CONFLUENCE
Spring 2013 Vol. 2 No.3

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FOCUS OF THE ISSUE: LOOKING FORWARD, LOOKING BACK

The madness of May usually finds our school communities in a Herculean effort to tie up all the loose ends and clean out the Augean Stables of the current school year—while at the same time making sure that staff, budgets and new programs are all in place for a strong start in the fall. For the Alliance Board, this time of year seems like the two-faced god Janus, only a Janus teleported into May so that the wistful look backward and anticipatory look forward happen with the bloom of spring rather than the stillness of winter.

Looking back, 2012-13 has been a significant year of growth for our movement. Our numbers have expanded to 45 known schools and initiatives, and we’ve started to see the public impulse move from its spiritual home in the West towards its historical roots in the East…with a few stops in between: schools inspired by the principles of Public Waldorf Education were granted charters in Colorado, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Florida this year and are set to open in the fall.

This year also saw expanded service to the schools. The Alliance initiated a mini-grants program, started Confluence, upgraded resources on the website, provided staff time to pinpoint resources and guide initiatives, set in motion the creation of a support document that aligns the Common Core Standards to the Public Waldorf curriculum (due out this summer), and produced a well-received annual conference that saw record-breaking attendance. Whew!

INSIDE THE ISSUE

  • FROM THE ALLIANCE
    Looking Forward, Looking Back Will Stapp, Alliance President
  • FROM THE FIELD
    What’s Sprouting Daniel Bittleston
  • ALLIANCE NEWSMAKERS
    Kona Pacific School Feeds the Community Victoria Temple
  • LIVING WALDORF
    Waldorf-Inspired Trauma-Informed Care Ida Oberman, Ph.D.
  • THE INTERVIEW
    Growing Waldorf Teachers Thom Schaefer
  • TEACHINGS
    Independent or Public? An Exploration of Teacher Choice Liz Beaven, Ed.D.
  • HAPPENINGS
    Stephanie Skinner