April 29, 7:30pm in the Arts Building Music Room, free and open to the public: The Gift of a Commercial-Free Childhood, with Dr. Susan Linn, a sought-after speaker, co-founder and director of The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), and an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
This article from Education Week last Springhighlights the importance of spatial skills, like the ones we foster in our Early Childhood program, for later learning.
One highlight: "We start kids too early on math and reading when they don't have these foundational skills," he said. In the earliest grades, he said, "you can't just teach reading and math to get higher reading and math skills."
In the Arts Building Music Room, Early Childhood Educators Leslie Burchell-Fox, Andrea Gambardella, and Lisa Miccio discuss Child Development from Birth to Seven. In preparation, take a look at this piece on Kindergarten and preschool education, by Joan Almon, co-founder of the Alliance for Childhood.
In the High School English Room, John Wulsin, longtime High School English and Drama Teacher, speaks on Navigating Adolescence.
Take a look at this new study from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in Germany. A few highlights: "80% of Steiner [Waldorf] students find their learning fun (compared to 67%). 85% find the environment supportive (compared to 60%). The relationship with teachers is judged significantly better at 65% compared to 31%. [Study author Andreas] Schleicher praised the emphasis on personal responsibility and self-motivation, preparing children for the life that awaits them after graduation."
Here's a quote: “What concerns me as a developmental psychologist is watching children grow in this new world where being bored is something that never has to be tolerated for a moment,” Turkle tells Moyers. “Everyone is always having their attention divided between the world of people [they're] with and this ‘other’ reality.”
From the Go Green Committee: Our Go Green efforts at the Fall Fair were spectacular! We kept hundreds of plastic water bottles out of the waste stream, and minimized our contribution to landfill, sending most of our waste to a compost pile at the Fellowship Community, where it will be transformed into black gold (compost) and used to enrich our farm fields.
CCFC has long been at the forefront of the movement to reduce children’s screen time—and The Big Disconnect is an important tool for helping families and people who work with children address this challenging issue. As families are more and more consumed by screens —children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated.
Renowned psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair has written a highly readable book—relying on research and her clinical experience to argue for the urgent need to set limits on how much and what kind of media children consume. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.
Congratulations to Stefan Schaefer '89, from whom we just received this message:
Dear Waldorf Friends,
I hope this finds you well. Below please find a press release about a film I wrote and directed, entitled MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU. The film stars Nicole Beharie (SHAME, 42, SLEEPY HOLLOW) and European leading man Ken Duken. It opens on Oct. 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans and Chicago. It's a heart-warming, cross-cultural love story - rated PG-13 - that members of your school community may find compelling. For those of you who saw my prior film ARRANGED (http://arrangedthemovie.com/), it features several of the same actors. You can learn more via the following links:
My Last Day Without You is an independent feature film produced by Cicala Filmworks and Silver Shepherd. The film directd by Stefan Shaefer, sis co-written by Stefan Schaefer and Christoph Silber, and produced by Diane Crespo, Christoph Silber and Stefan Schaefer. The film is distributed by Novus Content and Mission Pictures. Film stars Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken, Marlene Forte, Laith Nakii, Robert Cohessy, and Reg E. Cathey.
On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive falls in love with a singer-songwriter who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he's never experienced before.
The premise for the film is very loosely based on the experiences of my writing partner, Christoph Silber, who met his wife on the subway in Brooklyn. Such "chance meetings" are often depicted in film, and at times come off as narrative device, but both of us have been shaped by such encounters in our personal lives and so decided to forge ahead and flesh out some ideas.
We developed numerous treatments over the years, eventually settling on a love story between two characters that appear very different on the surface - a German on the corporate fast-track; and a pastor's daughter from Brooklyn with musical aspirations. Fortunately, the screenplay appealed to some amazing actors, who in turn took the story to places I could never have anticipated. Additionally, the music composed by Scott Jacoby and performed by lead actress Nicole Beharie elevate the film tremendously.
My Last Day Without You will have a limited theatrical run in October. We will be hosting premiere events in both DC and Atlanta.
on Tuesday September 24, 2013 at 09:44AM