chapter  9
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Leaders as Gardeners: Creating Space for Place- and Community-based Education

These words are Sarah Taylor’s, the founding principal of Portland’s Sunnyside Environmental School. She captures one of the central characteristics of place-and community-based education: its incorporation of local phenomena into the dayto-day details of students’ school experiences. What is on the bulletin boards in Oregon should be different from what a visitor would see in Alaska or New Jersey. Principals and other school administrators can play a role in assuring that this happens by reminding their faculty and other staff about the learning possibilities that inhere in the surrounding community and region.