WSP Implements Energy Grant

West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) awarded the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh (WSP) a $25,000 grant to co-fund the installation of an innovative Energy Dashboard that shows real-time energy usage feedback to monitor and display energy use as part of WSP’s Smart Energy Living Learning Lab. WPPSEF is providing this co-funding to collect, measure, and display real-time energy use and building performance data to inform WSP’s future strategic energy efficiency improvements and building upgrades as well as enable hands-on and experiential learning throughout their educational programs and teaching curriculum.

The goals of the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory include:

  • Unlocking knowledge of real-time energy use, which impacts occupant behavior change
  • Creating experiential learning opportunities for WSP students, parents, and faculty; educators in training; visitors to the school; and students from the region during summer camps; and
  • Inspiring other schools in the region to implement similar infrastructure and energy efficiency practices for reduced environmental impact and operational costs, as well as enhanced learning opportunities

“Students want to know how to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.  WSP is compelled to meet the significant need to equip them to solve daunting environmental problems – and, to do this by demonstrating the world’s best green building practices, innovative technology, and curricula standards in a healthy, toxin-free learning space, and by instilling the critical connection between ecological and human health,” shares Kirsten Christopherson-Clark, WSP Head of School.

The Waldorf educational experience ensures that students fully appreciate the impact every person has on their surrounding environment.  To be able to measure the impact of human behavior on the consumption of energy in real-time expands WSP’s mission and further influences behavior change that is mindful of environmental impact. The experiential learning at the Laboratory will inspire students’ thinking and creativity to address solutions to some of our most important challenges today, and educate parents and future teachers about the importance of energy use. 

“Through the Smart Energy Living Learning Laboratory, we aspire to elevate an essential  conversation in the greater Pittsburgh and Western PA communities about the types of energy used to power our schools and the impact on financial resources, the environment, and health,” notes Ms. Christopherson-Clark.

This project is a collaboration between the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, Green Building Alliance’s Green & Healthy Schools Academy, and Energy Assurance Solutions, with generous support from funders including WPPSEF.

The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that invests in the deployment of sustainable energy technologies that benefit West Penn Power ratepayers in Pennsylvania. WPPSEF investments are focused in three broad categories:

  • Deployment of sustainable and clean energy technologies;
  • Deployment of energy efficiency and conservation technologies; and
  • Facilitating economic development, environmental betterment, and public education as they relate to sustainable energy deployment in the WPP service region.

Visit http://www.wppsef.org for further information.

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Infant Class Now Enrolling

Morning Garden Parent Infant Class – Now Enrolling

Each 6 week series in this infant and caregiver class will focus on observation and understanding of  babies’ development and unique personalities, attuning and responding, giving babies space to explore and communicate with one another, and bonding with other caregivers and families.  This will create an early sense of community and sharing for even the youngest Waldorf child. Information shared will include body and brain development, rhythm as temperament, and the meaning of attunement.  Each class will weave observation with some education and awareness building and engagement activities.

Enroll via TADS now!

Families are welcomed and encouraged to attend both Session 1 and 2.
Infant Classes will be held on:
Tuesdays 10:00—11:15

Fall Session
September 19—October 24

Spring Session
April 10—May 15

This year our infant class will be taught by Dawn Penney. Dawn has 17 years experience as a Dance Movement Therapist, a psychotherapeutic approach to whole person health and development.  DMT uses a lens of observation and assessment of movement to understand the inner temperament and needs of even the youngest individual.  She also practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor for both Adults and Children, Yoga teacher for adults, children and families, and teaches about Creativity at Seton Hill University.  Additionally, Dawn created and taught an infant caregiver attunement through movement and rhythm class in Chicago for 4 years before finding her home in Pittsburgh.   Her most important job is as mama to her 3 Waldorf Children. In this class, Dawn will share her passion and understanding of the importance of early infant and child development and attunement, facilitating a special bond and unique dialogue between each pair.

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Join us for Waldifest

Waldifest is an end-of-the-school-year, beginning-of-summer social event for parents and friends of the school. All are welcome! Please click here for more information.

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Waldorf Education Centennial Approaching

A new video about the world-wide Waldorf movement has been created in honor of the upcoming centennial of Waldorf Education, 1919-2019.

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Violin Teacher

The Waldorf School of Pittsburgh is seeking a violin teacher for grades 3-8 for the 2017-2018 school year.  We are searching for a teacher who is comfortable instructing in a heterogeneous class setting. The ideal candidate will have training in music education, the ability to instruct violin, teaching 8-14 year old students, and must demonstrate good classroom management, parent and colleague communication, as well as desire to become part of a Waldorf community.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to employment@waldorfpittsburgh.org.

No telephone inquiries please.

This is a part-time position: $25 per 45 minute lesson, seven lessons a week on Tuesday and Thursday between the hours of 11:00 am and 2:45 pm.

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Facilities and Grounds Volunteer Projects

Contact Brendan Froeschl for more information about assisting with any of these projects.

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