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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


Students, Art, and Amphibians!

A local nature center worked with art, science, music, and English teachers at an elementary school to develop an interdisciplinary unit on vernal pools and migrating amphibians. Students learned about vernal pools and the diversity of animals who live in them, with a particular focus on breeding amphibians. Students visited vernal pools, scooped for critters, and made murals of the habitat. They made posters of amphibians crossing a road that were used by the nature center staff to advertise a series of trainings for community members. Community members learned about amphibian migration and how to help the crittesr out during migration.

East Montpelier Elelmentary
East Montpelier, Vermont

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