We are thrilled to announce that our Open Saturdays tutoring program has received a small seed fund grant from RSF Social Finance. The program, which ran from mid-January through early May of this year and will continue in 2014-15, serves students in Grades 7-12 in the struggling East Ramapo school district, in which Green Meadow is located.
We are so grateful to the students, teachers, parents, alumni parents, and friends who served as tutors, and we were proud to get to know the dedicated students who came to us each week to strengthen their academic work.
Here are some quotes from the students we served:
"Overall, this was a great experience and I would recommend it to anybody."
"My grades went up and my homework was completed more efficiently."
"I met new people and learned new things here."
"Thanks to the teachers and students who took time out to help me improve."
To volunteer your time next year, contact Diversity Committee Chair and Director of Communications and Marketing Vicki Larson.
Thank you to GMWS parent and Diversity Committee member Fernando Lopez-Diaz for these photos of our program.
In this related article, Waldorf math teacher Lisa Babinet highlights the importance of not only preparing students academically but also "preparing the students for a life of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving". This is the gift of Waldorf® Education.
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.
Thank you to guest blogger & GMWS parent Beatrice Burgis for this post!
This article is an emotional first-person account by two mothers who wrestle with the effects of standardized testing on their elementary-aged children. The Common Core standards initiative, which has been adopted by 45 states, has had its share of both supporters and critics, but mounting evidence suggests that the rigors of preparing for tests, particularly among the youngest students, may have a harmful effect on learning in the long run.
In contrast, Waldorf® Education meets children where they are developmentally, rather than adopt a homogeneous approach that focuses more on memorization than in-depth comprehension and personal experience. One of the hundreds of comments following the article sums it up best: "I don't want a standardized child." At every age, Waldorf students are encouraged to explore their environment with curiosity, enthusiasm, and respect, thereby fostering a life-long love of learning.
There are so many reasons...but let's start with these:
Because science begins with nature study and observation. They are learning how food is grown and harvested, while developing an intuitive and reverential respect for the earth and its processes and cycles.
Because life-long health (social, emotional, physical, spiritual, cognitive) includes being in the fresh air and sunshine, alongside friends, as we work on a cooperative project together, share opportunities to ask questions and solve problems, and build our will and our muscles.
Because life requires that we get involved. These children are being given an important chance to be engaged, helpful, and focused.