"Programs such as...Waldorf Schools offer small classes, individualized instruction, and flexible, child-centered curricula which can accommodate the child and do not demand that the child do all of the accommodating."
— David Elkind
AWSNA: The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America was founded in 1968 to assist Waldorf schools and institutes in working together to nurture Waldorf Education so that it can manifest more widely in the world. Today there are over 900 Waldorf schools in 83 countries. In North America, there are more than 250 schools and 14 teacher education institutes in some level of development.
AWSNA provides leadership to schools by facilitating resources, networks and research as they strive towards excellence and build healthy school communities. The Association performs functions that its member schools and institutes could not do alone, including:
- Outreach and advocacy
- Accreditation and school support services
- Professional development activities
- Research and publications
The Association also initiates and maintains relationships with groups seeking the revitalization of education for all children.
AWSNA's work is based on four pillars that are the underpinnings of the Association's structure. These pillars are:
- Quality and integrity in every aspect of our work
- Community and collaboration in our relationships
- Strength and resourcefulness in our activities
- Servant leadership in our work together