Governance Overview

Cooperative Foundations of Governance: The Partnership of Three Governing Bodies

DWS Governance Map - Organizational StructureThe governance of The Denver Waldorf School has been shaped by a partnership of trustees, teachers, professional administrative staff and parents. Waldorf education was founded with the impulse for creating social renewal. We believe that our consensus leadership is a governance model for the future that will, along with our curriculum, pave the way for social renewal.

Based on the existing governance structure, the College of Teachers oversees pedagogical policy, curriculum, program administration, faculty hiring and firing, professional development and admissions of students. They cooperate with the Trustees and school administration in yearly budget planning. The College includes the school Administrative Director, and together they function as a collective Head of School.

Parent involvement has contributed key participation and leadership in the Board of Trustees and its core committees that have worked steadily to envision, fund, manage and embody the school and its programs. Policy decisions of the Board have strongly shaped legal, fiscal, administrative, site development and fund development activities of the school. The Board is composed primarily of current and former parent volunteers, as well as one alumna.

The full staff of administrators, overseen by the Administrative Director, brings support to a wide range of administrative and business matters, including administrative oversight, the carrying out of administrative policies and procedures, day-to-day management, record keeping, fund development and fundraising, admissions procedures and practices, business and financial management, school-wide communication and publications, personnel practices, and building and site maintenance.

The Leadership Team meets bi-weekly and is comprised of the Administrative Director and one of the Chairs of the College, Board and Faculty. Their major responsibility is to act as a conduit of information among the governing bodies and to set agendas. As they meet and work together they balance responding to urgent needs and overseeing the strategic plan for the future.

The emphasis here is on a cooperative form of leadership that emerges out of identified capacities, conscious leadership selection, and the will to serve the school as a whole. Together the knowledge, talent and experience of individuals in the school community, committees and bodies they serve, must continue to work together cooperatively, guided by a clear and transparent governance plan.

If the question or concern is administrative in nature, parents are asked to bring them directly to the Administrative Director.