305 Educators Attend National Conference






Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Practices featuring Dr. Linda Williams

The Alliance’s 2017 Annual National Conference will take place on MLKing Jr. weekend, January 13 – 15, at Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA.  Online registration begins on December 1. Full details will be posted on both the Alliance and Steiner College websites on November 1.


lindawilliams2This year’s Conference features keynote speaker Linda Williams, Ed.D., who served as a class teacher at the Detroit Waldorf School from 1987-1992, after which she taught grades 1-3 at the public Urban Waldorf School in Milwaukee.  Returning to Detroit, Dr. Williams became the Elementary Program Director of the Waldorf Institute of Southern Michigan, also teaching grades second through eight. She received her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching and Education Policy from Michigan State University.  In 2006, Dr. Williams became professor of Teacher Education at Eastern Michigan University.  In 2015, she returned to the Detroit Waldorf School as the first grade class teacher.  We are excited that she will bring her rich experience in the classroom and with teacher training to our Conference on Culturally Relevant Practices in Public Waldorf education.


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.

Reprinted from Waldorf Today






A Charter School Perspective


By Donald Samson


Is it possible for a public Waldorf charter school to reflect the same depth, joy, magic and artistic as well as academic excellence as a private Waldorf School? Can a public charter develop a classroom culture that is equal in its manifold layers to what we find in the private sector?


Can public charter teachers take on the mantle of the Waldorf teacher with its demanding, yet rich inner life and equally demanding active outer life? Although many think that the jury is still out, those of us who work in these public charter schools would reply with a resounding Yes!


The following article was published in early March online in Waldorf Today.


We highlight it here with permission.  The article was written by Donald Samson (dsamson@juniperridgeschool.org), Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Juniper Ridge Community School (juniperridgeschoolco.org) that is located in Grand Junction, CO.

To read the full article