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 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). 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! This award is given "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 has recently published an article in Green Teacher Magazine (http://greenteacher.com) and edited a special issue on place-based education. Some of the articles are available for free on their website and others are available to on-line subscribers.
Article: "Reading the World, Not Just the Words" Green Teacher 106, Spring 2015
Special Issue: “Place-based Education: A Toolkit for the 21st Century” Green Teacher 110, Summer 2016
On February 1, Amy presented a webinar on place-based education for Green Teacher. It is available with free access until March 6 and will remain in the archives for subscribers after that. http://greenteacher.com/webinars/pastwebinars/
Enjoy exploring the places you live--and transforming the meaning of education in the process!