Place-Based Education Evaluation Collaborative
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Welcome! PEEC is a partnership between the organizations and projects described below. By combining efforts, the collaborative is able to support program evaluation for each of the individual programs and also to better identify successful program characteristics that span all of these place-based education programs.

The links immediately below take you to additional resources this collaborative has gathered to share with anyone interested in place-based education.

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The Upper Valley Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation is the fiscal agent and umbrella organization for PEEC. The work of PEEC is supported by funding from The Wellborn Ecology Fund, a special endowment devoted to supporting environmental and ecology education in the Upper Valley region. The knowledge and information developed through PEEC will be shared with Wellborn grantees and other organizations providing place-based and ecology education throughout the Upper Valley and beyond.

A Forest For Every Classroom (FFEC) is a professional development program for educators focused on place-based education. FFEC is a unique partnership of public and private organizations that includes Shelburne Farms, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Green Mountain National Forest, the Northeast Office of the National Wildlife Federation, the Conservation Study Institute, and the Northern Forest Center. Teachers who participate in FFEC develop curriculum that foster student understanding of and appreciation for the public lands in their communities.

The Sustainable Schools Project has emerged out of the Education for Sustainability initiative in Vermont which has provided professional development training for more than 30 schools in Vermont. The project also successfully added sustainability and sense of place standards to Vermont’s Curriculum Frameworks. The Sustainable Schools project focuses on the integration of the concept of sustainability into one large, urban elementary school in Burlington, VT during the current year.

The CO-SEED Project of Antioch New England Institute at Antioch New England Graduate School has been working collaboratively with a dozen schools and community learning learning centers and a diverse array of rural and urban New England communities since 1999. CO-SEED aspires to creating a synergistic relationship between school improvement, community development and the preservation of environmental quality. This requires extensive collaborative engagement of town officials, teachers, administrators, scientists, community officials and environmental educators.

The Trail to Every Classroom (TTEC) project is a collaborative effort between the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC), the National Park Service, and the founding partners of the Forest for Every Classroom (FFEC) program in Vermont. This service-learning and place-based education program uses the Appalachian Trail (AT) as the main focus for connecting teachers with local resource specialists to create curricula and projects that connect students to the AT.

The Litzsinger Road Ecology Center (LREC) is an established educational site under the management of the Missouri Botanical Garden that includes land and facilities dedicated to promoting science teaching and learning, environmental literacy, and stewardship of the Earth. While located in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area, just 10 miles west of downtown St. Louis, this unique 34-acre study center encompasses a rich variety of habitats including bottomland forest, restored prairie, and an urban creek. In addition, classrooms and an on-site computer laboratory offer research and instructional experiences that increase the scope of learning for students and teachers.

Thompson Island Outward Bound Educational Center (TIOBEC) is a not-for-profit organization whose primary purpose is to provide adventurous and challenging experiential learning programs that inspire character development, compassion, community service, environmental responsibility and academic achievement. Our organization principally serves early adolescents from all economic and social communities of greater metropolitan Boston, and the institutions and adults who support them. We operate from a 204 acre campus on Thompson Island in Boston Harbor, operating our own ferry service and supporting over 20,000 visitors each year. Our youth programs are supported by user fees and tuition, philanthropic support, and the income earned by providing teambuilding services to corporate clients as well as outdoor events and conferences to a wide range of corporate, academic and government customers.

REAL School Gardens is a grassroots gardening program that partners with elementary schools in high-need areas as they design, install, and use outdoor classrooms (gardens) for teaching and learning. Our mission is an important and timely one -- to cultivate relationships with elementary school communities to create learning gardens that raise hope, spark imaginations, and connect children to nature. To accomplish this mission, we collaborate with a diverse group of stakeholders, including educators, parents, area business partners, and community members. Our collective efforts strive to improve children’s lives by boosting academic achievement, nurturing healthy lifestyles, cultivating pro-social skills and behavior, as well as promoting environmental stewardship. Together, we are changing the world -- one child, one community, one school garden at a time.

The Community Mapping Project (CMaP) was a founding member of PEEC and participated formally through 2005. CMaP grew from a partnership between the Orton Family Foundation and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and is now a program of the Institute for Technology Development. CMaP supports youth, educators and community partners in a process of discovery and learning about their community and its resources. Together they tackle authentic issues using hands-on resources and mapping technologies, including geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS) and satellite imagery to actively investigate social, economic and ecological systems, identify and solve local problems and develop enduring connections.

PEER Associates, Inc. is the outside evaluation consulting firm that conducts most of the evaluation and research for PEEC. is a user-friendly web portal to the most useful place-based education resources collected by PEEC and PEER.

Last Updated: Friday, Feb 24, 2012

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