Learning Institute

The Tomorrow River Community Charter School (TRCCS) in partnership with Transformation Teaching is offering a Summer institute as part of a 4 year educational program.

This training is Working Out Of The Principles Of Public Waldorf Education for K-8 Educators.

Awaken imagination and wonder

Enliven and expand the breadth of student learning, bringing joy into the classroom

Energize a love of learning

Use creativity in the classroom while nurturing emotional intelligences, kindness and responsibility through character building activities

Benefit students of a variety of backgrounds with an experiential and integrated approach

Strengthen literacy and numeracy with innovative and practical pedagogical methods

Protect childhood by creating a healthy and nurturing environment and using developmentally appropriate teaching methods.

Address the developmental needs of all children, through integrated, art-filled learning

Teach through the arts, including drawing, painting, poetry, drama, storytelling & movement.


Summer 2019 Learning Institute


JULY 22nd-26th and JULY 29th-AUGUST 2nd

Classes run for two weeks during the summer of 2019.

Monday through Friday 9 am until 5 pm.

Tuition: $1,300
Supply Fee: $100
Optional Lunch: $90

Course Description:

In this course, the four areas of Social Studies, including History, Geography, Civics/Government, and Economics, will be explored through the lens of Waldorf Education. Students will experience Social Studies taught through stories, biographies, mapmaking, global music, poetry, painting, movement and drawing. The course will cover the more formalized curriculum outlined for grades 4-8 and will also bring consciousness to the diverse stories, myths, legends and activities appropriate for the lower grades. Curriculum and pedagogy will be given equal attention. Students will
be introduced to biography as a means of teaching Social Studies. Various artistic ways of creating maps will also be studied. The Common Core writing standards as well as the Wisconsin Social Studies standards will be integrated into the content of the class.

Book Study:

This course will delve into two books, both with the message that
teaching is an art and a science. The first book “Balance in Teaching” by Steiner, will be explored through discussion and critical comparisons. We will compare Steiner’s work with “Teaching Toward Freedom” by William Ayers. The course will be taught through lecture, discussion and activities.


Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D., began her career in education over 30 years ago.  After teaching in the public schools in Bloomington, IN for 11 years, she received both her masters and doctorate in curriculum studies and math education from Indiana University.  Dr. Goral taught in higher education for 12 years and works with Public Waldorf schools, coaching and training teachers through her educational organization, Transformational Teaching.  Currently, Dr. Goral works as the Waldorf Professional Development Coach for Seaside Community Charter Schools in Jacksonville, FL. 

Dr. Goral pioneered two Waldorf teacher trainings, Great Lakes Waldorf Teacher Training in Milwaukee, WI (started in 2002) and Kentahten Teacher Training, a regional teacher training in Louisville, KY (started in 2005). She presently serves as Executive Director of Kentahten Teacher Training. Her book, “Transformational Teaching: Waldorf-inspired Methods in the Public School”, tells the story of teachers in Louisville who use Waldorf-inspired methods with their public school students.  

Dr. Goral served on the board of trustees of Rudolf Steiner College and is currently on the advisory board of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.


Donna Stottmann, MA:
Donna’s teaching path began in urban public schools where she taught grades one through five in Louisville, KY. She received her bachelor’s and master’s in education at the University of Louisville where she also completed post secondary work. In 1999, she discovered Waldorf Education and attended the summer institute for public school teachers at the Rudolf Steiner College. Her love of the Waldorf philosophy led her to complete her Waldorf certification through Kentahten Teacher Training. In 2013, Donna completed the Remedial Training Course at Rudolf Steiner College and most recently served as the Extra Lesson Educational Support teacher at the Waldorf School of Louisville in Kentucky. In an effort to bring this healing education to as many children as possible, she has been an instructor for Kentahten Institute for Waldorf Instruction for 10 years. She has been an elementary instructional coach and the assistant director of the Louisville Writing Project. Outside of school she loves gardening, cooking, quilting, and traveling.


Cancellations: Substitutions can be made at any time, but no shows will be responsible for the full conference fee.