The healthy social life is found when,
In the mirror of each human soul,
The whole community finds its reflection, and when,
In the community, the virtue of each one is living.
Three Adult Spheres of Responsibility
In addition to whole-school oversight by the Administrator, Pedagogical Chair and the Administrative staff, the Davis Waldorf School recognizes three adult spheres of responsibility which provide essential support for the healthy functioning of our school and community.
- The Parents provide financial and social commitment and volunteer contributions to make it possible for the school to effectively serve their children.
The Faculty provides the quality Waldorf education and pedagogy that the children receive.
The Board of Directors is responsible for protecting the legal, financial, and physical well-being of the school in addition to strategic and long range planning.
Although each sphere carries its own specific tasks and responsibilities, there are many areas of partnership and cooperative effort. Parents, Faculty and Administration work side by side as members of the Board and they share the work of most of the school’s essential committees. The Parent Council serves as a facilitator to enhance communication within the classes, in the school community and with the Faculty and Administration. Parents, administrative staff, and the teachers also work together to co-create many of the school’s festivals and to support the education of the children in the classroom.
As a community, we are committed to working together with mutual respect, goodwill, and an earnest desire to help our school and Waldorf education thrive while providing an excellent elementary school experience for our children.
Faculty and Pedagogical Support Team
The Faculty works together to realize the goals of Waldorf education and to deepen their knowledge, understanding, and capacities through necessary work and study. This forms the basis of classroom life, which is the central focus of each teacher.
They share aspects of the principles and practices of Waldorf education with parents in class meetings, study groups, parent-teacher conferences, and lectures/discussions.
The Faculty endeavors to enhance the healthy social life of the school, primarily through its daily interactions with parents and children during a school week and in the holding of the special events of festivals, assemblies, and ceremonies.
The selection of teachers is the responsibility of the Faculty. The work of the Recruitment Committee, which may include Faculty, Administrator and Pedagogical Chair, and Board members who do not have a child in that class, is to assist and guide the Faculty throughout the recruitment process.
The ongoing mentoring and support of the Faculty is the responsibility of the Pedagogical Chair and the Pedagogical Support Team, comprised of experienced teachers dedicated to upholding the values of Waldorf education and the spiritual principles of Anthroposophy. The Personnel Committee is responsible for the management of the evaluation of each Faculty member. We have implemented a 360° Evaluation process on a rotating basis for faculty members to include a self-evaluation, input from colleagues and parents, and an outside evaluator. This serves as the basis for an individualized development plan for each teacher that acknowledges a teacher's many gifts and support areas in need of further growth. The Pedagogical Support Team helps teachers accomplish items in these development plans.
The Faculty acts in partnership with the Board and the Administrative Staff in the responsible running of the school. The Faculty sends a representative to all committees, and cooperates with the parents and the Board in outreach and recruitment efforts.
At least one Faculty member, along with the Pedagogical Chair, serves on the Board and provides monthly reports to the Board. The entire Faculty meets with the Board at retreats scheduled twice per year to discuss matters of pedagogical progress, Faculty needs, social relationships in the school community, strategic planning, and the long range planning for the school.
The acceptance or non-acceptance of children into the classroom and the process of conditional acceptance, probation, suspension, and dismissal of children is the responsibility of the Faculty with oversight from the Pedagogical Chair and Administrator.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is the executive body of the Association for Waldorf Education in Davis (A.W.E.D.) A board of directors, with elected officers, is required to maintain the school's legal status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation per the Internal Revenue Service. It is the responsibility of the Board to serve, protect, and help realize the school’s goal of providing a Waldorf education to the children of this community.
The Board of Directors is made up of parents, Faculty members, the Pedagogical Chair and Administrator, and may include other members from outside of the school community. The Board is responsible for the selection of its own members. Board members serve out of a growing understanding of and commitment to the principles of Waldorf education and their fiduciary duties to the organization. The Board fulfills its responsibilities with the help of various committees working within the school. These committees interact with the Board by submitting reports about their particular goals, needs, and successes.
The Board administers the legal and economic affairs of the school. Activities include fund development, approval of employment and business agreements, and establishing tuition. The Board may establish committees or direct the Administrative staff to aid in fulfilling these responsibilities. The Board is responsible for maintaining and operating an adequate, safe site for the school, its students and employees. Additionally, the Board, along with the Faculty, is responsible for the long-range planning and development of the school.
The Board, Faculty, Pedagogical Chair and Administrator are responsible for seeking resolution of conflicts arising between or within the various school groups and encouraging collaborative working relationships among all constituents.
The Board, Faculty, and key members of the Administrative Staff meet together at least two times a year to facilitate collaboration, communication and to further the development of the school. Emergency meetings may be called as necessary.
The Board keeps the school community informed of its activities and decisions through the timely publication of minutes available in the office and on the school’s website. Monthly Board meetings are open and community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend. After attending three meetings, community members can be considered for Board membership. Please contact the Board Chair for further information.
Parents and the Parent Council
Parents fill many vital roles in the community:
- Through volunteer participation – from membership on committees to painting classrooms and organizing fundraisers – parents provide essential, on-going support of the activities of the school.
- Through payment of tuition and support of fundraising, parents provide the financial foundation for the operation of the school.
As partners, parents bring their questions and concerns to their child’s Class Teacher or designated community members.
- Parents endeavor to provide a home environment compatible with the goals and philosophy of Waldorf education and the Davis Waldorf School’s policies.
- Parents support their child’s class and Class Teacher by attending parent evenings and helping with class activities and special events.
- Parents deepen their understanding of Waldorf education through class meetings, study groups, and lectures.
- Class Parents and other interested parent volunteers come together within the Parent Council to support a healthy dialog between the Administration and Faculty, as well as help with parent welcoming, parent education, festivals and fundraising.
Our Parent Council Leaders are:
Gina Murphey, Chair; Ceri Beeman, Host; Kelly O'Brien,Secretary