Place-based Education (PBE):
- Immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences;
- Uses these as a foundation for the study of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum; and
- Emphasizes learning through participation in service projects for the local school and/or community.
Stories From the Field:
Chickens in the Classroom
Place-based education in action
An educator was teaching first graders a lesson about chickens when something unexpected—and extraordinary—happened: a little chicken leapt across a cultural divide.
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Research and Evaluation:
Making the case for place-based education
- Benefits of Place-based Education
- Closing the Achievement Gap
- Quantifying a Relationship Between Place-Based Learning and Environmental Quality
- Benefits of Nature for Children's Health, Fact Sheet #1
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Place-based education in your community and around the world
Shelburne Farms is an environmental education center, 1,400-acre working farm, and National Historic Landmark. Our mission is to cultivate a conservation ethic by teaching and demonstrating the stewardship of natural and agricultural resources.
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Revised and updated Learning to Make Choices for the Future PBE Manual now available!
Monday-Friday, July 31- August 2, 2013; 8:30 am-4:30 pm M-Th and 8:30-12:00 Friday
Education for Sustainability Institute held at Shelburne Farms. Part workshop, part retreat, part conference.
Summer Workshop Monday-Friday, July 15-18, 2013; 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Enrich your science curriculum with exciting, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and easy-to-use activities on environmental and agricultural topics. This workshop is designed to increase science literacy and cultivate connections by tracing the food we eat and the clothes we wear back to the farm.
Open to all educators who want to learn more about a specific subject, these workshops help to integrate our field trip topics with classroom work. If you're a homeschooling parent, farmer hosting schools on your farm, or you have a special interest in a topic, come learn from experts in the field. You'll also observe and model appropriate teaching methods and begin to develop assessment techniques.
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As part of the Vermont Reads program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council, third and fourth graders, their parents, and other community members in Belmont, VT read "As Long As There Are Mountains" by Vermont author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock. Students met with local elders, toured historic barns and productive farms in the community, and met with state wildlife biologists to learn about local habitat. They also met with members of the Mount Holly Community Guild the Select Board, The Planning Commission, and The Barn Preservation Association to discuss the book. Students created educational posters showing how a barn is raised, a quilt representing different barn styles for display in the community, and posters with drawings and descriptions of plants referenced in the book.
Mount Holly School
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