A Live Education! Newletter

Conference for Waldorf-Inspired Charter Schools

Dear Teachers and Administrators,

As you know, the number of Charter Schools inspired by Waldorf pedagogy has been growing rapidly over the years. In response to this trend, a small steering committee met on Friday, October 14th to discuss forming a new alliance for teachers and administrators of these schools.

To spearhead this movement, we are happy to announce the inaugural Waldorf-Inspired Charter School Conference. With teachers and administrators from as many as 25 Charter Schools in Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico possibly attending, we are enthusiastic about creating an annual conference to support this unique and fast-growing segment of the Waldorf community.

For this year’s conference, we have planned to include supportive break-out sessions to discuss Waldorf curriculum as it aligns with state requirements and to have strategic meetings for developing creative ways to meet “No Child Left Behind” standards. Since up to 200 teachers and administrators could attend this conference, it also promises to be an excellent opportunity for networking among colleagues. We welcome your input as we continue to develop topics and itinerary for the conference.

Monterey Bay Charter School in Pacific Grove, California has offered to host the first Conference on February 18 – 20, 2006. We hope to keep costs low by helping to accommodate visiting colleagues in local homes with meals supplied.

At this point, we need to gauge the level of excitement for this long overdue initiative and get an idea of how many participants each school will be sending to the first conference. Please direct your responses, along with topic ideas and other input to Rainbow Rosenbloom: rainbow@live-education.com.

For the steering committee,

Rainbow Rosenbloom, Live Education! founding director
Bonnie River, Live Oak Charter School
David Hill, Monterey Bay Charter School
Tim Connolly, Journey Charter School