Issue 1, # 9 October 2008
logo
Dear Friends,

William Ward crossed the threshold on Sunday, October 5, 2008. A beloved class teacher at Hawthorne Valley School since 1976, William's sense of humor, personal warmth, wisdom, and courage inspired generations of children. He was cherished by his colleagues and friends and will be deeply missed.

He is the author of 'Traveling Light - Walking the Cancer Path,' a personal account of his journey through his illness.

At the end of the book, William writes:

"As we part, here at the edge of Death Valley, I feel like an old prospector handing over a weather-stained chart. 'You take this map, sonny. Where I'm goin' I won't be needin' it no more. But while you're here on the earthly plane, I want you to know there is water, the water of life, deep down, right here. Yonder, atop Solomon's knob, is the Mother Lode-pay dirt, pure gold, the sun's tears. The way up is steep. Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. Up on top you can see forever. Goodbye, God bless and good luck!'"

And goodbye, God bless, and good luck, dear friend.

Farewell and Godspeed.

Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard                    Michael Soule
    Administration      Development & Outreach       Programs & Activities

To read more about William Ward please go to Why Waldorf Works.
News

Inspired Business Marketplace!

The Inspired Business Marketplace is a new source on the Why Waldorf Works web site. You, the consumer, can link quickly to businesses supporting Waldorf Education through our Why Waldorf Works web site. Tell your school store to contact us and take part! This service links communities and individuals with businesses and resources that offer goods and services that make your life - and the earth's - better. Visitors will be able to search by category or by business name and the cost is irresistibly low.

Read more
Inspired Business Marketplace
News

Alumni Project

Thanks to a generous grant from the Waldorf Schools Fund, we're getting ready to launch an alumni section of the Why Waldorf Works web site. In January a freshman from Bennington College, Henry Lyons from the Summerfield Waldorf School, interned in our office for five weeks to help in the preliminary research.  Later in the year a Waldorf alum who attended both the Great Barrington Waldorf High School and the Honolulu Waldorf School, Samantha Stier, interviewed many graduates ranging in age from 18 to 72.  Her research uncovered  existing online systems already in use by Waldorf alumni, significant  interest from alumni in using an AWSNA site for a gathering place. We'll keep you posted! Please send us your ideas.

Why Waldorf Works
News

Waldorf Teachers Job Listings

A beautiful new web site that post job listings for schools and teachers is now available. David Kennedy, a class teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School, who initiated this important web site, says, "We had over 15,000 page views in our first month, far beyond our projections. After only 30 days we reached the point where we thought we would be after six months or a year. Over 300 people a day are visiting WaldorfTeachers.com." Job listings are updated 24/7, year-round, and can be searched across all listings by school, grade, or keyword.

Find the link by going to Why Waldorf Works.
Events

The Canterbury Tales

The Highland Hall Community Players present The Canterbury Tales - a staged reading by Amy Brenneman, Saul Rubinek, Bruce Weitz, Fred Goss, Jim Ortlieb, and directed by Bruce Davidson. The two performances, on October 25 and November 1 will benefit the Highland Hall campaign for new buildings and will be performed at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center Theatre in Pasadena.

Please visit our Events Listings by going to Why Waldorf Works.

You are welcome to send us Waldorf-related events for posting on our web site.

About Us
 
awsna logo blue
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.

Please contact us if you have any questions about AWSNA or this newsletter.

In This Issue
Inspired Business Marketplace
Alumni Project
Waldorf Teachers Job Listings
The Canterbury Tales
About Us
Quick Links