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.

 

Core-Principles-Poster-Final

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.

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

 

Registration Begins on December 1

Featured

 

 

 

 

 

 

To Access the Conference Brochure for Details

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION BEGINS ON DECEMBER 1

 

The Alliance’s 2018 conference that takes 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, Liz Beaven will offer 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 will present 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 will offer 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.

 

With a host of exciting Workshops and Breakout Groups, and our new Public Waldorf school location at a George Washington Carver High School of Arts & Sciences, we look forward to an inspirational weekend of growth, collaboration and making new connections across or movement.

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

Waldorf-100

 

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.

 

Honoring Betty Staley

Betty-for-web

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Core Principles of the Alliance of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education

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

 

Spring 2017 Issue of Confluence

Confluence banner

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Mini-Grants Proposals Due On April 1

school garden

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.

 

TO REVIEW THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 

 

 

Spring 2017 Confluence Out on April 1

Confluence banner

 

SPRING 2017 CONTENTS

 

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. To read Betty’s biography go to A Celebration of Fifty Years in Waldorf Education.

 

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 Witham 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.

 

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE?

Stay in touch!   Click the NEWSLETTER link above and sign up to receive Confluence magazine two times a year, and a monthly Happenings eNews in your email inbox!

Fall Confluence 2016

Widefall-2016-1st-pagening the Circle:
Diversity / Equity / Innovation

 

IN THIS EDITION

  • 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