News from AWSNA              April 2012
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From April 19 through 21, 53 volunteers from our Waldorf community of current 8th grade students from the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, parents, staff and alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, Board members, and AWSNA's current Board of Trustees will gather to work at the Lakota Waldorf School. Lowe's Lumber has contributed materials for a deck, a play house, an Lakota tipiouthouse, and a classroom loft.

Teachers at the Denver Waldorf School are dyeing silk for curtains for the classroom to be made. The AWSNA Board will hold its spring meeting in a tipi.

This is the second annual service weekend sponsored by AWSNA. As was pLakota childrenossible at the Waldorf school of New Orleans last year, the Lakota Waldorf School stands a chance to be transformed in a weekend with heads, hands and hearts working together for positive change. We even have staff from New Orleans coming up to "pay it forward" with us.

Think of us from wherever you are!  Strength through collaboration never had such a productive proof point as this!

                          Frances Kane             Patrice Maynard 

   Administration           Development & Outreach


Teaching Without Distraction


Ottawa Waldorf School-boys playingThere are no computers at the Ottawa Waldorf School. No iPads, interactive whiteboards or flat-screen televisions either. Headphone wires don't dangle from ears and pockets aren't stuffed with smartphones. Students here don't even have calculators. The only apples and blackberries used at this small private school are baked into pies that are cut into pieces as part of a lesson on fractions.  

Read more: Why Waldorf Works.


Waldorf Alumni Night


With strength through collaboration Waldorf Goes To Washington (D.C.): Please Join Us for a Waldorf Alumni Night!


All WALDORF Alums (of one sort or another) from any Waldorf School EVER - If you are in DC, please join us on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at:  

R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink)

810 7th St., NW

Washington, D.C. 20001



Co-sponsored by AWSNA (Assoc. of Waldorf Schools of North America),

Waldorf School of Princeton, Kimberton Waldorf School, Waldorf School of Baltimore, the Washington Waldorf School, Green Meadow Waldorf School, 

and the Waldorf School of Garden City.


Food and a private room will be provided. Cash bar. Bring your business card for a raffle! You must be 21 years of age to attend. Grads and non-grads are welcome!


RSVP to alumni@princetonwaldorf.org  

The Impact of Screen Media on Children:
A Eurovision for Parliament


An intriguing and informative article in one of the world's most reputable medical and scientific journals urges the European parliament to address the issue of excessive screen time for children and to take a stand. Screen time, the author claims, is a

medical issue. Research published that the amount of time children spend watching TV, DVDs, computers and the internet is linked with significant measurable biological changes in their bodies and brains that have significant medical consequences. Given that children undergoing key stages of development are spending increasingly large parts of their lives watching screen media, the EU must take a serious interest and establish a view on the matter.  


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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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 or any other newsletter


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  

                   Minneapolis, MN 55404                                       Chatham, NY 12037
                   612-870-8310                                                      518-392-0613