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Sarah Anderson taught middle school humanities for several years before becoming the fieldwork and place-based education coordinator at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science in Portland, Oregon. Recently she has been helping teachers from around the Pacific Northwest design place-based education curriculum for their classrooms.
David Sobel, MEd, Teaching Faculty, Education, Antioch University
Chapter 1: What is Place-based Education and Why Do We Need It Now?
Chapter 2: Mapping
Chapter 3: Community Science
Chapter 4: Making History Local and Relevant
Chapter 5: Authentic Integration: Addressing Core Content through Place-based Projects
Chapter 6: The Civic Classroom
Chapter 7: Partnerships as Opportunity: Natural Segues into Learning
Chapter 8: Empathy, Play, and Place-based Education in the Primary Grades
Chapter 9: Middle School: Conflict, Service, and Active Citizenship
Chapter 10: Implementing Place-based Education and Other Questions
About the Author
Bringing School to Life provides powerful research, strategies, and stories for every K-8 administrator and teacher. Through her book, Anderson challenges educators to implement pedagogical practices that seek to sustain the world in which we live through place-based education.
— Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly
The examples Anderson provides in this book demonstrate real life evidence that place-based education incites real change in schools, including how to modify activities according to different age groups (pp. 1-45). In this way, I would argue that this book works as a practical manual for teachers seeking to implement place-based curriculum in their classrooms. . . this text provides an extensive array of examples as an attempt to further the use of place-based education in charter schools.
— Other Education
Sarah Anderson brings to this volume over a decade of experience as a place-based education teacher and then curriculum coordinator. What she shares is the result of continuous experimentation and self-evaluation. Bringing Life to School: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum will provide both newcomers to place-based education and veteran practitioners a wealth of lesson and project ideas aimed at deepening students’ relationship to and responsibility for their home communities and beyond.
— Gregory Smith, professor emeritus, Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis and Clark College
In my work with K-16 educators across the U.S., and around the world, I regularly feature Sarah Anderson’s compelling work with her students. She grasps both the visionary and the practical aspects of place based education as few educators I know. Bringing Life to School charts a path in the most concrete terms for connecting students to their communities in deep and meaningful ways. Every educator should dig deeply into this book. Our students deserve it.
— Joe Brooks, Executive Director, Community Works Institute (CWI)
What a useful book! In her powerful narrative of how students at the Cottonwood School find and share the stories of their home place, Sarah Anderson will help us find our way towards a more true, democratic and useful model of schooling.
— Amy Demarest, Our Curriculum Matters, author of Place-based Curriculum: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations
Anderson re-centers place-based education as an anecdote to a distracted and disconnected world. She shares stories and strategies that will inspire educators and give us all a sense of hope for the future. This should be required reading for all teachers!
— Jen Cirillo, director of professional development, Shelburne Farms