Stories from the Field

Educators in all corners of the world are using the natural and cultural environment as a foundation for learning. View brief vignettes, or use the search engine at right to find more in-depth case studies, filtered by grade level, demographics, subject area, and more. on what others are doing in elementary or high schools, urban or rural settings, with a science or a more cultural focus. Exploring place-based learning vignettes and case studies can support and inspire you in your own place-based education and relative initiatives. play a powerful role when seeking support for place-based education and related initiatives.

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Supporting Pacific Island Communities Through Place-Based Education, REL Pacific by Darienne Dey
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented schools and education systems with challenges, but it also has presented educators and education leaders in Pacific island communities with additional opportunities to further personalize students' learning by engaging them and their families in learning that relates to their specific geographic location.

The Burlington City & Lake Semester (BCL) is an immersive semester program for Burlington High School students. Using the city as our classroom, students explore the people, places, problems and possibilities of their community, including themes of social justice and sustainability. - Signe Daly

Who’s Outside? How to Build An Anti-Racist Bookshelf is an interactive online workshop for educators offered in January 2021 by University of Vermont & Shelburne Farms. Educators Jeanie Phillips and Aimee Arandia Østensen courageously co-facilitated this workshop. From the facilitators "The workshop contains a number of prompts for reflection. We encourage you to listen to these materials as a solo practitioner, or with your teaching team."

‘A ‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka halau ho’okahi.
All knowledge is not learned in just one school.
— Hawaii O’lelo

What if my classroom was living?

What if my classroom got all of its energy from the sun, and its water from the rain? What if it was made of only healthy, nontoxic things? What if my classroom grew food for me to eat and taught me things? What if my classroom was living? This is what a SEED (Sustainable Education Every Day) classroom is and does.

An introduction to the individual case studies "Global Citizenship in the Classroom," "The Story Whisperer," and "Creating Learning Spaces that Educate and Inspire."

A teacher uses his classroom makerspace to design a project to help students understand sustainability as it relates to food and food systems.

Angela McGregor, an educator with Shelburne Farms' Sustainable Schools Project, was teaching Lawrence Barnes first graders a lesson about chickens when something unexpected—and extraordinary—happened: a little chicken leapt across a cultural divide.