Place-Based Education

Place-Based Education (PBE) at the Nelson Waldorf School is learning that is grounded in the land on which we live and learn, embedded in the environment that gives us life.

Place-Based Education involves learning in – and from – our surroundings, and putting our learning into practice in our school, in our homes, and in our community. It cultivates students’ responsibility towards honouring, stewarding and repairing our land through building respectful and interdependent relationships with nature and our community.

What is Place-Based Education (PBE)?

Nelson Waldorf School is articulating place-based education (PBE) as pedagogy grounded in the land on which we live and learn, and grounded in the environment and community that surround and support us. Not only does PBE involve learning in and from our surroundings, and putting our learning into practice in our school, in our homes, and in our community, but sees our education as cultivating students’ environmental and social responsibility towards honouring, stewarding and repairing this place through building close, respectful and interdependent relationships with nature and our communities.

Sustainable Snacking:
Waste-Free Granola Bars for Sale – Delivered Daily!

In thinking about how we can bring our connection to our community and to our land into everything we do and teach at NWS, we decided to start with something really small: granola bars.

Our plastic-waste-free granola bars are housemade from local, organic ingredients, and are available daily to all students. The PBE team will work with teachers across the grades to bake the bars, and facilitate discussions about local, organic ingredients, and waste. The granola bar project will make enough bars for all students to buy a bar every day.

The cost to participate in the program is $10 per month for Early Years to Class 4. The cost to participate in the program for Classes 5 to 8 is $20 per month (bars for the older, hungrier children are BIG). Signing up for the program is easy – simply use the form in the October newsletter or on our website, and you will be invoiced monthly. Any profit from the sales will be donated to a local charity. The bars will not contain wheat, and we will ensure that nut-free bars are also available. The bars will not contain any dairy, soy, honey, or egg.

While granola bars are a small thing, they connect to Place-Based Education at Waldorf School in a much bigger way. As a School, we would like to get much more involved in eating locally.

Interested in helping out?

If you have fruit trees or bushes, donations are welcome! We would also be thrilled if you would be willing to allow a class to come pick the fruit from your tree/s. We will organize field trips to your garden to pick the fruit and students will gain direct experience with sourcing and eating locally. Using local fruits and being part of the growing process will greatly enrich our emerging place-based program.

We are excited about getting this first small project off the ground as a precursor to many more and bigger projects connecting us and our School to our community and making sustainable change in the world.

Contact PBE Coordinator Lisa Papania at lisa.papania@nwprevious.dreamhosters.com for more information.

Why offer Place-Based Education (PBE) at Nelson Waldorf School?

Nelson Waldorf School already incorporates and fosters a love for the natural and social world through experiential learning in and from nature and our community that supports each child’s natural social, emotional and spiritual development. NWS has adopted a framework for developing programs that ensures academic rigour, real-time relevance, and community relationships in all that it does. The PBE program is intended to contribute to and advance the School’s existing mandate. The PBE program team aims to assist faculty in their curriculum planning, and to create educational experiences that are generative, nourishing, inclusive, and equitable.

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