Mini-Grants Proposals Due On April 1

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2017 Alliance Mini-Grants to Focus on School Gardens

The deadline for submitting a proposal is midnight on SATURDAY, APRIL 1, 2017


GRANT RANGE:  $500 – $1,600


The Alliance Mini-Grants program is intended to deepen the theory and practice of Public Waldorf education.  Any Alliance member school at any stage of development is eligible to apply. The goal is to provide modest funding to fill gaps in a school’s operating budget allocation for a school garden programming.





Spring 2017 Confluence Out on April 1

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Chip Romer interviews Betty Staley on the 50th anniversary of her life in Waldorf education that includes foundational leadership of the Public Waldorf school movement.


Jack Petrash ponders how to best serve our children and school communities in the age of Donald Trump.


Charles Burkam shares his conversation with Lydia Whitham on the new Public Waldorf High School in development in Bethesda, MD.


Liz Beaven reports on her recent visit and interview with Ida Oberman at the Community School for Creative Education in Oakland, CA.


Victoria Temple interviews the educators at Cairn Hill, on their support of Public Waldorf education via after school and pre-school programs in the greater Boston Area.


From the Alliance reports on the Path to Membership process leading to the licensing of Public Waldorf schools, and Victoria Temple reports in Happenings the news from member schools.



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305 Educators Attend Alliance Conference on MLKing Weekend

Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Practices 

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305 educators from across the country attended the Alliance’s Annual National Conference over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA. Linda Williams’ two keynote addresses on culturally relevant practices in Waldorf education, Orland Bishop‘s Sunday morning “Rudi Talk” on his work in the Watts community of Los Angeles, and Jack Petrash‘s pre-conference workshop for class teachers, were well appreciated. The annual conference continues to grown and serve as a significant strengthener and unifier of the Public Waldorf school movement.



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Core-Principles-Poster-FinalThe 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 have 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 to Membership for a sub-license as a Public Waldorf school.


Also, as a part of ongoing collaboration 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 their core principles has been developed, noting that both sets of principles arise from the same source.

Fall Confluence 2016

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  • 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 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


Core Principles of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education

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 Board & Advisors Meeting, with the intention stated in the introduction to the seven core principles that they serve to 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.

Fall Confluence Out on October 31

The Fall Confluence will address key themes of the 2017  Conference. THE INTERVIEW will feature Betty Staley speaking with Dr. Linda Williams. The TEACHINGS article by Jeff Lough will look at special education best practices in Public Waldorf schools. Editor Chip Romer will report FROM THE FIELD on a roundtable discussion with five school leaders about their multi-year process of welcoming Hispanic students into Woodland Star Charter School in Sonoma, CA. Daniel Bittleston will report on developments at one existing school and two new initiatives designed to serve African American students in LIVING WALDORF.   Sign up to receive Confuence!



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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 (, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Juniper Ridge Community School ( that is located in Grand Junction, CO.

To read the full article 

Alliance/AWSNA Joint Venture Committee Renews Agreement

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In March, the Boards of Directors of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and the Association of Waldorf School of North America signed a letter renewing the mandate of the Joint Venture Committee, formed one year ago, to implement the service mark agreement that acknowledges Public Waldorf education.


The Committee’s is made of up representatives of both organizations who support the highest priorities of each organization as they pursue their common objectives.


To read the letter


To access the Alliance Logo for your school’s website 

Annual National Conference 2016 at
Rudolf Steiner College

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This year we offer 14 workshops and 14 breakout groups across two
campuses, at both Rudolf Steiner College
and the Sacramento Waldorf School.



To view the conference brochure with workshop details go to



Alliance Member $175     Non-Member $225 when paid by January 1
Alliance Member $200    Non-Member $250 when paid after January 1
   Pre-Conference Workshop & Post-Conference  $50 each