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Obstacles and Solutions

Building a strong PBE program in your school and community takes time, persistence, and a dose of creative thinking. But before you say, “I can’t do it,” listen to the voice of experience! Veteran teachers have identified the most common obstacles to success and suggested ways to tackle each one.

  • Place-based education is a new idea and it lacks administrative support. Solutions
  • There isn’t enough time for place-based education projects. Solutions
  • Many teachers are not comfortable in outdoor classroom settings. Solutions
  • Community Associations and other groups are not aware of the possibilities. Solutions
  • In schools, the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Solutions
  • It’s not clear to teachers and administrators how PBE addresses educational standards. Solutions
  • Funding for and commitment to PBE projects fluctuates from year to year, administration to administration. Solutions


Danville: A Show of Hands

A community celebration artist worked with the K-12 students to create community art. Students interviewed community members about the social history of their community. They created 800 clay "handprints" of their neighbors. The handprints were hung from an old maple tree on the village green, creating a local landmark and a visual chronicle of interconnectedness and change.

Danville, Vermont

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