Conference 2018 took place over MLKing Jr. weekend, January 12-14, and continued the ongoing conversation about widening the circle of students served by Public Waldorf education through a deepening of our knowledge and experience with culturally relevant practices. This year’s keynote speaker Kim John Payne asked the question: Who’s in the Classroom? in order to address the needs of diverse learners. Kim also offered a Pre-conference Workshop on Friday afternoon on The Three Streams of Healthy School Culture that involves building an integrated support process for social inclusion, restorative discipline and learning support.
A free Post-Conference Workshop with Charles Burkam presented the Steps to Membership: Learning Who We Are on Sunday afternoon as we move toward the final from and launch of the Path of Membership process. On Friday evening the conference offered an interactive evening of presentation and conversation on the surprises, opportunities and challenges of our Expanding Field of Public Waldorf Education.
Our traditional Sunday morning Rudi Talks offered A Report on Current Public Waldorf Research by three educators in the field. An Alliance Annual General Meeting took place at the close of the conference on Sunday afternoon to which all are welcome.
With a host of exciting Workshops and Breakout Groups, at our new Public Waldorf school location at George Washington Carver High School of Arts & Sciences, we gratefully thank the staff and students of Carver High school for helping create a smooth functioning and rich conference experience.
This year’s Mini-Grants will be awarded to support the development or growth of Inclusion. The goal is to provide modest funding to fill gaps in a school’s operating budget allocation for programing to encourage inclusion.
The grant range is $500 – $1,000. The deadline for applications is midnight April 1, 2018. Grant awards will be announced on April 22, 2018 (Earth Day) and awarded for the 2018/19 school.
The new winter edition of the Alliance’s news magazine, Confluence, features seven articles by seven members of the Alliance Board or Advisory Board reflecting on the seven Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. To subscribe and receive Confluence in you email inbox sign up here.
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