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Sacramento resident Edmund Knighton, PhD has been appointed to the position of President of Rudolf Steiner College (RSC), one of America's leading Waldorf teacher education colleges. Knighton brings more than 25 years of education, leadership and management experience to the organization. He has been an instructor with RSC since 2012 and Dean of Academic Affairs and Chair of the Masters Program since 2014.
“Edmund is forthright, hard-working and intelligent. With a background in and a passion for Waldorf education and Anthroposophy, he is perfectly suited to guide our organization during this time of transformation and growth, and to help make our programs even more accessible to a wide range of individuals,” said Marc Turtletaub, Board President.
Edmund holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, has been an educator at primary, secondary, and graduate schools, and has served on the faculty/administration of five graduate institutes and four Waldorf schools since 1989 (including John Morse, now Alice Birney School, and Sacramento Waldorf School). He is also a researcher, author, and speaker on Waldorf education.
“I am thrilled to combine my professional background with my lifelong personal commitment to Anthroposophy and Waldorf education for this position. In particular, I am eager to help make Waldorf education contemporary, diverse, practical, and more relevant in today’s world,” said Knighton. “We have a positive impact on education, whether in Waldorf-inspired private, charter, or public arenas. The results released from the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) further validate our work in a public school environment.”
The study, Growing a Waldorf-Inspired Approach in a Public School District, documents the practices and positive outcomes of Alice Birney School, a Waldorf-inspired public school in Sacramento. “This is a very timely study – we have always known that a Waldorf-inspired approach can be successful in traditional as well as alternative environments.”
Increasingly, education addresses a variety of students, including those with special needs. “I am most excited about our succession plan to help the next generation of teachers integrate practical arts, inner development, therapeutic, and a combination of Waldorf education’s best practices that are pertinent to today’s children,” Knighton commented. “Our curriculum is designed to meet today’s students, instead of copying the old.”
RSC offers highly regarded summer programs to train Waldorf teachers in specializations of early childhood, grades, high school, and handwork. Even though classes, conferences and workshops are offered year-round, many of the programs take place during the vibrant summer term and offer a unique opportunity to engage with fellow students and practicing teachers from across North America and abroad.
Some of the specialty workshops and classes this year include remedial education support and therapeutic education, handwork, biodynamics, the art of teaching from early childhood through the grades, consciousness studies, the Waldorf approach for public schools, and a new master teacher training course for teaching adults.
“I am honored to be selected as Rudolf Steiner College’s President, especially at this defining moment in the organization’s 40-year history. We are geared up and ready for significant growth and expansion in 2016 and in the years to come.”
* Growing a Waldorf-Inspired Approach in a Public School District: Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, https://edpolicy.stanford.edu/publications/pubs/1386