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Green Building: Tools for the Future

What you need to plan for if tackling a building project with teens

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Falling Arthropods and Citizen Science

From climate change to natural disasters: how tiny critters invoke joy and reveal environmental secrets

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A Reel-y Authentic Food Truck

High school students experience deep learning while creating a food truck that shows movies

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Stewardship in Appalachia

Learning about water quality issues with an action-oriented, place-based pedagogy

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Igniting Curiosity With Pocket Museums

A great way to collect and save special treasures that capture the attention of inquiring minds

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You Can Do It: Taking Kids out of the Classroom

Practical strategies for learning outside of the classroom

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The Bison Range Project

Finding the hidden stories in the places we live

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Problems in Our Backyard

What changes when young students grapple with real, local issues?

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Think Locally; Explore Globally

An exploration in the Amazon gives teachers deeper global and local connections

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Fostering Youth Leadership in Urban Places

Building just and healthy communities requires trust in young people

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The Giving of the Gardens

Inspiring a new year of growth by sharing garden accomplishments with next year’s gardeners

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Venturing Beyond the School

A curriculum of experiences in the world

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Introduction to this Special Issue

Teaching green: how educators creatively use the elements of place-based education

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PBE Resources for Your Toolkit

In relation to the Summer 2016 issue

Compiled by Amy Demarest and Emily Barrett

Great books about place-based education

Place- and Community-based Education in Schools by Greg Smith and David Sobel (Routledge, 2010). Two patriarchs of the movement present a foundational view of the practice. They both have written numerous other valuable books and articles.

Place-based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity edited by David Gruenewald and Greg Smith (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Taylor & Francis, 2008). A hefty and valuable collection of a variety of perspectives on place-based education. The mix is thoughtful and provocative.

Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities by David Sobel (The Orion Society 2003). A classic that has introduced many to the joys and benefits of learning outside of the classroom.

Place-based Education: Learning to Be Where We Are by Greg Smith (Phi Delta Kappan, 83(8), 584-594, 2002). An early inspiration to many educators, Smith provides a foundational, useful understanding of place-based education. (ARTICLE)

 

Great books not specifically about place-based education but important to this work
Out of the Classroom and into the World: Learning from Field Trips, Educating from Experience, and Unlocking the Potential of Our Students and Teachers by Salvatore Vascellaro (The New Press, 2011). This book does not use the name place-based education; yet its avoidance of academic jargon is refreshing. It tells the stories of his teaching both young learners and to-be teachers and highlights the many ways to learn outside the classroom.

Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World edited by Michael K. Stone and Zenobia Barlow (Sierra Club Books, 2005).

Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning: A Proven Approach to Rigorous Classroom Instruction by John Larmer, John Mergendoller, and Suzie Boss (ASCD, 2015).

Authentic Intellectual Work: Improving Teaching for Rigorous Learning by Fred M. Newmann, Dana L. Carmichael, M. Bruce King (Corwin, 2016).

An Ethic of Excellence: Building a Culture of Craftsmanship with Students by Ron Berger (Heinemann, 2003). Promotes the power of excellent student work and the role is can play in inspiring and engaging students in their communities.

Teacher with a Heart: Reflections on Leonard Covello and Community by Vito Perrone (Teachers College Press, 1998). An inspirational story about a principal, Leonard Covello, in NYC in the ‘30s. Embedded in the progressive education tradition, it provides a great story of an inclusive, community-based school.

Learning Gardens and Sustainability Education: Bringing Life to Schools and Schools to Life by Dilafruz Williams and Jonathan Brown (Routledge, 2010). A wonderful book that takes a wide view of the many wonders of growing food with young people.

Smart By Nature: Schooling for Sustainability by Michael K. Stone with Center for Ecoliteracy (Watershed Media, 2009). A great resource that deals with food, ecological design and sustainability. Useful portraits of numerous projects.

A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis edited by Bill Bigelow and Tim Swinehart (Rethinking Schools, 2014; http://www.rethinkingschools.org). Five years in the making; a collection of articles, role plays, simulations, stories, poems, and graphics to help breathe life into teaching about the environmental crisis.

GREG SMITH recommends Bob Gliner’s films (docmakeronline.com):

  • Lessons from the Real World, Schools That Change Communities,
  •  Growing Up Green, Barefoot College, and
  • Communities as Classrooms (his most recent film about his effort to introduce PBE to four schools in El Salvador

Stay tuned to this site for more resources to be added soon. Additional materials see Amy Demarest’s website: http://www.ourcurriculummatters.com/

Undercover Litter Picker

Transitioning from anthropocentrism to Earth-centrism by way of a humorous photo contest

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How-To Float a Classroom

Use sailing to teach water ecology and environmental stewardship

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