February 15th – 17th 2019

Mark your calendars for the  2019 Alliance National Conference to be held for a second year at George Washington Carver High School in Sacramento.

February 15-17, 2019, over President’s Day weekend, as previously announced. This change of weekend is based on feedback from schools and conference participants; Martin Luther King Jr. weekend falls very close to winter break; this later date gives everyone a little more breathing room.

We will be addressing the theme of Widening the Circle for a third and final year and are excited to pick up crucial themes of diversity, inclusion, and access to our education.

It requires courage to develop an alternative path on behalf of our children. Join us to explore the importance of inclusive, accessible whole-child education for all children. Participants are invited to reflect and to engage around topics of equity, race, inclusion and the policies needed to support Waldorf education in the public sector.


Dr. Jonathan Raymond, former superintendent of sacramento City Unified school District, and author of Wildflowers. Dr. Raymond will address the perseverance and strategies needed to establish and sustain our schools and the importance of whole-child education for every child.

Luis Versalles, of The Pacific Education group will lead us in an exploration of our inner beliefs and attitudes about race, equity, and inclusion. His work focuses on helping educators to engage in and sustain conversations about race.


We invite proposals for our February 2019 conference. If you are interested in offering a workshop or breakout/discussion group, we want to hear from you!
  • Possible topics include: artistic activities, crafts, aspects of curriculum (e.g. math, language arts, or specific main lesson themes), movement, circle, gardening/nature, child development and curriculum, schools as learning communities, aspects of administration or governance, school community life (e.g. festivals, inclusion, multi-culturalism, community service, working with parents), mentoring and coaching, and broader themes such as anthroposophy and public education.
  • We know we have many talented presenters and much wonderful creative, innovative, and inclusive work in our schools.
  • Decisions on conference offerings will be made by the Conference Committee based on alignment with the conference theme or the Core Principles of Public Waldorf education, needs of our schools, overall balance of our offerings, and a match between the proposal and workshop format.
  • Practical details: Workshops are 90 minutes long; breakout discussion groups are typically 60 minutes. In your proposal please include title, a brief description of content, supplies or equipment needed, maximum number of participants, any special room needs, and intended audience.
  • Please submit proposals at Alliance Proposals
  • For questions, contact Karina Salvesen, Conference Committee Chair, at For consideration for inclusion, submit proposals by October 1, 2018.
Please submit proposals at Alliance Proposals