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, July 13, 2015 to Thursday, July 16, 2015; 9:00 am-4:30 pm
Enrich your early childhood curriculum using the lens of sustainability. The four days will be rich with opportunities to look at your present curriculum with sustainability in mind, and acquire new activities that are interdisciplinary and hands on. The Farm is our classroom as we explore ways to help young learners make connections in the natural and agricultural worlds.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 2 sessions: 2-5 pm & 6:30-8 pm
Emily Jackson, Program Director of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, will share ASAP's success story of connecting young children, food, and farmers. Take part in taste tests, soil exploration, and planting seedlings.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 8:30am - 4:00pm
One in a series of four conferences presented by Antioch University New England (link is external) addressing topics such as risk management, designing natural play areas, integrating gardening into the curriculum, using natural elements to explore rhythm, and much more. Sponsors: Shelburne Farms, Four Winds Nature Institute
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Montana's Forest for Every Classroom
A Place-Based Professional Development Workshop Series “Public lands have tremendous potential to contribute to education and quality of life in our communities. If we can get young people thinking about not only the future of their parks and forests but also the future of their local communities, that’s the beginning of lifelong learning, and it is also cultivating stewardship.” Nora Mitchell, Director, Conservation Study Institute. A Common Vision Today’s students will become responsible citizens if they understand the places in which they live, and if they have educational opportunities based on real life issues that encourage them to be stewards of their own communities. Inspired by a common vision of students learning from and caring for public lands, the Helena National Forest, Montana Discovery Foundation, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks, and the Elkhorns Working Group have joined efforts to create A Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC). FFEC is a professional development program for educators focused on place-based education. Teachers who participate in FFEC develop curriculum that foster student understanding of and appreciation for the public lands in their communities. The teacher-developed curricula integate hands-on natural and cultural exlplorations that address concepts in ecology, sense of place, stewards, and civics. At the heart of the FFEC program is the belief that students who are immersed in the interdisciplinary study of “place” are more eager to learn and be involved in the stewardhip of their communities and public lands.
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