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The mission of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America is to foster a new cultural impulse for the work with the young child from pre-birth to age seven. WECAN is committed to nurturing childhood as a foundation for renewing human culture.


WECAN Early Childhood February East Coast Conference
February 7 - 9, 2020 - Green Meadow Waldorf School, Spring Valley, NY

with Lisa Romero on The Art of Educating - Individuality and Community.

How can we as early childhood educators create healthy social forms through our own inner work? How do we learn from one another?
According to Lisa Romero, our keynote speaker, “In community life we learn consciously and unconsciously from each other. Rudolf Steiner stated that to be an educator in the Consciousness-soul Age we need to be able to elicit the individuality from the other. This includes the relationship between the educator’s task of working with the individuality while working in groups and communities.”

Lisa Romero from Australia will be our keynote speaker.  Lisa is the author of several inner development books, a complementary health practitioner, and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. The primary focus of her work is on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. She offers courses, lectures and retreats in communities and schools worldwide. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.
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WECAN Pacific Northwest Conference
February 14-16, 2020 - Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland, OR. 

Keynote speaker Dr. Adam Blanning - Understanding the Developmental Unfolding of a Child

The Centennial year of Waldorf Education calls us back to the roots of Early Childhood Education, calls us to understand how to help a child feel at home in the world and to see that the world is good. Meeting each child's full humanity in the midst of our ever-changing times is the work of the adult. We will explore these topics with Dr. Adam Blanning while weaving in the roles that heredity, culture, diversity and inclusion have on the development of young children and the adults who work with them.

Dr. Adam Blanning, MD attended the University of Colorado, New York Medical College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2003 he founded the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies. Dr. Blanning also works as a consultant for area Waldorf schools and lectures regularly about anthroposophic medicine and child development. He is president of the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America (AAMTA), sits on the board of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM), and directs PAAM’s training courses for doctors. He is also a founding member and core faculty for the Nurturing the Roots course in Waldorf early childhood therapeutic education, and teaches and directs the two-year PAAM curriculum in school doctoring.  
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New Waldorf 100 Film
"Becoming..." Early Childhood Around the World

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of Waldorf Education, Waldorf 100 and the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) are pleased to present a film about early childhood today in the mirror of different cultures worldwide.

"Becoming..." is the third in a series of short films directed by award-winning documentary filmmaker Paul Zehrer which provide an insight into Waldorf Education in the most diverse cultural, social, religious and economic conditions around the globe.

"Becoming..." was premiered at the World Early Childhood Conference on "Inner Freedom - Social Responsibility", which took place in April at the Goetheanum in Switzerland. The film is now available on YouTube and the websites of IASWECE and Waldorf 100.

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On September 19, 2019, Waldorf education will proudly mark its 100th anniversary. From September 2018 through June 2020, Waldorf schools and communities around the world celebrate this anniversary through social and environmental impact projects. These campaigns aim to stimulate dialogue around human values in education and support initiatives that revitalize society and our relationship with our earth.
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Waldorf100 Conference hosted by Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago, IL
June 22 - 26, 2020 
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