the field and ongoing online contact with a cohort group. Participation in the full program provides the participant the widest range of course experience and personal support.
Completion of the full program leads to a Certificate in Administrative Leadership.
The cost of the full program is $4500
Partial Program Option Available
The program may also be taken in parts. Summers intensives, weekend seminars and professional mentoring support are available separately.
Join the program in one of three locations Summer 2017
For more information and to register
Program Sponsors and Locations
“Seek the real practical life but seek it in a way that does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but do not seek it from spiritual egoism, from spiritual greed but look for it because you want to apply it unselfishly in practical life, in the material world. Make use of the ancient principle: spirit is never without matter, matter never without spirit.” – Rudolf Steiner