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1. Image of the Human Being
Public Waldorf education is founded on a coherent image of the developing human being.
- Each human being is a unique individual who brings specific gifts, creative potential, and intentions to this life. Public Waldorf education addresses multiple aspects of the developing child including the physical, emotional, intellectual, social, cultural, moral, and spiritual. Through this, each child is helped to integrate into a maturing whole, able to determine a unique path through life.
- Rudolf Steiner’s educational insights are seen as a primary, but not exclusive, source of guidance for an understanding of the image of the human being.
2. Child Development
An understanding of child development guides all aspects of the educational program.
- Human development proceeds in approximate 7-year phases. Each phase has characteristic physical, emotional, and cognitive dimensions and a primary learning orientation.
- State and federal mandates, including standardized testing and college and career readiness, are met through our developmental perspective. This requires creativity and may stimulate innovation.
- The Public Waldorf curriculum and teaching methodologies address the needs of the individual and class in order to support comprehensive learning and healthy, balanced development. Public Waldorf schools use a few key, distinctive methodological guidelines to accomplish this.
3. Social Change through Education
Public Waldorf education exists to serve both the individual and society.
- Public Waldorf education seeks to offer the most supportive conditions possible for the development of each student’s unique capacities and for engendering the following qualities to work towards positive social change:
- Such individuals will be able to participate meaningfully in society.
A harmonious relationship between thinking, feeling, and willing;
Self-awareness and social competence;
Developmentally appropriate, academically informed, independent thinking;
The initiative and confidence necessary to transform intentions into realities; and
An interest in the world, with active respect and a feeling of responsibility for oneself, one’s community, and the environment.
4. Human Relationships
Public Waldorf Schools foster a culture of healthy relationships.
5. Access and Diversity
Public Waldorf Schools work to increase diversity and access to all sectors of society.
- Public Waldorf schools respond to unique demands and cultures in a wide range of locations in order to provide maximum access to a diverse range of students. Schools work towards ensuring that students do not experience discrimination in admission, retention, or participation.
- Public Waldorf schools and teachers have the freedom and responsibility to creatively meet the developmental needs of the students with the most inclusive possible approaches for all learners.
- The Public Waldorf curriculum may be modified to reflect the student population in the school.
6. Collaborative Leadership
School leadership is conducted through shared responsibilities within established legal structures.
- Faculty, staff, administration and boards of a Public Waldorf school collaborate to guide and lead the school with input from stakeholder groups. To the greatest extent possible, decisions related to the curriculum are the responsibility of those faculty and staff with knowledge and experience of Rudolf Steiner’s educational insights.
- Governance and internal administration are implemented in a manner that cultivates active collaboration, supportive relationships, effective leadership, consequential action, and accountability. A Public Waldorf school is committed to studying and deepening its understanding of best practices of governance appropriate to its stage of organizational development.
7. Schools as Learning Communities
Public Waldorf schools cultivate a love of lifelong learning and self-knowledge.
- Public Waldorf education emphasizes continuous engagement in learning and self-reflective practices that support ongoing improvement. At the individual and classroom level, teachers reflect regularly on their observations of the students and of the educational process. Essential aspects of school-wide work and professional development include self-reflection, peer review, faculty and individual study, artistic activity, and research.
- Rudolf Steiner is a primary, but not exclusive, source of guidance for developing an active inner, meditative life and an understanding of the dynamics within society.
- Public Waldorf schools encourage all community members to engage in active and ongoing ways to enhance their capacities as human beings through self-reflection and conscious social engagement.
Waldorf Education: A Family Guide by Pamela Johnson Fenner and Karen Rivers
The #1 introduction to Waldorf Education available today! Often referred to as “Waldorf 101,” this book is often provided to all newly-enrolled families in many Waldorf schools. This collection of articles—written by parents, teachers and others—offers a “first look” into the history, philosophy, curriculum, and traditions of this unique education. Learn why Waldorf Education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.
Title: “Waldorf Education: A Family Guide”
Authors: Pamela Johnson Fenner and Karen Rivers
Publisher: Michaelmas Pr (June 1, 1999)
Paperback: 221 pages
Waldorf Schools: Kindergarten and Early Grades, ed. Ruth Pusch
Title: “Waldorf Schools: Kindergarten and Early Grades”
Editor: Ruth Pusch
Publisher: Mercury Pr (June 1, 1993)
Paperback: 220 pages
Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out by Jack Petrash
Title: “Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out”
Author: Jack Petrash
Publisher: Gryphon House (September 1, 2002)
Paperback: 192 pages
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