Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: The Black History of Portland, Oreogn

Experience Oregon classroom curriculum, The Oregon Historical Society

Nevertheless, They Persisted Curriculum


Trailblazers for Whole School Sustainability, Case Studies of Educators in Action

Sarah Anderson contributed the chapter:

“Planting Seeds for Engaged 21st Century Citizens: Civic Education through Place-Based Education at The Cottonwood School of Civics and Science”

Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education Across the Curriculum

Anderson Cover (1)Bringing School to Life: Place-based Education Across the Curriculum offers insights into how to build a program across grades. Anderson addresses key elements such as mapping, local history, community science, integrated curricula and more. She also suggests strategies for building community partnerships and implementation for primary grades. This book goes beyond theory to give concrete examples and advice in how to make place-based education a reality in schools. 

Endorsements for Bringing School to Life:

“Take this wise book by Sarah Anderson into your heart and use it to make your school a better place.”

—David Sobel, MEd, Author of Place-based Education: Connecting Classrooms & Communities

“Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education Across the Curriculum will provide both newcomers to place-based education and veteran practitioners a wealth of lesson and project ideas aimed at deepening students’ relationship to and responsibility for their home communities and beyond.”

—Gregory Smith, Professor Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College, Graduate School of Education and Counseling

“Bringing School to Life charts a path in the most concrete terms for connecting students to their communities in deep and meaningful ways. Every educator should dig deeply into this book. Our students deserve it.”

—Joe Brooks, Founding Director of Community Works Journal

“This should be required reading for all teachers!”

-Jen Cirillo, Director of Professional Development, Shelburne Farms


Anderson, S; Krem, K. (2022). Plants as Co-Teachers and Co-Healers: Joining Place-based Education and Wellness at the Cottonwood School of Civics and Science. Holistic Education Review. 2(1): 1-9

Anderson, S. (2022). Recognizing Nature as Part of Civic Community: An Opportunity in Civic Education. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies. 10(1): 50-62

Middle Schoolers Thrive on Place-Based Learning

Planting the Seeds for Engaged 21st Century Citizens: Civic Education in the Primary Grades at the Cottonwoods School of Civics and Science, winter 2020

“The Cottonwood School: Place-based Education”
Design Museum Foundation Dec 10, 2019

“Middle Schooler Thrive on Place-based Learning”
MiddleWeb June 11, 2019

“Connecting Students to the World through Food Studies”
Ed Week April 22, 2019

“Place-Based Education: Think Globally, Teach Locally”
Ed Week July 10, 2018 6:27 AM

Teaching Tolerance, 2011-2013, more than 20 blog posts published on website

“Go Local! Learning In and Outside the Classroom”, Yes! Magazine online
posted September 17, 2012

Community Works Journal, contributing author 2008-2017

Green Schools National Network

“Building Diverse Perspectives through Place-based Education”

Bringing School to Life Helps Teachers Implement Place-based Education in the Classroom”


“Book Review: Bringing School to Life: Place-Based Education across the Curriculum” by Sarah K. Anderson
Jan 17, 2018

“A Place-Based Approach to PBL”
Edutopia, April 20, 2018

“Enlivening Students” by Gregory A Smith
Clearing Magazine posted online August 13, 2018
In print copy of magazine Sept 2018

“Book Review” by Adam T. Kilcrease, Ph.D.
Green Schools Catalyst Quarterly, Vol V No. 3 September 2018

Where to buy:

Purchase from Rowman and Littlefield

Buy local in Portland:  Purchase from Powell’s City of Books

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