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Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America 2019 PNW Conference

February 15, 2019 - February 17, 2019

In the spirit of Liberation: A collective examination of how Race and Racism affects us all

“A healthy social life is found only when, in the mirror of each soul, the whole community finds its reflection, and when, in the whole community, the virtue of each one is living.”— Rudolf Steiner

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Diversity and Inclusion: Where to start?
Each year we come together to discuss pertinent topics affecting our work as EC teachers, navigating the changing landscapes of our children’s lives, working to be responsible and responsive to their needs all the while integrating this knowledge with the foundations Waldorf Education. In today’s social landscape, we are ever more pressed with looking at ourselves a little closer, to peel back our assumptions and habits to explore how our personal comfort may be contributing or perpetuating another’s discomfort.  How has race shaped our own lives, perhaps in ways we are not yet conscious of, and how is it informing our work with the children and families in our care? In our efforts to encourage  a sense of “belonging” are we checking our blindspots and engaging in conversation that allows this kind of inquiry?

In the Spirit of Liberation, we will use the groundwork of interconnectedness that anthroposophy offers us to expand our understanding of ourselves, in community.  We will start by examining how we are speaking to ourselves, and amongst ourselves. We will bravely engage with topics and learn language that will bring us closer together, while identifying our differences. Together we will become more equipped to stand in front of our children with the authenticity they ask us for. This is a lifelong journey.

Register here

2019 Conference Fees
Participants not affiliated with WECAN – $240.
Participants who work at a WECAN member school – $210.
Participants who have paid their $50 annual dues and are individual members of WECAN – $180.

Weekend Schedule

Friday Night
4:00pm Wine Reception and Early Registration
5:00pm Dinner (optional additional purchase)
6:30pm Puppet Play Experience (optional exciting opportunity included in registration)

Saturday
8:30am – 8:45am Registration
8:45am – 9:00am Singing
9:00am – 10:15am Welcome and keynote
10:15am – 11:00am Break
11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote
12:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
2:00pm – 3:30pm Workshop A
3:30pm – 4:30pm Break
4:30pm – 6:00pm Workshop B

Sunday
9:00am – 10:00am Announcements and WECAN update
10:00 – 10:30am Break
10:30am – 12:00pm Keynote
12:00pm Closing

On-site Food and Lodging:
Snacks and lunch on Saturday are included. The food is being catered by Whidbey Institute and promises to be nutritious, delicious and full of local and organic flavor. Please include any food restrictions or accommodations that need to be made on the registration form. Additionally, breakfasts and dinners, along with on-site housing, are available for registration.

Artwork credit:
Shanna Strauss

Details

Start:
February 15, 2019
End:
February 17, 2019
Website:
https://wecanpnw.com/

Organizer

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Email:
nwconference@waldorfearlychildhood.org
Website:
http://www.waldorfearlychildhood.org