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Waldorf Hosts Annual AWSNA Conference

Garden City, NY – Thursday, June 30, 2011 – The Waldorf School of Garden City hosted the annual Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) Summer Conference this past week. Over 300 teachers, administrators and friends of Waldorf education converged on the 10-acre campus to take part in the 9-day event. While the school hosted most of the conference activities and vendors, additional lectures and sessions also took place at neighboring Adelphi University.

Dr. Peter SelgDirector of the Ita Wegman Institute in Switzerland, Dr. Peter Selg was the conference’s keynote speaker. Dr. Selg is a youth psychiatrist and researcher who works out of anthroposophy. Conference attendees took part in numerous sessions that focused on a wide range of topics from literature (“Dust Off Your Shakespeare: Making the Bard Accessible to Teens”) to philanthropy (“Fundraising in the Current Economic Times”). Various social activities – such as a contra dance, a beach trip and a night-time tour of New York City – also took place during the conference.

Susan Braun, the School Administrator at the Waldorf School of Garden City said, “Serving as the host school this year allowed us the opportunity to showcase our campus and community to other Waldorf educators from across North America.” This was the second time in the school’s history to host the AWSNA Conference.

Frances Kane, the Leader for Administration of AWSNA said, “My thanks to the Waldorf School of Garden City for providing logistical support and incredible hospitality throughout the conference. From the day the conference began with the pedagogical section meetings until its end with the delegates meetings, our time at the Waldorf School of Garden City has been marked with wonderful camaraderie and new friendships!”

Founded in 1968, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) assists 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. AWSNA provides leadership to schools by facilitating resources, networks and research as they strive towards excellence and build healthy school communities. For more information about AWSNA, please visit www.whywaldorfworks.org.

An accredited member of the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) and the Association of the Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), the Waldorf School of Garden City is a 360+ nursery through grade 12 college preparatory day school. From the early exploration and rich play children experience in the early childhood program to the sophisticated conceptual challenges of the high school curriculum, the Waldorf School of Garden City nurtures the healthy and balanced development of the whole human being. The school’s approach to learning encourages academic, intellectual, artistic, moral and social growth and lays the groundwork for a satisfying and creative future. For more information about the Waldorf School of Garden City, please call (516) 742-3434 ext. 129 or email proctorc@waldorfgarden.org.

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