Torin Finser, Antioch University professor and national expert in Waldorf education, will soon travel to various parts of California from September 14 to 16, 2014 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 is 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:
- September 14 at 7:00 pm: The Waldorf School of the Peninsula, Los Altos, CA
- September 15 at 3:00 pm: The San Francisco Waldorf School, San Francisco, CA
- September 16 at 8:30 am: Camellia Waldorf School, Sacramento, CA
- September 16 at 3:00 pm: Davis Waldorf School, Davis, CA
- September 16 at 7:00 pm: Sacramento Waldorf School, Fair Oaks, CA
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 ResearchNot 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.
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