David T. Sobel, MEd

Core Faculty
Department of Education

Project Director
Antioch New England Institute

AUNE Contact Information


Highest Degree

MEd, Antioch University New England

Other Degrees & Credentials

BA, English, Williams College

Areas of Expertise

developmentally appropriate environmental education, place-based education, inquiry science, mapmaking with children, cognitive development and developmental theory, school improvement, children and nature, parenting with nature


Received a BA from Williams College and an MEd from Antioch University New England. He was co-founder of the Harrisville Children’s Center in Harrisville, New Hampshire, and has served as a publicly elected school board member in both Nelson and Harrisville, New Hampshire. He has served as a staff development and science curriculum consultant to schools in New Hampshire and Vermont and has been a guest speaker and workshop leader for a variety of school and environmental organizations. He serves on the editorial board of the Holistic Education Review and is the author of Children’s Special Places and many articles on children and nature. He is currently at work on two books on developmental psychology and ecoliteracy.

Academic achievement is important, but the sole function of a school shouldn’t be to turn out good test-takers. Schools should also be developing the skills of civic participation, and students should be exploring their communities and helping to make them better, healthier places to live. If it’s only academics, you diminish the virtue and potential that school can achieve.

View David’s presentation at AUNE’s Spring Speaker Series event, “Not Your Father’s School, a discussion on innovation in New Hampshire education.