Wellsprings of the Art of Education- Three Reversals, C Wiechert

Screen Shot 2014-01-21 at 6.38.04 PMChristof Wiechert is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and past head of the Pedagogical Section in Dornach. In this article he points to three areas of confusion arising in the practice of Waldorf Education and shares insights on how the teachers can work against them in strengthening their inner work. The confusions stem from the following: The idea that the teacher works out of freedom. The idea that the waldorf curriculum is a system. and the idea that the curriculum is built around traditions. Wiechert identifies three paths, which he calls reversals, that can contribute to overcoming these potential areas of confusion and strengthen the work in the school. THe first is to strengthen our attitude that we are learners, striving to learn and grow through our work in the school.  The second is to strengthen the idea that the task of teaching is not an intellectual one but a moral spiritual one. Thirdly, he points to the strengthening of the faculty meeting so a safe and clear space is created out of which colleagues can meet, support one another and look at the education together. Wiechert goes onto illuminate the basics task of the teacher outlined by Steiner- to take initiative, to take interest, to be devoted to the truth, and to not go sour. Christof goes on to add a fifth - to be committed to building a community of teachers. This one, he thinks, is becoming more and more essential as waldorf education moves into the future.

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Administrative Forms and Lists, D Mitchell et al from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

The Art of Administration was published by AWSNA to provide a comprehensive resource for schools developing their administrative work. Accompanying the chapters is a collection of forms for many aspects of school administration.

These forms and lists go along with the content of the chapters of  The Art of Administration

Chapter 1

Sample agenda   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  153

Faculty Chairpersonʼs Job Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .154

Chapter 3

Request for Information form     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    155

Emergency & Class Information List  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    156

Class Trip form    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  157

Class Meeting Description  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 158

Weekly Bulletin – Chicago    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   159-60

Weekly Bulletin – Pine Hill    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   161-62

Monthly Parent Newsletter      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    163-74

Faculty Newsletter    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    175-185

Sample Flyer     . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   186

Life in the Kindergarten   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    187-91

Chapter 4

Committee descriptions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  192

Committee list from Chicago . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     193-95

Faculty Committee distribution    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    197

Mandate form      . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   198

Chapter 5

Sample Business managerʼs  job description                            . . . . . . . . .      199

Sample Administratorʼs job description . . . . . . . . . .   201-202

Sample Development officerʼs job description . . . . . . . . . . 203

 Chapter 6

Sample Admissions Job Description   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   205

Admissions Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   206

Request for records  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  207

Admissions Procedures for new parents  . . . . . . . . .  209-210

Sample Elementary School Applications . . . . . . . . .    211-217

Admissions Procedures for Class Teachers   . . . . . . . . . .  218

Tuition Protection Plan   . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    219

 

Overdue Tuition Policy       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    220

 

Sample High School Parent Application . . . . . . . . .    221-222

 

Sample High School Student Application . . . . . . . . .   223-226

 

Sample High School English Recommendation . . . . . 227-228

 

Sample High School Math Recommendation   . . . . . .  229-230

 

Chapter 8

 

Sample Teacher Contract       . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    231

 

Sample Hiring Letter  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   232

 

Teacher evaluation policy  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    233

 

Evaluation criteria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  235-236

 

Peer evaluation agreement letter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  237

 

In house evaluation form  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    239-240

 

High School Student Progress Report  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   241

 

Middle School Course evaluation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  243

 

Chapter 10

Board of Trustees Committee List

Sample Legal Description of Board

 

Art of Administration - Appendices - Forms and Lists - D Mitchell et al.-13

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Board of Trustees, A Dancy from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

What purpose does a board serve? Why have one? How should it be related to the faculty? What are the typical patterns of development of boards? What are typical conflicts? How do we improve communications? These are some of the questions Agaf explores in this essay.

Art of Administration - Ch 10 - Board of Trustees - Agaf Dancy

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Working Together, C Pieterse from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

In this essay, Cornelius explores the deeper aspects of working together in organizations and dealing with the conflicts that arise in relationships.

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Evaluation, D Mitchell, from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

 

The administration of every Waldorf School has a professional responsibility for implementing some form of evaluation procedure. The purpose of evaluation is to affirm that you are doing what you say you want to do as an individual, as a student, or as an organization.  Evaluation provides an objective state- mentthatcanleadtogrowth,increased confidence,andinterpersonalsharing. This chapter will explore teacher evaluation and student evaluation.

Art of Administration -Ch 8 - Evaluation - D Mitchell

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Community Relations and Outreach, C Pietzner, from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

Community relations defines a very broad area both operationally and conceptually. Because of this it may seem abstract, remote, unnecessary, ethereal and diversionary, and not relating to the “true” function of a school, especially a Waldorf School! Such an attitude is perilous, and will be ever more so as the American public awakens to the need for a deeper, more comprehensive and effective relationship with education altogether. It (the public) will demand greater participation in mainstream education, and those forms of education that have been proven over time to be successful and relevant to the needs of children and nations. Waldorf Education and all its exponents will wish to respond to and encourage such a dialogue, such an involvement. This dialogue will include the area of community relations!

Art of Administration - Ch 7 - Community Relations and Outreach - C Pietzner

 

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Admissions and Parent Education, A Mitchell from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

One of the most exciting experiences in the life of a Waldorf School is to encounter the steady stream of children who find their way to the school, their class, and their teachers. The journey to the school seems to be through the most varied and interesting circumstances.

The process of Admissions is there as a helpful guide in making the choice of sending oneʼs child to a Waldorf School as conscious as possible for the prospective parent, and for the school. A clear process also helps the teacher to receive the child into their class with knowledge and forethought so that the needs of the child can be met.

Art of Administration - Ch 6 - Admissions and Parent Education - A Mitchell

 

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Administrative Roles, D Alsop, from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

In many Waldorf Schools, the process of addressing these tasks and responsibilities has led to, among others, the positions of Administrator, Business Manager and Development Officer. This chapter will attempt to explore some aspects of each of these functions. Sample job descriptions can be found in the appendix.

Art of Administration - Ch 5 - Administrative Roles - D Alsop

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Committee Structure, S Van Sant, from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

The framework of this chapter is best stated in the following:

"The spiritual life forces of a Waldorf School are twofold, or we could say, there are two motives for its existence. On the one hand, it is the starting point for a renewal of education based on a spiritual knowledge of the whole man (the teachers' vocation as such). On the other hand, and at the same time, it is the working model for a social community, it is an institution of the free life of spirit."1.

Art of Administration - Ch 4 - Committee Structure - S Van Sant

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The College of Teachers, J Pewtherer from The Art of Administration, AWSNA

At the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Rudolf Steiner encouraged the original core of teachers to work into the future together by carrying the school forward in a new way.1. He asked that they take on the rigor of establishing a new social form. He acknowledged that this task would be difficult, but he said that it was absolutely necessary for world evolution that preparation begin for mankind to experience a new way of working with one another. This form, often called the college of teachers, was to be based on a spiritual beholding of one another, a working out of consensus, and a conscious attempt by the teachers to align themselves with the “genius” or “being” of the school through disciplined meditative practice.
Art of Administration - Ch 2 - College of Teachers - J Pewtherer

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