Anthroposophy, Art, and Teacher Education

Session II: Waldorf School Leadership and Governance

Saturday, June 28 to Thursday, July 3, 2014

Waldorf schools work with a new pedagogy based on a holistic, age appropriate image of child development. They also practice a new form of community life in which teachers, administrative staff and parents are partners in developing the community of the school. The working together of these three groups in the life of the school requires insight, social sensitivity and competence so that the school can be healthy and best serve the needs of the children. These one week professional development seminars offer teachers, administrators, board members and parents an opportunity to reflect on and work with the challenges of building a Waldorf school community that is vibrant, innovative and effective, while honoring the unique contributions of each member of the community. Each seminar can be taken on its own but, when taken in sequence, they will build a deeper capacity for serving the community impulse of Waldorf education.

The seminars are based on the successful certificate and Master’s Program in Waldorf school administration and community development offered at Sunbridge College between 1993-2008, as well as the more recent seven week part-time course offered in China for the burgeoning Chinese Waldorf school movement.

Waldorf School Leadership and Governance: Summer 2014

Topics :

  1. School Leadership in Waldorf School Communities
  2. Models of Governance: the Roles of Faculty, Staff, Board and Parents
  3. Working Together in Groups and Communities
  4. Phases of School Development
  5. School Renewal.

Each day will consist of presentations, case work, painting and a seminar on inner development.

Daily Schedule

Daily Schedule:

9 to 10:15 – Verse and Morning Presentation

10:15 to 10:45 – Morning Break

10:45 to 12:15 – Case Work in Groups

12:15 to 2 – Lunch Break

2 to 2:30 – Biography or Group Exercises

2:30 to 3:30 – Artistic Work

3:30 to 4 – Afternoon Break

4 to 5 – Inner Development Seminar

5 to 5:15 – Review of the Day

Course Leaders

Schaefer, ChristopherChristopher Schaefer was a co-founder of the Centre for Social Development at Emerson College in England before teaching for many years at Sunbridge College where he founded and directed the program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development. He is the co-author of Vision in Action : Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations, and in 2012, the author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities. Although semi-retired, Chris is presently the co-director of the Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association and both he and Signe have been involved in supporting the development of Waldorf education in China in recent years.

Stewart, MartiMarti Stewart has worked in Waldorf School Administration since 2002. She has enjoyed serving as the Lead Administrator at City of Lakes Waldorf School in urban Minneapolis for the past eight years. Marti earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a program in Waldorf School Administration at Sunbridge College. Ms. Stewart currently serves as a delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and as Regional Co-coordinator of the Development and Administrative Network of the Association (DANA). She has also served as the Administrator and on the board of Novalis Institute which provides adult education and Waldorf Teacher training foundation studies courses in the Twin Cities. Prior to her work in school administration, Ms. Stewart worked for several human service organizations serving children and families in NYC and the Twin Cities. Ms. Stewart is passionate about Waldorf education and its capacity to enhance human impulses towards the renewal of human society throughout the world. She enjoys the complexities (and the art) of working collaboratively with teachers, parents and volunteer leaders to bring forth the vision of Waldorf education at City of Lakes Waldorf School.

Topics for 2015 and 2016

This intensive is part one of three week-long intensives. The subsequent weeks will consider:

Working Together in Groups and Communities: Summer 2015


  1. Group Dynamics : Thinking Feeling and Willing in Groups
  2. Maximizing Creativity and Effectiveness in Groups: Group Roles
  3. Communication Patterns : Speaking, Listening and Decision-Making
  4. Conflict Resolution in Groups and Communities
  5. Phases of Group Development.

Each day will consist of a presentation, case work, eurythmy and a seminar on inner development.

Administrative Roles and Practices: Summer 2016


  1. The Role of Administration in the Life of a Waldorf School
  2. Pedagogical and Non-Pedagogical Administration
  3. Finance and Process Management
  4. Development, Enrollment and the Human Resource Function
  5. The Social Mission of Waldorf Education

Each day of the seminar will consist of a presentation, case work, exercises, drama and role play and a seminar on inner development.

The course will be led by Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D. and Marti Stewart. Schaefer is co-founder of the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and for many years a faculty member and development director at Sunbridge Institute.