Issue 2, #9 October 2009
Dear Friends,

In tandem with the exciting launch of AWSNA's new bookstore, we are delighted to learn that Dragon Boy, the wonderful novel by Donald Samson, was awarded First Place (Gold) in the Moonbeam Best First Books category. The Moonbeam Children's Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.

Dragon Boy, the first of the Star Trilogy, is the story of a boy who is orphaned twice by the time he's nine. He's living on the streets and does not even know his own name. He's not allowed to set foot in the one place he is determined to find work.  To complete the disaster of his young life, he's in love.  The object of his affections is Star, an immense, emerald-green dragon.  But here good fortune finally smiles on him: Star is a Luck Dragon. Suddenly Dragon Boy is admitted as a barn boy into the elite Dragon Compound.  He is given three warm meals a day, work, and even a name.  And best of all, Star takes him on as a secret apprentice. 

The Moonbeam Best First Book award is a wonderful testament to Dragon Boy and to AWSNA publications. AWSNA publishes books that capture the imagination of children and inspire in them a love of books, reading, and learning. We publish books tried and tested in Waldorf schools and their communities- keeping children engaged, enchanted, and filled with wonder.

Warm good wishes through the autumn!

Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard                    Michael Soule
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International Day of Peace Honored

The Waldorf School of Princeton hosted the Folk Tale Puppet Troupe for a performance of "The Queen Bee", on Sunday, September 20 at 2:00p.m. This marionette show was offered free of charge in honor of International Day of Peace. Read more at Why Waldorf Works.
10,000 Sign Petition to Scrap Assessment Tests in UK

More than 10,000 people have signed a petition urging the government to scrap Sats tests in primary schools. Teachers have mounted a campaign to end the tests and are threatening to boycott next year's unless the government promises to end them. They say the focus on testing, and the league tables the results feed into, have narrowed the curriculum and forced teachers to teach to the test, undermining children's learning. "Abolish Sats," says author Michael Rosen. 'They're utterly useless and they drive children, teachers and parents nuts.' Read more Why Waldorf Works

The Classroom of the Future

Several months ago, Architecture for Humanity put designers all around the world to the test in their 2009 Open Architecture Challenge for the Classroom of the Future. The mission? Address the unique issues that schools everywhere are facing in order to provide innovative, cost-effective and sustainable learning spaces for students. Over 400 entries were submitted. The Founders' Award was given to the Corporación Educativa y Social Waldorf (Waldorf Educational and Social Corporation) in Bogota, Columbia. Designed by Arquitectura Justa, the space is unwalled with a central terrace to act as an open-air classroom. The building itself is infused with natural daylight and constructed from natural materials with a strong focus on sustainable design. Read more at Why Waldorf Works.


Upcoming Events

AWSNA Summer Conference Dates Announced

June 22 - 25, 2010: Decatur, GA
Building the Bridge to Adolescence, sponsored jointly by The Waldorf School of Atlanta and Academe of the Oaks. More information coming soon!

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works.

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International Day of Peace Honored
Petition Signed to Scrap Assesment in UK
The Classroom of the Future
Save the Date for the AWSNA Summer Conference
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