NEWS OF NOTE
Responsible Innovation in Education
Even with clear principles and missions, the guiding forces for how to accomplish innovation is much debated. Regardless of the complexities, the obligation to innovate is as essential as it is urgent. Together we can shift paradigms around the way things “have always been done” and make learning experiences relevant to our students, responsive to their unique identities, and tailored to their abilities.
Have you been over to Instagram and seen all the Waldorf schools, associations and friends participating in our Waldorf100 anniversary countdown campaign?
Waldorf100 Windows is a celebration of our collective photo treasures; a look inside our schools to see everything that makes Waldorf education unique.
Search #Waldorf100Windows and join in the fun!
Much of the beauty of celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education lies in the unity and worldwide connection that it brings. As we celebrate, we are reminded of the fellow Waldorf teachers, students and parents who celebrate with us in all parts of the world—from India to New Zealand, China to Argentina and beyond, the Waldorf education movement is strong. Yet each school’s needs are different, and some schools are in greater need than others.
This is where the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners (Friends of Waldorf Education) comes in. Established in 1976, Friends has been able to support more than 830 Waldorf initiatives worldwide. Each year on a specifically designated day, thousands of young people at Waldorf schools worldwide work to raise money for the worldwide campaign “WOW-Day.” But this centennial year is different, and Waldorf schools have been working year round to raise money for schools in need.
We invite you to participate in this support of worldwide Waldorf education as well by sending a donation to RSF Social Finance at https://rsfsocialfinance.org/give/give-to-rsf-projects/give-today-projects/. Please select the Freunde der Erziehungskunst and note the keyword “WOW” with your donation. Give a gift that will support Waldorf education worldwide!
Learn more at https://www.freunde-waldorf.de/en/.
Happy 100 Years of Waldorf Education Everyone!
Announcing the NEWEST Waldorf100 Film: An Education for the Future
On September 19, 2019, Waldorf education celebrates 100 years. Across the globe, Waldorf schools are engaging in creative, social and environmental actions. With these initiatives, Waldorf communities are seeding the future. 100 years is only the beginning. Visit waldorfeducation.org/waldorf100 to learn more. Join the movement. Seed the future.
The film “Learn to Change the World” shows people from around the world who work on the big pedagogical tasks of our time based on Waldorf/Steiner pedagogy. It is the first of more to come which aim to show concrete approaches to these tasks.
After the great success of part 1 of our film “Learn to Change the World”, the second part deals with encounter, engagement and inclusion: learning that goes beyond merely accumulating information can be understood as an individual way to seek the truth. One focus is the encounter across social, religious and ethnic barriers, as exemplified by the Oakland Community School for Creative Education, located in a social focus point in California, a Jewish-Arabic Kindergarten and the Parzival School Center in Karlsruhe.
“Becoming” is the third film in a series of short films produced on the occasion of the centenary of Waldorf Education under the direction of the award-winning Californian documentary filmmaker Paul Zehrer, and which provide an insight into the inclusive diversity of Waldorf Education under the most diverse cultural, social, religious and economic conditions around the globe.
No age has a deeper impact on the whole of life than the first years of childhood. “During those first seven years, children develop their bodily foundation for life. They explore and experience the world with their senses and through meeting the other. These early encounters in life have a deep influence and long lasting effect on the making of their own being,” says Clara Aerts, coordinating member of IASWECE and co-producer of the film, which was shot in the USA, Israel, Japan, India, South Africa, Guatemala, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Germany. “The experiences that we make possible – or withhold – for our children at this age form the most elementary basis for their further lives and thus ultimately for the future of humanity.”
STEINER/WALDORF SCHOOLS CHANGE THE WORLD
The upcoming Centennial offers a unique opportunity to make full use of a global exchange of ideas to develop our educational practice for the needs of this century. We will reinforce our mutual awareness and networks with an array of diverse projects and actions in schools and kindergartens, regionally and internationally. These projects will illuminate how Waldorf education overcomes cultural, ideological, economic, and social borders.
Over 1,100 Waldorf (or Waldorf-inspired) schools and 1,700 Waldorf kindergartens in 80 countries around the globe. And more all the time. You will find all of them here – with address, contact data, websites, and their individual Waldorf100 project (if they have already decided on one for the Centennial).
We promote mutual recognition and networking (in the schools themselves, but also regionally and across national borders) to create a vital international connectedness that is more important today than ever before. We are beginning to work on community-building activities – large and small, complex and simple, instructive and entertaining, as diverse as the world in which we live. Become involved, join the effort, show your world to others. Some examples you can find in the following core projects initiated by us.
Bees and Trees
When bees do well, humans do too. Bees are a core theme of Waldorf 100. We have set ourselves the goal of making all Waldorf facilities into “bee oases” by 2019, places where these creatures of the sun can live and recover their health and swarm out once again.
Marathon Around the World
This never happened before: pupils, parents, and teachers from 100 different Steiner/Waldorf schools run a relay race “with the sun around the world”. Following the course of the sun, a total of 24 hours.