Antioch University professor and national expert in Waldorf education, will travel to various parts of the world from January 30 to May 5 for a book tour and signing of his latest book, A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School. Finser’s book features a comprehensive examination of the parent-teacher relationship in all its dimensions, from parent evenings and conferences to communication, conflict, and the life-cycle of parent involvement in their school.
In his latest book, Finser asks: What does a healthy, successful school look like? Is it all about measurable outcomes, test scores, and pass/fail grades set by the government? Can learning be quantified in short-term measurements or does real learning take years to manifest in a career or biography? A Second Classroom is intended to stimulate conversation, self-reflection and relational practices that awaken community life in and around our schools.
Book Tour Schedule:
- January 30: The Waldorf School of San Diego, San Diego, CA
- January 31: Highland Hall Waldorf School, Los Angeles, CA
- February 9: Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Clinton, WA
- February 11: Brightwater Waldorf School, Seattle, WA
- Feb 27-18: Keynote speeches Organizational Health Conference in Orlando, FL
- March 5: The Denver Waldorf School, Denver, CO
- March 23-27: conference and meetings at Goetheanum, Switzerland
- April 23-24: Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee, WI
- April 28-May 5: Healthy Living and Environment Conference, Celebrating 30 years of Waldorf Education in Bejing, China.
Dr. Finser is Chair of the Education Department of Antioch University New England and founding member of the Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH. He has been an educator for three decades and has been a keynote speaker at conferences in China, Korea, Nepal, South Africa, Norway, England, Switzerland, Canada, and throughout the United States. He has also served as an organizational consultant for a variety of schools. Leadership development and support is a theme that runs through many of his books. Dr. Finser serves as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He is the author of Silence Is Complicity: A Call to Let Teachers Improve Our Schools through Action Research Not NCLB (2007); Organizational Integrity: How to Apply the Wisdom of the Body to Develop Healthy Organizations (2007); In Search of Ethical Leadership: If Not Now, When? (2003); School Renewal: A Spiritual Journey for Change (2001); and School as a Journey: The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class (1994), which has been translated into Thai, Korean, and Chinese.