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Who We Are

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is an independent, not-for-profit adult learning institution offering Waldorf teacher education programs and professional development and general interest courses and workshops on Waldorf teaching, Waldorf Education, and the arts.

What We Do

 We provide:

  • Waldorf grades & early childhood certificate programs

  • Fully-accredited Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis from our partner Mount Mary University

  • Teacher Professional Development

  • Adult Enrichment

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

At Great Lakes, the faculty and board are actively engaged in learning about the broader impacts of systemic racism. We seek to be agents for change, specifically in the area of Waldorf education. We recognize that many of the practices in Waldorf education have inadvertently aligned with privileged white thinking. We believe that Waldorf education, with its commitment to social renewal, can work to make deep and lasting change in our teachers, our schools, and our communities.

 

To this end, at Great Lakes we are doing the following:

  • Continuous anti-racism study by our board and faculty

  • Reviewing all courses and overall curriculum to ensure that anti-racism and anti-bias study and learning is happening throughout ​our program

  • Diversifying board, faculty and staff

  • Creating a diversity scholarship fund

Diversity Statement

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Inc (GLWI) is committed to creating a welcoming environment for all students, faculty, administration, staff, board members, and others involved with GLWI. To that end, we actively seek to include, embrace, and celebrate people of diverse backgrounds at all levels of the program.  It is the policy of GLWI not to discriminate against any Individual or group for reasons of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, culture, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, mental or physical disability or veteran status. GLWI actively works to incorporate its commitment to diversity into the curriculum and all aspects of our programming to be reflective of the society in which we live.

If you would like to learn more about Waldorf teaching, teacher education at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, or our application process, we invite you to fill out our Inquiry Formsign up for a meeting with our Director of Teacher Education, Monika Sutherland; or email or call Kira Chard, our admissions coordinator, at admissions@greatlakeswaldorf.org or

(414) 299-3820. To learn more about our Early Childhood program, you can set up a meeting with our Early Childhood Program Coordinator, Lynn Turner.