Here is information about the forthcoming Waldorf high school teacher PLD that is being offered by Taruna College in partnership with Julian Thomson in January and February 2022

This course is aimed at teachers who have either recently trained, transferred to a Waldorf school from a state teaching background, or are established Waldorf teachers wanting a fresh perspective for teaching adolescents in a Waldorf high school.

The online course that Julian will present will be 9 sessions in two sections. In each webinar session Julian will present for about an hour and then there will be some time for comments / questions at the end, so expect each session to be about 90 minutes. The course recordings will be made available online after each live session is completed.

This orientation course gives a framework for understanding the holistic and integrated approach required for teachers working in a Waldorf high school.

With clear and valuable practical advice, tips and strategies that will give you a firm foundation for your work in a Waldorf high school. Includes worked examples from the earth and life sciences curriculum.

Part 1: 17th to 20th January 7.30pm.

The first 4 sessions will be an orientation to the high school and its holistic approach to the curriculum.

Part 2: Sunday 30th January weekly until Sunday 27th February 7.30pm

The second part will be a more detailed look at each year level from Classes 8 to 12 over 5 sessions, focusing on how to integrate the teaching programme with the Waldorf understanding of the psychological developmental phases of adolescence. Julian will use a main lesson from social studies, earth or life sciences at each year level to illustrate examples of this approach.

Course Fees

Individual = NZD $350

Individual Early Bird (ends 17th Dec 2021) = NZD $300

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School / Organisational license (for up to 10 individual participants) = NZD $1500

School Early Bird (ends 17th Dec 2021) = NZD $1250

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Meet Your Presenter

Kia ora! My name is Julian Thomson. I live in Wellington, New Zealand and I am a science communicator and educational consultant.

After attending a Steiner / Waldorf School in my childhood, I eventually found myself teaching high school science and outdoor education in Raphael House Rudolf Steiner School,  NZ for about 14 years.

I transitioned into full time science communication in 2008, working for New Zealand’s government geological research institute GNS Science. I also continued delivering Waldorf teacher training programmes.

In 2020 I founded my own education and science communication consultancy Out There Learning Ltd,  where I continue to bridge the gap between researchers on the one side, and educators and the public on the other. I am a Field Based STEM PLD facilitator for several schools on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and also work with Waldorf schools on their high school programmes.

My interest is in education that honours the individual and opens the eyes of young poeple to the world around them, especially in the area of earth and life sciences, but also in the wider perspective of life.

Julian Thomson, Founder / Director at Out There Learning Ltd