Following a tradition of 40 years of January meetings,
delegates from schools and institutes recently gathered with the Association
leadership in Pasadena, California. The rewarding task of continuing to strengthen
ties between schools and to share insights into the Association's activities
and accomplishments is a highlight of every year. This year we collaborated on the newly
revised "Path to Membership Handbook," we provided input into a survey on the
effectiveness of association activities, and our new messaging strategy was
presented. The commitment of Waldorf schools across the
continent to a transformational education and social renewal was once again
revealed in an inspiring, collegial, enjoyable gathering.Frances Kane Patrice Maynard Michael Soule Administration Development & Outreach Programs & Activities
How Green Are
aspect of Waldorf Education is a commitment to nurture and sustain the natural
world. Through curriculum and activities
such as gardening, composting, and student-managed recycling programs, students
learn to become stewards of the environment in which they live.
This is implicit
in every Waldorf school.
But what about
the explicit commitment to being eco-friendly in Waldorf schools and
communities? Curious about this, and wondering if AWSNA could perhaps be of
service in helping schools become more ecological, we sent a Green Survey to
Waldorf schools and associated programs around the country in order to get a
picture of their levels of commitment.Read more
Strengthening Our Message to the World
A gift has made it
possible for us to work with a public relations firm, Churchill, and Company, Ltd. to unify our
message so that Waldorf Education continues to become stronger and even more
recognizable. After a year of focus groups, discussions with delegates, research,
trials, and many refinements, a warmly-received presentation was offered at our
January meeting. Tools in the form of a launch kit will be provided to schools,
including graphics, typefaces, core distinguishing characteristics, and core
benefits to identify schools affiliated with AWSNA and Waldorf Education. We
hope the cornucopia of phrases and descriptions will help schools avoid
re-inventing descriptors each time copy must be written. The insightful donor who
made this possible was commended heartily by our appreciative schools. As one school
administrator responded, "This will easily save our school thousands of
dollars" - multiply this by all our schools and this is truly worth a million.
PGA Golf Pro Duffy Waldorf
Tees Up For Waldorf Education
Winning With Waldorf III is set for June
9, 2008, in Birmingham, Alabama, hosted by the Redmont School and taking place
at the beautiful Farm Links Golf Course. Our PGA champion, Duffy Waldorf, will
be there to tee off to success again. More information will follow, but save
the date and plan to join us for a great day of celebrity golf.
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|The Association for Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is a not-for-profit membership organization that supports independent Waldorf schools, initiatives, and teacher training institutes, and promotes Waldorf education throughout North America.
Waldorf education is a holistic and developmental approach that integrates academic, practical and artistic elements as it addresses the changing needs of the growing child and maturing adolescent. Waldorf schools engage the heart and hands as well as the mind with a lively, experiential curriculum rich in the basics, literature, history, languages, the arts, the social and natural sciences and technology.
AWSNA provides leadership to schools by facilitating resources, networks and research as they strive towards excellence and build healthy school communities. The Association performs functions that its member schools and institutes could not do alone, including outreach and advocacy, accreditation and school support services, professional development activities, research and publications.
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