About Waldorf Education

Waldorf education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, a leading early twentieth-century philosopher and scientist.

The first Waldorf School opened in Germany in 1919 with the mission to foster independent thought and a sense of personal responsibility in all students. These progressive ideas spread quickly and today Waldorf is one of the fastest-growing educational models in the world.

To learn more about Waldorf education, explore the latest articles and resources below.

Waldorf in the Media

NBC Nightly News: "The Waldorf Way", November 30, 2011

Waldorf School in China, Genevieve Fussell, The New Yorker, January 23, 2015

Articles/Books on Waldorf Educational Principles

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?
Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic, September 2017

Smartphone Addition Creates Imbalance in the Brain, Study Suggests
Science Daily, November 30, 2017

Teaching with the Brain in Mind,

Erin Jensen, published by ASCD, May 2005. Chapter on movement and learning: mind-body link; how exercise affects cognition; importance of movement and physical education.

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, June 2, 2014

Putting Art in Stem, Henry Fountain, The New York Times, October 21, 2014

How the Arts Unlock the Door to Learning, Mariko Nobori, Edutopia, August 29, 2012

Waldorf Education Resources

Why Waldorf Works
The official site for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America

Online Waldorf Library

Waldorf Answers

Research Institute for Waldorf Education

Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

Rudolf Steiner Foundation Social Finance