Steiner Education Australia Student Support Conference

A conference for:
– teachers
– learning and student support staff
– wellbeing staff
– school leadership

Every teacher is now required to differentiate curriculum and manage students with diverse learning and emotional needs: to inspire and extend the very able student as well as to modify curriculum and support every learning style, all in the one classroom. How realistic is this goal? What are the human opportunities that inclusion for all provide? What are the limits to inclusion?

This conference will consider both the diverse learning and emotional challenges that are increasingly common in today’s classrooms, and how teachers and school leaders in Steiner schools can meet these challenges with compassion and insight based on Rudolf Steiner’s work.

The conference will include a session on the increasing legal framework within which Australian schools must work, and practical ways to differentiate curriculum for all levels of schooling.

There will be opportunities for sharing experiences and for networking, as well as a performance on Friday evening by the wonderful Dawn Langman.

Please note only pre-booked and registered ticket holders will be able to attend the conference and Friday evening performance. There will be no ticket sales available at the venue.

Keynote speakers

Dr Adam Blanning  (via Zoom)
GP, school doctor, author, and Co-head of Medical Section, Goetheanum

Friday 12 April – Finding comfort and orientation in the body
This session will explore the ways children strive to feel at home in their body, including strong sensory-seeking behaviours, the role of the lower senses, and the challenges of today’s world for healthy incarnation. We will work with practical examples from the classroom.

Saturday 13 April – Sensing and connecting to the world around
On the second day, we will explore patterns of awareness to the outside environment, including factors that increase overwhelm, anxiety, retreat or avoidance. We will also see how these patterns are changing, especially during the COVID time.

Lisa Ridings
Associate Chief Executive of Student Services, AISNSW

Friday 12 April – National School Reform Agenda

Across Australia, schools have an important focus on inclusivity and diversity that is reflected in their policies, processes and practices. This session will provide an overview of the key national priorities and relevant legislative requirements shaping the educational landscape for students with disability. Considerations for how schools apply their legal obligations and responsibilities as educators when supporting students with diverse needs will be shared as well as practical insights and strategies for supporting the wellbeing of all.

Friday evening performance

Sea-Change!
Stories of transformation

by Dawn Langman

Warrah Specialist School Hall, Friday 12 April, 6:00pm – 7.30pm

Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant and Shakespeare’s The Tempest are both stories of personal transformation:

And the Giant’s heart melted as he looked out. ‘How selfish I have been!’ he said;

This thing of darkness I
Acknowledge mine.

But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.

How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t!”

Dawn Langman will present The Selfish Giant and excerpts from The Tempest in a solo performance with commentary that will move and inspire.

Dawn Langman is an internationally acclaimed actor and speech teacher who taught for ten years at the Drama Centre, Flinders University. She is the author of five books on Speech, Theatre and the Actor of the Future. After training in Speech and Drama in Adelaide, Dawn taught Speech and Drama at Emerson College then trained in the Michael Chekhov acting method in New York. She has had a long and distinguished career as a performer in theatre, story telling and poetry.

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DATES:
12 Apr 2024 - 13 Apr 2024
VENUE: Warrah Specialist School, Dural, NSW