TO VIEW CONFERENCE 2017 BROCHURE
Culturally Relevant Practices in Public Waldorf Education
This year’s keynote speaker, Linda Williams, Ed.D., returned in 2015 to teaching the first grade at the Detroit Waldorf School, her school home from 1987-1992. Subsequently, she taught grades 1-3 at the public Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee, WI. Her experience includes serving as the Elementary Program Director of the Waldorf Institute of Southern Michigan, while teaching grades second through eighth. She received her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Education Policy from Michigan State University, and since 2006, Dr. Williams has been professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University.
Other Highlights | Jack Petrash will return this year to offer a Pre-Conference Workshop on Friday afternoon. | Board President Liz Beaven will present the Friday Night keynote address introducing the new Core Principles of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.
IN THIS EDITION
The Future of Public Waldorf Education: How Woodland Star Charter School serves a signifiant and growing population of Latino families and English Learners by Brooke Sevenau | Betty Staley Interviews Linda Williams, Ed.D. on how “All Our Children Are from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds” | Liz Beaven, Ed.D. on The Essential Principles of Public Waldorf Education | Jeff Lough, M.S. on Understanding Special Education in the Public Waldorf School | Mary Gervase, Ph.D. and Mary Goral, Ph.D. on The First International Forum on Public Waldorf Education in China P L U S announcing a special edition of Confluence on The Social Justice Impulse in Public Waldorf Education due out at the January 2017 National Conference
After a summer of collaborative work, the Board of Directors of the Alliance adopted new Core Principles of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education at its September meeting, with the intention that they ensure that “PublIc Waldorf education is ever-evolving, and continuously renewed through practice, research, observation, and active reflection.”
Also, as a part of ongoing efforts with the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), a joint summary of key similarities and differences between Alliance schools and AWSNA schools and principles has been developed, noting that both sets of principles arise from the same source.