Parent Education

A Community of Lifelong Learners

At Seattle Waldorf School, education doesn’t begin and end with our students. Our lecture series, community conversations, and book club are just a few examples of ways we support parents with continued learning opportunities.

Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it.

-Marian Wright Edelman

Parent education is an important component of the Seattle Waldorf experience for our families. Open to all families and the larger community, our lectures offer opportunities to learn more about child development, Waldorf education, and other topics that are important to building a better world. We also hold community conversations that allow for more discussion than a lecture and draw upon expertise within our faculty and parent community.

2020–21 Speakers

Dr. Deborah MacNamara portrait

Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Roots of Resilience and Resourcefulness

Wednesday, January 27
6:30–8:00 p.m.

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Dr. Douglas Gerwin

Dr. Douglas Gerwin

The Light: See it, Love it, Be it

Tuesday, February 2
7:00–8:00 p.m.

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Andre Bradford Photo

S.C. Says Poetry

Evening with Empathy

Tuesday, March 16
7:00–8:30 p.m.

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Tiq Milan

Tiq Milan

How We Queer Our Lives to be Free

Wednesday, March 24

5:00–6:00 p.m.

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Dr. Deborah MacNamara portrait

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Tuesday, April 2o
7:00–8:30 p.m.

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Ijeoma Oluo

So You Want to Talk About Race

Tuesday, May 18
6:00–7:00 p.m.

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Registration required

If you have a suggestion for a topic or speaker, please send a message to

Recordings from Past SWS Lecture Series

  • Sex, Youth, and the Internet, presented by Fred Ingham (MA, LMHC, CSAT) on March 23, 2020. Watch video. | Link to slides.
  • Three Tsunamis of the Soul: Teens Don’t Drown If They Can Reach Higher Ground, presented by Douglas Gerwin, P.h.D. on January 31, 2018. Listen to a recording.
  • Communication in the 21st Century, presented by Christof Wiechert on October 24, 2017. Listen to a recording.
  • Weathering Adolescence, presented by Douglas Gerwin, P.h.D., on February 16, 2017. Listen to a recording.
  • Building Strong Foundations for Life, presented by Christof Wiechert on November 3, 2016. Listen to a recording.
  • Easing Anxiety at any Age, presented by Jenni Pertuset on October 11, 2016. Listen to a recording.


Simplicity Parenting: Support for parents in simplifying the home environment, rhythm, and scheduling, and tips for unplugging.

We Nurture Collective: A collection of podcasts rooted in the principles of Waldorf education.

SWS Community Connection Website: Educational Resources


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