Number 33 (2015)
Claiming the Promise of Place-Based Education

Each of the papers in Claiming the Promise of Place-Based Education offers a much-needed antidote to the forces that disconnect us from the places we teach, learn, and live in. Taken together, they provide an opportunity to reflect on the power of place in education. We invite you to enjoy the fresh air that the authors of this issue of Occasional Papers have brought with them to share with you.

Full Issue



Introduction: Claiming the Promise of Place-Based Education
Roberta Altman, Susan Stires, and Susan Weseen


Place-Based Education: (Re)Integrating Ecology & Economy
Mark T. Kissling and Angela M. Calabrese Barton

Guest Editors

Roberta Altman

Roberta Altman is a member of the graduate faculty in the Museum Education program at Bank Street College of Education. She is also consultant to the American Museum of Natural History in the Higher Education Department. She designs and provides place-based education programs and helps educators implement them in their settings. She has worked with teachers and museum educators throughout the United States and internationally, most frequently in India, where she advises at several colleges of education as well as for the National Council for Educational Research and Training on the role of place-based education in the curriculum.

Susan Stires

Until recently, Susan Stires taught writing, reading, language, and children’s literature courses at Bank Street College of Education. She was also a lecturer at Teachers College, Columbia University, and a staff developer in New York City schools, following 30 years as an elementary school teacher. She is the author of numerous chapters and articles. In her retirement, she is providing literacy support at Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education, which was founded by her daughter, Anne Stires, in 2011.

Susan Weseen

Susan Weseen is a librarian at a public elementary school in New York City, where she also works as the gardening and sustainability coordinator. Student engagement is a main focus of her work, and her favorite moments in the library and garden are those when students light up and stretch out—to the world and to each other. A PhD in social-personality psychology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York informs her daily practice as a teacher and as a human being.