Urban Prairie Waldorf School

Parent Education Overview

At Urban Prairie, we consider parent education to be an essential part of the work of our school, and we strive to offer a wide range of lectures, workshops, and experiences.  These events are intended to enrich the parent experience at UPWS and strengthen the bridge between school and home; however, they are not limited to UPWS parents.  We welcome all who are interested in learning about child development, education, and how Urban Prairie brings Waldorf education to life.  

We present a robust parent education calendar each semester.  We realize that parents are very busy and cannot attend all events.  If you can come though, please do.  You will not be disappointed!  Please direct all questions regarding Parent Education events to Heather Berhalter.


2015/16 Parent Education Calendar


Film Series:  Screenagers

September 24, 7pm

Join us for a screening of this award-winning film about the perils of growing up in the digital age.  The filmmaker takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including her own, to explore struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant, and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.


Kim John Payne, “Social Inclusion and Building Resilience”

October 6, 7pm 

Kim will explore why certain children get picked on while others bully; how to make teasing guidelines children understand and use; how to talk with your children about social exclusion issues. Most importantly, the workshop looks at how to develop a whole community approach that reflects Urban Prairie’s approach to social inclusion. 

Biography Workshops

January, February, April

Raising our children often unwittingly reminds us of unfinished business from our own childhood and youth.  In this series of three biography workshops, we will look at some of the milestones of human development in the first three seven-year phases of  life and consider, through activities and conversation, how our experiences of these milestones have shaped the adults and parents we are today.  This workshop is highly recommended for all parents!

Experience UP

January 21, 8:30am-12:30pm

This is a wonderful opportunity to gain a greater understanding of how our students learn and what the curriculum looks like in different grades.  Teachers are offering classes ranging from Norse Mythology to Chemistry.  Sign up now reserve your classes.

Film Series:  Beyond Measure

April 22, 7pm

Beyond Measure sets out to challenge the assumptions of the current education story.  Rather than ask why students fail to measure up, this film asks us to reconsider the greater purpose of education. What if our education system valued personal growth over test scores? Put inquiry over mimicry? Encouraged passion over rankings? What if we decided that the aim of high school was not the transmission of facts or formulas, but the transformation of every student? And what if this paradigm-shift was driven from the ground up? By students, parents, and educators?  The High School Working Group will host a discussion afterwards.