USC Steiner Education Masterclasses: 13-15 January 2021 - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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USC Steiner Education Masterclasses: 13-15 January 2021

Based on successful participation feedback over the past two years, we are once again offering Masterclasses in Steiner Education in a unique truncated and dual format, designed for ‘Soul Economy’ during challenging times.

Masterclasses are offered in dual mode for everyone to be together - come and immerse yourself for a full day either on site at USC Sunshine Coast (located at Sippy Downs, QLD) or via Zoom.

With a focus on an authentic Education of Place, and First Nations Ways of Being and Knowing, our 2021 Steiner Education Masterclasses offer participants a dynamic, cross-curricular process-based experience for early childhood, primary or high school Steiner educators. The Masterclasses are aimed at educators in Steiner schools who would like to deepen and expand their practice and pedagogy and create rich, relevant approaches, content and progressions for the year ahead. Depending on your Steiner experience, participants will receive a USC certificate of participation equivalent to their attendance hours of professional development.

For those new to Steiner Education, we welcome you to enrol in our one-day Introduction to Steiner Education - (almost) everything you ever wanted to know about Steiner Education. The day introduces Steiner’s approaches and pedagogy in a hands-on and experiential way, and includes a lecture, workshops, discussions and creative activities. This is a prerequisite for anyone wanting to complete a Masterclass who does not have experience in Steiner Education.

Course facilitators are Dr Shelley Davidow, USC’s School of Education and Early Childhood educator Carol Liknaitzky.

We are excited and honoured that First Nations cultural educators/artists Jandamarra Cadd, Lyndon Davis and Brent Miller will be sharing their insights with us on the 13, 14 and 15 of January in the afternoons. Participants of all Steiner Education Masterclasses welcome to these sessions.

Group of happy children having fun in the park
Introduction to Steiner Education: 13 January 2021

Introducing Steiner's approaches and pedagogy in a hands-on experiential way

Child planting young tree on the black soil
Masterclass in Steiner Early Childhood Education: 14-15 January 2021

Expand your understanding and experience of Steiner's perspective of Early Childhood development

School children exploring insects
Masterclass in Steiner Primary Education: 14 January 2021

Evolve and deepen your understanding, practice and pedagogy of Steiner Education in primary school, years 1-7

High school students raising their arms to the sky
Masterclass in Steiner High School Education: 15 January 2021

Evolve and deepen your understanding, practice and pedagogy of Steiner Education in high school, years 8-12

AEST (Qld) Wednesday 13 January Thursday 14 January Friday 15 January
9-10.30am

Introduction to Steiner/Waldorf Education

Shelley Davidow

The philosophy, pedagogy and practice; impact on the developing nervous system; Educating with Heart

View of Early Childhood

Carol Liknaitzky

Early Childhood session 1

Carol Liknaitzky

Focus on authentic creative approaches to young children today; through the clarity of Steiner’s key insights into early childhood; through making stories for this time that help lay the ground for connection, courage and empathy

What are the particular challenges of our time that need to be considered?

Primary school session 1

Shelley Davidow

The world is good and beautiful: what inspires you to teach? We will discuss the different phases and the wide variety of abilities within those phases; how to be a teacher with an innovative ‘growth mindset.’

Steiner Primary Education as a performative journey; building identity

Early Childhood session 2

Carol Liknaitzky

Focus on authentic creative approaches to young children today; through accessing our personal connection to creativity and self-nourishment; through creating integrated artistic and craft based experiences that engage, inspire and connect children and their families to the wisdom of the earth

High school session 1

Shelley Davidow

Educating Adolescents: Lessons without borders; the purpose of Steiner Education for adolescents and what inspires you to teach; contemporary issues (Australia); capacities; Gert Biesta’s insights; educating for a sustainable world

10.30-11am Morning tea
11am-12.30pm

Practice and Pedagogy

Why Steiner schools do what they do. The arts, aesthetics, imagination and creativity for healthy overall development

Early Childhood middle session 1

Carol Liknaitzky

Working from the centre outwards and from the periphery inwards: What are the values/ key stars of light that we wish to seed in the child’s being so as to build an inner connection to self and human life? Which nature-based metaphors, imaginations, and wisdom can we identify that will provide stability, safety, and connection for the children today?

Primary school session 2

Shelley Davidow

Sustainable classroom management through relationships: setting up an optimum learning environment that supports holistic development. Lessons that arise out of an ‘inner bond’

Early Childhood middle session 2

Carol Liknaitzky

Exercises on the Inner Child so as to reach in deeply and access our creative genius. Helping each other design artistic and integrated strategies for soul nourishment according to the needs expressed


High school session 2

Shelley Davidow

Authentic curriculum. What is the purpose of each lesson? What skills are you building? What capacities? The role of assessment and learning progressions; neoliberalism in education

12.30-1.15pm Lunch
1.15-2pm

Steiner Education in context – other alternative models i.e. Montessori

Early Childhood afternoon session

Carol Liknaitzky

Exploring the essence and practice of rituals, circles, gatherings, festivals

Primary school session 3

Shelley Davidow

Group work on Main Lesson outlines, feedback, embedding skills while building capacity – ‘where to next?’ Authentic assessment, main lessons re-imagined: an Australian context

Early Childhood afternoon session

Carol Liknaitzky

Presenting the integrated strategies for support and nourishment

High school session 3

Shelley Davidow

Assessment; developing learning progressions for the 2021 school year; the value of ‘naturally occurring evidence’ (Hipkins, 2009)

2-2.30pm Afternoon break
2.30-4pm

First Nations Ways of Being and Knowing

Jandamarra Cadd

First Nations Ways of Being and Knowing

Lyndon Davis

First Nations Ways of Being and Knowing

Brent Miller