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


This week we learned the wonderful news that Waldorf alum Thomas Sudhof, MD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is a graduate of the Waldorf School in Hanover, Germany.


His advice for students? "More than anything, follow your passions. What are you actually interested in? What work satisfies you? I have met so many unhappy rich people. I think that, in order for a person to reach his or her potential and to be happy is to work in an area that they enjoy, can support and feel good about. I have given the same advice to my adult children."


Südhof has spent the past 30 years prying loose the secrets of the synapse, the junction where information, in the form of chemical messengers called neurotransmitters, is passed from one neuron to another. "The firing patterns of our synapses underwrite our consciousness, emotions and behavior. The simple act of taking a step forward, experiencing a fleeting twinge of regret, recalling an incident from the morning commute or tasting a doughnut requires millions of simultaneous and precise synaptic firing events throughout the brain and peripheral nervous system." [From the press release from Stanford University.] 
Congratulations, Thomas Sudhof! 


Warm regards, 

Beverly Amico

AWSNA Leadership 

In Scotland, actress Tilda Swinton supports private Steiner Schools 


Tilda Swinton defended parents' rights to opt out of state education in favor of the Steiner Waldorf Education system which her own twin kids attend. 


Read more: Why Waldorf Works.  

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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. 


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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. 


November 9, 2013: Philadelphia, PA

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


November 8 -9 2013: Rudolf Steiner Centre, Toronota, ON Canada

Christ Impulse and Waldorf Education Waldorf Development Conference - keynote by Dorit Winter

What does Rudolf Steiner mean by the Christ Impulse and how does it manifest in Waldorf Education


November 8, 2013: Wilton, NH

AWSNA Northeast / Québec Regional Delegates Meeting hosted by High Mowing School


November 9, 2013: Philadelphia, PA

Mid Atlantic Regional Alumni Event for all alumni living in the area Saturday evening November 9th from 6-8pm, hosted by the Waldorf School of Philadelphia.

Event location: Waldorf School of Philadelphia


November 15, 2013: Davis, CA

AWSNA Northern California Regional Delegates Meeting hosted by Davis Waldorf School


December 20, 2013: San Francisco, CA

Holiday Alumni & Family Reunion at San Francisco Waldorf High School
Hors d'oeuvres, Wine, Beer  Co-hosted by AWSNA - All Waldorf alumni welcome


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
·    Research and publications
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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