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.


  • Local Learning supports AFS statement on Immigration Executive Order

    Below we share the full text of the American Folklore Society statement issued February 1, 2017 in support of that statement. Local Learning understands the field of folklore offers tools, strategies, and resources important to the topic of Newcomers and […]

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  • See Local Learning at NAEA

    If attending the NAEA Convention in NYC, come to our Fellows Forum, Friday, March 3, 9-9:50 am, Hilton Hotel/Murray Hill West/2nd Floor.
    N’Ketiah Brakohiapa, a keeper of Ghanaian adinkra cloth making will discuss how he translates ancient adinkra symbols and stories into […]

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  • Folklife and Museums now available

    Lisa Rathje and Paddy Bowman wrote a chapter on Folklore and Museum Education published in Folklife and Museums: Twenty-First Century Perspectives, a brand new collection of “cutting-edge essays that combine theoretical insights, practical applications, topical case studies (focusing on particular […]

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