Steiner Education and Restorative Practice: an aligned appoach to building a healthy social life in schools

  • Date Feb 24 2021
  • Venue Via Zoom
Steiner Education Australia 2021 Governance Leadership and Management Seminar Series

Steiner Education and Restorative Practice: an aligned approach to building a healthy social life in schools
Presented by Dr Shelley Davidow

Via Zoom – Wednesday 24 February, 2021 
4.00pm – 5.30pm (NSW Time) 3.00pm – 4.30pm (QLD Time) 1.00pm – 2.30pm (WA Time)

This seminar is for staff and board/council members of SEA Member schools and organisations. 

You will need to book in advance to attend this session, and places are limited to 100 people.

There is no cost to Board members and staff from SEA Member schools and organisations to attend this session. 

Steiner Education and Restorative Practice: an aligned approach to building a healthy social life in schools

No one can learn when they’re stressed. No one can teach when they’re stressed.

Steiner said ‘the inner bond between teacher and pupil during classroom time is the crux of the matter’ (Steiner, 1996). Supporting this bond is the crux of the matter.

This presentation discusses first, the role stress plays in learning. It then presents a Restorative Practice paradigm, demonstrating its alignment with Steiner’s pedagogical insights. The restorative approach offers a three-fold paradigm that enables hygienic relational dynamics and a sustainable approach to managing challenging situations. This presentation is designed to supports schools (leaders, teachers and staff) to create low-stress classrooms for all. We know that safe, positive environments are the precursors to sustainable and transformative psycho-social, physical and (of course) academic development. The restorative approach is based on the idea that the wrong thing is that which causes harm, and this creates responsibility and liability; also that everyone who is part of the ‘problem’ is part of the solution. RP can only work if those responsible take responsibility. Together and In break-out rooms, participants will have the opportunity to try out some of the Restorative chats at various levels (staff-to-staff; staff-to-student; staff-to-parent) and to discuss the affective statements.

Based on decades of teaching in Steiner schools both in Australia and the USA, and on research and training with the Institute of HeartMath in California and with Restorative Practices Australia, Dr Shelley Davidow offers a unique approach to creating sustainable relational environments in Steiner schools and classrooms.

 Dr Shelley Davidow is Senior Lecturer in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the School of Education where she is coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education. She is a trained facilitator in Restorative Practice, a HeartMath Coach and Mentor, and the award-winning author of 45 books. She was once a Waldorf/Steiner student (K-13 – Michael Mount Waldorf school, Johannesburg; Michael Oak Waldorf school Cape Town; Freie Waldorfschule Braunschweig), and she was a pioneering Steiner/Waldorf teacher at the Sarasota Waldorf School in the USA, (primary) and at the Noosa Pengari Steiner school in Australia (high school). 

She has written and taught on five continents in kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, a medium security prison in the USA and at university. Her books include Raising Stress-Proof Kids (Exisle 2014, Familius, 2015), Whisperings in the Blood (UQP 2016), the Creative Writing textbook Playing with Words (Palgrave Macmillan UK 2016), Fail Brilliantly (Familius 2017) and Shadow Sisters (UQP 2018).

Having lived in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, America and Australia, Shelley is an advocate for social justice, transformative pedagogies and mitigating the effects of stress in the classroom. Her research on stress and children, on teaching literacy through creative writing and on decolonising the classroom through arts form the basis for her professional development courses and guest speaker events around Australia.

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We are grateful to NGS Super for their ongoing support of Steiner Education Australia and their sponsorship of the 2021 GLaM seminar series