"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.

This site highlights the work of Amy 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.

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!




Amy is author of Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations (Available from from Routledge). This book, useful to practicing and new teachers alike, won the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) annual O.J. Davis Jr. Outstanding Book Award "in recognition of scholarship that adds substantively to the body of knowledge about the practices and theories of curriculum and teaching."

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.

She recently edited a special issue on place-based education: “Place-based Education: A Toolkit for the 21st Century”, Green Teacher 110, Summer 2016.(Available online at Green Teacher Magazine, http://greenteacher.com.)

Check out this exciting podcast with Jeannie Phillips and Thierry Uwilingiyimana talking about Amy’s book!


Amy will be attending the Place-based Education Conference in Flint, Michigan Nov 7-9. Hosted by the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, it promises to be an exciting gathering of teachers, students and concerned citizens. This must be one of the largest such gatherings in the world!

The next session of Watershed for Every Classroom begins this July! This longstanding program lasts from July 2020 to May 2021 and takes teachers to multiple sites in the Lake Champlain Basin where they experience its wonders, meet with experts and consider ways to weave the stories of this place into their curriculum. This short video tells the story of the WEC experience.





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