Waldorf Education

Why Waldorf Works: Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
www.whywaldorfworks.org
AWSNA is an association of independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes. AWSNA’s mission is to strengthen and support the schools and to inform the public about the benefits of Waldorf Education. Why Waldorf Works is a comprehensive site about Waldorf education sponsored by AWSNA.

Café Waldorf: A Network for Teachers
www.waldorfteachers.com
A valuable source of resources and employment opportunities for current and prospective teachers in the worldwide Waldorf community.
NOVA Institute
www.novainstitute.org
The NOVA Institute seeks to bring fresh insights into parent and teacher education through a deeper understanding of children. This understanding is based on a comprehensive view of human development, focusing on a child’s need to engage in three distinct ways: actively, emotionally, and thoughtfully. When parents and teachers help children to develop good habits of hand, heart, and mind, young people become well-rounded individuals who can embrace life, love to learn, and have an abiding concern for their fellow human beings and for the Earth.
Online Waldorf Library
www.waldorflibrary.org
The Online Waldorf Library site has been created to provide useful information to English-speaking Waldorf teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and anyone interested in Waldorf education. Our aim is to make visible all the appropriate resources on Waldorf education that are currently available and to provide information about where these resources can be purchased or obtained.

Waldorf Answers
www.waldorfanswers.org
Waldorf Answers provides in-depth answers to questions that parents and prospective parents may have about Waldorf education, and clears up some of the misconceptions that may exist about Waldorf education. Our intention is to provide a straightforward
presentation of the facts about Waldorf education.

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
www.waldorfearlychildhood.org
WECAN’s mission is to nurture the work with young children from pre-birth to age seven, based on an understanding of the healthy development of the child in body, soul, and spirit. Our goal is to protect and nurture childhood as the foundation for a truly human culture in the future.

Waldorf in the Home

www.waldorfinthehome.org

Waldorf in the Home is written by Rahima Baldwin Dancy and Cynthia Aldinger (along with guest writers) for Waldorf parents, home schooling families, and anyone interested in the LifeWays approach to parenting and childcare. They seek to answer the questions: How can home life be nourishing for every member of the family?

Waldorf World
www.waldorfworld.net
Waldorf World is a collection of many links and resources pertinent to Waldorf schools: conference listings, parenting resources, children’s activities, teacher training, and employment opportunities.

Other Local Waldorf Schools

Acorn Hill
www.acornhill.org
Acorn Hill offers programs for parents and babies through kindergarten, including beforecare and aftercare programs.
Baltimore Waldorf School
www.waldorfschoolofbaltimore.org
The School offers parent-child classes for infants and toddlers, a nursery and kindergarten program, and grades 1-8.
Charlottesville Waldorf School
www.cwaldorf.org
The Charlottesville Waldorf School offers classes for children from toddlers through grade eight.
Washington Waldorf School
www.washingtonwaldorf.org
Washington Waldorf School has classes for parents and children from two and a half through high school.
Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner
Anthroposophical Society in America
www.anthroposophy.org
Anthroposophical Society in America offers information about Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy, the philosophy which supports Waldorf

Education
Rudolf Steiner Institute
www.steinerinstitute.org
The Rudolf Steiner Institute provides a wide range of learning opportunities for individuals to participate in substantive, college-level courses taught by an exemplary international faculty, and informed by an anthroposophical understanding of the world.

Research & Media Links

A very scary headline about Kindergarteners from the Washington Post

The No-Tech Approach To Learning on a Santa Barbara, CA News Channel

Waldorf’s Approach to Teaching Math, Reading, More by Teacher Tracey Buchanan

The Special Value of Children’s Age-Mixed Play from the American Journal of Play

Why Play=Learning from Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development

Children Teach Themselves to Read from Psychology Today

Waldorf from a Neuroscientific Perspective by Dr. Regalena Melrose

Give Them Time: an Analysis of School Readiness in Ireland’s Early Education System from the International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Secondary Education

Research on Reading at Age Five from Voxy New Zealand News

Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills by Alix Spiegel on National Public Radio

Distraction Free Education from WTOP.com January 2013

10 Skills Children Learn from the Arts from The Washington Post

Music at the Heart of Education by San Francisco Classical Voice

Eric Utne of The Utne Reader on Media and Technology

Jack Petrash’s talk at the May 4, 2013 TEDx Rock Creek Educating Children for the Journey

The Waldorf Way, Dr. Gupta on CNN

“A Silicon Valley School That Doesn’t Compute: At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait,” Matt Richtel, from the New York Times, October 22, 2011
“Schooling the Imagination,” by Todd Oppenheimer, from The Atlantic Monthly, September 1999
Located in the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area, Potomac Crescent Waldorf School is an independent kindergarten and grade school offering a Waldorf curriculum true to the principles of Rudolph Steiner’s educational philosophies of experiential learning and age-appropriate activities that foster a lifelong love of learning