The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America was founded in 1979 to assist Waldorf schools and institutes in working together to nurture Waldorf education so that it can manifest more widely in the world. Today there are over 900 Waldorf schools in 83 countries. In North America, there are more than 250 schools and 14 teacher education institutes in some level of development.
AWSNA provides leadership to schools by facilitating resources, networks and research as they strive towards excellence and build healthy school communities. The Association performs functions that its member schools and institutes could not do alone, including:
Outreach and advocacy
Accreditation and school support services
Professional development activities
Research and publications
The Association also initiates and maintains relationships with groups seeking the revitalization of education for all children.