is committed to bringing to life in the classrooms the content of the Waldorf school curriculum. Their responsibilities include all pedagogical concerns, educational policy, child study, anthroposophical study, artistic study, and parent conferences.
From the inception of the first Waldorf School in 1919, Waldorf schools were designed to place Faculty collaboration at the heart of all policy formulation. Teachers in Waldorf schools the world over meet weekly to do the work needed to provide for the children in their care. These meetings are vital because the authority and responsibility of the school rests with the teachers.
Steiner believed that teachers who were not permitted to determine their own functions risked becoming impractical and remote from reality. It is vitally important that our teachers stay deeply connected to the administration of the school for precisely this reason.
The full Faculty meets for two and a half hours weekly on Thursday afternoons. Discussions focus around Faculty and program development, general school business, administrative matters, and all aspects of the lives of the students. This meeting is also an opportunity for school committees to inform the Faculty of their ongoing work.
The Core Faculty is a smaller group drawn from the full Faculty. It is composed of teachers and the School Coordinator who, out of a commitment to Anthroposophy, take on a special responsibility for the school’s care and guidance. The Core meets weekly and works by consensus. Their responsibilities include deepening the cultural and spiritual life of the school, hiring and terminating Faculty and staff, creating new Faculty positions, and developing pedagogical programs.