Rudolf Steiner School, Upper School, 15 East 78th Street
Monday, September 17th 7pm
Sleep On It
In education, we are finally waking up to the value of sleep.
Recent research confirms what Waldorf teachers have long known: children and teenagers learn more––and more deeply––when they sleep than when they are awake. In an age of insomnia, how do we guard the sleep of our youngsters? Indeed, how do we restore restful sleep for ourselves?
Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., will guide us on a journey to the land beyond the River Lethe –– where sleep is practiced as a vibrant activity, not as a vacuous zoning out.
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Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for over 35 years. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (CfA), he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America.
Himself a Waldorf graduate, Douglas is the founder of CfA's Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program, as well as the first Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. He is author and editor of nine books on Waldorf education, as well as numerous articles on education and anthroposophy. His most recent publication, due out this year, is a collection of articles entitled Trailing Clouds of Glory: Essays on Sexuality and the Education of Youth in Waldorf Schools.
At present, Douglas resides on the outskirts of Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.