Issue 3, #1 January 2010
Dear Friends,

We are delighted to announce that during the fall months four member schools completed their process of accreditation [which ones?] and ten other schools submitted interim reports on their seven year, or, in some cases, ten year accreditation process. Accreditation gives independent schools a "seal of approval" for their quality, integrity, and excellence. In all, twenty-eight experienced teachers from independent schools, including Waldorf schools, volunteered their time to ensure the caliber of our schools by participating in the accreditation process. Accreditation provides a fine example of our "Strength through Collaboration."     

Congratulations, and warm good wishes to you all for the year ahead!

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

A University of Otago researcher has uncovered for the first time quantitative evidence that teaching children to read from age five is not likely to make that child any more successful at reading than a child who learns reading later, from age seven.

Read the complete article here.

The New York Times writes about the Forest Kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs

"Fat, cold droplets splashed from the sky as the students struggled into their uniforms: rain pants, boots, mittens and hats. Once buttoned and bundled, they scattered toward favorite spaces: a crab apple tree made for climbing, a cluster of bushes forming a secret nook under a willow tree, a sandbox growing muddier by the minute."

Read more New York Times November 29, 2009


Waldorf Education Growing in Mexico

Teachers, staff, trustees, and parents from Waldorf schools and institutes in Mexico gathered in November in San Miguel de Allende for the annual Waldorf Pedagogical Conference. Hosted by Colegio Rudolf Steiner on their beautiful campus, the conference featured a rich variety of artistic and pedagogical workshops.

Read more at Why Waldorf Works.

Waldorf Education Events and Conferences

Many terrific conferences have been lined up for the first half of 2010. Please visit the Why Waldorf Works website for registration and contact information or for more details. If you have a conference you'd like posted on the site, send the information to

Mid-Atlantic Region
February 12 - 14, 2010: Spring Valley, NY
2010 WECAN Early Childhood Conference
Deepening Our Capacities to Meet the Children in Our Care with Keynote Speaker Dr. Gerald Karnow. This year's conference is the third in a series of three focusing on working with the so-called difficult children. The conference will offer a variety of formats for working with this theme, including a panel discussion and a wide variety of workshops.

Northwest Region
February 13-14, 2010: Whidbey Island, WA
WECAN Northwest Conference 2010
Cradle for a Healthy Life - Birth of Imagination with Dr. Johanna Steegmans, MD
In the second of a three-year cycle, Doctor Johanna Steegmans, out of her understanding of child development, will lead us in an exploration of the growing child as a developing human being. This conference will offer us an opportunity to review and renew our understanding of the true nature of imitation, its manifestation in imaginative play, its effect on the developing senses and its nurturance of the social capacities of the adult human being. In addition, a diverse choice of workshops covering all aspects of early childhood will be offered.

Northwest Region
February 14-17, 2010: Whidbey Island, WA
AWSNA Northwest Pedagogical Conference 2010
Spirit in Matter 3: Imagination as a Tool for Healing w/ Dennis Klocek
A trained imagination is an effective tool for doing inner work when a person wishes to initiate a healing process. To train the inner eye there are several exercises that are useful which will be explored in depth over a series of four lectures. Plus artistic workshops, interest groups, AWSNA and DANA meetings, and an opportunity to connect with colleagues.
February 14 -17: Austin, TX
TMCSR Regional AWSNA Conference
Geography & Spirit w/ guest speakers David Mitchell & Gunther Hauk
Are human beings physically and spiritually affected by their geography? How is geography an expression of living forces and how can we become aware of these forces in our daily tasks as striving human beings? What is the geographic and spiritual uniqueness of your location?

Northeast / Québec
March 19 -21, 2010: Shelburne, VT
AWSNA Northeast/Québec Regional Conference
Crafting Time to Open Space
KEYNOTES: Jon McAlice, David Sloan.
PRESENTERS: Elizabeth Auer, Sueanne Campbell, Elizabeth Dealing, Christopher Diehl-Noble, Connie Gerwin, Lisa Mahar, Virginia McWilliams, Kristin Ramsden, Barbara Richardson, Robert Sim, Pamela Sonn, Michele Starr, Jean Yeager.

Great Lakes / Ontario
March 25 - 27, 2010: Toronto, ON
Great Lakes Regional AWSNA Conference
Exploring the Roots of Being: Experience the world as dynamic relationship with keynote speaker Michael D'Aleo
A conference focusing on seeing the world not as a collection of objects, but of relationships. From this new perspective, we will gain the possibility of finding elegant, sustainable solutions to the problems that face us.

June 7, 2010: Chapel Hill, NC
AWSNA's Winning with Waldorf V
5th Annual Golf Tournament, hosted by the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC

June 22 - 25, 2010: Decatur, GA
AWSNA Summer Conference
Working Together: Building the Bridge to Adolescence
Preparing Students / Meeting the Challenges of Adolescence / Building Vibrant K-12 Programs
How can a school help students develop strong and healthy astral bodies?
What roles do all the parts of a Waldorf school play in preparing for, meeting and building on the passage of adolescence? How are schools working together K-12 to build vibrant middle grades and high school programs? Hosted by the Atlanta Waldorf School and Academe of the Oaks, and promising real southern hospitality on their beautiful wooded sites with splendid gardens in the heart of Atlanta.

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works.

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

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In This Issue
Message and Meaning
Canada: New National Voice in Independent Education
Waldorf Education Growing in Mexico
Waldorf Education Events and Conferences
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