Journal of Folklore and Education

Local Learning’s flagship publication features scholarship, classroom applications, and new media.

Professional Development

to bring teachers, artists, and students together.

Call for Submissions

JFE publishes work representing ethnographic approaches that tap the knowledge and life experience of students, their families, community members, and educators in K-12, college, museum, and community education.

Educational Resources

including lesson plans, guides for artists and teachers, regional resources, a library of useful articles and web resources, and learning modules featuring national museum partners.

2017 Teacher Institutes

Local Learning advocates for inclusion of folk and traditional arts and culture in the nation’s education. Find 2017 summer training opportunities for K-12 educators in folk arts, folklife, and oral history here. Many are open to educators nationwide; others are for local participants.

Through the Schoolhouse Door

Winner of the 2012 Dorothy Howard Prize, this collection offers best practices and analysis dedicated not only to getting students out the door and into their communities to learn about the folk culture all around them but also to honoring the culture teachers and students bring in to the classroom. Digital edition now available.


  • Local Learning announces Executive Director

    Please join the board of Local Learning in welcoming Lisa Rathje as the new
    Executive Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in
    Education. She will direct the administration and programs of Local Learning to meet
    its strategic plan and […]

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  • Teacher Training in Folk Arts, Folklife, and Oral History–Summer 2017

    2017 summer training opportunities for educators in folk arts, folklife, and oral history are now available. Many are open to educators nationwide; others are for local participants. We include some NEH workshops below, and find more at Some institutes […]

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  • Join the Conversation!

    It is of vital importance for folklorists and educators of all types to come together in this political and social environment to discuss one of the cornerstones of civil society—education. Local Learning will be at the Future of American Folkloristics […]

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