Adult Education

Adult Education Opportunities at the Austin Waldorf School Through the Adult Education Program, the Austin Waldorf School endeavors to create and offer opportunities for parents and the wider community to increase their understanding of Waldorf education. Our lectures and workshops allow our faculty to share their expertise as well as engage the community in personal development. The program also hosts distinguished guest speakers from around the world. We are currently creating our schedule of upcomming events.

Silent Nights: Creating a Healthy Bedtime Routine
“We know that early child development has profound influences on health and well being across the life course. It follows that disruptions to sleep, especially if they occur at key times in development, could have important lifelong impacts on health.”
Kindergarten teacher, Betty Jane Enno, will provide parents with helpful information and tactics that will assist them in creating a healthy bedtime routine for young children. Learn practical techniques to assist a smooth transition to bedtime. Wear comfortable clothing. We will meet in the Stargarden Classroom.
There is a $10 fee for this workshop.

JANUARY 10th, 3:30-4:30 P.M.
Discussion with Douglas Gerwin: Sexual Education in Waldorf Schools
Douglas Gerwin will meet with interested parents, teachers, and community members in the Orchestra Room to discuss his forthcoming book to be released by Waldorf Publications of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education later this year.  The book is a compilation of essays by various authors within the anthroposophical and Waldorf education movements on human sexuality and gender, and education within Waldorf schools related to these topics.

JANUARY 10th, 7:30-9:30 P.M.
How Waldorf High School Education Builds on the Lower School with Douglas Gerwin
The transition from grade school to high school can be compared to the metamorphosis of leaf into blossom. What was hidden becomes manifest; what was potential becomes actual. And what was approached in the lower school through the more dreamy life of feeling and fantasy in the high school is treated with the increasingly wakeful life of thinking. Out of the powers of imagination, so lovingly cultivated in the lower school up to eighth grade, begin to arise in the ninth grade those more dispassionate abilities to weigh, to asses, and to arrive at truth.
This event is free for all AWS Parents, Faculty, and Staff.

JANUARY 11th, 10:30 A.M. -12:30 P.M.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Teaching Technology in Waldorf Schools with Douglas Gerwin
As recent studies show, technology works like a drug. As with any drug, it can either help by speeding up and bolstering vital processes, or it can take over the very functions it was designed to assist. In the first case, technology behaves like a dutiful apprentice to the sorcerer. In the second case, the apprentive becomes the sorcerer. How do we educate our students so that they are able to wield the sorcerer's want without falling under its spell?
This even is free for all AWS Parents, Faculty, and Staff.

FEBRUARY 4th, 7:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Oak Hill Parkway Project Stakeholder Meeting
In fall 2012, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (Mobility Authority) launched the Oak Hill Parkway Environmental Study to determine the best options for addressing traffic congestion and increasing long-term mobility at the intersection of US 290 and SH 71 through Oak Hill.

A meeting will be held at the Austin Waldforf School so that our staff, faculty and parents can learn more about the study and the preliminary mobility concepts that are being considered. The project team will recommend a preferred alternative in 2015.

Austin Waldorf School (gymnasium)
8700 South View Road
Austin, TX, 78737

Representatives from TxDOT and the Mobility Authority, as well as technical team members, will be on hand to answer questions and provide information. Exhibits, including the mobility concepts being considered, will also be available. More information about the Oak Hill Parkway project can be found online at


Presented by Carol Toole
When:  Three Saturday Mornings
January 11, 18, 25, 2014
Time:   9:30 am -12:00 noon
Place:  Austin Waldorf School Kindergarten
Fee: $115.00 individual; $180 per couple
(includes booklet, materials, refreshments, and future mailings of a seasonal packet)

-Young children are wellsprings of life forces.  These forces are seen bubbling forth in their inquisitiveness and enthusiasm, and in their phenomenal physical growth.  They manifest in the child’s playful efforts to overcome gravity and to stand upright, to master speech and to light up with the beginnings of thought.  We will discuss how to protect these forces, allowing healthy language, sensory and motor development.  Participants will create a simple first doll as well as learn activities, rhymes, stories and song to uplift daily routines.

This workshop is for adults only, though nursing infants (not yet crawling) are welcome.  It is highly recommended for parents interested in Waldorf education for their child’s school years, or anyone who wishes to understand the nature of childhood.

Carol Toole began Waldorf Early Childhood Training in 1980.  She has since been a teacher of all ages, a storyteller, parent educator; and always a student!

Please download, complete and submit The First Four Years (pdf Version) with a check made payable to Carol Toole. Your reservation is guaranteed once the payment has been received. You may drop your completed form by the Main Office, or mail it to:
Austin Waldorf School Attn: Carol Toole/The First Four Years 8700 South View Road Austin, TX 78737
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The Austin Waldorf School is a non-profit educational institution, 501(c)3, that welcomes students and families of any religion, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin.
The Austin Waldorf School is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
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