We are pleased to launch the 2018 AWSNA conference registration! The conference will be held at Washington Waldorf School, Bethesda, MD with the theme that is related to our 2nd Principle: Social Justice: Exploring Place, Race, Class and Gender in Waldorf Education.
AWSNA Shared Principle #2:
Waldorf schools foster social renewal by cultivating human capacities in service to the individual and society.
Waldorf schools foster development so that, throughout life, individuals are motivated to serve humanity with strength of will, depth of feeling, clarity of thought, and the ability to work with others. The educational program is designed to strengthen these fundamental human capacities in our students.
Our keynote speakers
bring a wealth of research and experience to these topics and will inspire thought-provoking discussions and conversation during and following the conference.
Neil Boland is senior lecturer at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand where he coordinates the teacher education programs (early childhood through high school) as well as other non-teaching education degrees.
is a class teacher at Detroit Waldorf School where she also currently serves as co-chair of the College of Teachers. Please see more biographical detail on our speakers
in the registration information.
for the four key-note lectures are:
1. Social Justice as a Goal of Education
2. Looking at Ourselves: Social Justice & Self Development
3. The Importance of Place in Education
4. Looking Under the Hood: The Hidden Curriculum
The focus groups
and artistic workshops
will be led by our colleagues across North America and others who are well-connected to our schools and working in fields related to our theme.
The Pedagogical Section meeting
will be held Wednesday and Thursday late afternoon and evening. More detail about the meeting will be emailed to pedagogical section members.
Before and during the main conference, there will be an additional training which will focus on learning restorative practices
that can be used to strengthen human relationships between and among students, colleagues, and parents. Details of the offering, timing, and costs are provided in a separate attachment to the registration materials. You can register for this add-on training during the online conference registration and the deadline for registering for this workshop has been extended to Friday, March 2
in order to move forward with the offering.
If you are a delegate, please note that the on-line schedule does not include information for the delegates meeting, which begins Saturday June 23 and closes at approximately 12:00pm on Monday, June 25
. You will be able to register for the delegates meeting now, and more details about the schedule and agenda will follow.
Please read carefully the Washington Waldorf School (WWS) general information
about housing, air travel, car rentals, and parking. The lectures will be held off of the WWS campus at National United Methodist Church (NUMC) near our primary housing, American University dorms. Parking is limited and will require some transition time.
At American University, two bed/private bath dorm rooms have been secured. Roommate requests
can be accommodated when both participants have registered no later than April 30, 2018, and both registrants name the roommate in their registration form. Roommate requests on or after May 1, 2018, cannot be accommodated.
Finally, we will again offer a conference fee discount
to member schools sending more than two people. The 3rd and additional participants will receive a 30% discount on the rate offered at the time of registration. Please see criteria and more detail on the website registration page
We are grateful to the Washington Waldorf School faculty and staff for graciously offering to host this year’s conference and we look forward to visiting the Washington DC area. Special thanks to Laura Cox and her school committee for the preliminary preparations.
Online registration is open now. Please contact me, firstname.lastname@example.org
, with general conference questions and Laura Posusta, email@example.com
, with registration questions.
For the conference planning committee
Beverly Amico, James Pewtherer, Melanie Reiser and Stephanie Rynas