Stanford University Studies Waldorf Education

Stanford University conducted a multi-year, rigorous analysis of Waldorf education and found significantly higher positive student achievement outcomes on standardized state assessments by Waldorf students, greater engagement and significantly lower disciplinary action and truancy. These results held across the subsets of African American, …

The Educator as Artist

“Art teachers get to have fun. They teach through play, spread joy, and get their students’ creative juices flowing. While we may acknowledge, theoretically, that joy, creativity, and learning are related, the daily reality of teaching appears to leave less …

A Circle for Giving and Receiving Saves our Playground

  By Megan Bassett, Funds Development Coordinator, Eugene Waldorf School I had the pleasure of representing Eugene Waldorf School in the very first Pacific Northwest Shared Gifting Circle hosted by RSF Social Finance. A pool of $50,000 was to be …

Experiential Education – Why Students Should Learn by Doing

Experiential learning is an active approach to a subject’s lesson; “active” meaning an approach to material which uses different senses, tactics, and manipulatives to stimulate multiple forms of intelligence, as defined by Harvard researcher and professor Howard Gardner. At its heart, …

Teach Children to Seek Significance Over Success

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people …

In Praise of Kindergarten

“The heart of the Waldorf method is that education is an art – it must speak to the child’s experience. To educate the whole child, his heart and his will must be reached, as well as the mind.” – Rudolf …

First Grade Readiness

At the Eugene Waldorf School, like all Waldorf schools around the world, we understand that first grade readiness encompasses so much more than a birth date. The Waldorf School of Philadelphia recently wrote an article identifying both the specifics and …

The Unexpected Effects of Knitting

PBS has offered comprehensive entertaining video insight into the many benefits of knitting. Knitting is a regular part of Waldorf school curricula. All students learn in first grade and continue with knitting projects at least through fifth grade. The video …