Project 'Teach the Teachers'

Are you excited again and again by Steiner's educational impulse? Is it a heartfelt affair and a daily source of inspiration for you? Do you truly say 'Yes' to people as physical and spiritual beings?

The first course for teachers, which prepared them to implement Steiner's educational impulse, was held almost a hundred years ago in Stuttgart. The basic training was a two week course, followed by several additional courses in which practical questions were discussed.

The global growth of the Waldorf movement has led to more variety and complexity in teacher training. Today, we are faced with the following questions:

  • Why are there not enough trained teachers in our institutions?
  • What are the aims and objectives of teacher training?
  • Do we need Waldorf specific teacher training and why?
  • How are teachers today educated for their work at Waldorf schools?
  • What do children and trainee teachers need today?
  • How is the training financed?
  • Who teaches the teacher trainers?

Today and in the future we need people who adapt Steiner's educational impulse to their own culture and implement it in a contemporary way. The project 'Teach the Teachers' by the Pedagogical Section and the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education (Hague Circle) addresses this issue.

The project group was organising colloquia on each continent as platforms for teacher educators from early childhood to high school to meet and find their common ground:

April 9, 2017
Teacher Educators' Meeting in Johannesburg, Africa

April 26/27, 2017
Teacher Educators' Meeting in Chengdu, China

July 23 – 27, 2017
Teacher Educators' Meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina

These meetings are the starting point for further, ongoing work and the foundation for an international network of teacher educators.

A project group will collect the results of the colloquia, define aims and objectives for teacher education and describe their implementation.

Last but not least, successful teacher training also depends on the people who offer it. Are they in touch with contemporary issues? Do they offer high quality training and are they able to spark the trainees' enthusiasm for Steiner's educational impulse?

Contact person project 'Teach the Teachers': Florian Osswald, florian.osswald(at)goetheanum.ch, T: +41 (0)61 706 43 15