On our blog, in our “Contributor Series”, we will be featuring our speakers and contributors at the Forum, so you can get to know the individual, their work, and their passion, before you arrive at the end of August.

“My #1 wish in life is for the creative education approach to be SEEN, HEARD, UNDERSTOOD and ACCEPTED. I want the creative education approach to become an accessible, abundant, free, and non-discriminatory counterbalance to what we generally think of as “school”. A more creative conception of what we think of as “teacher” and “teaching”.
How Will We ever move creative forms of education into the mainstream so more children will be able to learn creatively and more teachers teach creatively?  
For example – Waldorf education is a global creative education movement initiated by Rudolf Steiner in 1919 to foster free thinkers, open hearts, and the practical changemakers sorely needed then as now.”

WIRED NEXT STEVE JOBS“Alternative Schools, a History – 1919: The first Waldorf school opens in Stuttgart, Germany. Based on the ideas of philosopher Rudolf Steiner, it encourages self-motivated learning. Today, there are more than 3,000 Waldorf schools in 60 countries.” – Genius is everywhere – How to unleash the great minds of tomorrow.  NOV 2013 | WIRED

ff_mexicanschool3_f.jpgff_mexicanschool4_f.jpg“Advocates and practitioners of personalized and holistic education … [share] a passion for forming education around how children learn and of what they need to form themselves….The Steiner approach is  built around the individual needs of the whole of each child – academic, physical, emotional and spiritual.” – Ken Robinson, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education in which he expands on his world-famous TED Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” – the most watched in TED history.


“Where does one start a mission like that – to develop understanding for creative education and conversation in the cultural sector to the point where schooling for free thinkers becomes the natural and obvious thing for every child? How Will We take creative education to the tipping point?


I have sought to further the mission of understanding and conversation around creative schooling and the U.S. educational system through various community development projects.

ShadeTree Community Schooling Initiative of Watts/South Los Angeles.


Today, I am part of a working group of the ShadeTree Multicultural Foundation invited by Orland Bishop to work on the ShadeTree Community Schooling Initiative of Watts in South Los Angeles. We plan to open a K-8 publicly chartered demonstration model of urban, multicultural Public Waldorf Education beginning with K-2nd grade fall 2019, the Waldorf centennial year.


In designing the school, we will not just plop another “choice” into the community. We will learn from and with the community about its needs. Using “systemic technology” we engage the community in two questions: “What is the purpose of education?” and “What is possible in Watts?”


Watts-Oakland Public Waldorf Education Mutual Learning Experience 2016Building community between ShadeTree Community Schooling Initiative, South LA and Community School for Creative Education, Oakland.


Art of the DealBuilding community between ShadeTree Community Schooling Initiative, Ocean Charter School, and Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.



unnamed (2).jpgThe Waldorf Promise: Children Who Love to Learn Become Students Who Achieve.

Joan: “I worked as Consulting Producer with Eric Stacey on this CINE Golden Eagle Award winning documentary focuses on eight teachers in Waldorf-inspired public schools.


“Dear Joan: Thank you for the advanced copy of the promotional video retarding the Waldorf education approach. As you know, I am supportive of your efforts to “spread the word” about this unique and successful approach to education … Now, more than ever a Waldorf education can play a very central role in establishing a foundation for future success. People are looking for an environment where children feel enthusiastic and inspired. The skills and the attributes that laid the foundation for me at the Waldorf school are even more relevant today than they were thirty years ago.”Kenneth I. Chenault. President and CEO American Express Company

“Investing in Socially Responsible Education”, an invitational event in San FranciscoISRE logo involving 50 leaders from the fields of holistic and creative education, progressive-social justice, ecology and green business, socially responsible investing and philanthropy, mindfulness and systems thinking (organized in collaboration with Ron Miller, editor, Holistic Education Review)

ISRE photoHarold Jordan, ACLU of Pennsylvania, at Investing in Socially Responsible Education.



“Reimagine Growing Up”, a five-CD set of

interviews with compelling voices from creative education and social and ecological wellness (with New Dimensions Media). Three samples:

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GREEN MONEY JOURNAL  As guest editors of Green Money Journal’s special issue devoted to “Whole Mind Education” Eric Utne and I forecast that understanding of the creative education approach will grow side by side with four cultural trends:


Here’s one of the articles by Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence with “Emotional IQ” inventor Daniel Goleman: “Building Emotional Intelligence” by Linda Lantieri

Launched into life as an international citizen, Joan Jaeckel was born in Austria into a family of artists, architects and scientists and raised in Detroit, where she was active in community theater and folksinging. Attracted to Waldorf education through her parents who served as founding Board members of the Detroit Waldorf School, she moves to Los Angeles, graduates from the Waldorf Teacher Training Center at Highland Hall Waldorf School , teaches German there, starts a family, and serves as its Community Development Director. Her interest in the social justice potential for Waldorf education piqued at the dawn of public Waldorf-inspired schools in the U.S., she serves as Director of Development at the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). From a life mission to further more understanding of and acceptance for the creative schooling mission, Joan launches projects that spread the word and bring like-minded allies together: Consulting Producer of Eric Stacey’s CINE Golden Eagle Award winning documentary, The Waldorf Promise, focusing on U.S. Public Waldorf programs; organizes a 3-day invitational conference, “Investing in Socially Responsible Education,” in collaboration with leading figures in Holistic Education, Social-Emotional Learning, Green Business, Contemplative Practice, Social Justice, and Whole Systems Thinking; coordinates the charter petition writing process for LAUSD’s Ocean Charter School, the first Public Waldorf program in Los Angeles. Today Joan is active with the ShadeTree Community Schooling Initiative of Watts/South Los Angeles and a working group of the Shade Tree Multicultural FoundationJoan is mother to a blended family of 6 children and 7 grandchildren and lives in Studio City with artist, poet, Emerson College graduate, and general contractor, Roman Janczak.


Ready to join our cultural collective, meet Joan, and co-create an emerging, holistic path to new forms of education? Join us in LA at our forum, from August 31st- September 4th, 2017.

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