Research and Resources

Why Limit Screen Time?  Research Supports Limiting Screen Time for Young Children


Recently Patti Connolly and Diana Graber, digital literacy educators at the Journey School in Los Angeles, presented research that supports screen time limitations for young children.  The paper was presented to the California Department of Education and may help educators secure a permanent pencil and paper option for students in Alliance member schools in CA, in third through fifth grade, when taking standardized tests.


To read their paper  “Why Limit Screen Time?” 


Public Waldorf Formative Assessment Project


This groundbreaking educational project will provide the tools teachers need for developing whole child assessment. The Alliance will be sharing project updates and resources as they develop.


Find out more about the project itself and about this Public Waldorf approach to assessment by reviewing the documents found here.


Education Towards Freedom: Using Formative Assessment Techniques
The Alliance Public Waldorf Formative Assessment Project
Your school can contribute using this invoice.

Public Waldorf-Common Core Curriculum Alignment and Handbook
The first edition of this seminal work includes Alliance recommendations regarding the placement of Common Core standards in the Public Waldorf Education classroom.
In this extensive document is found an exploration not just “what and when” but also “how” schools can address these standards while remaining true to Public Waldorf Education philosophy and pedagogy.


Parts II and III will also soon be made available for purchase as adaptable word doucments
Part I – Public Waldorf Common Core
Part II – Combined K-8
Part III – Recommendations ELA Math K-8
Part IV – The Handbook

10 Needs for a Healthy Childhood
A widely used parent education resources that provides the foundation for the creation of school culture from kindergarten through the grades.

“What is Waldorf Education?”
Stephen Sagarin
Here we find an in depth history of the principles of Waldorf Education, with a focus on the characteristics of Waldorf Education rather than a rigid definition. The author explores writings from a variety of Waldorf educators in the United States.
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“Waldorf Education in Public Schools”
Laura Pappano in the Harvard Education Letter, November 2011
How the principles of Public Waldorf Education can bring reform as public schools “slow down to go fast”. This article provides an overview of the principles of Public Waldorf Education, with a focus on urban schools.

Public Waldorf Education and School Reform: A Powerpoint
Dr. Ida Oberman
This powerpoint considers what the principles of Public Waldorf Education can offer school reform by sharing some of the methods that are unique to and successful in schools working with the principles of Public Waldorf Education. Test score data from a diverse pool of schools is shared in context with peer like schools. Research about Waldorf graduates is also presented. Here, the principles of Public Waldorf Education become not a thing, not a kind or a brand of education, but a quality of education.

Unpacking the Academic Performance Index (API): A White Paper
Debi Lenny, Andrew Silvert, and Lee Pope
How do Alliance member schools stand up to the STAR testing required by the state? This document illustrates the trends and test results at Golden Valley Charter School in Sacramento where test results exceed state requirements, as they do at charter schools across California working out of the principles of Public Waldorf Education.