• Record attendance! Nearly 250 teachers, administrators, board members and parents representing public Waldorf schools spanning the east coast to the west coast and everywhere in between participated in this revitalizing weekend.
• The second annual Silent Auction generated $1,300 in grant funds that will be matched and then allocated in the 2014 grant cycle.
• Bonnie River reminded us all that our work as Waldorf educators is a true calling, a vocation of spirit and service.
• Liz Beavin brought us renewed understanding of child development and the Waldorf curriculum. She left the participants wanting more!
• Betty Staley continued, through story and legend, deeper into our own inner work, which lies at the heart of Waldorf teaching.
• Rudi Talks begged the question, “How will our schools reach out to the ‘new majority’ so that our movement may reflect the diversity, not just the unity ,of our communities?”
• Pre- and post-conference workshops were well attended by those seeking a longer and deeper conference experience. More to come next year!
• Workshops were stellar! “Practical, profound, renewing, and rewarding” were the words most often heard in the feedback we received.
• New Break-out sessions for special interest groups developed collegial connections that will continue to work together all year, sharing resources.
• An intimate plenum to close the conference brought attendees and keynoters closer together through deep and rich question and answering.
• Representatives from 8 new public Waldorf initiatives form Oregon and Idaho to Massachusetts and Illinois were welcomed into the exponentially growing movement.
• Kate Janzen of Janzen Music and George Washington Carver High School brought a fresh face and true harmony to our singing each day.
• Alice Stamm and morning eurythmy, which this year took us on a journey of poetry through the grades!
THANK YOU to Marianne Kennedy, Conference Committee Chair, and to all who volunteered helped make this event a success.
See you in 2014!
We’ll continue to work toward the deepening of public Waldorf education as we offer keynotes and workshops for both seasoned Waldorf educators and those new to the work.