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


CNN recently sponsored a tweet chat in coordination with Screen-Free Week, which intrigued the New York Times to follow up by soliciting a variety of opinions on the subject. We are grateful that Waldorf Education was included in this discussion, and that my description of the way computer technology best serves children was part of the piece. If you'd like to comment on what I wrote for the New York Times, please do!


Here's the link.


Beverly Damico
Warm regards,
Beverly Amico
for the AWSNA Executive Team 
What Does It Take
To Become A Waldorf Teacher?


In North America, seven institutes dedicated to the purpose of educating Waldorf teachers have banded together to form the Teacher Education Network (TEN) under the aegis of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). A further seven institutes are in the process of becoming members of this Network. Taken together, these institutes in their own distinct ways offer a variety of full-time and part-time professional programs to prepare teachers to work in Waldorf early childhood, elementary grades, or specialist high school subjects.


Download a pdf document about the Teacher Education Network (TEN). 


Spanish teacher Sonia Cintrón was among a group of five students and three teachers from the Great Barrington Waldorf High School who recently spent 15 days in Cuba. The rare trip was allowed as part of a person-to-person educational exchange. The group stayed with Cuban families while visiting an orphanage, creating art with people with Down's syndrome, and working with peers on community projects.



Essay About Perils of Technology Wins Waldorf Alum a Full College Scholarship


For Waldorf alum Elizabeth Knudsen, writing about technology's role in education for a scholarship contest was simple.

"I wrote about growing up, learning everything without technology," the 18-year-old Danbury High school senior said.

Her essay, along with an interview and academic resume, earned her a four-year scholarship worth $150,000 to Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.





AWME invites you to the 15th Annual Waldorf Music Conference


Mercurius and Choroi will present offerings, display and demonstrate instruments, answer questions, discuss pedagogical issues, and more! The music conferences will include the usual in-depth exploration of the Waldorf music curriculum, invaluable colleague networking, and profound music-making. Pär Ahlbom, one of the great Waldorf music pedagogues, will also be present from Sweden. In his decades of work with music, eurythmy, and special needs, he will bring his intuitive pedagogy approach to attendees.


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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. 


June 6 -7, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY

Issues and Trends That Will Shape Waldorf Education in the Next Decade.

Themes include:  Fiscal Sustainability - Crisis Management - Recruitment and Training of faculty and administrative staff - Campus Security

Hosted by the Green Meadow Waldorf School Board of Trustees.


June 22 through July 4: Wilton, NH
Renewal Courses are being offered June 22 through July 4 at the Center for Anthroposophy. 


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.


June 23-July 18, 2014: San Rafael, CA

One-week Summer Intensives - check them out!

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


July 4 -12 2014: Mechanicville NY
The Spacial Dynamics Institute presents their 22nd Annual Movement Education Conference: The Sword The Pen and The Arrow. Taught by Jaimen McMillan, Master Fencing Instructor, and Katie Moran, Certified Archery Instructor and Waldorf Movement Educator. 


July 6-25, 2014: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Sunbridge Summer Series: Many offerings! 

Hosted by Sunbridge College


July 21 - July 25, 2014: Valyermo CA
Second Annual Handwork Teachers' Retreat of 2014 - The Wonder and Wisdom of Handwork: Deepening our Understanding. 
Workshop leaders include Dahlia Haberman, Nicole Fields, Melanie Hatch, and Elizabeth Seward.

August 19 - 24, 2014: Ghent, NY
Painting with Children in Waldorf Schools - an intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus. 

Location: Arteum School of Painting in Ghent, NY 


Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!


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

We want to remind you that we are active on Facebook, and that is a good place to find news and articles about Waldorf Education and our school communities. If you haven't already done so, please "like" and follow us there. 

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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:
ˇ    Outreach and advocacy
ˇ    Accreditation and school support services
ˇ    Professional development activities
ˇ    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