Urban Prairie Waldorf School
"If you can give your son
or daughter only one gift,
let it be enthusiasm."
George Benard Shaw

Governance

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is a self-administered, collaboratively led institution. Its leadership is divided across three groups, each of which is responsible for a specific “realm” of decision making. These groups are the Faculty, the Board of Directors, and the Administration. The groups strive for thoughtful independence. Each upholds its own work, understands when an issue falls to another group, and works with the other groups with honesty and integrity. In striving to work in this fashion the school is a balanced organism. Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, conceived of the “three-fold” organizational concept.

The Faculty oversees the “cultural realm” of the school. This group is responsible for matters that directly relate to the classroom and the teaching of the children, including pedagogy, curriculum development, and the selection, mentoring, and evaluation of teachers.

The Board of Directors oversees the “economic realm“. This group is in charge of decisions relating to the financial and legal health of the school. The board is responsible for budget, fundraising leadership, and risk management. At this time, the board maintains ad hoc oversight of administration, marketing, admissions, facilities, and development.

The Administration is responsible for the “rights realm“. Currently overseen by a delegate of the board, this group manages issues of policy, equality, and relations with the state. As the school grows, this area will be overseen by an administrator, and the ad hoc committees of the board will shift to this area as well.