Links and Citations

Place-based Education

  • Creating Stewards of the Great Lakes
    This report reviews the literature about place-based education and explains the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative’s integrated model, which incorporates place-based education, sustained professional development for teachers, and school-community partnerships.
  • Promise of Place
    This website has a comprehensive list of resources related to place-based education, including scholarly publications, curriculum documents, results of evaluations, links to organizations, FAQs, and a very useful section called “Obstacles/Solutions.”
  • Rural School and Community Trust
    The trust focuses on partnerships among schools and communities, and supports place-based education as an effective strategy for accomplishing its mission. The trust provides numerous online tools, ranging from portfolios resulting from place-based education projects to rubrics that help people assess their progress. Doris Terry Williams, who works at the trust, serves as a national advisor to the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.
  • Center for Place-based Education, Antioch New England Institute
    This site describes the center’s programs and provides links to general information about place-based education and service learning. David Sobel, who works at the center, serves as a national advisor to the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.
  • Place-based Education Evaluation Collaborative (PEEC)
    PEEC focuses on the evaluation of place-based education. The site has general information about evaluation and provides links to place-based education resources and organizations.
  • Student Gains from Place-based Education
    University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (PDF)

Professional Development for Teachers

  • Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. 1999. How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.
  • Loucks-Horsley, S., Hewson, P. W., Love, N., and Stiles, K. E. 1998. Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, Inc.
  • National Research Council. 1996. National Science Education Standards. Washington, D.C.: Author.
  • National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A guide for teaching and learning. Washington, DC: NRC.
  • Wiggins, G., & McTighe, J. 1998. Understanding by Design. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

School-community Partnerships and Collaboration 

  • Rural School and Community Trust 2003. Connecting School and Community: A Facilitator’s Guide. Washington, DC: Rural School and Community Trust
  • Adam Kahane and Peter Senge. 2004. Solving Tough Problems: An Open Way of Talking, Listening, and Creating New Realities. San Francisco, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
  • Peter Senge, 2005. Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society
  • Peter Senge. 2006. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization
  • Adam Kahane and Zaid Hassan. 2005. The U Process: A Social Technology for Addressing Highly Complex Challenges. 
  • Rural School and Community Trust. 2002. Portfolio-based Assessment System. Washington, DC: Rural School and Community Trust