Category Archives: Environmental Education

The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, School/Community Gardens, Service-Learning, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Art of Making Cider: Sometimes the Learning Stays Home

by DAVID SOBEL Ode to Autumn David Sobel is a regular essayist and contributing editor of Community Works Journal and is a Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He also coordinates Antioch’s new Nature-based Early … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Environmental Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Service-Learning, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Time is Now for Place Based Education

By SARAH ANDERSON The urgency for experiential, hands-on “life learning” is just as imperative now as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. We need to continue taking down the walls between schools and the rest of the … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Higher Education, International Schools, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Service-Learning, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Importance of Quiet

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT Teaching can be a noisy avocation. Visit the hallways of any middle or high school during the transition between classes. Pop into most elementary classrooms and there will be a steady hum, … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Teaching Transformations: Taking the Leap as an Educator

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT As a classroom-based environmental educator, I follow the same schedule as most public school teachers. In the two-month breaks, I usually pursue other educational employment, and when possible, professional development. For the … Continue reading

Posted in Environmental Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Teaching | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A Shared Mission for Every Student and Every Teacher

By JONNY RODGERS Jonny is the Director of Service-Learning at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. Wow. What a week! I’m not sure how to fully reflect on … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Environmental Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Service-Learning | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Using Art and Service-Learning for Social Change in Los Angeles

By AIDA LUGO Aida is a teaching artist in Los Angeles, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, and a member of LA RiverLore’s teacher cohort. Aida’s goals include encouraging her students to get directly involved, beginning with establishing … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Environmental Education, LA River, Place Based Education, Service-Learning, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding the Whole Child in Education Reform

By CHRISTOPHER NYE Big challenges lie ahead — fixing the economy so that it more equitably serves everyone, not just those with the wealth and power; rebuilding democracy so that it is no longer hijacked by lobbyists and corporations; and … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Higher Education, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Service-Learning, Social Justice, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Bat Cave: Accessing the Deeper with Our Students

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. Sean Preci’s winning high school surf team set out for the coral reef breaks and … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Environmental Education, International Schools, Place Based Education, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why We Should Embrace Personal Stories in Our Teaching

by JON MADIAN It seems that maturing the human heart depends on developing our insight into other people’s situations; their challenges, sensitivities and talents. A reasonable hypothesis is that our most fundamental values are motivated by our drive to serve … Continue reading

Posted in Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Ethnography, Higher Education, International Schools, Place Based Education, Professional Development, Service-Learning, Social Justice, Sustainability, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment