• Little to Gain and Much to Lose - In case you thought there’s something to be gained by starting a child reading in Kindergarten or before, think again!  Here’s a report from the Alliance for Childhood that explains the reason that much might be lost and little gained by starting too soon on reading with little ones: Read the pdf here.

The Research Institute for Waldorf Education (RIWE), founded in 1996 in order to deepen and enhance the quality of Waldorf education, engages in sustained dialogue with the wider educational-cultural community and supports research to serve a wide range of educators in their work with children and adolescents.

The Research Institute supports projects dealing with essential contemporary educational issues such as attention-related disorders, trends in adolescent development and innovations in the high school curriculum, learning expectations and assessment, computers in education, the role of art in education, and new ways to identify and address different learning styles.

As a sponsor of colloquia and conferences, the Research Institute brings together educators, psychologists, doctors, and social scientists for discussions on current issues related to education. We publish a Research Bulletin twice a year and prepare and distribute educational resources, including a growing collection of e-books and articles to help teachers in all aspects of their work. These are all available without charge at the Online Waldorf Library (OWL), which is overseen by the Research Institute.

As an initiative working on behalf of the Waldorf movement, the Research Institute receives support and guidance from the Pedagogical Section of the School of Spiritual Science and financial support through the Waldorf Schools Fund, the Waldorf Curriculum Fund, and the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). The Research Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and accepts contributions through its annual giving campaign and special appeals.

A Three-Week Professional Development Course

TSS2013flyer1 Announcing a part-time course starting in February 2015 for new and experienced Waldorf educators who wish to deepen their practice and understanding of the teaching of science in the 6th-8th grades
Teachers who have taken this course rave about it. Teachers who did not take it are asking, “When will the next cycle begin?”
When: Starting in February 2015 Where: Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 2230 Pontiac Trail Ann Arbor, MI 48105 phone: 734.669.9394 The course will be divided into three week-long sessions:
  • SESSION 1: Wednesday evening February 11 – Tuesday noon February 17, 2015 (Note change of dates since first announcement)
  • SESSION 2: Tuesday evening June 16 – Monday noon June 22, 2015
  • SESSION 3: Wednesday evening October 7 – Monday noon October 12, 2015 (Columbus Day weekend in the U.S. and Thanksgiving in Canada)
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