News from AWSNA            May 2013
The official e-news of the Association of independent Waldorf schools


AWSNA's Board of Trustees has formally announced the three new leaders who will be taking over the three areas of Administration, Outreach and Development, and Programs and Activities. 


Please read AWSNA Board President Stephan Vdoviak's letter of announcement and also meet AWSNA's incoming new leaders on Why Waldorf Works

Warm Regards,

Patrice Maynard and Frances Kane

AWSNA Leadership

Head, Hands, and Hearts in Detroit
for the 3rd Annual AWSNA Service Weekend


Over 100 students, teachers, parents, alumni, and friends from around the continental Waldorf community gathered at the Detroit Waldorf School April 19, 20, and 21 to pitch in support of this wonderful school - painting, building, planting, and more. This marks the third annual Waldorf-inspired service event. First we went to the Waldorf School of New Orleans, then the Lakota Waldorf School, and now the Detroit Waldorf School. Each year so much gets done! So many hands make the work light and our communities strong.


Read more on Why Waldorf Works 

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Lakota student Do take a ten-minute break from your day to see this excellent TED talk that features Jack Petrash from the Washington Waldorf School in Bethesda, MD, speaking about Waldorf Education from the perspective of his forty years of teaching. 


Read more on Why Waldorf Works 

JOB POSTINGS on Why Waldorf Works



Here are some recent postings: 

MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS TEACHER full-time begins July 1, 2013

Susquehanna Waldorf School


GRADE 4 CLASS TEACHER for the 2013-2014 School Year


EARTH SCIENCE & PHYSICAL SCIENCE TEACHER full-time 2013-2014 School Year

Academe of the Oaks


GRADE 1 CLASS TEACHER 2013-14 School Year
GRADE 7 CLASS TEACHER 2013-14 School Year

EARLY CHILDHOOD LEAD TEACHER part-time 2013-14 School Year


For more job postings and contact information visit Waldorf Job Openings


Please send us your school's employment openings. Submissions should include AWSNA member school or institute name, position that is open, and contact information (email address, phone number, web link to your school). 

Your job listing will be up for three months or until you inform us that the post has been filled (please do let us know so that we can include the information in our "People" section!)  Please send submissions to the web editor at webeditor@awsna.org. Thank you. 

Waldorf Education in the World


Fires in Glasgow and Jarna

Last month, just a few days apart, there were two devastating fires in sister schools and farms. 


The first was in Jarna, Sweden, at the Steiner Farm School and Biodynamic Farm. 70 cows were lost in the fire and in the days following the fire over 1,000 people gathered to make a circle to honor the animals lost in the tragedy.


The second was at the Glasgow Steiner School on March 26. The Glasgow school is now in desperate need of funds in order to remain viable. Here's an excerpt from a letter we received from Isaac Cardwell at the Edinburgh Steiner School: "Last month's fire destroyed the Glasgow school's Victorian building, beautifully restored through years of work by teachers, parents. Now it rents half of a former school building but faces $100,000 for fire-safety installations under recent regulations... the school needs to raise the money quickly, as it cannot open until the work is complete. If it takes too long it will lose pupils, then it can't pay the rent. The place to donate is MY DONATE BT, and type in Glasgow Steiner school under the Charities column."


Please keep these communities in your best thoughts as the recovery continues.


More Global Waldorf News can be found here




More events, plus event details, including contact information, can be found on the Events page of the Why Waldorf Works website. Please make sure to send us your events so we can include them in our calendar. 


June 23 - 28, 2013: Harlemville, NY

The 12 Senses - The Gateways of the Soul. This is the first in a series of Summer Intensives at the Hawthorne Valley School.


Renewal Courses from June 23 to July 5th, sponsored by the Center for Anthroposophy on the campus of High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire


SUMMER INTENSIVES: June 17 to July 12  

Bay Area for Waldorf Teacher Training


June 24-27, 2013: Austin, TX

AWSNA Summer Conference co-Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society

Practical Life, Meditation, and the Waldorf School: The Anthroposophical Challenge.

Hosted by the Austin Waldorf School, Austin, TX


July 8-26, 2013: Milwaukee, WI

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute Summer Intensive 2013


July 9-12, 2013: Chapel Hill, NC

Deepening the Understanding of Waldorf Education for Subject Teachers

Hosted by the Emerson Waldorf School  in Chapel Hill, NC 


July 15 - July 19, 2013 Chapel Hill, NC

Association for Waldorf Music Education (AWME) Annual Teachers Conference

A Musical Journey Through the Grades: Exploring the Pedagogical Foundations of Waldorf Music Education, at the Emerson Waldorf School. 


August 19-21, 2013: Costa Mesa, CA

Back to School Conference with Christof Wiechert

Waldorf School of Orange County 


Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!


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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
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