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 that incorporates standards, “backwards planning” and steps towards a transformational educational practice.
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 a soon-to-be published book titled Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations (Routledge, 2015). 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.
Enjoy exploring the places you live---and transforming the meaning of education in the process!