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.
1. Image of the Human Being

1. Image of the Human Being

Public Waldorf education is founded on a coherent image of the developing human being.

2. Child Development

2. Child Development

An understanding of child development guides all aspects of the educational program, to the greatest extent possible within established legal mandates.

3. Social Change Through Education

3. Social Change Through Education

Public Waldorf education exists to serve both the individual and society.

4. Human Relationships

4. Human Relationships

Public Waldorf Schools foster a culture of healthy relationships.

5. Access and Diversity

5. Access and Diversity

Public Waldorf Schools work to increase diversity and access to all sectors of society.

6. Collaborative Leadership

6. Collaborative Leadership

School leadership is conducted through shared responsibilities within established legal structures.

7. Schools as Learning Communities

7. Schools as Learning Communities

Public Waldorf schools cultivate a love of lifelong learning and self-knowledge.

Confluence Issue on Core Principles

Confluence Issue on Core Principles

Features seven articles by seven members of the Alliance Board on the seven Core Principles of Public Waldorf Education.