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The Multifaceted Life of Emil Molt (Father of the Waldorf School)

Entrepreneur, Political Visionary, and Seeker for the Spirit

Sophia Christine Murphy



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While it is true that Rudolf Steiner created Waldorf Education and its pedagogy, it is equally true that without Emil Molt, there would be no Waldorf schools, nor would Steiner have been called upon to create the curriculum guidelines.  It was Emil Molt's idea to begin a school for the children of the workers in the Waldorf Astoria Cigarette factory, and it was Emil Molt who personally funded most of the school during Steiner's lifetime.  He wanted very much to improve the lives of the factory workers and to create a school where children could grow into adults who bore within them both a social and spiritual vision.

Sophia Christine Murphy has given us a beautifully written, amazingly well-researched and detailed biography of her grandfather, Emil Molt.  We are so happy to see his life portrayed with such care and understanding.  Emil Molt's was truly a spirit who sought always to offset the destruction he saw from the war, from revolutionary movements with violent tendencies, and from uncaring industrialism.  That he succeeded so very well is in itself inspiring - that his work continues in the form of Waldorf Schools, remarkable.

We hope many people can get to know Emil Molt through this book.  The strength of his character comes as an answer to much that our world needs in the present.

Partnerships of Hope

Building Waldorf School Communities

Christopher Schaefer, PhD



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Keeping beauty within the administration of a growing organization; ensuring that the reasons that organization exists don't get lost; setting a standard of excellence for all who make up the body of the organization; and creating an atmosphere of both enthusiasm and peace -- none of this is easy.  At Waldorf schools, however, it is really essential to the outcomes of the education of children that these goals be achieved.

Christopher Schaefer has explored the multifaceted life of Waldorf schools in ways that are inspiring and useful.  In Partnerships of Hope, he takes us into the heart of the various areas of school life and shows how we can come together wakefully and move forward both joyfully and effectively.  I find that there is a quiet beauty in what he offers that I hope will find its way into increasingly more schools.


  • The Dialogue of Social Creation: Practicing Social Art
  • Phases of Waldorf School Development
  • Self-Administration and Governance in Waldorf Schools
  • Working Together in Groups and Communities
  • Developing a Culture of Leadership, Learning and Service
  • Transformation and Renewal in Waldorf Schools
  • Rudolf Steiner as Social Thinker and Reformer
  • The Experience of Hope: Waldorf Schools as Cathedrals of the 21st Century
  • An Education for Peace, for Hope and for the Social Future

Forming School Communities

The Renewal of the Social Organism

Matthias Karutz



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The author explores questions of school governance and the cultivation of a ·healthy social life· within the context of a Waldorf school. His is a refreshingly lively approach that, while adhering to the models tradition to Steiner's conception of society as a threefold entity, offers more movement and flexibility than most who have covered this topic. Worth reading if social organization and the life behind it are of interest to you.

Genesis of a Waldorf High School

A Source Book

Edited by Douglas Gerwin


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In 1995 a conference was held. High school educators from all over North America gathered in Minneapolis to discuss everything they could think that needed consideration when contemplating the formation of a Waldorf High School. The results of this broad and exhaustive look at how a Waldorf high school works, meets the needs of adolescents, and fits into its community is Genesis of a Waldorf High School - 239 pages of information.


Part 1: Essays on Adolescence and the Waldorf High School

  • Education for Adolescents, Rudolf Steiner
  • The Waldorf High School: Keeping Ideals Intact, David Sloan
  • Waldorf High School Curriculum Guide, Douglas Gerwin
  • To Become a Teacher, Henry Barnes
  • Youth Longs to Know, John F. Gardner

Part 2: From the Proceedings of "Genesis of a Waldorf High School" Conference

  • Adolescents in the Nineties: What Do They Need, What Do They Want?, Betty Staley
  • Themes and Dreams of the Waldorf High School, Douglas Gerwin
  • Genesis of a Waldorf High School: Case Studies
  • Starting a Waldorf High School: Seven Questions in Three Phases
  • Questions Relating to the Five Aspects of "The Temple"
  • Sample Budget Outline for a Waldorf High School (Grades 9 and 10)
  • The Social Life of the Teenager
  • Gestures of Elementary and High School Years, Betty Staley
  • High School Teacher Education, Betty Staley and Douglas Gerwin
  • Countdown for a New High School, Hans-Joachim Mattke
  • Closing Image, Douglas Gerwin

Part 3: Curriculum Materials

  • Introduction
  • Sample Main Lesson Schedules
  • Sample Course Descriptions
  • Sample Senior Project Outline

Part 4: Bibliography and Reading Lists

  • Readings for Mentor Seminar
  • Supplementary Bibliography: Adolescence and Society
  • Sample Reading Lists (Grades 9-12)
  • Sample Summer Reading Forms

Part 5: High School Administration

  • Introduction and Notes, Douglas Gerwin

Part 6: Directory of Waldorf High School Initiatives and Teacher Education

  • List of Waldorf High Schools in North America
  • List of North American Waldorf Schools that have announced plans to open a high school by 1998
  • List of Waldorf High School Teacher Training Programs


Part 7: Appendices

  • High School Admissions and Foreign Exchanges
  • Waldorf High School Profiles for College Applicants
  • Waldorf School Testimonials
  • Miscellaneous Permission Forms
  • Job Descriptions for Class Sponsor and Student Advisor
  • Sample High School Handbook

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The Mysteries of Social Encounters

The Anthroposophical Social Impulse

Deiter Brüll



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The author begins from the point of view that at this particular time in human evolution we are called upon to pay particular attention to social interaction. Drawing from Rudolf Steiner·s insights on the renewal of social life, the author thoroughly explores the foundation, problems, and remedies that are so vitally needed today. Included are many gems that can be used in Waldorf school community settings or any place where individuals wish to serve a higher social purpose.

Confronting Conflict

A First-Aid Kit for Handling Conflict

Friedrich Glasl


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Friedrich Glasl has worked with conflict resolution in companies, schools and communities for over 30 years. Confronting Conflict is authoritative and modern, containing new examples, exercises, theory and techniques. The tools Glasl offers are techniques for analyzing the symptoms of the conflict, ways of understanding how temperaments affect conflicts and what can be done about it, how to acknowledge that a conflict exists and then how to lessen it, and practice in developing considerate confrontation. This is a powerful tool chest which if worked with will lead to greater harmony within groups and families. Recommended.

Freeing the Human Spirit

The Threefold Social Order, Money, and the Waldorf School

Michael Spence



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This comprehensive book suggests how true human dignity can be attained through a correct understanding of karma and destiny in the workplace. Michael Spence describes how we can be socially, legally, and economically true to the realities of spiritual science within Waldorf schools. The author has lectured at many Waldorf schools across North America.

Administrative Explorations

Essays on Business Practices within Waldorf Schools

Edited by David Mitchell and David Alsop


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A collection of essays examining the financial and organizational thinking within Waldorf schools in North America. Images ranging from pillars to plant metamorphosis to center and periphery abound in addressing the overall growth and development of a Waldorf school. Practical matters from enrollment to planned giving to budget preparation are addressed in detail, offering the reader insights into the essential questions of why, how, and what. Thoughts about leadership, joyful philanthropy, and achieving a spirit of determined cooperation among all members of a Waldorf school community are here, too. Truly, a living and inspiring imagination of healthy schools emerges for the reader, with a great deal of practical, down-to-earth advice included.

The Waldorf School and Threefold Structure

The Embarassing Mandate - The Risk of Being an Anthroposophical Institution

Deiter Brüll



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This controversial book examines the author's understanding of democratic process and identifies how Steiner·s concept of a threefold society can be applied in a Waldorf school.