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 Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations (Available from from Routledge now!). 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.
Amy will be attending the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum (AATC) in Portland, Maine on October 8-10. AATC, a “national learned society for the scholarly field of curriculum and teaching” has awarded her book Place-based Curriculum Design: Exceeding Standards Through Local Investigations this society's annual O. J. Davis, Jr. Outstanding Book Award!
Enjoy exploring the places you live---and transforming the meaning of education in the process!