Winter Confluence Focus on Core Principles


The new fall edition of Confluence features seven articles by seven members of the Alliance Board or Advisory Board on the seven Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education.  To subscribe and receive Confluence in you email inbox sign up here.



At the Annual Conference in 2017, a Friday night keynote address was given by Alliance Board President Liz Beaven on the Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education. A colorful poster articulating the seven Core Principles was distributed to each attendee. Copies had been mailed to all member schools. Small group discussions were organized for participants to reflect on two of the Core Principles and share how they are in evidence in their school community.  The Core Principles will now serve as the centerpiece of the Alliance’s Self-Study process that member schools will conduct on the Path of Membership for a sub-license as a Public Waldorf school.

For a Word document version of the Core Principles

Best of Confuence Special Edition


A 32-page Special Best of Edition of Confluence, the Alliance’s twice-yearly news magazine, featuring articles reprinted over seven years of publication from 2011-2017, has been printed in hard copy.  To view the magazine on-line click here.  To order copies for your school library or quantities for distribution, email the Alliance office at


2018 Conference
at Carver High School



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The Alliance’s 2018 conference took place over MLKing Jr. weekend on January 12-14, continues 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 keynote speaker Kim John Payne will ask the question: Who’s in the Classroom?  in order to address the needs of diverse learners.  Kim is also offering 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.


On Friday evening, we offered an interactive evening of presentation and conversation on the surprises, opportunities and challenges of our Expanding Field of Public Waldorf Education.  A free Post-Conference Workshop with Charles Burkam took place on 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.


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 will also take place at the close of the conference on Sunday afternoon to which everyone is welcome.


A host of exciting Workshops and Breakout Groups took place at our new Public Waldorf school location.  We gratefully thank the staff and students of  George Washington Carver High School of Arts & Sciences, for their support making this conference possible.

Honoring Betty Staley











A Celebration of 50 Years in Waldorf Education


On March 4, Lindon Hall at the Sacramento Waldorf School was the scene of a retirement party in celebration of the extraordinary life of Betty Staley.  In attendance were Betty’s three children, dozens of colleagues spanning her years of teaching children and adults, and a room full of Betty’s students from across five decades.  It was a joyous evening full of story telling and a slide show depicting the founding of the high school at the Sacramento Waldorf School.


ClicBetty's Booksk here to read a biography of Betty’s life in Waldorf education that was published in booklet form as a gift for all attendees at the celebration.  It includes a the covers of many of the books Betty has published over the years to share her leanings with colleagues and parents.


You can also read an interview with Betty in the Spring 2017 issue Confluence about the significance of the Waldorf high school curriculum and experience.