In this course, 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. 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 was recently supported by the California Arts Council (as an Arts Demonstration Project) and is now supported by the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.
Our 2013 session will take place from July 8-19. For more information, please download our flyer.
"I had the opportunity to spend a day at T. E. Mathews School in Marysville. The program is impressive. The students, on probation from the Juvenile Court, were engaged, actively learning, and having fun...I wouldn't have believed it---thirty plus juvenile delinquents playing recorders and loving it. What an impressive sight!" - Dale Hamad, Ph.D., Supervisor of Academic Instruction, CA State Prison, Sacramento
"Waldorf methodology incorporates the best practices that resilience education and prevention evaluation research have found to promote positive developmental outcomes in young people, including health-risk behavior prevention/intervention and academic success. The project fills an incredible void, a vast gap in the supports, services and opportunities available to young people, especially those with multiple risks and challenges in their lives. The project offers both the content and process for creating a cadre of turnaround teachers and turnaround schools that truly can weave a safety net, a fabric of resilience for our most in need young people." - Bonnie Benard, Senior Program Associate and Resiliency Specialist, WestEd
Article by Arline Monks in The Journal of Court, Community, and Alternative Schools, “Breaking Down the Barriers to Learning: The Power of the Arts.” (PDF)
For information, please contact Arline Monks (916) 961-3932 at Rudolf Steiner College.