Place-based Education


Place-based Education

Place-based is the belief that teaching happens most effectively through use of the local culture, politics, art, environment, economy, geography etc.... creating a concrete context in which students can build connections to the content being taught.

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Lessons from Professor Snowman - Inquiry Learning 2 Replies

Lessons from Professor Snowman - from my blog…Continue

Tags: inquiry, ideas, lesson, education, place-based

Started by Harmony. Last reply by Stefan Anderson Jan 29, 2013.

The Sandy Classroom

Centers at the Beach…Continue

Started by Harmony Aug 12, 2012.

JW gardner

Cut FlowersI found this gem of a quote by J.W. Gardner recently. Much education today is monumentally…Continue

Started by Harmony Aug 12, 2012.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

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Comment by Juliet Robertson on August 11, 2011 at 12:46am

Hello Harmony


I'm really enjoying your blog/website! Well done for all your hard work and effort. I've put out a tweet,  mentioned it on my Creative STAR Facebook page and added it to my blog roll on I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here. Hope this helps spread the message!


Best wishes and may your consultancy grow from strength to strength!


Comment by Harmony on August 10, 2011 at 6:28pm
John Dewy, though not credited with creating the idea of place-based ed, certainly inspired and paved the way for it. In this quote he sums up the fundamental problems facing the institution of education... if he only knew how standardized testing would take this disconnect to a new level.
"... the great waste in school comes from the child’s inability to utilize the experiences he gets outside the school in any complete and free way within the school itself; while at the other hand, he is unable to apply in daily life what he is learning at school."

~ John Dewey

Comment by Harmony on August 10, 2011 at 6:25pm
I recently began a website dedicated to place-based and multi-age education: Taiga Teacher. It is the first step I'm taking in both getting a doctorate in ed. policy and starting my own consulting firm. The hope is that it will be a resource for educators, parents and homeschoolers alike.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on May 2, 2011 at 1:38am
You are right - great website. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Harmony on May 2, 2011 at 1:21am
An amazing school in a bush village in remote Alaska, Russian Mission is experiencing huge success with place-based ed. Here's a link to their website:
Comment by Harmony on April 17, 2011 at 10:58am
A phenomenal program for teachers living in maritime areas -
Comment by Harmony on April 15, 2011 at 1:32pm

"A place-based professional development workshop series connecting communities along the Appalachian Trail to promote resource stewardship, recreation, and community engagement."


Comment by Harmony on April 15, 2011 at 1:30pm
"A community is the mental and spiritual condition of knowing that the place is shared, and that the people who share the place define and limit the possibilities of each other's lives. It is the knowledge that people have of each other, their concern for each other, their trust in each other, the freedom with which they come and go among themselves."
Wendell Berry
Comment by Harmony on April 1, 2011 at 10:56pm
Here's a link to an amazing place-based charter school that started recently by friends of mine up in Fairbanks, AK - The Watershed School. I hope to get one started here in Anchorage, but am gathering the energy to kick off the planning process. There's a lot of interest! I hope to make sure that we recruit children of lower income families to the school, as I see charter schools have in many places, become publicly funded private schools for the well informed, usually middle to upper class families.
Comment by Cheryl Lynn Tatum on October 11, 2010 at 5:33am
Homeschoolers here in Illinois network on the internet. They started a group in Yahoo groups based on their location. A moderator, which could be you, screens the members, but the members all post their interests, strength, questions and homeschool goals. A friend of mine belongs and she is thrilled with how it works. Evidently, everyone shares their expertise and support for the benefit of their kids. I'm not sure if you would have any language barrier to communicating with other like-minded parents, but you may want to give it a try. The first step would be to identify an internet quorum for networking.

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