News from AWSNA          January 2014
The official e-news of the Association of independent Waldorf schools


The AWSNA Summer Conference will be held from June 23 through June 26, 2014 at Hartsbrook School, in Hadley, Massachusetts. The theme for this year is "Cultivating Humanness within a Technological World," featuring keynote speaker, Craig Holdrege, Ph.D., Director and Senior Researcher at the Nature Institute. You can download a pdf of the conference brochure by going here. Online registration is available on February 1.

Beverly Damico

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Wishing you a happy new year
and sending warm regards,
Beverly Amico
for the AWSNA Executive Team 


The Infinite Classroom


An in-depth article in Hudson Valley's Chronogram describes how, thirty years ago, developmental psychologist and Harvard education professor Howard Gardner published Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Drawing on his research with both brain-damaged adults and "normal" child development, Gardner proposed that rather than two main areas of intelligence, there are eight: linguistic, logic-mathematical, musical, spatial, bodily/kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic.


To read the article, please go to Why Waldorf Works. 

New Waldorf School Embraces Nature,


At a time when many educators are racing to beef up instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (otherwise known as STEM), an elite high school that largely eschews high-tech is preparing for an ambitious expansion. The anticipated site: a 320-acre, city-owned campus in Magnuson Park with wetlands and gardens, where students at the Seattle Waldorf High School will learn partly by digging into dirt, rather than tapping on keyboards.


Read more on Why Waldorf Works

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. 


January 25, 2014: El Sobrante, CA

Visiting Day Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.

Hosted by East Bay Waldorf School.


January 31-February 1, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Leadership Workshop at Sunbridge Institute.
An opportunity for all those involved in planning, problem-solving or decision-making processes in Waldorf schools or other non-profit organizations to learn practical models for understanding their organization and for creating effective decision-making processes. 
With Jessica Heffernan Ziegler, Sunbridge Executive Director and co-instructor of Sunbridge's Collaborative Leadership Summer Series course.

Hosted by Sunbridge Institute. 


February 14-15, 2014: Richmond, VA

The Pedagogical Section Council of North America and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America present a conference on "The Challenge of Working as a College of Teachers" presented by Elan Leibner and Roberto Trostli. The conference addresses the question: "How do we develop our spiritual work as colleagues?"

Hosted by Richmond Waldorf School.


February 15-17, 2014: Cuernavaca, Mexico

AWSNA Tex/Mex/Can/SW/Rock Regional Delegates Conference.

Hosted by Escuela Waldorf de Cuernavaca.


February 15-17, 2014: Honolulu, HI

The Honolulu Waldorf School will host a teachers conference and welcomes Michael D'Aleo as the keynote speaker on "Developing Living Thinking - Science and Art in Waldorf Education."

Hosted by Honolulu Waldorf School.


February 17-19, 2014: North Vancouver, BC

AWSNA Northwest Regional Conference The Metamorphosis of Thinking with Dennis Klocek. Practical meditation for teachers - meeting the pedagogical demand to develop heart-felt thinking. Each day of the conference will include a morning lecture followed by exercises to move thought to practice and then

an afternoon session to deepen the work through small group discussion and work.

Hosted by Vancouver Waldorf School and Whistler Waldorf School.


February 17-19, 2014: Portland, OR

World Language Teachers Conference - for current and potential grades and world language teachers in Waldorf Schools. 

Come for a renewing, inspiring and supportive gathering in the beautiful city of Portland. This is a unique opportunity for language teachers to gather, learn and share practical techniques and materials as well as to reaffirm or introduce the social and Anthroposophical underpinnings of our important work.

Hosted by Cedarwood Waldorf School. 


February 20-22, 2014: Detroit, MI

AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference.

Hosted by Detroit Waldorf School.


February 20 - 22, 2014: San Rafael, CA

The Fifth New Impulse Conference.

Three Dentitions: What educators in early childhood, elementary grades, and high school can learn from one another. A three day conference with Diane David, Susan Johnson, Douglas Gerwin and Dale Robinson.

Presented by Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training at Marin Waldorf School.


February 28, 2014: Marietta, PA

AWSNA Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

Hosted by Susquehanna Waldorf School.


March 8-9, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Sunbridge Institute Waldorf Weekend
An experiential workshop in the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf Education, with Uli Stuerznickel of the Santa Fe Waldorf School and artistic faculty.

Hosted by Sunbridge Institute.


March 1, 2014: Pewaukee, WI

Community Education Conference Weaving a New Web: Education & Parenting in an Era of Technological Change. Keynote Speaker Eric Utne, Utne Reader founder and Waldorf educator

Hosted by Prairie Hill Waldorf School; co-sponsored by Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Madison Waldorf School, Tamarack Waldorf School, and the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute.


March 13-14, 2014: Baltimore, MD

AWSNA Southeast Regional Delegates Conference.

Core Values and Core Standards - Deciphering mainstream educational trends for the Waldorf setting - Keynote Speaker Patrice Maynard, MEd

Hosted by the Baltimore Waldorf School.


March 13 and March 27, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Sunbridge Institute Open Days
Experience Waldorf teacher education in action! Attend class, talk to program students and faculty, meet with our Director of Education and
Early Childhood and Elementary Teacher Education Program Directors, and tour the campus.


March 14 - 15, 2014: Phoenixville, PA

Stepping Stones to Social Entrepreneurship Young Social Entrepreneurs Conference

2014 Keynote Speaker:  Don Shaffer, President of RSF Social Finance

~ Grow a sustainable & profitable business

~ Network for advisors, partners and investors

~ Learn how to successfully pitch your business idea

~ Get inspired to dream and create something that changes the world!

Co-organized by Triskeles and Kimberton Waldorf School


March 21, 2014: Freeport, ME

AWSNA Northeast / Québec Regional Delegates Meeting

"Imagination, Courage and Responsibility: Finding the Strength to Teach"

The keynote speaker is Florian Osswald, Co-leader of the Pedagogical Section in Dornach. We will explore themes such as: 'What are the challenges that stress us as teachers and administrators?' and 'How can we find renewal and strengthen ourselves for our task?'

Hosted by Merriconeag Waldorf School.


June 23-26, 2014: Hadley, MA

The AWSNA Summer Conference will be held June 23- June 26, 2014 at Hartsbrook School. The theme for this year is "Cultivating Humanness within a Technological World" featuring keynote speaker, Craig Holdrege, Ph.D., Director and Senior Researcher, Nature Institute.


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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