"The many compelling stories, problems and perplexities of our places can be woven into formal learning plans to the benefit of students, teachers and the communities in which we work."

~Amy Demarest

Welcome to Our Curriculum Matters!

This website is designed to provide inspiration and practical ideas for K-12 teachers who seek meaningful and authentic ways to embed learning in local places. Here you will find a vibrant view of place-based education and curriculum design that incorporates standards, “backwards planning” and steps towards a transformational educational practice.

This site highlights the work of Amy B. Demarest—a former classroom teacher who now works as a curriculum coach in northern Vermont –and elsewhere around the globe when opportunities arise. She facilitates a process with teachers to articulate and design curriculum that means more to their students, themselves and the communities in which they teach. See our “Workshop and Course Opportunities” section to get an idea of the many learning possibilities.

Amy is author of Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations (Available from from Routledge now!). Her previous publications include This Lake Alive! (1997) that portrays her work in the classroom (actually out of the classroom!!!) learning about the local watershed with her middle-level students in Milton, Vermont. Her current work with watershed education with CBEI (Champlain Basin Education Initiative) is profiled on WatershED Matters website.

This fall, Amy attended the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) in Portland, Maine where her book Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations received this society's annual O. J. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award!

We welcome any comments or questions about our website (either privately via our Contact Form or publicly via our Blog). 

Enjoy exploring the places you live---and transforming the meaning of education in the process!


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