2014 Conference Highlights

Develop strength
To teach
Selflessly.

Gather courage
To face
Destiny.

See by the light
Of the undefined rebel
Of the future.
– Stephen Keith Sagarin

2014 was the largest Alliance largest conference on record with 225 participants and 40 presenters!
Keynoters provided a new perspective that took us out of the trenches and into a truly global perspective.

One highlight was the closing remark of international pedagogical leader Martyn Raswon who stated boldly, “When I return to Europe, I will highly recommend that all Alliance schools be added to the international list of Waldorf schools!”

Find out more about what our paradigm shifting keynoters had to say:
From Stephen Sagarin

 

From Martyn Rawson

 

COMING SOON: Live conference footage including filmed keynote addresses.


For full details download the 2014 Alliance Conference Brochure

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Keynote Presentations:
Martyn RawsonMartyn Rawson
An international guest and author of many books including “the big yellow book” entitled The Educational Tasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum.
Stephen SagarinStephen Sagarin, Ph.D.
author of The History of Waldorf Education in the United States: Past, Present and Future and faculty chair at Great Barrington Waldorf High SchoolVisit Stephen Sagarin’s blog WHAT IS EDUCATION at http://ssagarin.blogspot.com/
Pre-conference:
Martyn Rawson
Pre-conference on Friday afternoon from 1:00- 5:30 PM with Martyn Rawson International Perspectives on Waldorf Essentials 

Using his book and his global experiences guides, Martyn will lead an experiential and social afternoon that takes participants on journey into the heart and soul of Waldorf curriculum. Practical, informative, and provocative, the international perspective on the “essentials” of Steiner education, which this event will offer, is sure to leave participants well rooted in their pedagogy and philosophy, yet free to bring the education in a way that fits their community. Teachers, administrators and board members alike can use this renewed understanding of the essentials in making curriculum and policy decisions for their schools.

Recommended text: The Educational Tasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum, by Martyn Rawson

Post-conference:
Eugene SchwartzEugene Schwartz
Post-conference on Sunday from 2:30-8:00 PM with Eugene Schwartz
Facing the Present, Engaging the Future

Eugene Schwartz has been a Waldorf educator and consultant for almost 40 years.

Learn more about Eugene’s work at: http://millennialchild.com/

PART 1: FACING THE PRESENT Explore the ramifications of Waldorf charter schools throughout the Waldorf move- ment. A variety of themes will be covered as together we look at the three streams of Waldorf education in the U.S. and seek to unite them. Key topics of Part 1 include fund- ing and freedom; state tests and their effect on children and teachers; public Waldorf schools as bridge between private schools and home schools; and, reflections on the first hundred years of Waldorf education.

Part 2: ENGAGING THE FUTURE Is the future already present? The second half of the post-conference will fo- cus on the following themes: importing pedagogy, out- sourcing governance; from sustainability to resilience; and, thoughts about the second hundred years of Wal- dorf education.

Join us for this lively event, which promises to be full of provacative lecture and engaging dialogue.

CONFERENCE OFFERINGS
Workshops
Workshops offerings based on last year’s feedback will include form-drawing, history through the grades, painting for beginners, practical arts, movement and games for the classroom, the arts in middle and high school, anthroposophical study, early childhood arts, therapeutic work, business and administrative policy, and more.
Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions for teachers and administrators will offer a chance to share practical resources around key issues.
Eurythmy
Eurythmy with Alice Stamm
Singing
Singing with Eva Cranstoun and Kate Janzen
Debate Night
Debate Night with skilled teams including our keynoters and distinguished colleagues
Film Clips
Film clips featuring scenes from Eugene Schwartz’s new film Considering Waldorf
Cost:
Conference fee: $150 for Alliance members, $200 for non-members (both include Saturday lunch) when paid by January 1, 2013
Pre-conference workshop fee: $35
Post-conference workshop fee: $35

CONFLUENCE
Winter 2014 Vol. 3 No.2

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FOCUS OF THE ISSUE: SOCIAL MISSION OF PUBLIC WALDORF EDUCATION

Something’s changed. It was palpable this January as we gathered from around the country at the Alliance’s annual conference and dug deeper into the question of our social mission. Attendance was bursting, up 20% from last year. Five schools were recognized for opening their doors this school year alone, many from the East Coast. We’ve spanned the continent!

Martyn Rawson and Stephen Sagarin, keynote speakers with substantial international and American independent Waldorf credentials, both underlined creativity, flexibility and the importance of grappling with the essentials as we meet the children who stand before us. At times throughout the weekend, even the construct of independent Waldorf and Public Waldorf Education seemed to evaporate, and we became just a gathering of educators wrestling the zeitgeist of the times and the whisperings of our collective future. Unlike past years, Stegman Hall stayed full until the very end. Many, including myself, were hesitant to leave. It was a moment requiring a profound pause…

INSIDE THE ISSUE

  • FROM THE ALLIANCE
    Something’s Changed Will Stapp, Alliance President
  • SOCIAL MISSION
    In Service to the Community Chip Romer
  • FROM THE FIELD
    Blue Oak Charter School
    Credo High School
    George Washington Carver School of Arts and Sciences
    Pine Forest Charter School
    Winterberry Charter School
    Woodland Star Charter School
  • FROM OUR CONFERENCE CHAIR
    250 Supporters of Public Waldorf Education Attend Conference 2014 Marianne Kennedy, Conference Chair
  • TEACHINGS
    The Undefined Rebel of the Future Stephen Keith Sagarin, Ph.D.
  • THE INTERVIEW
    Martyn Rawson on International Perspectives on Waldorf Essentials Will Stapp
  • LIVING WALDORF
    Developing the Will to Meet the World Victoria Temple
  • HAPPENINGS
    Stephanie Skinner

CONFLUENCE
Fall 2013 Vol. 3 No.1

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FOCUS OF THE ISSUE: INITIATIVE

I hope you all found recuperation, regeneration and inspiration over the summer and are starting the year with vigor and enthusiasm. 2013-14 is shaping up to be a big, if not watershed, year for the Public Waldorf Education movement… I expect that the vigor will really come in handy!

As we go to press, I’m inspired by the collaborative Alliance effort that is providing membership with a very useful tool that aligns the new Common Core Standards with the Public Waldorf Education developmental curriculum. Many thanks to our Pedagogical Chair, Allegra Alessandri for serving as Alliance point person on the project and to Bob Anderson and Liz Beaven for the meticulous thought and attention to detail that produced it.

INSIDE THE ISSUE

  • FROM THE ALLIANCE
    A Watershed Year Will Stapp, Alliance President
  • FROM THE FIELD
    Pioneering Pennsylvania School Opens Victoria Temple
    Waldorf Education for All in Grants Pass, OR
    Mountain Phoenix Community School Soars Dr. Donna Newberg-Long
  • IN MEMORIAM
    Arline Monks Betty Staley
  • NEWSMAKERS
    Robert Anderson: On Aligning the Common Core Standards with the K-12 Waldorf Curriculum Chip Romer
  • HAPPENINGS
    Stephanie Skinner

CONFLUENCE
Spring 2013 Vol. 2 No.3

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FOCUS OF THE ISSUE: LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

The madness of May usually finds our school communities in a Herculean effort to tie up all the loose ends and clean out the Augean Stables of the current school year—while at the same time making sure that staff, budgets and new programs are all in place for a strong start in the fall. For the Alliance Board, this time of year seems like the two-faced god Janus, only a Janus teleported into May so that the wistful look backward and anticipatory look forward happen with the bloom of spring rather than the stillness of winter.

Looking back, 2012-13 has been a significant year of growth for our movement. Our numbers have expanded to 45 known schools and initiatives, and we’ve started to see the public impulse move from its spiritual home in the West towards its historical roots in the East…with a few stops in between: schools inspired by the principles of Public Waldorf Education were granted charters in Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Florida this year and are set to open in the fall.

This year also saw expanded service to the schools. The Alliance initiated a mini-grants program, started Confluence, upgraded resources on the website, provided staff time to pinpoint resources and guide initiatives, set in motion the creation of a support document that aligns the Common Core Standards to the Public Waldorf curriculum (due out this summer), and produced a well-received annual conference that saw record-breaking attendance. Whew!

INSIDE THE ISSUE

  • FROM THE ALLIANCE
    Looking Forward, Looking Back Will Stapp, Alliance President
  • FROM THE FIELD
    What’s Sprouting Daniel Bittleston
  • ALLIANCE NEWSMAKERS
    Kona Pacific School Feeds the Community Victoria Temple
  • LIVING WALDORF
    Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Informed Care Ida Oberman, Ph.D.
  • THE INTERVIEW
    Growing Waldorf Teachers Thom Schaefer
  • TEACHINGS
    Independent or Public? An Exploration of Teacher Choice Liz Beaven, Ed.D.
  • HAPPENINGS
    Stephanie Skinner