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July 2020

Open Presentations at Summer Festival 2020


Photo above: Morning break time at the 2019 RSCT Summer Festival of Arts and Education.

Dear Friends, You're Invited

In these extraordinary times, after consulting with the participants of our Summer Festival and part-time Waldorf teacher program we have finalized our afternoon offerings. These include:

  • Forums focusing on diversity/equity/inclusivity and social justice
  • Action Research Presentations focusing on Waldorf pedagogy
  • Offering either a forum or a research presentations every day (with one exception!)

Please keep these links handy over the next two weeks. Perhaps put them on your desktop. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t find a link.

Since we are holding this festival online, we have the one-time opportunity of sharing these amazing presentations with those who registered for only Week 1 or Week 3, as well as anyone interested in Waldorf education and social justice. Please share these links freely.

The Action Research Presentations are given by the student teachers in the RSCT Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers Part-Time Program. Those giving the presentations are in the third and final year of the training and will graduate on July 24.

As well as working full time as teachers in schools, they have dealt with the challenging situation of online teaching in the recent months and, at the same time, they have managed to complete their research projects and will share their valuable work with us in these final two weeks of the festival. We congratulate them on their dedication and resilience.

There is no need to register for these afternoon events and there is no fee to attend. Please join us as welcome guests.

James Brian

RSCT Executive Director

Featured Guest Presenters

In addition to our student teacher presenters, we are pleased to welcome the following guest speakers at our forums over the next 10 days:

Chandra Maracle has lived at Six Nations of the Grand River for 15 years. She is a founder of Kakhwa’on:we/Real People Eat Real Food and co-founder of Skaronhyase’ko:wa/The Everlasting Tree School. She is currently a Ph. D. student at York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies where her work is focused on Haudenosaunee food history and Eating Psychology.

Joaquin Munoz is Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, Augsburg College in Minneapolis and a Waldorf-inspired social justice educator. His doctoral thesis is called The Circle of Mind and Heart: Integrating Waldorf Education, Indigenous Epistemologies, and Critical Pedagogy. He writes, “As a Native American person myself, I am interested in Waldorf as potential reform for supporting students of color and linguistically diverse student populations.”

Douglas Cardinal is an indigenous architect from the Blackfoot band in southern Alberta who first encountered the work of Rudolf Steiner while studying architecture in university in Texas. He is considered one of Canada's most influential contemporary Indigenous architects.

Presentation Schedule for Week 2: July 14 -17

July 14, Tuesday - Action Research Presentation: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Action Research Presentation - Angela Brooks - Inner Fitness of a Waldorf Teacher
Time: Jul 14, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 15, Wednesday - Forum: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Topic: RSCT Forum - James Brian - The Work of the Douglas Cardinal Foundation for Indigenous Waldorf Education
Time: Jul 15, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 16, Thursday - Action Research Presentation: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Action Research Presentation - Justine Oxley - Birth as a Gesture of Constitution and Karmic Destiny
Time: Jul 16, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 17, Friday - Forum: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Topic: RSCT Forum - Chandra Maracle - The Impulse to Start a Waldorf-inspired Haudenosaunee Waldorf School
Time: Jul 17, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Presentation Schedule for Week 3: July 20-24

July 20, Monday - Action Research Presentation: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Action Research Presentation - Laura Hacker - Using the Temperaments Pedagogically in a Class Play
Time: Jul 20, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 21, Tuesday - Action Research Presentation: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Action Research Presentation - Marie France Bertrand - Waldorf Methods in the Public Education System
Time: Jul 21, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 22, Wednesday - Forum: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Topic: RSCT Forum - Joaquin Munoz - Ideas on Diversity, Equity and Inclusivity in 2020
Time: Jul 22, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 22, Wednesday - Action Research Presentation: 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Topic: Action Research Presentation - Alena Lotz Oggier - Stepping into Mandarin, a Linguistic Adventure
Time: Jul 22, 2020 05:00 PM Eastern Time
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July 23, Thursday - Forum: 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Topic: RSCT Forum - Douglas Cardinal - The coronavirus is sending us a message about our humanity. Here’s what we need to understand.
Time: Jul 23, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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July 24, Friday – Closing Session and Graduation 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Topic: Closing Session and Graduation
Time: Jul 24, 2020 03:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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