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


In the spirit of Michaelmas, I invite all our member schools to participate in the international WOW-Day - Waldorf One World Day. On September 26 students, teachers, and Waldorf Education communities from all over the world will get involved in ways to support other children and teenagers in Waldorf initiatives around the globe.


This is the fourth year that the international WOW-Day has inspired Waldorf communities to help in this way. Last year, creative solidarity campaigns were held in more than 240 Waldorf schools in 32 countries. Through artistic activities or one-day jobs children and adolescents raised money for Waldorf facilities in urgent need of help.

Beverly Damico
Do you have something you'd like to offer? 


Read more about Waldorf One World Day on our website


Warm regards, 

Beverly Amico

AWSNA Leadership 

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Waldorf Education on CNN


Recently, DR. SANJAY GUPTA, CNN's chief medical correspondent, gave a warm report on Waldorf Education. "Parents all over, they wring their hands about the state of schools. And there's this big debate over high-stakes testing. Does it hurt creativity or does it actually offer accountability? So imagine a school then, with no tests, no technology, and not even traditional textbooks, it's the Waldorf way." 


Watch the CNN segment: Why Waldorf Works.  

SF Waldorf Alums 


Saturday, November 9  from 6 to 8 pm

We are delighted that the Waldorf School of Philadelphia will host this fall's Waldorf Alumni Gathering, for those of you who are located in the Philly area - including in South Jersey and Delaware, and the Mid-Atlantic region.

Co-sponsor include:

Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School

Green Meadow Waldorf School

Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

Kimberton Waldorf School

Rudolf Steiner School

The Waldorf School of Garden City

The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

Waldorf School of Princeton

Washington Waldorf School


Please join us-and remember: You are a "Waldorf Alum" if you attended a Waldorf school, or taught or worked at one-or are connected through grandchildren, friends, or board of trustees! [link to website]


Find out more on Why Waldorf Works





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. And let us know so that we can include the information in our "People" section! The Why Waldorf Works People section shares news about PEOPLE in your community. Submissions should include name, AWSNA member school /work affiliation, brief news and pertinent link. 


Read more on Why Waldorf Works




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


October 2013 - July 2016: Newtown, CT
H E A R T: Healing Education And Remedial Training Including The Extra Lesson This is a Three-Year Part-Time Certification with Rachel Ross, M.Ed. The HEART course prepares Waldorf teachers to assess and address the needs of students with developmental and learning difficulties. Based on an anthroposophical understanding of child development, it includes training in Audrey McAllen's Extra Lesson program. Hosted by the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School.


October 17-19, 2013: Ann Arbor, MI

AWSNA Great Lakes Delegates Meeting


October 20, 2013: Thornhill, ON Canada

Rudolf Steiner as Expressionist Architect: a lecture by Frederick Amrine

The architect Hans Scharoun, whose Berlin Philharmonic is one of the masterpieces of the postwar era, declared Rudolf Steiner's second Goetheanum "the most important building of the first half of the 20th century." Prof. Amrine's slide lecture will provide an overview of both the first Goetheanum and its successor, together with a discussion of Steiner's main ideas as an architectural theorist. Hosted by Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronto


October 17 & 18, 2013:

AWSNA Southeast Regional Delegates Meeting hosted by the Waldorf School of Louisville


November 9, 2013: Philadelphia, PA

Mid Atlantic Regional Alumni Event for all alumni living in the area. Hosted by the Waldorf School of Philadelphia.


February 20-22, 2014: Detroit, MI

AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference 


March 14-16, 2014

AWSNA Southeast Regional Conference



Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!


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

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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
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Please contact us if you have any questions about AWSNA or this or any other newsletter


Questions please contact Kirin at webeditor@awsna.org or an AWSNA executive team member:  

Leader of Administration: David Owen-Cruise

2142A Washtenaw Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Office 612-870-8310 x104   Fax 877-835-0299


Leader of Outreach and Development: Beverly Amico


515 Kimbark, Suite 103, Longmont, CO 80501

612-870-8310 x106    Fax 720-633-9543


Leader of Programs and Activities: Melanie Reiser


515 Kimbark, Suite 103, Longmont, CO 80501

612-870-8310 x105     Fax 720-633-9531