Social Inclusion at the Vancouver Waldorf School

Last August we hosted a two day workshop with Kim Payne for teachers and staff, identifying and understanding attention, emotional, and behavioral issues in the classroom and sharing elements of the Social Inclusion Program. The comprehensive Social Inclusion Program involves the implementation of structures and training over a three year period, and provides an explicit way for teachers and parents to work together on developing a whole community approach to issues such as:

  • Acceptable and unacceptable teasing, and how to make teasing guidelines children understand and use,
  • Trauma and cumulative stress reaction and its significant impact on the learning, social and emotional life of children,
  • Facilitation of class and home meetings around social exclusion issues,
  • Active engaging of students in developing and implementing the Social Inclusion Approach,
  • The deeper aspects of antisocial behavior,
  • Why certain children are targeted and why others are aggressive,
  • Different approaches for different ages and the role of story, play, drama and art.

We will begin to understand a step-by-step guide to implementing the Social Inclusion Approach, a tried and proven method. By expressing disapproval while not seeking to give punishment and apportion blame, but rather deal with the matter openly, not judgmentally but firmly, this approach involves and encourages:

  • The fostering of a ‘telling environment’,
  • The children and parents feel free to speak up knowing this will not place the targeted child in further danger or get the aggressor in trouble,
  • The aggressors do not gain status for their negative actions,
  • Encourages and exemplifies how a positive caring approach can be effective.

The commitment to implement this program that has been designed specifically to support the developmental approach to education that lives in the Waldorf curriculum, is a progressive and positive step toward health and wholeness, something all Waldorf schools will need to do to become active participants in educating modern children.

We are thrilled to continue our work Kim Payne this week, and to be presenting his lecture: “No-Maybe-Yes Years: Preparing for Parenting Tweens and Teens” on Friday, January 19. More information will be forthcoming over the next weeks and months.

About Kim Payne

Kim John Payne has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many people are now experiencing. He offers doable ways to realize the hopes and values we all have for ourselves, and build deep connections with our children that gives families resiliency and simple joy.

A consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.

He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Thailand and China. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is the Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Together with his team they have trained around 1000 Simplicity Parenting Coaches around the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability, an organization that has trained thousands of teachers, parents and students in the Three Stream Process that gives social, emotional and behavioral support to children who struggle in the school environment.

In addition to authoring the #1 Best Seller Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kid, published by Random House Penguin in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press ,The Soul of Discipline (2015 Random House/Penguin), co-authored Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™. and Being At Your best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst (Shambhala Press 2017). His books have been translated into 27 languages.

He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.

Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He is lives on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.