Roadmap to Literacy

Creating an Artistic and Effective Language Arts Curriculum in Grades 1-3

Summer Intensive with Janet Langley and Patti Connolly

August 5-7, 2019; 8:30 am-5:00 pm Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

One of the most important tasks lower grades teachers face in the early grades is teaching students the fundamental language skills that underlie all future learning. Over the three days of this intensive, Janet and Patti will offer teachers a comprehensive, well-organized roadmap through the five key phases their students must master to become literate. Specifically it will delve into the reasons why teaching students how to read and spell in English is such a challenge and will provide clear guidance on how teachers can meet this challenge with knowledge and creativity. Janet and Patti will share with participants how to:

  • Teach the basic concepts and skills students need to learn in each phase, including the essential phonics rules that serve as the foundation for learning to read, write, and spell and learn English grammar
  • Prepare comprehensive lesson plans based on the developmental needs of each grade, introducing new concepts in an imaginative and lively way
  • Lead fun and effective practice activities and create classroom learning materials to help students solidify skills
  • Easily assess the efficacy of your literacy program and meet common remedial issues

This intensive is based on the research that comes out of the recently published book of the same title by Janet and Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl. It represents over five years of research and writing.

Fee: $350 if you register by June 15, 2019; $375 after June 15. Fee includes workshop sessions, materials for making classroom learning resources, daily snacks, and lunch. In addition, all participants should  purchase the book and read sections 1 and 2 before the workshop begins.

Register by July 1, 2019. If you have questions, please e-mail Patricia Bennett-Bigham at Click to download a flier.


Janet LangleyJanet Langley has been involved in Waldorf Education for over 30 years, first as a parent and then as a class teacher. Besides taking a class 1st-8th grade and another 3rd -8th grade at Cedar Springs Waldorf School, Janet has taught adult education courses for RSC and for the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training. She has also supported the Waldorf movement through school leadership workshops, faculty mentoring, and evaluation. With her colleague, Patti Connolly, Janet created the Waldorf teacher resource: and has recently, co-authored The Roadmap to Literacy: A Guide to Teaching Language Arts in Waldorf Schools Grades 1 through 3 with Jennifer Militzer-Kopperl.


Patti ConnollyPatti Connolly, mother of two Waldorf graduates, began her Waldorf career as a founding parent at the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Northern California and two years later became a class teacher there for 12 years. Janet Langley became a fellow class teacher at the school in 1993 and since then the two have been immensely enriched and blessed by their collaborations, most recently with the writing of The Roadmap to Literacy. Since 2004, along with her husband, a fellow Waldorf educator, Patti has combined her love for travel with her dedication to Waldorf education, working far and near as a kindergarten teacher, subject teacher, student support teacher, education director, teacher evaluator and mentor, and teacher educator in California, Colorado, Nigeria and Zanzibar. Presently she is the student support teacher at the Waldorf School of the Roaring Fork in Carbondale, Colorado.