EBWS is an independent, self-administered, collaboratively-led institution. Our view is that governance is a framework that should be designed to free up human capacity—allowing a place where we can meet each other as equals, respecting individuality and each one’s higher inspiration—while providing a context for effective decision-making. There are three governing bodies at EBWS:
Administrator: Kelly Chappie
The Administration, is led by the Administrator who, in conjunction with the College of Teachers, serves as head of School; she acts to develop and carry out the policies and procedures of the school set by the College and Board. The Administrator is accountable for the smooth operation of the school in the areas of general operations, enrollment and development.
The College is the etheric heart of the school. It is the “sensing body” of the spiritual life and being of the school, which enables it to be the caretaker of both the quality of education of the children and the well-being of the teachers. The College is responsible for the pedagogical life of the school: the quality of teaching, curricular goals and overall pedagogical approach.
The Board has four governance responsibilities: supporting the school’s mission and ensuring long-term sustainability of the school in pursuit of that mission; providing financial oversight; ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations; and, working in collaboration with the College and Administration, supporting the pedagogical goals of the school.
These groups work collaboratively to accomplish the full range of the school’s necessary functions in pursuit of our educational mission—from the day-to-day and year-to-year operations of a Preschool to 8th grade Waldorf school to the conception and implementation of the school’s strategic plan. This collaborative organization is enabled by organizational design elements such as cross-membership of key groups, faculty committee work, participation in functional meetings and frequent communication.