AWSNAMay 2011
AWSNA Newsletter
Dear Friends,

We're very proud of Pine Hill Waldorf School graduate, Kerren McKeeman, who explains in an article in The Telegraph how her career in circus arts started with her circus arts teacher, Jacqueline Davis, and has ended with a performing position in Cirque de Soleil! Read more on Why Waldorf Works.


Winning With Waldorf VI, featuring our champion, PGA touring golf pro, Duffy Waldorf, has moved to the northeast region this year. Hosted by the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, the event will be held on June 13 at the Copake Country Club, Copake Lake, NY. Let us know if you'd like to join us.

Also, the spring/summer issue of Renewal is out! In this issue you will find articles about teenagers and the digital revolution, dyslexia, Waldorf curricula, and much more.

Happy spring,
Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard
   Administration     Development & Outreach

Good News About School Choice


At the recent conference on School Choice in Washington DC, Senator Rick Murphy and Advocate Sydney Hay from Arizona, explained to Patrice Maynard how the most recent Arizona law, "Student Savings Accounts," for independent school students in need of assistance in their learning, might help the Tucson Waldorf School retain and re-gather students who have in the past needed services only available in government and government charter schools.  The tide has turned and many states now are passing generous school voucher and tuition tax credit laws that provide funding for those families wishing to send their children to independent and faith-based schools around the United States.

School Choice  


Seven 8th Graders Venture into New Waldorf High School


The newest high school in western New York doesn't have many of the things common in other schools. It doesn't have rows of desks, Regents exams, or even many students. But Aurora Waldorf High School has a committed group of supporters who believe it has something much more important: a bright future.   


Read more on Why Waldorf Works





Ask Waldorf music teacher Dale Stuckenbruck his favorite instrument, and it's quite possible he'll say "the eggplants."  

Tasty Orchestra

Rub two together and they make a squeaking sound like sneakers on a gymnasium floor, or a monkey chanting "ooh ooh ooh." 

Read more on Why Waldorf Works. 



Prairie Moon Waldorf School earns state award for being green

Prairie Moon's curriculum is just one of the many reasons the school was named "Kansas Green School of the Year" by the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education. Shari Wilson, director of the Kansas Green Schools program for KACEE, applauded the school for the way its curriculum incorporates nature and environment, and for how it uses the garden. "It's not about just sitting in a classroom, but it's also about being outdoors and learning some life skills," she said.



Waldorf Education Events and Conferences

Please visit Why Waldorf Works 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

June 24-27, 2011: Garden City, NY
Rudolf Steiner's Unique Understanding of Adolescence
Child Development and the Spiritual Intentions of Waldorf Education
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Selg, M.D.
Dr. Peter Selg, MD, is a youth psychiatrist and spiritual scientific researcher working out of anthroposophy as director of the Ita Wegman Institute in Switzerland. From his deep study of and work with adolescents, he has developed a picture of the profound context out of which true Waldorf Education comes. This conference will delve into Rudolf Steiner's attitude towards the child and into the whole pedagogical challenge which childhood presents, creating a kind of basic reflection about the spiritual core of Waldorf Education. This conference will be of inestimable value for high school teachers, but it will speak just as much to educators of all levels who are fortunate enough to participate!
Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!
Hosted by Waldorf School of Garden City, Garden City, New York

June and October 2011: Chicago, IL
Teaching Sensible Science
The Research Institute for Waldorf Education, SENSRI and the Chicago Waldorf School are offering Michael D'Aleo's course on Teaching Sensible Science beginning in February 2011 at the Chicago Waldorf School.
SESSION 2: Saturday June 18- Friday June 24, 2011
SESSION 3: Wednesday October 5- Monday October, 10 2011
June 2011: Wauconda, IL and San Diego, CA
The 11th Annual Summer Music Conferences 2011
Creative Listening: Towards a Living Musical Pedagogy with Pär Ahlbom
Offering two sessions of the annual ANAWME summer conference:
Session 1 of  2: June 20 - 24 Water's Edge Waldorf School, Wauconda, IL 60084
Session 2: June 27 - July 1 Waldorf School of San Diego, CA

June 26 - July 1, 2011: Ghent, NY
Alkion Center for Adult Education's Summer Intensive
Practical and Fine Arts in the High School - The Shaping of the Soul in Adolescence
Summer Intensive fee: $450 (Register by June 1, $400) materials cost not included
Go to for more information and for an application form.  Inquire about accommodation options.
The Alkion Center is a developing member of AWSNA.

July 2011: Toronto, ON
Encounters with Imagination: A Festival of Arts and Education
The Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto in collaboration with Arscura -School for the Living Arts have invited a team of internationally acclaimed artists and educators to offer a diverse selection of practical and artistic workshops.
Week 1 (July 11-15)
Week 2 (July 18-22)
October 20-22, 2011: Ann Arbor, MI
AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Delegates' Meeting
The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Michigan will once again be hosting the Great Lakes Delegates' meeting.

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works

Find us on Facebook 

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

About Us
awsna logo blue
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
Good News About School Choice
Bright Future for New Waldorf High School
Tasty Music
Events and Conferences
About Us
Quick Links