What is the Research Circle?
Members of the Research Circle come together regularly to share their experiences and learnings in the wide variety of systems that intertwine with the system of education.
Many members of this circle were a part of the original u.lab 2x team formed in Autumn 2021 and some have joined more recently. All have a commitment to using the principles of Theory U to contribute to the shift of our education systems toward Education 4.0, whether it is through consulting with organizations, teaching children, or sharing the fruits of their activities through writing.
We are dedicated to a collaborative co-sensing process focused on the emerging future.
From Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA
I have 25 years experience teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds in all kinds of K-12 schools and programs, creating environments that link educational and spiritual equity. I’ve sat with older adults and folks living with Alzheimer’s as a mindfulness-based interventionist researching dementia, cortisol, and the mind beyond words. Currently I study and practice healing and integrating intergenerational and collective trauma through social presencing and spend summers at an equine assisted learning day camp designed for children experiencing homelessness. I’m thrilled to be exploring how to co-create institutions that grow and support lives of meaning and purpose, and am way more comfortable having folks get to know me in community than by reading a bio like this.
From Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
Dr. Marsha Tongel has worked professionally in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development/Organizational Behavior; specializing in organizations created and led by women. She teaches in the graduate School of Business at Northcentral University and Point Park University. Dr. Tongel is also Principal of Metanoia Consulting-TCG, providing innovative and quality organizational, leadership and change management services, and tools to help organizations to manage transition and change. And she is the thought leader behind Legacy Wisdom School, a multi-discipline, multi-generational and multi-ethnic learning program that prepares children and youth in new ways to deal with current and emerging critical issues to help them evolve into the type of problem solvers, leaders, designers, and communicators needed to address global social, economic, and environmental issues.
From Playa Del Ray, California USA
David M Green is involved in many grassroots projects to empower citizens with tools for a healthier community. He is particularly interested in the tools and techniques that allow people to co-create in harmony. David facilitates a Prescencing Inst hub on Reimaging Learning, a Spiritual Book Club and co-leads Humanity Awareness Initiative, a community spreading tools for increasing self awareness.
From Melbourne, Australia
I am a mother of three adult children and grandmother of one 3 year old girl. I live on the Mornington Peninsula 1.5 hours from Melbourne. Attended teachers college for children from k-8. travelled and taught children in Greece, UK and Israel. Taught in Ed faculty for more than 20 yrs Uni of Melbourne. Postgrad studies in Futures allowed me to use and understand systems and spiritual perspectives in my thinking and work with educators now. I am a part of the Hub Host Holding team for the PI and support hub hosts in the Southern Hemisphere. I also produce and sell Endangered Australian Animal puppets and train adults to use the puppets to reconnect children, and adults with the natural world through story and puppetry.
From Denver, Colorado USA
I’m Bernadine Clark ~ learner, teacher, reader, writer, explorer of the human experience. I taught in US public schools (K-8 and adults) early in my professional life. More recently, I’ve taught English to university students and teachers in Ukraine, Poland, and Mexico, created professional-development sessions for in-service English teachers abroad, written curricula for university English-language programs abroad, and worked with US Peace Corps volunteers and host-country nationals in South Africa. I’m interested in cultivating peace in service to nurturing resilient, open-hearted individuals and strong communities that engage civic, environmental, and business sectors and those on the margins of society as a collective which recognizes and values every being and Earth as our home as integral resources… My other logocentric professional experiences involve work in public libraries, public radio, and book publishing. I currently work with international students in the US as an English-language tutor and consult with former colleagues abroad. I look forward to our time together in U. lab 2x as we get to know each other and discover meaningful, innovative ways to collaborate and take action toward the highest future possibility of what being educated can mean.
Maria Del Rosario Villasana
From San Francisco, California USA
Rosario Villasana, M.A., is Department Chair of the Child Development & Family Studies department at City College of San Francisco. She is an Early Childhood Consultant, director/trainer of the LifeWays en Español teacher/caregiver program and trainer with the Program for Infant/Toddler Care (WestED). Rosario is a member of the Board of Directors of LifeWays North America and serves on committees at City College of San Francisco. She enjoys travelling and has conducted training and staff development in Rudolf Steiner based education in China and Mexico and throughout the United States.
From San Francisco, California USA
Liz Beaven, EdD, has over 35 years experience in Waldorf education, from multiple perspectives including class teacher, school administrator, adult educator, school consultant, researcher, writer, parent, and grandparent. She is the President of the Board of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and Provost of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She sits on the Ideal Learning Roundtable, a national group drawn from a number of developmentally based approaches with a commitment to equity, access, and high quality early childhood care and education for all children.
From Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
Rosemary McMullen, PhD in English literature, was a university educator for several decades and works as an independent writer, researcher and editor. Publications include poetry, fiction, and essays. She is certified in poetry therapy, family constellations, biodynamic agriculture, primary and secondary Waldorf education. She has taken ULab courses since 2015.
From Los Angeles, California USA I’ve been following and pondering trends in the holistic education space and its growth and struggles vis a vis the mainstream education project since the 90’s. I was part of founding teams for the first two public Waldorf charter schools in Los Angeles. My focus with the u.lab 2x 2021 project is the goal of creating societal awareness about whole child education practice as the essential leap towards humanity’s great evolutionary challenges.
I live in Freeport, Maine with my husband, Jason. Collaborating with others to transform the system of public education from the inside out and toward de-colonizing, healing, and empowering is my intention as a part of this team. Currently I am the Executive Director of Education Action Forum of Maine. Waldorf educator, school leader, project manager, mentor, organizer, art therapist, volunteer, mother, wife, daughter, friend, artist, marketing professional, and dog mom are all titles I’ve used or been given. B.A. Art, Mount Holyoke College; M.Ed., Antioch New England University; Transdisciplinary Therapeutic Arts, Tobias School for Art and Therapy in East Grinstead, UK; Certificate in School Management and Leadership, Harvard Business School / Harvard Graduate School of Education.