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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


VT FEED: On the Trail of the Potato Puff

In an effort to purchase local food for the cafeteria, connect school children with community members and the local landscape, and enrich the curriculum with hands-on activities, Waitsfield School joined forces with Vermont FEED. Students used hands-on activities and field trips to a local mine and quarry to learn how geologic forces shaped the mountainous landscape and fertile valleys. These same forces played a key role in shaping the Mad River Valley

Waitsfield School
Waitsfield, Vermont

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