How We Work Together

The International Association is active wherever colleagues work together on behalf of our shared ideals for the development of the young child. This cooperation takes place through conferences, meetings, working groups, collaborative research projects, training and deepening courses, and the development of resources, as well as through partnerships and sponsorships among colleagues throughout the world. Responsibility for the association’s activities is shared among its council, coordinating group, board, and working groups and committees.

The Council

The council is the main decision-making body for carrying out the purposes of the association and for developing its educational and cultural goals.  The council also functions as an organ of perception for the questions, needs and tasks of the worldwide movement of Waldorf early childhood education. The council meets twice each year for several days. It makes decisions about projects, working groups, conferences and other activities, and is responsible to appoint the coordinating group and board and approve the annual budget. Each recognized member association appoints a representative to the council, with a seven-year term of office. Council members serve as links between the colleagues in their own countries and those in the International Association.

Current Council members are: Clara Aerts and Inneke van Esbroeck (Belgium) – Louise de Forest (North America) – Sara de los Santos (Sweden) – Ursula Dotzler (Austria) – Tanja Eeg (Denmark) – Svetlana Efremova (Russia) – Svetlana Eks (Ukraine) – Ulrike Farnleitner (Ireland)-  Sucheta Garud (India) – Anne-Kathrin Hantel, Sigrid Jackstadt and Birgit Krohmer (Germany) – Mary-G  Häuptle (South Africa) – Susan Howard and Louise deForest (North America) – Thi Phuong Dung Cao (Vietnam)- Sarah Dickson (East Africa) – Tina Iwersen (Finland) – Silvia Jensen (Brazil)  – Shy-Tyng Kai (Taiwan) – Joli Kiss (Hungary) – Janja Kokalj (Slovenia) – Magdalena Kuczora (Poland) –  Oliver Langscheid (Germany) – Kathy MacFarlane (New Zealand) – Sono Matsuura (Japan) – Heli Müristaja (Estonia)- Janni Nicol (United Kingdom) – Gabriela Popescu (Romania) –  Rasa Ragauskaite-Driukiene (Lithuania)  – Michal Reshef (Israel)  – Silvia Rizzoli (Italy) Tánja Smolková (Czech Republic) – Lourdes Tormes (Spain) – Ae-Young Jeong (Korea) – Aurelia Udo de Haes (Norway) – Heather van Zyl (Australia) – Jacqueline Walter-Baumgartner (Switzerland) – Li Zhang and Hao Bing (China) – Cathy Seiwert (France)

Council members can be contacted through the Member Country Associations on the Home Page.

The Coordinating Group

The Coordinating gGoup is responsible for managing the business and facilitating the work of the association.  There are currently three members of the coordinating group, working on a part-time basis for the IASWECE.

Susan Howard works in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA and is responsible for coordinating membership,  training, recognition processes and finances. She can be reached at s.howard@iaswece.org or at 001 413 549 5930

Mary-G Hauptle works in Cape Town, South Africa on the support for projects, diversity awareness, and working groups.  She can be reached at mg.hauptle@iaswece.org

Lourdes Tormes works in Madrid, Spain with the main focus on the e-newsletter, project support, publications  and the website. Contact her at l.tormes@iaswece.org or 0034 653 91 31 99

The Board

The board carries the legal and financial responsibility for the association. Board members are elected by the council for terms of three to five years. Board members are also council members. The board meets several times each year to oversee the preparation of the budget and financial reports, and to act as a speaking partner and mirror for the coordinating group. The current members of the board are:                                               

Oliver Langscheid Neustadt, Germany

Janni Nicol Cambridge, United Kingdom

Tina Iwersen Helsinki, Finland

Mary-G Hauptle, South Africa

Task force groups, committees and working groups are also established from time to time to address burning issues, engage in collaborative research, or conduct the activities of the association. More information.