More than 1,000 teachers have attended the Public School Institute in the eleven years since it was created. It was founded in response to a request from a leading Sacramento educator at a time very much like today-when the arts were being removed from public school programs, and hence children's lives-because of budget cuts.
The focus of the institute is giving K-8 teachers a joyful and empowering hands-on experience of fully integrating the arts and active learning into the academic curriculum so they cannot be removed. Also emphasized is the relationship of child development to curriculum and optimal learning.
Educators in alternative schools will learn how infusing a standards-based curriculum with the arts and Waldorf methodology can lead to a successful, transformative educational experience for both teachers and students.
The focus of the course is disseminating an innovative model program for at-risk youth developed over the past several years at the Yuba County Court and Community Schools in partnership with Rudolf Steiner College. The project is currently supported by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.