Category Archives: Place Based Education

Swimming Upstream Against the Current: Changing the School Improvement Paradigm

By DAVID SOBEL 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. A Different Approach to School Improvement Crellin Elementary School in … Continue reading

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Taking the Classroom to the Forest: A School’s Forest Fridays Program

By RILEY HOPEMAN and DAVID SOBEL Into The Woods Boot clad and bundled, seventeen kindergartners shuffle out of the heavy school doors. As they emerge, each breath suddenly becomes visible mixing with the cold, penetrating air. Standing poised at the … Continue reading

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Teaching for Sustainability on the Bayou

By Dr. CATHLEEN BECNEL RICHARD, Ed.D. Dr. Cathleen Becnel Richard is an Assistant Professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She earned her doctorate in 2010 from Northcentral University in E-Learning and Teaching Online. Her research interests include academic … Continue reading

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Rural Murals By Students as a Public Service

By ERIN TAPLEY Associate Professor of Art Education, Western Carolina University EDITOR’S NOTE: Erin has been extremely successful at WCU since she contributed this, and is now Director of The School of Art and Design, and Professor, of Art Education. … Continue reading

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Student Leadership Development and Community Engagement

by BETH J. VANDERVEER, PhD Beth is the Coordinator of the Recreation Studies Program/Gerontology Certificate Programs at Ohio University, College of Health and Human Services, School of Recreation and Sport Sciences. She primarily teaches in the Recreation Studies academic unit. … Continue reading

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Service-Learning Expands Across a High School’s Curriculum

Ray Dumais of Goffstown High School, is an alumni of Community Works Institute’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning. After he attended the Institute, Ray reported significant progress in developing service-learning opportunities at his school. He added, “ The Institute gave … Continue reading

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Mapping McCabe: Connecting Curriculum and Community Through Environmental Education

by Susie Denehy and David Sobel The Reintroduction of Students into the Landscape Dorothy McCabe, thin, strong and well-preserved as a cedar post, had us captivated with her stories. We sat in the parlor of her old home twelve years … Continue reading

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Food for Thought: A New Paradigm in Teaching About Hunger

By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College Last fall, I started working in a local food pantry as part of my graduate work in Service-Learning. I saw the need in a town where others … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Education through Restoration: Creating Meaningful Service-Learning Projects

INSTITUTE REFLECTION By MARIJKE HECHT Marijke Hecht is the Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. She and her team of educators spent a week with CWI working on development of … Continue reading

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