Research and Resources

Alliance Statement on Vaccination

The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education was formed to support public schools seeking to implement principles of Public Waldorf education. Our  member schools are public institutions and are required to follow all relevant local, state, and federal laws. The Alliance does not take a position on legal or political issues, including vaccination or any authorized exemptions; nor does the Alliance engage in any political activity in relation to legislation relating to vaccination requirements and exemptions or other matters.

To the extent that parental choice is authorized by law, our member schools must honor those laws and follow all regulations and requirements for documentation of exemptions.

This statement in relation to the question of vaccination has been provided to all Alliance member schools.

What is a Human Being?

By Charles Burkam

As a part of the newly enacted membership process of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, Schools must do a self-study based upon the 7 Core Principles of the Alliance. Principle One states that “Public Waldorf education is founded on a coherent image of the developing human being.” So what is that “coherent image?”


Formative Assessment Reference List

Compiled by the Pedagogical Committee of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education

In an era of education judged by “standardized accountability” that can often feel misaligned with our pedagogical underpinnings of guiding the growth of the individual child through head, heart, and hands, we offer our gratitude and support of your daily work in meeting this challenge. Public Waldorf schools across the nation are at the forefront of defining themselves as exemplary educational models that value measurement of growth in meaningful, developmental, and authentic ways.

In an effort to support you in developing, enhancing, or re-imagining the assessment practices at your school, the Pedagogical Committee, on behalf of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, has created the following annotated list of resources for your reference. For further clarification on assessment terminology refer to the formative assessment document, entitled, Education Towards Freedom, found under the resources tab on our website. We will continue to develop further offerings in the area of assessment as part of our service to our members.


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

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.