School’s Out, Out There!

Educating for Sustainability reminds us that a healthy, sustainable school experience includes matters of environment, economics and equity, also known as: place, productivity, and people.

Here’s a wonderful story from the Brattleboro Reformer newspaper of a 5th grade in Guilford, VT that took a week of school to visit local farms, make a community video, map a forest trail, cook locally sourced meals, and create a theatrical performance about Guilford during the Civil War.

Guilford takes classroom into community

Teacher, Jen Kramer described as one of the most profound teaching experience of her career. And it’s not just a one off week of activity, Kramer’s classroom regularly includes place-based curriculum from mini-activites to multi-week units and year-long themes.

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