News from AWSNA              March 2012

Once again, AWSNA is proud to officially endorse Screen-Free Week (April 30-May 6). This is the annual celebration where children, families, schools, and communities turn off screens and turn on life. Nationally, children spend far too much time with screens: an astonishing average of 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older children. We all know that excessive screen time is harmful for children - it's linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, attention problems, and the erosion of creative play.

Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is a wonderful way to help children lead healthier, happier lives by reducing dependence on entertainment screen media-including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. By encouraging children and families to unplug, Screen-Free Week provides time for them to play, connect with nature, read, daydream, create, explore, and spend more time with family and friends.

Join with us in working to have a completely free-of-screens week to emphasize the importance of this effort.

                          Frances Kane             Patrice Maynard 

   Administration           Development & Outreach


CNN reports on Waldorf Education
CNNPublicity about Waldorf Education after the New York Times article last fall that focused on low-tech education in a high-tech world continues to grow! The latest is an excellent report by CNN reporter Dan Simon.

Read more: Why Waldorf Works.

Waldorf School Wins Waste-Free Lunch Challenge in Canada

Halton Waldorf School

A Burlington, Ontario school has been named a winner of a waste-reduction contest. The Halton Waldorf School in the Orchard community is one of the 30 schools recognized by the organizers of the Waste Free Lunch Challenge. Developed by the Recycling Council of Ontario (RCO) last October, nearly 800 schools entered the challenge, which was launched to mark National Waste Reduction Week.  "Since the success of the Waste Free Lunch Challenge, I always have enthusiastic volunteers to help with the recycling each week," said Grade 4 teacher Suzanne Hill. The school promoted Waste Free Wednesdays after the challenge and is now going one step further with Waste Free Weekdays.



Read more on Why Waldorf Works.  

NOLA workers2The Techno-Savvy Favor a Non-Tech Education, at Least for their Kids

Huffington Post Education: John M. Eger, Professor of Communications and Public Policy and Director of the Creative Economy Initiative at San Diego State University, writes about Waldorf Education, referencing media and screen-time, as well as other positive factors about the curriculum.



Read more on Why Waldorf Works.  

Healing Through Education 

A Waldorf parent blogs about discovering Waldorf Education for his children. He contrasts Waldorf with traditional public schools, pointing out the lack of technology in the classroom and the hands-on learning approach. He also includes an informational video, entitled "Why Waldorf," produced by the Marin Waldorf School, that further shows the beauty of Waldorf Education.   

Read more on Why Waldorf Works.  

How You can Help to Further
Waldorf Education
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We want to remind you of some ways you can further Waldorf Education in North America: Sign up to receive the enews and on the Alumni Corner on 
Why Waldorf Works to stay informed about Waldorf news; find us on Facebook; support your local Waldorf school every way you can; use GoodSearch (instead of Google) when surfing the web. You can also support AWSNA online on Why Waldorf Works. Thank you for your commitment to Waldorf Education!


Read more on Why Waldorf Works.  



Visit our Events page on  Why Waldorf Works to learn about what's happening in the world of Waldorf Education. Some highlights include:    


AWSNA Service Weekend on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota at the Lakota Waldorf School and the Oglala Lakota College 


2012 Handwork Research Conference


Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training Summer Intensive


2012 AWSNA Summer Conference: June 23-29

Working With Young People Answering the Call of the Future


Learn -Work -Share: A new Youth Initiative for 16-30 year olds runs from July 4-21st 2012 at the Rudolf Steiner Health Center in Ann Arbor.   


2012 Association of North American Waldorf Music Educators (ANAWME) Summer Music Conferences


RSF Social Finance's The Economics of Education


Please send us your events so we can include them in our calendar. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Leader of Association Administration              Leader of Association Outreach and Development
Frances Kane                                                     Patrice Maynard
fkane@awsna.org                                              pmaynard@awsna.org
2344 Nicollet Ave S.                                           38 Main Street  

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