Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Students and Local Seniors ‘Keep Moving’ with Walkathon June 1

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(Berkshires, MA) May 20, 2015—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS), in partnership with the Egremont Council on the Aging, announces the first annual “Go the Distance” walkathon for local elders and students starting at the school and following a one-mile course along West Plain Road. Start time is 3:30pm, Monday June 1, in front of the school at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, MA.

Part of a consortium of 89 towns throughout Massachusetts, walkers from Alford, Great Barrington, Sheffield and Mt. Washington will join walkers from Egremont in this inaugural event that celebrates fun, community and freedom for local elders. Similar events will take place simultaneously in communities throughout Massachusetts. All are invited to attend, and event participation is free. To register for the walkathon, participants should simply sign in prior to walking the day of the event. For more information about the walkathon, contact Bonnie Oloff at bonnie.oloff@gmail.com or (413) 528-5637.

Elders and students keep moving at GBRSS. Students from the school that promotes active learning will join local elders’ “Keep Moving” walking groups, which have been walking this spring in preparation for the “Go the Distance” Walking Challenge. This intergenerational event includes students, faculty, parents and grandparents. Students of all ages are invited to walk with their own grandparents or “adopt a grandparent” from among local elders for the walk.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential education for babies through 8th grade starts with a warm welcome to learning in Parent-Child classes, Pre-K and Kindergarten. On the other side of the 32-acre campus of gardens, fields and woods, the elementary school for first through eighth grade students from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing children for their choice of high school and college. For more information about the school, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org

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To schedule an interview with GBRSS Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins or Egremont Council on Aging chairperson Bruce Bernstein, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org, or (413) 528-4015 x.106.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Inaugural Spring Gala ‘Tulipalooza’

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The Barn at Stonover Farm

The Barn at Stonover Farm

(Berkshires, MA) April 22, 2015—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) will host its first-ever Spring Gala fundraiser Saturday May 9th from 6-10pm in the classic Berkshire hay barn at Stonover Farm, 169 Under Mountain Road near Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. The community is invited to a light-hearted night of live and DJ music, dancing, culinary delights from around the world, plus live and silent auctions to benefit the programs of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. To RSVP, or become a sponsor of the event, contact Jenna Lamond, development@gbrss.org or 413-528-4015 x. 104.

Billed as the “night of 1,000 tulips,” Tulipalooza is the group effort of many local sponsors, with destination Stonover Farm courtesy of owners Tom and Suky Werman, catering courtesy of Chef Marianna Morrison, event design by Ariella Chezar Design, event planning by Shari Cavalier, live music by Quiet in the Head and DJ talents courtesy of Tayo Kaufman.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Hosts Inaugural Spring Gala ‘Tulipalooza’“The groundswell of support for Tulipalooza has been strong from the start,” comments event and GBRSS Development Coordinator Jenna Lamond. “Clearly, the school is surrounded by a talented and generous community delighted to join forces for this night of fun and fundraising.”

Further sponsors for GBRSS Tulipalooza 2015 include Allegrone Companies, Big Elm Brewing, Domaney’s, EverTrue Creative Motion Graphic Design and Animation, FWP “Wood Flooring For Your Soles,” Generation Branding and Communication for Nonprofits, Jess Cooney Interiors and Lucido Fitness.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education for babies through 8th grade starts with a warm welcome to learning in Parent-Child classes, Pre-K and Kindergarten. On the other side of the 32-acre campus of gardens, fields and woods, the elementary school for first through eighth grade students from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing children for their choice of high school and college.
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To schedule an interview or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or 818.287.1237.

Free Puppet Play for Children April 11 at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

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(Berkshires, MA) April 6, 2015—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) finishes the spring series of puppet plays for children ages 2-6 this week with “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11 at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. A free community event. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org

Especially magical and healing for children, puppet plays are part of the curriculum in the Early Childhood program at GBRSS. The storyteller’s calm, rhythmic voice accompanies GBRSS early childhood teachers, who enact the story using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets. The effect is breathtaking to watch and especially powerful for young children, helping to grow their capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning starts with a warm welcome in parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, two nursery (pre-K) programs for young children and mixed-age kindergartens. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and new early childhood openings are available. For more information, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org
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To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org , or (413) 528-4015 x.106.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces 2015 First Grade Teacher Veronica Horowitz

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Veronica Horowitz GBRSS 2015 First Grade Teacher(Berkshires, MA) March 18, 2014—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Veronica Horowitz as first grade teacher for the 2015-2016 school year. A GBRSS graduate, Ms. Horowitz began her teaching career as an intern at the school for the 2012-13 school year. She spent the following year as an assistant in early childhood, and joined the GBRSS Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP) for the 2014-15 school year. During her teacher training this year, Ms. Horowitz interned in first and third grades, and took the current first grade full time for several months while the class teacher was absent on leave. Ms. Horowitz continues her close relationship with first grade, in charge of the afternoon program for the class.

“This is an historic moment in the life of our school,” comments GBRSS Faculty Administrator Michael Junkins. “We are thrilled to have an alumna and pioneering participant of our Waldorf Teaching Apprenticeship Program graduate to become our first grade teacher.” Ms. Horowitz joins the GBRSS faculty with the full support of the Council of Teachers, administration and Board of Directors.

GBRSS is currently accepting applications for first grade for the 2015-16 school year, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” event, with an opportunity for current and potential applicant families to meet Ms. Horowitz, in the GBRSS first grade classtoom Saturday, March 28 at 10:30am. Free childcare is available. To learn more, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015 x 106 or visit gbrss.org

Meet the Teacher—The daughter of a Waldorf teacher who trained at the first Waldorf teacher training program in Stuttgart, Germany, Veronica Horowitz grew up in the Berkshires, where she started in kindergarten at GBRSS with teacher Christine Zelehoski, and continued from first through eighth grade as a student of master teacher Christopher Sblendorio. She attended Monument Mountain High School and went on to graduate from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArts) in Boston, where she majored in Art and Design with an emphasis in fiber arts. Ms. Horowitz is a prolific fiber artist with her own Etsy shop, Every Daisy.

In an interview about her acceptance of the first grade position for next year, Ms. Horowitz said, “I have a great affinity for this school. It really feels like the destined place for me. I’ve visited other Waldorf schools, but this one I hold close to my heart because I’m an alumna. We have a really special school, one that incorporates all the elements you would want in a Waldorf school. So many teachers in this school have taught me, saw me grow up, helped me develop in my education, and now they are my mentors. This is a very exciting experience for me because it comes full circle.”

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires
—At the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, students stay with their community of teachers from first through eighth grade, in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities. In accordance with educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s insights into human nature and the developmental stages of childhood, a rigorous academic curriculum, consistently integrated with fine and practical arts, provides a balanced and engaging education that prepares students for their choice of high school and college, while teaching them to care for themselves, one another and the world.
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To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org , or (413) 528-4015 x.106.

Free Puppet Plays for Children Continue March 21 at Matrushka Toys & Gifts

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(Berkshires, MA) March 16, 2015—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) continues its free series of puppet plays for children ages 3-6 this week with “The Straw Broom,” a story for mud season in the Berkshires about little gnomes who learn how to sweep up. GBRSS early childhood teachers will enact the story using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets. Showtimes are 10:30 and 11:30am, Saturday March 21, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA.

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As spring advances, puppet plays continue on Saturday, April 11, at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood center at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org

Especially magical and healing for children, puppet plays are part of the Early Childhood curriculum at GBRSS. As the storyteller’s calm, rhythmic voice accompanies puppets acting out the story, the effect is breathtaking to watch and especially powerful for young children, developing their capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language in the process.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning starts with a warm welcome in parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, two nursery (pre-K) programs for young children and mixed-age kindergartens. Early childhood classes take place in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and new early childhood openings are available. For more information, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org
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To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org , or (413) 528-4015 x.106.

Free Puppet Plays for Children Starting February 28

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GBRSS Kindergarten Teacher Somer Serpe with Puppets(Berkshires, MA) February 19, 2015—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS)’s Spring Puppet Series for children ages 2 to 6 returns to usher in spring, starting Saturday, February 28, with “The White Bird,” the story of an old couple visited by a mysterious white bird one cold winter’s night. GBRSS early childhood teachers will perform two free morning shows using their own handmade, needle-felted puppets at 10:30 and 11:30am, at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington.

As spring advances, puppet plays continue with “The Straw Broom,” on Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 and 11:30am, also at Matrushka, and “Little Rabbit Finds Spring,” Saturday, April 11 at 10:30am in the GBRSS Early Childhood building, 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Based on an original story by GBRSS kindergarten teacher Somer Serpe, “Little Rabbit Finds Spring” will be followed by playtime in the classroom and an opportunity for parents to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Robyn Coe at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org

Especially magical and healing for children, puppet plays are part of the curriculum in the Early Childhood program at GBRSS. As the storyteller’s calm, rhythmic voice accompanies puppets acting out the story, the effect is breathtaking to watch and especially powerful for young children, developing their capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language in the process.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning starts with a warm welcome in parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, two nursery (pre-K) programs for young children and mixed-age kindergartens. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and new early childhood openings are available. For more information, call Admissions Director Robyn Coe at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org
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To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers or request high resolution images, contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org , or (413) 528-4015 x.106.

Free Puppet Play for Children April 12 at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

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(Berkshires, MA) April 2, 2014—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) presents “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” a puppet play based on a folktale from Ghana, Saturday, April 12 at 10:30am in the Early Childhood building on the school campus at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. This special puppet play for children up to seven years old will be performed by early childhood teachers, followed by playtime and an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. Free. For more information, call Tracy Fernbacher, 413-528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org.

GBRSS Early Childhood teachers present Hollyhock Dream  puppet play

GBRSS Early Childhood teachers present Hollyhock Dream puppet play

Early Childhood at GBRSS—The Early Childhood program at GBRSS is based on the simple yet profound concept that young children learn most effectively through imitation, imagination and meaningful activity. GBRSS early childhood teachers, puppeteers for “Akimba and the Magic Cow,” often use puppetry in their classrooms to help stimulate and develop students’ capacities for imagination, creative play, movement and language. Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School’s warm, developmentally appropriate, hands-on education for students from preschool through early adolescence starts with parent-child classes for babies and toddlers, two nursery (pre-K) programs for young children and mixed-age kindergartens. Early childhood classrooms are situated in their own building, equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. Tuition for nursery and kindergarten programs is based on a sliding scale, and new early childhood openings are available for Fall 2014. For more information, call Tracy Fernbacher at 413-528-4015, ext. 106, or visit gbrss.org.

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Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with GBRSS Early Childhood teachers, please contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or (818) 287-1237.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and Good Purpose Gallery Host Benefit Art Show March 15

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Good Art for a Good Cause at Good Purpose Gallery

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(Berkshires, MA) February 21, 2013 – Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) invites the community to a benefit art show March 15 through April 28 at the Good Purpose Gallery, 40 Main Street in Lee, Massachusetts. Works for sale include paintings, photographs, drawings and ceramics by artists in the community, with proceeds to benefit the programs of the Good Purpose Gallery and the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School. All are invited to meet the artists at the opening reception Saturday March 15, 5-7pm, and join in the festive atmosphere of good works with good purpose, including wine and small bites during the event. To learn more, visit gbrss.org or goodpurpose.org

Art Show Starts Online – The art show will preview online from March 3 – March 14 on paddle8.com, an online auction site. Anyone can register and bid online, and bids will transfer to the gallery on opening night, March 15th. More artwork will be available on the site than the gallery has room to display, so interested art shoppers should be sure to visit both the online and live components of the show. Visit paddle8.com beginning on March 3, and search for “gbrss.”

GBRSS Art Show at the Good Purpose Art Gallery

The Good Purpose Gallery is helping to connect art and education in a meaningful way by integrating the Berkshires’ growing art scene with young individuals on the autism spectrum and other learning differences. The gallery is a component of College Internship Progam (CIP), whose motto is “You were made for good purpose and are inherently valuable.” Founder psychologist Michael McManmon, an artist all his life, had the inspiration to use the creative arts as a mechanism for teaching, learning and growth with CIP students, enriching students’ lives through arts and creativity and providing the opportunity for professional artists to share their skills with workshops, lectures and exhibits. Good Purpose Gallery hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-3pm.

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013 by Berkshire Record Readers’ Choice Awards, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a warm, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning for students from early childhood through early adolescence. Pre-K and Kindergarten classes take place in a specially designed early childhood building equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. On the other side of the 32-acre campus, the elementary school for first- through eighth-graders (from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County) provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing students for their choice of high school and college. One of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and part of a movement of independent schools developed in the early twentieth century by Austrian scientist, educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School operates from the core understanding that engaging all aspects of the human being—intellectual, physical and spiritual—provides a truly well-rounded education.

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Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with GBRSS Development Coordinator Jenna Lamond or Good Purpose Gallery coordinator Eileen Mahoney, please contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or (818) 287-1237.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Announces First Grade Teacher Pamela Giles

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Pamela Giles - Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School(Berkshires, MA) February 18, 2014—<a href=”http://gbrss.org/”>Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes Pamela Giles as first grade teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. An experienced master teacher, Mrs. Giles has been a GBRSS faculty member for over 25 years, successfully graduating three eighth grades, and has served on several pivotal Board committees. GBRSS Interim Faculty Administrator Krista Palmer comments, “As a teacher, Mrs. Giles brings not only her deep insights of the students, but also her passionate vision for the future of our school. By virtue of her experience, she’s building for the future right from the beginning, fortifying her students’ capacities for imagination and learning. She is also wonderfully artistic, connecting all aspects of the curriculum to the child’s feelings and bringing subjects to life, so students are touched by what they learn.”

GBRSS is now accepting student applications for early childhood through eighth grade for September 2014, and will hold a “Meet the Teacher” evening, with an opportunity for current applicant families to meet Mrs. Giles, Wednesday April 2 at 7pm. To learn more, call Tracy Fernbacher at 413-528-4015 x 106 or visit gbrss.org

Primary Education at GBRSS—Pamela Giles grew up in New York City, where she was a student at the first Waldorf school in North America, the Rudolf Steiner School, from kindergarten through twelfth grade. She attended Colby College in Maine and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Empire State College, SUNY Albany. She completed her teacher apprenticeship at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School while teaching handwork, and is an accomplished knitter and avid gardener. Mrs. Giles is involved in the wider development of Waldorf education as a teacher at conferences, as a mentor and evaluator, and this year, pioneered GBRSS’s Teacher Apprenticeship Program. All three of her children also graduated from GBRSS. Mrs. Giles adds, “Here’s what I told my current eighth graders: ‘You’ll be moving on to Algebra II in 9th grade, but I’ll be moving forward by going back to the beginning, to the alphabet, straight and curved lines, and stories.’ I am thrilled about taking a new first grade. I so much look forward to meeting and getting to know the Class of 2022 and their families.”

Waldorf Education in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013 by Berkshire Record Readers’ Choice Awards, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a warm, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning. Students stay with their community of teachers from first through eighth grade, in a progressively deepening relationship that builds on each child’s natural curiosity and the unfolding of each child’s capacities. In accordance with educator, scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s insights into human nature and the developmental stages of childhood, the study of literature and cultural heritage, consistently integrated with fine and practical arts, provides a balanced and engaging education that prepares students for their choice of high school and college, while teaching them to care for themselves, one another and the world.
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Interviews and high resolution images are available. To schedule an interview with Class of 2022 teacher Pamela Giles or Interim Faculty Administrator Krista Palmer, please contact Robyn Coe at marketing@gbrss.org or (818) 287-1237.

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Presents Annual Student Science Fair Feb 26

 

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7th and 8th grade students deliver unique Chemistry, Biology and Physics Projects

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School Annual Student Science Fair(Berkshires, MA) January 30, 2013—Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School (GBRSS) welcomes the community to the 5th annual Student Science Fair and Open House, Wednesday, February 26 at 7pm in the school auditorium at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington. Independent science fair projects, in which students work with a mentor who has expertise in their area of interest, allow a student to choose their own topic from earth science, physics, chemistry or biology. Their project can be an experiment (How do different fertilizers affect plant growth?), an exploration (What are the therapeutic applications of hypnosis?) or a design project (constructing a robotic arm). This year, close to 50 GBRSS 7th and 8th graders will demonstrate projects on diverse topics, including many that concern conservation and “green” solutions to everyday problems, such as how pollution affects coral reefs, building an underwater house and creating a model ecosystem–providing a firsthand opportunity to explore how students learn science at GBRSS. To join the open house the same evening, contact Tracy Fernbacher at admissions@gbrss.org or 413-528-4015, x. 106.

In the GBRSS classroom, science is first and foremost observation—Leading the Science Fair this year is Waldorf teacher Rick Shrum, who studied Marine Biology at University of California at San Diego, and worked as a marine biologist at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He received his MA in Neurobiology from University of California at Santa Cruz. Beginning his PhD, Shrum found out about Waldorf education by attending a Waldorf school fair, where he saw students’ main lesson books open on a table and thought, “Wow, this is a whole different way of looking at science!” He started his career as a science teacher in the Rudolf Steiner High School in Manhattan, and joined the faculty at Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School in 1996, where he specialized in middle school grades, as well as working in the Great Barrington Waldorf High School. Shrum says GBRSS teachers approach science in the classroom “by taking a phenomenological approach, starting an experiment—let’s say the production of hydrogen gas—with the experience of a phenomenon. Students make a detailed observation, and from there, draw conclusions, formulating a concept based on their experience rather than starting with a concept as a given, which keeps their sense of wonder and imagination active. I tell the students, ‘It all starts with a question, and your curiosity.’”

Authentic Learning in the Berkshires—Voted Best School in the Berkshires in 2013 by Berkshire Record Readers’ Choice, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School provides a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to learning for students from early childhood through early adolescence. Parent-Child, Nursery and Kindergarten classes take place in a specially designed early childhood building equipped with natural playthings and surrounded by gardens, fields and woods. On the other side of the 32-acre campus, the elementary school for first- through eighth-grade students (from the Berkshires, northern Connecticut and New York’s Columbia County) provides a balance of rigorous academics and the arts, preparing children for their choice of high school and college. One of more than 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide and part of a movement of independent schools developed in the early twentieth century by Austrian scientist, educator and philosopher Rudolf Steiner, the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School operates from the core understanding that engaging all aspects of the human being—intellectual, physical and spiritual—provides a truly well-rounded education.