Issue 1, # 11 December 2008
Dear Friends,

The Research Institute for Waldorf Education has recently published the Survey of Waldorf Graduates Phase III. This latest publication, compiled and written by Douglas Gerwin and David Mitchell, represents the third phase in an ongoing study of Waldorf high school graduates.

The first two phases of the project explored issues of college life, professional occupations, and personal values and lifestyles of North American Waldorf graduates spanning six decades. The results of this earlier research is summarized in the first article of this new collection, and linked to parallel surveys of Waldorf alumni from German, Swiss, and Swedish Waldorf schools.

This new collection also includes an updated version of a pamphlet first published some years ago as The Results of Waldorf Education, which offers a succinct distillation of both statistical and narrative research into the outcomes of Waldorf Education.

Copies can be purchased from AWSNA Publications: Why Waldorf Works.

Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard                    Michael Soule
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AWSNA Annual Report

Our Annual Report for the year 2007-2008 can be read on-line! We are delighted to offer to you this picture of our work, which represents the community of Waldorf schools on the continent of North America.  In addition to our deep gratitude to all the many generous supporters listed in this report, our gratitude is deeper still for our many schools and the tireless work of their communities for the children entrusted to their care.

Read more Why Waldorf Works.

No Child Left Inside

The Waldorf School of Princeton has recently become the first school in the area to join the No Child Left Inside Coalition. The initiative represents 800 members throughout the country who are finding new ways to encourage children to experience nature and learn about the environment. The coalition seeks to combat what is termed a nature deficit among children.

Read more at Why Waldorf Works.


Siskiyou School completes 'green'
classroom buildings

The Siskiyou School in Ashland, Oregon, has just finished building energy-efficient seventh- and eighth-grade classrooms, the result of a $400,000, six-week capital campaign among its 125 families. The feat is a milestone for the Waldorf community, which in past decades has gone through two earlier dissolutions before finding and building on its present Clay Street property. Read more  Why Waldorf Works.
Two Conferences in the Northwest in February!

WECAN Northwest Conference
February 14-15: Eugene, OR
Cradle for a Healthy Life: The First Three Years of Childhood with Johanna Steegmans, MD

 AWSNA Northwest Pedagogical Conference 2009
February 15-18: Eugene, OR
Imagination in Teaching: Exploring the Myth of Me with Dennis Klocek

Both conferences are at the Eugene Waldorf School, Eugene, Oregon.

Find out details at Why Waldorf Works.

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About Us
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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.

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

In This Issue
AWSNA Annual Report is on line!
No Child Left Inside
Siskiyou School Completes Green Classrooms
Two Conferences in Feburary
About Us
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