There are a handful of Waldorf websites that I check pretty regularly. They represent a diverse range of information — from the esoteric to the hands-on practical. Here are my favorites. Please post yours in the comments.
1. Waldorf World — Back in the day this site was called Bob and Nancy’s. Bob and Nancy are still there behind the scenes and the site is just as informative as it was back then. The site includes job postings, school directories, articles, and a bookshop. The job postings section is probably the most used and most schools post their openings there.
2. Waldorf Teachers — This site has been up for probably a year and a half and has quickly become the number two job postings site. In addition to job postings, though, it has a lovely gallery section that contains examples of Waldorf artwork. I heard somewhere that the site has some connection with AWSNA (the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) though you won’t find mention of it on the site. When you visit sign up to be on their mailing list. They send out a lovely e-newsletter periodically with articles about happenings within the Waldorf movement.
3. Main Lesson.com — Mainlesson.com is the site of the Baldwin Project which is an effort to publish literature that is in the public domain for teachers and parents. From the site:
“The Baldwin Project seeks to make available online a comprehensive collection of resources for parents and teachers of children. Our focus, initially, is on literature for children that is in the public domain in the United States. This includes all works first published before 1923.”
I have found literature there when I have been in a pinch for main lesson content and it’s nice to find a resource that has entire texts published online. I usually prefer those older resources, anyway, and mainlesson.com is great for providing that.
4. Millenial Child — This website, with resources developed by longtime Waldorf teacher Eugene Schwartz, is a treasure-trove of information. From the site,
We hope to serve as a resource for anyone interested in educating children in the twenty-first century. Our foundations lie in Waldorf education, which in turn arises out of Anthroposophy, a worldview promulgated by Rudolf Steiner. Our web site grows out of the wish to share as much about Waldorf education’s roots and fruits as we can with the widest possible audience. We hope that millennialchild.com is helpful to all educators and parents who visit it.
With articles, lecture podcasts and online consulting Millenial Child is evidence that Eugene Schwartz is one of the few teachers in the Waldorf movement who has embraced the many ways that technology can support our work.
5. Why Waldorf Works — The official AWSNA website, Why Waldorf Works provides the most thorough school directory, a form for subscribing to Renewal Magazine (which is great, by the way), a bookstore, links to community support, and a newsletter with happenings in the Waldorf movement. There are lots of links to explore and it is definitely worth taking some time to do so.
6. (Because I guess there are 6 “Top Waldorf Websites”) The Rudolf Steiner Archive — This site has a huge collection of the full text of many Steiner lectures and books. Though it is sometimes difficult to pluck a lecture and read it out of context, the conversational, sometimes repetitive language in his lectures make them easier to read than his books. I’ve found the lectures posted on this site to be quite readable and I have not encountered those difficulties with reading a lecture out of context. Rudolf Steiner Achive is my go-to resource when I wonder what Steiner said about a subject.
Okay, those are my favorites. What Waldorf sites are in your bookmarks?