that’s the title of an article (published by the impressive sounding Waldorf Research Institute) about how the work of the waldorf school college of teachers is supposed operate at its most efficiently (every waldorf school is run by a college of teachers). The article is s a little gem which Mark H tweeted a while ago. It’s full of interesting bits and pieces like this:
In The College Founding Steiner revealed how anthroposophy can be brought to earth: by creating a connection between our activity and the activity of spiritual beings. He encouraged teachers to be conscious that they do not work only in the physical plane of living human beings, and he characterized the founding of The Waldorf School as a ceremony held within the Cosmic Order. Strengthening the anthroposophical foundations of Waldorf education remains as important today as it was when the first Waldorf school was founded. The College must serve as the font of inspiration for the processes by which teachers can learn how to transform what is gained through anthroposophy into truly practical instruction. It must support these processes through study, through artistic activity, and through the opportunities and means for anthroposophical professional development. Steiner described the founding of The Waldorf School as a ceremony within the Cosmic Order. I think that the founding of every subsequent Waldorf school also has cosmic significance. Just as we celebrate the birth of a child because a soul-spiritual being has chosen to enter the earthly realm, we may celebrate the founding of a Waldorf school because it strives to bring the soul-spiritual into the realm of human life. This feeling of celebration should also permeate the founding of the College, and it can extend to each College meeting because during our meetings we can experience ourselves as working within the Cosmic Order to midwife the birth of spirit into matter.
This is what you need to know, of course. It continues a few passages further in the text:
As Waldorf teachers, we need to be informed about and to understand the prevailing view of the human being. We must be careful, however, not to allow that view to erode our recognition that the child is a spiritual being who has come to earth to do what it was not possible to do in the spiritual world. […] We must love the age in which we and our students have incarnated because it presents us with exactly what we came to meet on earth.
Later we learn that the college of teachers is responsible to spiritual beings and the spiritual worlds. Teachers should ‘form a connection with the spiritual powers’ and let themselves be guided and supervised by the beings of the third hierarchy. Angels and archangels are very helpful, supposedly, altough I can hear all the beings of all the hierarchies laughing right now when I’m writing this.