AWSNANovember 2011
AWSNA Newsletter
Dear Friends,

We are all thrilled by the tremendous amount of media attention the New York Times article generated. The latest was CBS's report on the Waldorf School of the Peninsula on November 10. Here's an excerpt:  


"At the Waldorf School of the Peninsula, first grade students shuck corn and build a garden, while fourth graders explore the philosophy behind Celtic knot drawing. In a high school humanities class students read their own poetry, while math students work with a compass and protractor. 'The school isn't really anti-technology. It's more that the teachers really think about when the technology will actually benefit the class,' said Jack Pelose, a freshman at Waldorf." Read the entire report Why Waldorf Works.   


It's been a thrilling few weeks - do send us your stories and news so we can share them through our website and our FaceBook page.  

Warm Thanksgiving wishes to you all, 


Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard
   Administration     Development & Outreach

Preschool Tests Take Time Away  

from Play - and Learning


Here's an excellent article in November's issue of Scientific American:   


The trend in early education is to move from a play-based curriculum to a more school-like environment of directed learning. But is earlier better? And better at what?


Read more on Why Waldorf Works.   

Fairytale Straw Bale Cottage is a Charming
Waldorf Preschool in Cuernavaca, Mexico

A straw bale classroom in Cuernavaca, Mexico is actually a Waldforf preschool that was designed and built with the help of the local community over an 8 week period. Laboratorio Arquitectura Básica Mx led workshops and building sessions to raise the roof on this strawbale building, bringing the community together in a really positive way. The teacher of the Tecilli Classroom requested that the school be like a fairy tale building with curved walls, round windows, and playful details. The end result is an adorable, organic, natural, and healthy building.


Read more: Why Waldorf Works.  




Meet the Scots GP Helping the Outback People

Waldorf alum Dr. Mary Fortune (Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School) recently returned from working in the Australian Outback, where she says the Aboriginees who live there are more often than not homeless and malnourished, and have been all but forgotten by the Australian Health Service. Her vital work in the Outback was first filmed for a two part documentary, shown in 2009. Last month a follow-up BBC series, called Dr Fortune's Australian Casebook, showed her returning once more, this time to work in the Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service, based in Kununurra.  


Good School Guides

The "Good School Guides" for UK students says that the "underpinning Steiner-Waldorf education is a belief that children should be enthusiastic about, and enjoy, learning for its own sake; not to pass exams. As a result enquiry and exploration are encouraged." 


A new publication for 7- to 12-year-olds, based on anthroposophic principles, is intended to be 'a refuge for the imagination in a loud and boisterous world,' says its editor, Rinat Primo. Read more Haaretz October 14, 2011


Read more: Why Waldorf Works



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


October 24, 2011: Chestnut Ridge, NY    

Money as a Force in the World - Sustainability and Responsibility

Workshop from 9am to 4pm, culminating in a public round table in the evening from 7pm to 9pm. Mark Finser, John Bloom, Don Shaffer, and Scott Williams among others will be presenting.


November 4, 5 & 6, 2011: Wilton, NH


Annual Conference on Adolescence for middle and high school teachers.

Keynote Speakers: Jon McAlice, Marisha Plotnik, and John Wulsin


November 29, 2011: San Rafael, CA

A Phenomenology of Gossip Lecture by Dorit Winter

Gossip attracts and repels simultaneously. It creeps through  communities; voraciously seeking tidbits to fuel itself, inflaming ill will. Where does it get its power? How can it be thwarted?

January 21, 2012: El Sobrante, CA

Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Visiting Day

See classes in session. Meet students and teachers.

Saturday from 10am -1pm at the East Bay Waldorf School.

January 24 - February 14, 2012: El Sobrante, CA

Understanding and Working with Temperaments A Parent Conversation Group with Dorit Winter

This course will introduce you to the four temperaments, and explore practical applications of this unique insight into the human being.

Tuesdays from 8:45 - 10:15am at the East Bay Waldorf School


February 9th, 2012: San Rafael, CA

Healing Through Singing Lecture by Christiaan Boele

Thursday at 7:30-9:00 pm

Lecture held at Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael, CA 94903

February 18-20, 2012: East O'ahu, HI
Waldorf Regional Schools' Conference:
Enhancing Creativity in Teaching with Dennis Klocek
The task of teaching requires balancing three different domains in order to keep the creative juices flowing in the classroom. This set of lectures will address working with students, parents, and colleagues by describing meditative exercises that can be used to develop creative strategies. Topics will include the pedagogical law, approaches to curriculum, developing living picture thinking, the sentient body and the maturation process, the role of discipline, sleep and dream, and the formation of leading questions.

Hosted by the Honolulu Waldorf School


February 23-25, 2012: Tiburon, CA

Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training A New Impulse - Third Conference

Inner Activity/Outer Demands: Waldorf schools and Waldorf teachers are greatly challenged today by the growing pressures from parents and society in general, to be more main stream: performance benchmarks, more conventional organizational and leadership forms, a strong focus on academics...This conference with Claus-Peter Röh will address the profound sources which can help us keep our bearings as we deal with the 21st century pressures that affect us and our schools.

March 15 - 19, 2012: Austin, TX (Spring Session)

Spacial Dynamics Inservice Training Program

The course includes Spacial Dynamics exercises, Bothmer Gymnastic exercises, sports, indoor and outdoor games, track and field, exercises for the classroom, tumbling and acrobatics, archery, fencing, circus arts, juggling, group building exercises and dance. Also included are posture exercises, movement observation and analysis, teaching methods, therapeutic hands-on techniques, and remedial applications.

Hosted by the Austin Waldorf School 

April 19-22, 2012: Kyle, SD
AWSNA Service Weekend on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota at the Lakota Waldorf School (LWS) and the Oglala Lakota College (OLC)
Save the dates and join us there! All alums are welcome to join us: parents, teachers, board members, administrators, former AND current students, and grandparents.

For more inofrmation please contact:

Anamyn Turowski or Tel: (518) 672-7878

Outreach & Development Office
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) 65-2 Fern Hill Rd, Ghent, NY 12075 

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works

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