Widening the Circle: Culturally Relevant Practices
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.
Core Principles of the Alliance of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education
The 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.