Spring Board Meeting in Monterey

Front row from left to right:  Mary Rudd, Helene Brodsky-Blake, Cassandra Bridge, Mary Goral, Rainbow Rosenbloom and Charles Burkam. Back row from left to right:  Victoria Temple, Chamomile Nusz, Liz Beaven, Daniel Bittleston, and Chris Topham.

 

 

The Alliance Board of Directors and Advisory Board members met for the annual Spring board meeting to guide the work of the Alliance into the 2018/19 school year.

 

Items on the agenda included a review of all Alliance work, a focus on the ongoing Path of Membership process, and a review of the status of the first schools to complete the process:  Desert Marigold School in Phoenix, AZ and Sebastopol Charter School in Sebastopol, CA.

 

Also, Mary Rudd was appointed to join the Alliance Advisory Board as a new member at this gathering.  Welcome, Mary!

 

 

2018 Mini-Grant Awarded to Birchtree!

Alliance Mini-Grant Awarded to Birchtree Charter School in Alaska

 

 

This year’s Alliance Mini-Grant was designed to fund projects fostering inclusion in Alliance schools of any age or stage of development.  The grant was awarded to the Birchtree Charter School in Palmer, Alaska. The decision was difficult with so much innovation and development around inclusion taking place in Public Waldorf schools around the United States.

 

Thank you to all the schools that submitted applications; there is no shortage of inspiring projects around inclusion and we wish we could help fund them all.

 

Birchtree Charter School will be utilizing the funds to develop a ukulele program to help bring the joy of playing an instrument to students who struggle with fine motor skills and playing the violin. With a population projection of over 20% special needs students for the 2018/19 school year it is the goal of their music teacher to meet the needs of all of her students no matter their learning challenges. The inclusion of ukuleles will deepen the theory and practice of Public Waldorf education for the over 400 students who attend school at Birchtree. The Alliance is excited to fund this innovative project that works to expand inclusion for struggling music students.

 

 

 

Winter Confluence Focus on Core Principles

WINTER 2017 CONFLUENCE IS HERE

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.

 

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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

 BEST OF CONFLUENCE

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 alliance.public.waldorf@gmail.com

 

2018 Conference
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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

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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.

January 12-14, 2018 Save the Date!

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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 of Membership for a sub-license as a Public Waldorf school.

 

Best of Confluence!

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 alliance.public.waldorf@gmail.com

 

Waldorf 100 – The Film

FALL 2017 CONFLUENCE IS HERE

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.

 

100th Anniversary of Waldorf Education

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The 100th anniversary of Waldorf education will soon be here!  The first Waldorf school opened its doors in September 1919.  Today Waldorf education is a global movement with schools in over 60 countries.  To view a documentary film created in preparation for the centenary anniversary go to Waldorf 100 – The Film and share the link with colleagues and friends.

 

As Alliance member schools we will have the opportunity to join a worldwide centennial celebration scheduled to occur in the 2019-20 school year.

 

The Alliance is represented on the North American 100th anniversary planning committee that is in turn connected to an international planning committee.  Look for updates on plans for participation in events and celebration as we move towards the anniversary.

 

Spring 2017 Issue of Confluence

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IN THIS ISSUE

 

THE INTERVIEW   Confluence editor Chip Romer interviews Betty Staley on celebrating her 50th Anniversary as a Waldorf educator:  A Life Devoted to Waldorf Education

 

TEACHINGS   Jack Petrash offers a teacher’s reflection on Election 2016: What Do We Say to Our Children? 

 

FROM THE FIELD   Alliance President Liz Beaven reports on a visit to the Community School for Creative Education in Oakland, CA and her conversation with Dr. Ida Oberman: Fidelity & Flexibility 

 

NEWSMAKERS    Alliance Treasurer Charles Burkam interviews Lydia Whitham on her process of Founding a Public Waldorf High School in Washington, D.C.

 

FROM THE FIELD  Alliance Administrative Coordinator Victoria Temple reports on how how educators in Massachusetts — including colleagues at The Waldorf School of Lexington — are striving to meet the social mission of Waldorf Education in Many Rivers, Once Source.

 

FROM THE ALLIANCE   Liz Beavens offers an update on what to expect next On the Path of Membership in the Alliance as a Public Waldorf School

 

HAPPENINGS    Shares news of interest in the movement and offers resources for teachers.  To share news from your school please contact Victoria Temple at alliance.public.waldorf@gmail.com