Keynote Speakers


Florian Osswald

Tuesday: "Do It Yourself - Seek Yourself - Know Yourself"

Friday: "Through You To Me: Living With One Another In Opposition"

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Florian Osswald, from Berne, Switzerland, first studied process engineering. After training as a curative teacher in a Camphill organization in Scotland, he attended the Waldorf teacher training seminar in Dornach, Switzerland. He worked as an upper school science and mathematics teacher at the Berne Rudolf Steiner School for 24 years and has been active internationally as a pedagogical advisor.

Since the beginning of 2011, Florian Osswald has been leading the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach together with Claus-Peter Röh. He is especially active with the work of the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Education and with teacher training questions.

Orland Bishop

Wednesday:  "Waldorf Education after 100 Years: Hosting New Beginnings"

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Orland Bishop is the founder and director of ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation in Los Angeles, where he has pioneered approaches to urban truces and mentoring at-risk youth that combine new ideas with traditional ways of knowledge. ShadeTree serves as an intentional community of mentors, elders, teachers, artists, healers and advocates for the healthy development of children and youth. Orland’s work in healing and human development is framed by an extensive study of medicine, naturopathy, psychology, anthroposophy, and indigenous cosmologies, primarily those of South and West Africa.

Orland describes his work as community building, finding healthy relationships and community.: He defines health as having a social and individual aspect and as the basis to finding purpose in life.

Monique Marshall

Thursday: “In Sunlight and in Soul Light”: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Light the Way for both Teachers and Children"

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Monique Marshall is a graduate of the Rudolf Steiner School of New York City, class of ’86.  A progressive elementary school educator who has been working with young children in independent schools for 29 years, she holds a B.S. in Education from Skidmore College and an M.Ed. from Bank Street in New York City.  Monique is currently a teacher at Wildwood School in Los Angeles, the founder of the school’s diversity group, co-chair of the parent diversity group, and a member of the school’s Multicultural Leadership Team. She is on the board of Southern California, People of Color in Independent Schools, dedicated to supporting people of color in independent schools. 

Monique has presented workshops at the annual NAIS sponsored POCC (People of Color Conference), The Across the Colors conference, PEN (Progressive Educators Network), The Young Child Expo and Conference, as well as at many other independent and public schools.