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. This accordion sculpture made from students’ individual watercolor panels illustrates their favorite Cajun tunes' lyrics. (Nonc Jules residency at Vermillionville Museum.)

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.


  • 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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  • Arts, Education, and Leadership

    Local Learning’s Spring quarterly e-bulletin highlighted stories about arts, education, and leadership at national and local levels. New resources include two texts of interest to the field and partner updates from Will to Adorn and LL @ Vermilionville illustrate the […]

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